Jan 02

New website for Parkland Regional Library

Check out the new website for Parkland Regional Library. They have done a nice job of categorizing links to their E-Audio book subscriptions. Click here to access. Remember also to visit Parkland Regional Library online to gain home access to the online databases such as LibraryPressDisplay, Health and Wellness Reference Centre, Gale and ProQuest databases, and the Britannica encyclopedia. parkland

Dec 20

FollettShelf

 FollettShelf                                                                                                          All FollettShelves should be fully functional now. You can think of FollettShelf as the virtual shelf the eBooks sit on. Students who are logged into Destiny can sign out the eBooks by dragging their items into the Checkout area on the FollettShelf screen. As well, eBooks are now accessible on ipads by downloading the Follett Digital Reader from the App store. Patrons will need the FollettShelf number for their school to configure the app. These numbers were sent by e-mail on Thursday, December 13.

Dec 19

ROVER update

 ROVER   The Ministry of Education updated the ROVER site. The new address is http://rover.edonline.sk.ca/en. They have redesigned the page to match the format of the curriculum pages.  ROVER is now accessible from home using a login through a Blackboard account.  If you know of titles which are recommended in the curriculum resource lists for ROVER, but are not yet available, a request can be sent to the Ministry to fast-track those titles. Let me know.

Nov 29

RDA – Introduction and overview

Nov 22

Learn360.ca

Learn360, an interactive media-on-demand service for the K-12 education market .  It allows you to download movies from their list of movies to show in class. Check it out!    Learn360

Navigate to their site:  http://www.learn360featurefilms.ca/ and login using the credentials from the package sent to each school library. Alternatively, you can contact me.

Click on “Current English Titles” to view the selections – everything from Alvin and the Chipmunks to The Notebook to two versions of Hamlet.  When you are ready to download, I’d recommend going straight to the Troubleshooting box where it says Click here.

You will be need the Microsoft SilverLight plug-in and the Learn360 Silverlight Player.

Follow the steps and soon you will be downloading your movie. It can take over an hour to download a movie.

Hook up your computer to your TV or SmartBoard and away you go.

 

Nov 06

Changes to Copyright Legislation

copyright  Recent changes to copyright legislation coupled with a Supreme Court ruling regarding Bill C-11affect the way educators deal with copyright issues in the classroom. The third edition of the booklet Copyright Matters provides practical information for teachers on their rights and responsibilities with regard to the use of copyright-protected materials in schools.  Copyright_Matters    Two of the major changes include:

a)    Material which is publicly available on the internet may be used for educational purposes. This includes Google images and YouTube videos.

b)    Copyrighted movies on DVDs, etc. can be shown to students within school class periods without having to pay a royalty.

May 26

TOP TEN REASONS TO USE DESTINY!

 

  1. Recommend a book to someone/receive a recommendation
  2. Rate a book/access ratings
  3. Review a book/read reviews
  4. Search by reading level
  5. Search what is listed on curriculum
  6. Search for ROVER programs listed for your curricula area
  7. Make lists of materials for you or your students to access
  8. Check out eBooks
  9. Access digital content such as teacher guides

10.    Upload digital content

11.    Access My Info to see what you have signed out and when it is due (I know, I just couldn’t stop at 10!)

TIPS:

*Note:  you must be logged in to recommend, rate, review, manage resource lists, check out eBooks, upload digital content and access My Info.

1. Look for the Recommend button in the Title Details of a record.

2/3. Look for the Rate/Review options along the right side of the title details record in the standard search or under the Reviews tab in the title details of a Destiny Quest search.

4. In the standard search, change the Reading Program at the bottom of the screen to  “Fountas & Pinnell.” Add your levels once the site regenerates and then click Keyword.

5. To search for curriculum-listed resources, type the full name and the grade of the curriculum into the search window and click SUBJECT. Click on the title details to check the listing.

6. To search for ROVER videos listed for your curriculum, type ROVER into the search window and click TITLE. You may have to switch the LOCATION to Good Spirit School Division if you do not get any results at your site. 

7. Select the Resource List option on the left to create a resource list and give it a title. Then, complete your search as you would normally do. Select the items you want to add to your list  by clicking on “Add to list” along the right hand side. Be sure to have the correct list selected from the drop-down menu along the top if you have multiple lists. To view lists, you may have to toggle between the My Lists and Public Lists tabs on the right. of the Resource Lists screen.

8. To acces the list of eBooks at your school, type ebooks into the search window and click TITLE.

9. Check for digital content such as teacher guides and digital media enhancement materials in the Title Details of the record.

10. Upload digital content such as student videos, book trailers, and digital files by speaking to your library technician to gain the access rights.

Mar 14

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

 10 Questions to Answer — Are your students digitally savvy?

1. How private are e-mail messages?
2 Is forwarding a chain e-mail completely harmless?
3. Have you checked the privacy settings on your social networking account recently?
4. Which images posted online can be freely used?
5. How can I protect the copyright of work I have produced?
6. What does my digital footprint look like? How can it be managed?
7. How do I check the reliability of an online source?
8. How can I establish if a website is a secure one?
9. How do I deal with contact online from a stranger or if I encounter unpleasant/innappropriate content?
10. How can I recognize immersive online environments such as “advergames” which attempt to collect consumer information and bring brand loyalty?

Check out these resources.

GSSD DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

MEDIA AWARENESS NETWORK

Feb 04

eBooks Available to GSSD Students

Types of Electronic Books:

A. Single copy purchased from a vendor available through Destiny.

B. Single copy purchased from a vendor with unlimited simultaneous use available through Destiny. Ex> Canada the culture

C. Online versions available to Saskatchewan schools and libraries through a subscription purchased by the Multitype Library Database Licensing Program.

D. Online version, copyright cleared and free on the web from sources such as Project Gutenberg.

E. Single copy purchased from Amazon or Chapters and available on a designated ereader such as a Kindle or Kobo.

F. Adobe epub versions available from Library2Go, Saskatchewan Libraries, a subscription-based service from a company called Overdrive which can be signed out through the public library and viewed on an desktop, laptop, or handheld device such as an ipad, iphone, Android, or Blackberry

H. Other subscriptions available through Parkland Regional Library such as Bookflix, Tumblebooks and Tumblereadables.

E-books for Schools

Jan 26

Library Learning Commons

Flip This Library: School libraries need a revolution, not evolution                                               Dr. David Loertscher

“One of the biggest business battles of our time is between Microsoft and Google. The two have very different business models. Microsoft believes that if they build it, we will come—and buy their product. Google’s approach is different: if they build it, we will integrate it into our lives. We use Microsoft products on their terms, but we use Google products—from iGoogle to GoogleDocs—on our terms, to construct whatever we want.”

Introducing the Library Learning Commons:

Sandi Kwaan, Carol Koechlin, David Loertscher, 2008

  • both a physical and a virtual space
  • flexible schedule for individuals, small groups and classes
  • collaborative environment
  • access to a variety of hardware and software from charging stations to video production/editing software to webcam stations for Skyping
  • access to “experts” – teacher-librarian, teachers, coaches, student support who have offices in the Learning Commons either physically or virtually and who work as a team to improve student learning
  • library website becomes the virtual space where all share resources and ideas
  • collection consists of print materials plus a wealth of digital resources: ebooks, databases and student-generated content
  • students build their own personal and online networks for learning