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Kids & Family Reading Report

The Kids & Family Reading Report is an American survey of children ages 6 to 17 and their parents. It explores attitudes and behaviours around books and reading. The 6th edition has been released. The following two infographics summarize the findings around what parents and children want in children’s books and how children find books… Read more

Spatial Reasoning

Spatial thinking or reasoning involves the location and movement of things in space, either mentally or physically. It uses a number of concepts, tools and processes. Spatial skills are important to the development of math skills and can be supported at an early age. To learn more about spatial reasoning and math, read Why Spatial… Read more

Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day!  This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’. A special focus is placed on a safer and better internet for children and young people. The following video takes a closer look at some of the risks associated with using social networks and gives practical tips and… Read more

What’s Hot in Literacy

What are the important issues in literacy today? What is getting the most attention? The International Literacy Association revised their What’s Hot in Literacy report to a larger scale, international survey of literacy issues. And this is what they found: In addition to identifying the top hot and important issues, they came up with 5… Read more

Infographics as Creative Assessment

Infographics are a visual representation of data. Creating them uses information, visual, and technology literacies. They can be used as a student assessment. Here’s a trailer for a video course on using infographics as creative assessment. Infographics as a Creative Assessment from Kathy Schrock on Vimeo. For the full presentation, click here. For links to… Read more

Responding to Online Bullying

Impact! How to Make a Difference When You Witness Bullying Online is a collection of practical tools to help Grades 7 to 9 students make a difference when they witness cyberbullying. It includes: A step-by-step, online interactive decision-making tool that helps students choose effective strategies for intervening in different cyberbullying situations; A classroom lesson that supports… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – February 2017

The February issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It has articles about fake news, Canada’s youngest gold medal winner, snow in the desert and the cost of food. They are written for adults who are improving their reading skills. The Teacher’s Notes are available online. Special notice: In preparation for the May provincial… Read more

Listening, Making and Moving to Music

Today is Family Literacy Day! And, Family Literacy Week 2017 comes to a close this weekend. Plan to enjoy some music with your family. Here’s a short video that shows the power of music – listening to it, making it, and moving to it.