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More Session Highlights

Sessions to Support District Strategies and Planning for Ed and Tech Professionals

  • Moving into 21st Century Infrastructure by creating a IT strategic plan that addresses the educational and administrative needs of a School District, with a focus on student learning and teachers enhancing classroom experiences. Find out how one district is developing a responsive approach to providing IT support and functionality to further ADST and other curriculum.
  • Get the Inside Look: Modeling Project Planning Through an RFP Process Planning for an RFP process related to technology infrastructure requires leadership from a multi-department team including technology and education. This session will provide practical tips and considerations for developing an RFP process, using a Wifi network upgrade as an example.
  • An Education on Privacy Risk

 

Sessions for Technology Infrastructure/Systems

  • Layer 3 Switches and LAN Topology Best Practices The demands on school district’s Local Area Networks are increasing as connectivity becomes critical to teaching and learning. Are your school LANs capable of meeting the challenge?
  • First Steps into the Cloud Building off the experiences that SD42 had in moving to the public cloud we will share our early easy wins, some of the issues we ran into, and how we solved them. Microsoft will bring similar stories from customers across Canada. You will bring your questions and experiences to share
  • Leadership on the Front Lines
  • Network Traffic Shaping for NGN QoS on Palo Alto Firewalls

 

Sessions to Support Curriculum Implementation and Innovation in the Classroom

  • Instructional Samples for K-12 Teachers – The Ministry of Education will showcase instructional samples that follow a pedagogical framework that includes: connections to the curriculum, First Peoples Principles of Learning, and classroom assessment. Also included is an overview of Taking Making into Classrooms, an online course that serves as an entry point into the ADST curriculum.
  • District Wide Implementation of Computational Thinking
  • Office 365 Cool Uses in the Classroom
  • LibGuides – Connecting Learning to Digital Resources

IT4K12 Conference – Program is Now Available

Check out the IT4K12 Program Page to view the most up to date program. Here you will find details on the many presentations and workshops being offered at this year’s event as well as presenter information. There are two views to choose from so you can easily plan your time at the conference.

Have you registered to attend this year’s IT4K12 Conference? Join your colleagues and ERAC members from across BC by registering now. Limited space remains available to attend the special pre-conference event Wednesday November 8th at Microsoft Vancouver. To reserve a spot, select the option to attend during registration.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the special event rate being offered on guest rooms at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel. Book by October 17th through the online reservation system. This special rate is available three days prior to and after the event.

 


Made the Grade - October 2017

 

Across the Universe

Across the Universe

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Seventeen-year-old Amy and her parents are frozen cargo aboard the spaceshi…

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All My Puny Sorrows

All My Puny Sorrows

Grades: 12
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This engaging, award-winning Canadian novel, suitable for grade 12 students…

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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Grades: 3-5
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Second-grader Alvin Ho is a highly imaginative – but anxious – boy. Alvin …

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Brain Jack

Brain Jack

Grades: 9-12
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This intriguing and suspenseful novel follows Sam and a group of hackers wh…

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Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles

Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles

Grades: 7-10
Supplier: Not Available

This futuristic novel—a dystopian twist on the Cinderella tale—finds the pa…

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Clementine

Clementine

Grades: 2-5
Supplier: Not Available

Eight-year-old Clementine is having a disastrous week – at school she is a …

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Click Here to Start

Click Here to Start

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

When Ted, an escape-the-room video game expert, is the beneficiary of his g…

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Code of Honor

Code of Honor

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

Kamran, an American-Persian, is the all-American boy at school, but that al…

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Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio …

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Follow the Moon Home

Follow the Moon Home

Grades: PreK-7
Supplier: Not Available

This picture book tells the story of Vivienne, who has moved to a new town,…

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Grades: 10
Supplier: Not Available

As Leonard’s 18th birthday goes unnoticed by the world, he spends the day g…

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Ghost Boy

Ghost Boy

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Martin was a happy, healthy boy until age 12 when a mysterious illness left…

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Ice Boy

Ice Boy

Grades: 1-4
Supplier: Not Available

Ice Boy does not want to live a normal life as an ice cube in the freezer, …

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It's Our Prom (So Deal With It)

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It)

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

A group of high school seniors is allowed to reinvent prom to be more inclu…

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King of the Screwups

King of the Screwups

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

When popular, athletic high school senior Liam is thrown out by his abusive…

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Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Lawn Boy receives a riding lawn mower for his 12th birthday and mows lawns …

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Greg Gaines, a high school senior, spends his life trying to blend in, whil…

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One Dog and His Boy

One Dog and His Boy

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

Hal’s affluent, materialistic parents buy him everything except what he rea…

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One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

In 1968, three young girls are sent to visit their estranged mother in Cali…

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Pictures of Hollis Woods

Pictures of Hollis Woods

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Hollis, abandoned as an infant, has experienced several foster homes and lo…

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Posted

Posted

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

When Branton Middle School bans cell phones, students begin communicating w…

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Save Me A Seat

Save Me A Seat

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

Ravi, a recent emigrant from India, and Joe, an American struggling with Au…

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Seeds

Seeds

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Seeds is a Canadian play, based on interviews, court transcripts, scientifi…

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Shame

Shame

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

When sixteen year old Jas is told she must marry a man in India she has nev…

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Son of a Trickster

Son of a Trickster

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Jared, a sixteen year old boy, is struggling to figure out who he is in the…

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Stella by Starlight

Stella by Starlight

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning book is a compelling and realistic tale of an African-Am…

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Art of Racing in the Rain, The

Art of Racing in the Rain, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Enzo, the family dog, learned from TV that dogs are reincarnated as humans …

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Break, The

Break, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Stella, a young Métis woman, spots someone in trouble on a barren field out…

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Headmaster's Wager, The

Headmaster’s Wager, The

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

This historical novel, set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, tells of Perci…

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Illegal, The

Illegal, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning Canadian novel centers on a young runner from fictional …

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Lions of Little Rock, The

Lions of Little Rock, The

Grades: 7-8
Supplier: Not Available

Quiet and shy Marlee feels like her world is falling apart and that startin…

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Lotterys Plus One, The

Lotterys Plus One, The

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

The Lotterys are a family of seven children, a lesbian couple, and a gay co…

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Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, The

Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Minnow Bly has just survived a fire that destroyed the polygamist religious…

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Truth Commission, The

Truth Commission, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Normandy and her friends decide that secrets are better shared than kept an…

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Tiger Boy

Tiger Boy

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Not Available

Neel, a young boy living in poverty in India, struggles with family/communi…

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Treaty Tales: We Are All Treaty People

Treaty Tales: We Are All Treaty People

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

In this final instalment of the Treaty Tales, Kookoo (grandmother) explains…

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Treaty Tales: The Friendship

Treaty Tales: The Friendship

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

In this second instalment of Treaty Tales, Kookoo (Grandmother) explains th…

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Treaty Tales: The Handshake and The Pipe

Treaty Tales: The Handshake and The Pipe

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

The first book in the Treaty Tales trilogy, Neepin, a young First Nations g…

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Walking Home

Walking Home

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

Muchoki has lost his father to ethnic and political violence in their homet…

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We Were Liars

We Were Liars

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

The wealthy, seemingly perfect Sinclair family spends every summer on their…

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Bee’s parents promise her a trip if she gets perfect grades, so when she su…

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X: A Novel

X: A Novel

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Malcolm’s parents tell him that he can achieve anything, but he believes th…

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Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

Twelve-year-old Annabelle lives in an American farming community in the 194…

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Raven Tales

Raven Tales

Grades: 1-7
Supplier: Not Available

This highly engaging, award-winning series of 26 videos is suitable for stu…

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Les légendes du corbeau

Les légendes du corbeau

Grades: 2-5
Supplier: Not Available

Cette ressource humoristique s’adresse plus particulièrement aux élèves du …

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Made the Grade - September 2017

PICTURE BOOKS

River, A

River, A

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

In this picture book, for grades K-3, a child watches a long, meandering ri…

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Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World

Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Three emancipated foster siblings, Ava and Matt, the geniuses, and Jack, wh…

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My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

Young Sami and his family flee their war-torn home, leaving his beloved pig…

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Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, The

Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, The

Grades: K-5
Supplier: Not Available

This humourous and creative picture book brings to life one possibility of …

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Miniature World of Marvin & James, The

Miniature World of Marvin & James, The

Grades: PreK-2
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Marvin the beetle’s best friend James—a boy—goes on vacation and Marvin not…

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Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! The

Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! The

Grades: PreK-12
Supplier: Not Available

When the noisy town of La Paz elects a new mayor that bans singing because …

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Town is by the Sea

Town is by the Sea

Grades: 2-5
Supplier: Not Available

Set in a Cape Breton mining town in the 1950s, this picture book tells of o…

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What to Do With a Box

What to Do With a Box

Grades: PreK-5
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This picture book, written in rhyme, demonstrates the possible creations th…

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ABORIGINAL
Canoe Kids: The Haida of Haida Gwaii

Canoe Kids: The Haida of Haida Gwaii

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian magazine-style resource has a number of illustrated short art…

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Art of Being Métis, The

Art of Being Métis, The

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian video follows the building a birch bark canoe from selecting …

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Boreal Herbal, The: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North

Boreal Herbal, The: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging, illustrated, and easy to use resource discusses the wild foo…

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Drum Story, The

Drum Story, The

Grades: 3-7
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The Drum Story is a traditional Ojibwe/Anishinaabe tale of a young girl who…

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NOVELS
419

419

Grades: 11-12
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This suspenseful Canadian novel centres on the mysterious death of Laura Cu…

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All American Boys

All American Boys

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Quinn, a white student, witnesses a white police officer savagely beat unar…

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Blackbird Fly

Blackbird Fly

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Apple, a 12 year old Filipina girl who moved to the U.S. with her mother af…

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Book Scavenger

Book Scavenger

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

When twelve year old Emily and her family settle in San Francisco, home to …

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Brain on Fire

Brain on Fire

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

This memoir recounts the events of a month when the author’s life was turne…

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Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning novel for grade 4-7 students follows the friendship betw…

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Don't Get Caught

Don’t Get Caught

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This novel, for grades 9-12, is an engaging and suspenseful story about fiv…

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Dumplin'

Dumplin’

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean lives in a small town with her former b…

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This WWII novel focuses on Mary, who volunteers for the war effort, is insu…

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Everything Everything

Everything Everything

Grades: 9-10
Supplier: Not Available

Seventeen-year-old Maddie suffers from an immunodeficiency disease which tr…

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Guinea Dog

Guinea Dog

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

Fifth-grader Rufus desperately wants a dog but his father is clear that the…

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Hello, Universe

Hello, Universe

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Virgil, a shy middle-school student, is on his way to visit his friend Kaor…

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Horizon

Horizon

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

This fast-paced adventure for grades 4-8 is about 8 young survivors of a pl…

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Look out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

Look out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

In this engaging novel, four siblings live on their own in a car on a tropi…

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Nuts to You

Nuts to You

Grades: 3-7
Supplier: Not Available

When a squirrel sees a friend escape a hawk’s grasp and land in unfamiliar …

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Out of the Easy

Out of the Easy

Grades: 9-10
Supplier: Not Available

Set in New Orleans in the 1950s, this novel tells the story of Jo, the daug…

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Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

During WWII, Tomi’s father, a Japanese-American, is falsely accused of spyi…

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Sixteen year old Simon has recently come to terms with being gay, but hasn’…

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5th Wave, The

5th Wave, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning novel, for grades 9-12, takes place after aliens have al…

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Beginning of Everything, The

Beginning of Everything, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Ezra, high school athlete and class president, is hit by a hit-and-run…

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Bone Sparrow, The: Hope Can Set You Free

Bone Sparrow, The: Hope Can Set You Free

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Not Available

The harsh life of the inhabitants in an immigration detention centre in Aus…

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Dinner, The

Dinner, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Two brothers and their wives meet for dinner to discuss their teenage sons’…

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Girl From Everywhere, The

Girl From Everywhere, The

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This adventure novel for grades 8-12 blends fantasy, history, and a modern …

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Girl Who Drank the Moon, The

Girl Who Drank the Moon, The

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

In this modern fairy tale, mystery, magic, and self-discovery are woven thr…

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Goldfish Boy, The

Goldfish Boy, The

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Matthew, a 12 year-old boy with OCD, spends his days in one room of his hou…

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Rest of Us Just Live Here, The

Rest of Us Just Live Here, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This novel, for grades 9-12, focuses on a group of “normal” teenagers, not …

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Serpent King, The

Serpent King, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This coming of age novel for grade 11-12 students follows three misfit best…

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Underground Railroad, The

Underground Railroad, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Cora, a slave in Georgia, is desperate for a life outside of servitude, and…

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Wild Robot, The

Wild Robot, The

Grades: 3-5
Supplier: Not Available

Roz—a robot—is stranded on a remote island and soon realizes that her only …

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Waylon! One Awesome Thing

Waylon! One Awesome Thing

Grades: 1-5
Supplier: Not Available

Science-loving Waylon dreams of how his world could be made better through …

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We are All Made of Molecules

We are All Made of Molecules

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Beautiful and popular Ashley’s life is turned upside down when her father r…

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Will I See?

Will I See?

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Teenager May, while walking in the city, finds keepsakes related to the spi…

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Yours Truly

Yours Truly

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Zoe is an average teenager until her life suddenly changes when she falls f…

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Zafir

Zafir

Grades: 6-9
Supplier: Not Available

Zafir moves with his family from Dubai to war-torn Syria, and struggles to …

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IT4K12 Registration is Now Open!

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Looking to collaborate, share and learn from colleagues all around BC? Then you don’t want to miss this!
IT4K12 2017 is taking place November 9th & 10th at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC. The only event of its kind, this conference brings together leaders in education & IT allowing them to share their knowledge and expertise along with learning what’s new and exciting in their respective industries.

ERAC is working hard on the program (it promises to be the best one yet!) but we have some exciting details to share in the meantime:

Motivation & Inspiration

Sue Gardner, the former Executive Director of Wikimedia (which runs Wikipedia) is delivering the keynote address. She is one of a few women who has headed up a top ten website. A formidable speaker on new media, Sue looks to the future of collaboration on the web. How will the new knowledge economy—where content is free, and everyone’s a contributor—affect our education, our journalism, and our democracy?

Connect on Multiple Levels

Introducing a new attraction to this year’s event, the ERAC Connect Lounge! This comfortable work space will provide the perfect spot to catch up with colleagues, fast-charge your mobile devices in the brand new Brightbox Station, enjoy specialty treats to keep you energized and more. Be sure to stop by and check out all the lounge has to offer.

Want even more ways to connect before, during and after the event? ERAC is excited to partner with Quickmobile bringing you a customized event app just for IT4K12. The app will include features such as community boards, individual profiles, games and a one click social media sharing tool.

ERAC members can register by visiting this page.

 

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Attention Exhibitors

If you are a vendor looking to exhibit at this conference you have multiple opportunities to choose from, each providing a unique set of benefits. Click here for more information and to register.

Visit our website for up to date information and check back often as we confirm presenters and sessions.


ERAC Has an APP for That

ERAC has an APP for the K-12 Resource Collection. Educators now have access to the only searchable collection of BC educator-evaluated resources from any Apple or Android device.   Find it in your APP store by searching for BCERAC. The APP allows for on-the-spot collaboration by groups of teachers; working with grade level teams, subject specialists, and with the support of teacher-librarians. Together, teams can quickly evaluate whether a resource fits with the core and curricular competencies, and whether social considerations might support or detract from student learning in order to seK12 Applect the best resources for each classroom.

Time spent choosing resources at vendor displays can be reduced by using the resource collection to preview key information. Reviews include Curriculum Fit, Social Considerations, General Content, Technical Design, suggested Classroom Usage and any Additional Comments by your peer-reviewers. If the resource is not in the collection, you can request that it be reviewed by submitting an online form.

The BCTF selects practicing BC teachers to evaluate the resources in the collection. ERAC trains all new evaluators and provides mentorship as they start their three-year term. Two or more educators are assigned to that specific resource, based on each team member’s area of expertise. The review team, representing a broad spectrum of perspectives, develops a cohesive evaluation of the assigned resource.

This is a unique collection of resources reviewed by BC educators, linked to the BC Curriculum with corresponding grade and subject areas.  Currently, ERAC offers five curated collections: Aboriginal, ELL, LGBTQ, Professional, and Novel. You can search the collection by Title, Author or Keywords.

If you are looking for novels that include LGBTQ perspectives, characters or themes, start by searching the LGBTQ Collection.  Add the keyword ‘adventure’ and you will see three resources to consider.  One resource, Better Nate Than Ever, offers an “opportunity to open dialogue and discussion with students regarding gender difference and preferences, and sexual orientation” according to the Social Considerations Comments. As for Curriculum Fit, Better Nate Than Ever can be used to support the core competencies of reading and social responsibility and is suitable “as a novel for guided reading selection or independent novel study in a classroom or library setting.”

Entering the keyword ‘women’ in the Aboriginal collection in the search field will present the resource Great Women from our First Nations. This resource is an authentic First People’s text and a Canadian resource suitable as “a standalone resource… in a classroom library or as examples of biographical writing excerpts” according to the Suggested Classroom Usage section. It includes a teacher resource with suggested lesson plans.

In order to access the full reviews, create an account on the ERAC homepage by entering your name along with your district or school email address to validate your membership. Once you have an account, find a resource you are interested in and log in to get the detailed review.


Made the Grade - May 2017

 

Crenshaw

Crenshaw

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

When Jackson’s parents fall on hard times the family must move out of their house, sell their belongings, and live in their van until his parents can get back on their feet. As 4th-grader Jackson tries to cope with this situation, his imaginary friend Crenshaw—a giant cat—re-appears in his life to help him through these troubled times. This realistic portrayal of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and resiliency is discussed in an accurate and realistic way from the point of view of a young boy, and will appeal to students of a si

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Fastest Boy in the World, The

Fastest Boy in the World, The

Grades: 2-8
Supplier: Not Available

Young Solomon, despite being from a poor Ethiopian village, believes that he can become a world-class runner, just like his heroes on the national team. When his grandfather takes him to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his good fortune – the national team will be in a parade while he is in the city. His grandfather has other reasons for the trip and Solomon learns an important secret about his grandfather’s past. When grandfather falls ill Solomon must make decisions that test his character and his endurance. An action-packed story of a boy whose passion for sports and dreams of greatness will resonate with children in grades 4 to 6. A useful novel to raise awareness of ethnic and cultural diversity, spark discussion of societal roles of women and men, and affirm and enhance self-esteem through pride in

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Great Cake Mystery, The: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

Great Cake Mystery, The: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case

Grades: 2-4
Supplier: Not Available

Precious, a young girl who lives in Botswana, sets her heart on being a detective when she grows up. When a mystery occurs in her class –who stole the piece of cake, the bread and jam, and iced buns-—she takes it upon herself to solve the crime. Although all the children blame an overweight boy for the theft, Precious looks beyond stereotypes and prejudices to seek the truth. The three-colour illustrations and easy-to-read text will delight primary students, as well as introduce Botswana and its culture, and the themes of honesty, prejudice, and social responsibility. Written by noted author Alexander McC

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Odd Egg, The

Odd Egg, The

Grades: K-1
Supplier: Not Available

Duck is concerned that all the birds around him are laying eggs and preparing for their babies to hatch, except for him. He discovers an abandoned egg and lovingly cares for it. When the egg hatches, a surprising animal emerges, and Duck loves it as if it were his own. This cleverly illustrated book with staggered pages will capture the attention of primary students, and provide opportunities for the discussion of animal reproduction and i

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Purim Superhero, The

Purim Superhero, The

Grades: 1-3
Supplier: Not Available

Nate loves everything about aliens–so much so that he decides to dress as an alien for Purim celebrations. But, all the boys in his class are dressing as superheroes. Nate is torn about what to do and turns to his two dads for support. Nate’s final decision surprises everyone. This picture book, illustrated with eye-catching cartoon-like drawings, will be useful to introduce primary students to the topics of celebrations from different cultures, being true to yourself, and the diversity of famil

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George

George

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

George has a secret: he was born as a boy but identifies as a girl. When the class puts on a play of Charlotte’s Web, George dreams of playing Charlotte, but isn’t allowed to audition for the part as a boy can’t play a girl’s role. George and her best friend develop a plan for opening night that lets George be Charlotte and lets everyone finally learn who she really is. This engaging and honest novel introduces gender identity struggles and gender stereotypes in a way that intermediate students can u

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Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price, The

Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price, The

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Charlie Price thinks life can’t get any worse after the death of his mother but then his younger sister starts acting very oddly. He discovers her going down a secret hatch and he follows. There he discovers a world where his Mother still lives. As he visits his dead mother in this alternate reality, Charlie realizes that the longer people stay in the alternate world, the less they are able to exist in the real world, and he is faced with difficult decisions about grief and letting go. This novel, suitable for grades 6-8, raises complex questions of life after death, losing a loved one, and how people struggle with grief, which provide opportunities for students to think critically and c

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Thing About Jellyfish, The

Thing About Jellyfish, The

Grades: 6-8
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Suzy struggles with grief when her friend Franny dies in a swimming accident. Suzy cannot accept that these things just happen and convinces herself that a deadly jellyfish is responsible for Franny’s death. This title would be suitable for a novel study to integrate science and physical and health education in middle school. Projects and discussions could focus on personal identity, how students see themselves, and inquiry projects on ocean life. Each part of the novel is named for a part of the scientific method and the only illustrations in the novel are based on scientific drawings of

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Map Trap, The

Map Trap, The

Grades: 4-6
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Sixth-grader Alton Barnes absolutely loves maps. He creates maps of all kinds, including ones that show what he really thinks about people—his friends, teachers, and even the principal. When Alton’s maps are stolen from his locker, trouble is on the horizon and Alton will need every cartographic skill he can muster to escape it. An ideal novel for grade 4-6 classrooms as part of literature circles or small group discussions, for independent study by students interested in mysteries or cartography, as well as for introducing mapping and inf

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Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance

Grades: 6-8
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Seventh-grader Sierra is a high achieving student at a school with a zero tolerance policy. When she accidentally takes her mother’s lunch bag to school and sees a paring knife in it, she turns it into the office. Sierra is immediately put on in-school suspension and will face an expulsion hearing. Spending time in the detention room with other “troublemakers” makes Sierra question right and wrong, rules, and acceptable behaviour. This compelling novel makes complex ideas readily accessible to middle school

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Green Bicycle, The

Green Bicycle, The

Grades: 6-8
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Wadjda, a spunky young Muslim girl in Saudi Arabia, yearns for a green bicycle so she can race with her best friend, who is a boy. She is faced with a problem: it is improper for girls to ride bicycles. Frustrated by the many expectations and constraints placed on girls in her culture, she is resourceful and comes up with many schemes to raise money to buy the precious bike. This informative and relevant novel for students in grades 6-9 allows for exploration of personal identity, understanding diversity, and presents opportunities to discuss Muslim

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Improving Access to Digital Resources for Students and Teachers

erac_bcdclogo_stacked_rgbWondering how and where you can access the BC Digital Classroom Collection in your own district?  There are several options.

1. ERAC provides direct access to the BC Digital Classroom resources through the Access page. Within a school site, any student and teacher can visit the Access page and will be directly connected into the resource database collection. Note that home access requires a login and password, available from your District Contact page.

2. District-customized Access page: Many districts have also created their own landing pages to allow teachers and learners to easily access the BCDC and other district-licensed or free digital resources. Check with your District Contact to see whether your district has done this.


Exchange Online Protection & Advanced Threat Protection

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EOP Webinar

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 ERAC, Softchoice and Microsoft hosted a webinar to walk through the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) implementation process and to answer other questions about this email filtering solution.  As a follow-up to that event, we have prepared a recording of the webinar, a list of questions and answers from the webinar and a FAQ document for Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that some Districts were asking about. If you want to go directly to the recorded EOP Webinar, click here. For the Q&A document from the EOP Webinar, click here.

Please note: the Government of BC has pushed the deadline for Districts to migrate off GEMS to January 31, 2017 so you do have extra time to make the transition.

Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection

During the EOP Webinar, a number of Districts asked about the additional functionality included with Advanced Threat Protection.  You can find out more about Microsoft ATP here.

While EOP is included at no cost as part of the ERAC EDesktop solution, ATP is only available at an additional cost per user. The costs can be quite significant for a full District deployment but a full District deployment is not required for ATP – Districts can identify high-risk groups and license only those groups if they choose.

ERAC is working with Microsoft to negotiate discounted faculty/staff pricing for Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and to get student accounts included at nominal or zero cost. An offer should be available by mid-January.  If you are planning to purchase ATP, we suggest you hold off on that purchase while we try to arrange volume discounts for ATP.  January 31, 2017 is the new deadline to migrate from GEMS so you do have time to wait.

You can help ERAC negotiate a better discount for ATP by sending an email to psheaves@bcerac.ca indicating whether you are interested in purchasing ATP and for approximately how many users. This will help us estimate volume for the ATP negotiations.
For more information, please contact info@bcerac.ca.