On Friday, I attended the Regional Literacy Council meeting held at the Thames Valley DSB in London. This group is a group of consultants from boards in southwest Ontario who meet 3 times a year and share literacy information and resources. When we meet, we usually have a ministry update, share new publications and literacy-based conferences and best practices.
The focus of this meeting was oral communication. We shared a number of resources (rubrics, lesson ideas, web sites) and also examined the Ministry documents that provide support and guidance to teaching. assessing and evaluating the oral communiation strand. I will pass these on to the English teachers through the department heads at our next meeting.
Here's some interesting websites that I have found from some of the feeds that I subscribe to:
One Minute Critic - this is from a library in Vancouver. They have created 1 minute booktalk videos for a variety of books. It looks fairly new because there aren't a lot of book talks. But you could use it as a model for either creating book talks for the school library or for students to create book talks.
Top 10 Obscure Google Tricks - For all you geeks out there, here is an interesting collection that tells you how to use Google to track flight information, find the time anywhere in the world, and a whole bunch of other stuff I probably wouldn't use.
20+ Places for Public Domain E-Books - This is a list of sites where you can find free books that can be downloaded to your ipod, pda or e book reader (Does it work with Kindle? BTW this little gadget is sold out according to Amazon's site. I still don't know if my eyes are ready for this).
The Red Room - Here's a site that will allow social networking between authors and readers. It has author bios, lists of works, audio and video.
YALSA Wiki - This wiki has lots of information for school librarians who work with Young Adults. Check out the book lists and advocacy toolkit section.
Poets.org - This is from the Academy of American Poets and incudes bios, lesson plans and other additional supports for the teaching of poetry.
United Nations International Year of the Potato - I kid you not, 2008 is the year of the potato (my husband will be happy to hear this!).
Google Lit Trips - This site combines Google Earth with literature by mapping story settings. Students can create lit trips as part of a book study.
Lastly, I went to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this Saturday morning. I don't think that I have been to the Auto Show since I was very young. My only memory ( I must have been around 8 or 9) is one of collecting pamphlets from as many of the car displays as possible. Well, I now know that pamphlet collection still seems to be the main attraction (besides the cars) as evidenced by the number of people who had a carry bag attached to their arms. I also now know why I haven't been to the show since I was young. I am definitely NOT a car fan.