Please select the database that you would like to use below. If you do not know the login please contact your Teacher- Librarian or Scott Belshaw – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are using the links below the password is the regular first two numbers and SBO. Overall, ##SBO and not your schools log in (just for Gale if you are using these Databases and not your school’s website databases).
Press HERE to access KNOWBC
Link to BC Digital Classroom
Please contact Scott Belshaw for your password and username to Passport to the Internet – email@example.com
Please go HERE to access World Book online.
With the vast amount of information and the advancements in technology, the way students learn and the how faculties teach is changing. This shift in education, driven by technology, has uncovered an opportunity for school libraries to play an important role in school improvement in this educational transformation era (Canadian Library Association, 2014). “For technology to affect student learning, schools must ensure that appropriate resources are in place” (Day, 2010, p. 43). The Learning Commons will supply these resources. The Learning Commons goes beyond the provision of resources, however; it enables learners and faculty to use and experiment with the resources. “The finding of most studies is that technology initiatives will be successful only if professional development and technology support are part of the implementation process” (Nagel, 2010 as cited in Logan, 2010, p. 34). The Learning Commons will act as the laboratory for the experimentation and understanding how the technology can best support the pedagogy to increase student learning and motivation.
Candian Library Association (2014). Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada. Retrieved from clatoolbox.ca/casl/slic/llsop.pdf
Day, C.W. (2010, Feb 1). Classroom Technology: Do you have the right tools for 2010. American School and University Magazine. Retrieved from asumag.com/constructiontechnology/tech-talk-classroom-technology
Hayes. T (2014, Jan) Library to Learning Commons. A Recipe for Success. Education Canada Magazine. Retrieved from www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/library-learning-commons
Logan, G. (2010). Mobile Technologies in the Classroom. ATA Magazine, 91(1), pp. 32-35.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that promotes and enables the sharing of knowledge and creativity throughout the world. The organization produces and maintains a free suite of licensing tools to allow anyone to easily share, reuse, and remix materials with a fair “some rights reserved” approach to copyright.
Access it here
This allows some students to take Learning in a new direction:
Here are all of the resources that are part of the BC Digital Classroom Bundle. You may use these portals or create your own on your own website.
Here is the “How To” guide: HERE
World Book Online:
Teacher: Go HERE
Media Smarts: French Version
Teacher: Go HERE
Gale: (*working on getting these to your school’s webpage)
The schools in SD62 can get direct URLs to each product, widgets/icons for their website(s), title lists and more here: support.gale.com/
The main URL for each school is infotrac.galegroup.com/default/(their Location ID)
(for example, Belmont Secondary’s main url is infotrac.galegroup.com/default/62bess)
Tutorial Video for Gale: HERE
SD # 62 District Library Learning Commons:
In 2014, The Canadian Librarians Association supported the development of Standards of Practice for School
Library Learning Commons, which was developed by the Canadian Library Association’s Voices for School Libraries Network and the CLA School Libraries Advisory Committee in consultation with school library associations and educators across Canada.
Here is a copy of the standards: CLA Learning Commons Standards
It is my intention to support conversations and explorations of our own Libraries and Learning Commons. If Teacher- Librarians are interested in exploring the potentials for change within their own Library’s/ Learning Commons then I would love to provide the supports for those to do so.
BCTLA has many resources available that provide resources to those interested in exploring the idea of “Library to Learning Commons”. Here is the direct link to their resources and documented inquiries
Aaron Muller and Jean Prevost SD# 63: Libraries to Learning Commons
David Loertscher and Carol Koechlin: The School Learning Commons Knowledge Building Center