Friday, July 31, 2009

Book Week 2009 update from Mrs Mac

You may have already seen it, but I have updated (and will continue to update) the blog on my Book Week page. It is ‘unblocked’ for both students and staff and I’d be rapt if your students could add some comments. Each week I’ll pose some questions re a particular shortlisted text and hopefully receive some comments!

As an incentive, I’m offering a prize for the best comment (probably a book voucher). Ask your students to add their first name only, grade/year level and the name of their school. Hope to read plenty!

Here’s the direct link:

You may be interested in checking out the progress of our Yr 4 collaborative writing project (with neighbouring Waniora PS) via another blog-click the link above
(the kids love to see the number of visits and where they are from!!)

Many thanks,


Sharon McGuinness

TL, Thirroul PS

New PD opportunity for TL's

School libraries in a Web 2.0 world
Focus: Kindergarten to Year 12

Workshop no: 8168 Date: 21 August Location: Ballina
Go to:

Curriculum Directorate's professional learning 2009
to access the link to register.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

New free online tools for students

Check out my latest entries at These are a few of my favourite things blog as I have found some useful tools for students.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The discussion about envisioning school libraries has been extended till 31 Ju

Passing on this message to all TL's out there....

Dear Colleagues,

Have you checked out the discussion about envisioning school libraries at

The discussion has now been extended till 31 July 2009. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate! All are welcome. You might like to contribute individually, or join with teacher or principal or computer coordinator colleagues for joint posts. Print the online Guide for discussion participants if you wish.

Colleen Foley


School Libraries and Information Literacy unit

Web 2.0 for Teacher-Librarians

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Great resource for teaching about artists


Art Gallery - displays information about each artist and many examples of each artists work.
Outlines Impressionism and Post Impressionism and places each artist into their period.

Have you seen Wikijunior yet?

Check out: Teach your students about wikis by doing at Wikijunior on my Teacher Talk blog.

You are invited to join in and write, edit, and rewrite each module and book to improve its content. Wikijunior is a collaborative project and there are many ways to help.

Wikijunior books are produced by a worldwide community of writers, teachers, students, and young people all working together.

iPhone users and teaching

How To Use The Best 40 Features of iPhone 3.0

22 More iPhone 3.0 Features You May Not Know

Educate Educate is an iPhone/iPod Touch application designed to support teaching professionals in schools
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Let's get cooking: Library as kitchen

Thought of the day

"Our libraries no longer fit the old metaphor. They are not like groceries stores, places to GET stuff. Our school libraries are transforming into kitchens--places to make stuff, share stuff, do stuff." Joyce Valenza