Thursday, October 28, 2010

RIF Study: Access to Books Vital to Children's Success

According to RIF's summary report, access to print materials:
  • Improves children's reading performance.
  • Are instrumental in helping children learn the basics of reading. .
  • Causes children to read more and for longer lengths of time.
  • Produces improved attitudes toward reading and learning among children.
 Through book distribution programs, libraries, and classrooms, we can assure children's success by increasing access to books.
 Kids who read, succeed!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Help for your parents-MySchoolLibrary

Make sure your parents ( and your staff) visit this fabulous new website: MySchoolLibrary

It includes sections on Literacy,  Information Literacy and ICT.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Libraries keep on keeping on....

Jeff Stahler

Some things in life are FREE- your library card!!!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Augmented Reality-Sailing the Snail....

Augmented reality (AR) is changing the way we view the world -- or at least the way its users see the world. See How Augmented reality works 
Augmented reality, which is partly real and partly computer enhanced, intensifies what we see, hear, feel and smell. For further information you can watch  Augmented Reality - Explained by Common Craft  You can also download their fact sheet to further support your learning.
I was amazed when I viewed this TED Sixth Sense Technology some time ago...

To enjoy viewing videos on augmented realities go to EchucaELearning for plenty of enlightenment!!
To introduce your students to AR you could try:
ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that is designed to let anyone easily create their own customized 3D pop-up books. Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories can come to life.

Sailing the Snail is a short demonstration by Graeme Base of the Augmented Reality from his new book 'The Legend of the Golden Snail'.

Enjoy the book trailer for The Legend of the Golden Snail. The Golden Snail has been banished to the ends of the earth and Wilbur sets out on a mission to free it. Along the way he makes friends who save him from rough seas and mazes of madness, returning him safely home.
It is now available from Puffin Australia where it is book of the week this week!

From Brisbane Convention Centre to you....

If you missed SLAQ-IASL Conference 2010
held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, Qld, Australia you can still access many of the sessions:

Tuesday 28 September 2010
‘In schools that face the future: libraries matter’

by Dr. Michael Hough AM (Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Meet the Library Gadget 3000!!

See what it can do for you!!
Like it? Create your own at It's free and fun!

Google becomes even faster...Google Instant

 Meet the new way to search. Google Instant shows results as you type.

Google Instant has two new enhancements: new keyboard navigation features and the availability of Google Instant across more search features, like News, Video and Books. New keyboard navigation features allow you to fly through and choose your Instant search results using just your keyboard, with no need for a mouse or touchpad. And check out how Google Instant works on many of the search features listed on the left hand navigation of the search results page.

and for a very quick demonstration: Google Instant with Bob Dylan