The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) is excited to announce TeachBC, their new website and online database to share teaching resources. It is now available online at teachbc.bctf.ca.

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TeachBC is an online resource of teaching materials, lessons, and research relevant to the K‒12 BC curriculum. Through the generosity of BC public school teachers, the website is public and open to everyone. Teachers and organizations can share their teaching resources or educational research by registering and uploading their materials or providing links. Anyone can browse and download the resources for classroom or professional use. Browsing is easy: users can search by subject, grade level, resource type, title, description, language, and more.

TeachBC uses a Creative Commons license; this means the materials are not copyrighted in the traditional sense. They will be freely available to use in classrooms, but not for profit. The database will be open to searching and downloading of resources, and will be a source of high-quality BC-based research.

Teachers and prospective teachers are encouraged to help us build this resource by uploading your teaching materials, lessons, and research. It is an easy process:

  1. Go to “Share your resources”
  2. Register with your name and email
  3. Start sharing!

This will grow to be a valuable resource for BC teachers, built by BC teachers. Please share this news with your colleagues and encourage them to share their teaching resources.

At the end of October, flanked by a group of student high school representatives, Education Minister George Abbott announced the launch of B.C.’s Education Plan, a new blueprint to overhaul the province’s K-12 school system.

The new plan, the minister said, will transform the education system to be more flexible, emphasize personalized learning and increase the use of technology.

“The world has changed and we need to shift the way we look at teaching and learning. This plan offers a way forward.”

Though short on details, the plan would also include a new Teachers Act and the establishment of “regular teacher performance evaluation sessions.”

Accompanying the launch was an interactive website created by the ministry to provide more details and solicit public opinion.

Parsing the hundreds of comments received in the past month reveals a mixed response ranging from high praise to skepticism.

One group that leaves no doubt about its opinion on the plan is the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. In its new issue of Teacher magazine, the lead article, “Experiments with kids’ learning,” BCTF researcher Larry Kuehn derides the plan as a power grab by the ministry to undermine teachers through centralized data collection and technology use.

By Michael Mazer, The Vancouver Sun, December 13, 2011

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Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/conceptualizing+classroom/5851089/story.html#ixzz1h1cIWkcZ

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