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 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.

photo(33)Our new book display related to BC ADHD Awareness Week is up. BC ADHD Awareness Week Awareness Week is Oct 14-20th. The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness of ADHD in adults and children and to reduce the stigma surrounding it.

Last year BC had 78 libraries and bookstores in 23 BC cities creating ADHD book displays  and two ADHD information tables. There were more ADHD Awareness activities here than all provinces in Canada combined, and had multiple media and social media coverage.

Vancouver is the first city in Canada to Proclaim ADHD Awareness Week


using_computerThe Faculty of Education and UBC Library have teamed up to introduce UBC’s first LOOC – or local open online course.

The offering, part of UBC’s Master of Educational Technology program, is meant to help UBC students, staff and faculty hone their digital literacy skills. The course, called M101, features topics including Mining (research), Meshing (idea creation) and Mobilizing (generating value from information and knowledge).

The LOOC is open to all members of the UBC community who have a campus-wide login. M101 is self-paced, and users can build their skills in any area, in any order that they wish. As the name suggests, a LOOC is a localized form of a MOOC – or massive open online course. MOOCs have been a big topic in online education recently and UBC’s first MOOC – which launched in January 2013 with Stanford University – attracted more than 130,000 registrants.

The LOOC project received a grant from UBC’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund in spring 2013. Work began in April, and the LOOC was opened to co-authors of content, including UBC librarians, in July. The first set of students from the MET program will be able to contribute as of September.

For more, visit UBC Library’s site.

Your one stop shop for field trip information!

Date: Monday, October 1, 2012, 3:00 – 6:00pm (arrive when you can)

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver BC

  • Meet the educators from over 50 field trip sites
  • Opportunities to win a free field trip for your class
  • Bus bursaries for charter transportation
  • Refreshments for pre-registered guests
  • Free parking – draw for those who can show a transit ticket!

TEACHER REGISTRATION IS OPEN.  Click here to register.

Advanced registration is required to attend. This is an adult only event due to liquor licensing.

Bring a colleague to the event. Print a poster for your staff room (see below). 


~text from the B.C. Field Trips Website

The conference program features a range of sessions that will interest teacher-librarians and educators from all levels, and anyone interested in improving their teaching skills in literacy (e.g. visual, critical, etc.), research, and technology.  Please contact Heather Daly if you have questions: or 604-937-6380.

Keynotes include: Dr. David Loertscher, San José State University School of Library & Information Science and Chris Kennedy, CEO / Superintendent of Schools, School District #45 West Vancouver.  Featured speakers include: Dr. Joanne de Groot, Dr. Ann Ewbank, Adrienne Gear, Judith Comfort, and over thirty other amazing educators.

October 18 and 19

Riverside Secondary School, Port Coquitlam

Detailed program information and registration is now available here.

~text from the BCTLA Coquitlam 2012 Website

Open Education has come of age. The tiny movement that began in the late 1990s as a desire to increase access to educational opportunity has blossomed into requirements in national grant programs, key strategies in state legislatures and offices of education, content sharing initiatives at hundreds of universities and high schools, and a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors.

For over a decade the focus of the open education community has been on open educational resources. As we celebrate the success of that work the Open Education 2012 Conference will also lay out a road map for the next decade where open education moves beyond content.

OpenEd12, the ninth annual Open Education Conference, will frame the conversation about the future of open education. Come be part of the discussion – we need your energy, brains, passion, and dedication!

Join us for the “annual reunion of the open education family,” spanning three stimulating days in Vancouver, BC, October 16-18.

~from the Open Education: Beyond Content Website. Further information and registration here

Celebrate the 25th Annual Science and Physics Day at Playland!  With help from a group of educators from the UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy, teachers can bring their classes to Playland to have fun and study physics in action. The British Columbia Brightest Minds Competition is part of the Science and Physics Day two-week event, so bring your students to Playland for some educational fun!

Read more and see the video from The Vancouver Sun here.

Program guides and ride specifications:
Amusement Park Biology 12
Amusement Park Chemistry 12
Amusement Park Physics Grades 11-12
Amusement Park Science Grade 10
Amusement Park Science Grade 8
La Science du Plaisir
Science of Fun (Grades 4-7)
Ride Specs

Also, Marketing Day for Business students, and The Science of Agriculture: PNE Kidz Discovery Farm School Tours  Grades K-4

UBC Library is currently working on a Library homepage redesign and we need your help! Please consider participating in one of the sessions below (all participants will receive a $10 gift card for UBC Food Services):


Card sorting is an activity where participants help us organize content more intuitively for the Library website. Three sessions will be held in IKBLC this week.

Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 11am – 12pm
To register:

Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 2pm – 3pm
To register:

Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 3:30pm – 4:30pm
To register:

2) USABILITY TESTING – Mon. April 23rd through Fri. May 4th

We are specifically seeking faculty, graduate students and distance learners to take part in one-on-one usability testing for the Library website next couple of weeks. Please contact Letitia Englund at if you are interested in participating. We will work to schedule times individually during the day Monday-Friday, and each session will be 30-60 minutes long.


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