Thursday, October 27, 2016

Media Literacy Week: Let’s Get Making and Creating

Media Literacy Week is happening next week, October 31 - November 4.  As described on the website, Media Literacy Week is “co-led by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation [and] puts a spotlight on the importance of digital and media literacy as a key component in the education of children and young people.” has been a proud collaborator of this event for several years now.

The theme of Media Literacy Week this year is Makers and Creators, “celebrating the ways parents and teachers can help young people become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurial by embracing media production, remixing, maker and DIY culture and coding.”
To find more great resources about Media Literacy Week and this year’s theme, visit

Several years ago, recognized the importance that was being placed on students’ ability to create content and be active learners in the classroom.  Coinciding with related work being done by our Provincial Team Teachers in schools across Alberta, we built the Create website, a collection of resources with recommended digital tools and tips for many kinds of “creating”, including videos, images, presentations and 3D printing.

The Create website also has a section filled with articles, tips and lessons specific to Makerspaces.

Take some time this week to check out all of the great resources on the Media Literacy Week page as well as the resources that we have here at

Friday, October 14, 2016

Great Resources for Halloween + Forests

October is one of our favourite months; we get some of our highest website visits this month.  There are so many fantastic ideas to help your classroom learn cool things while celebrating the fall season. Here’s a quick reminder of some of our Halloween-themed sites.

Enjoy Halloween is a collection of resources that will help you take advantage of opportunities for spooky (and not-so-spooky) fun and learning.  You’ll find stories, poems, online interactives, math and science activities, arts and crafts and recipes for treats.

  Creepy, Crawly and Cool
For all those students who love to read and learn about animals, this collection of resources about bats and spiders includes videos, online stories in both fiction and non-fiction, and mythology.  Don’t miss the teacher resources to help get your students interested in the creepy and crawly.

This Enjoy page is for those older students who enjoy the current pop culture fascination with zombies.  There are resources for CTF and CTS students about costume and makeup.  There are also some sites and videos that take a look at cultural and scientific explanations for zombies. Teachers, be sure to check out the zombie-themed resources for teaching STEM subjects.

In addition, we created a new Special Edition this fall about Forests and Climate Change.  This site is filled with resources (videos, articles, lesson plans) that could be used in Science, CTF and CTS classrooms.

We hope that you find some of these resources helpful as you plan your classroom activities this October.