Principals’ Corner

 How do we prepare teachers for teaching and learning the ever evolving landscape of technology? Chris Kennedy, the Superintendent of Schools / CEO with the West Vancouver School District (West Vancouver, BC), suggests that

"We’ve shifted from seeing technology as a way to support distance learning to looking for ways to make blended learning part of every student’s educational experience. And we are beginning to move beyond being excited about the tools themselves to looking for ways we can best use these tools to support learning goals and good pedagogy."

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Alberta Education's Guide to Education: Kindergarten to Grade 12 provides important guidelines for the school library program in Alberta schools:

"Students in Alberta schools should have access to an effective school library program that is integrated with instructional programs. Such library     programs improve student opportunities for achieving a basic education. Student learning experiences should integrate information retrieval and research    skills. These skills are learned best within the curricula. To promote integration, opportunities for cooperative planning between teachers and teacher–librarians should be provided.

In an integrated school library program, the services and activities are not peripheral or supplementary to the school’s instructional program; they are an
essential and dynamic part of it. The integrated library program broadens, deepens and personalizes learning by involving students in the planned and
purposeful use of resources. Library resources are designed to help students expand their abilities to find, generate, evaluate and apply information.

Developing these information skills will, in turn, prepare students to function effectively as individuals and as full participants in society. An integrated school library program attends not only to its formal instructional role, but also to its function as a centre for informal learning. As a resource centre, the school library should be a place where students can pursue their individual educational interests." (p.69)

Alberta Education (2012). Guide to Education: Kindergarten to Grade 12 (2012-2013). Edmonton Alberta: Alberta Education

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This video from British Columbia provides a model of an exemplary school learning commons:

The school learning commons should be a space where learning and technology intersect. Ewan McIntosh discusses ways to create multiple learning spaces within your school and/ or learning commons:



ORC Grant-In-Aid Approved for 2014/2015

The Online Reference Centre (ORC) grant-in-aid for 2014/2015 has been approved! This means that the ORC will remain available to all Alberta K-12 students, parents, staff and pre-service teachers.

The ORC is currently in the process of firming up its 2014/2015 collection. Although the ORC is working with the same budget this year, US exchange rates have changed, and this has an impact, since many of the ORC contracts are paid to US publishers in US funds. The ORC Coordinator is working with the current publishers to see what can be done about maintaining the current collection despite changing financial circumstances.

Find the ORC at or visit the ORC Support Site at

EdTechTeam Calgary Summit - Featuring Google for Education

The first annual EdTechTeam Calgary Summit, featuring Google for Education, will be held at Rundle College Jr Sr High in Calgary, Alberta on August 18 & 19, 2014.This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for Education to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google Apps for Education team. Registration has just opened at  Register soon, to avoid missing out!