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Resources for Teachers & Administrators

The DLC provides classroom teachers and administrators with access to many learning resources in a variety of media such as books, kits, and DVDs. We also have curated an extensive list of online resources here in our Digital Learning Commons.

Binding

The DLC has two methods for binding materials: coil (cerlox) and Fast Back. Materials are paid for out of school budgets. Binding requests must be accompanied by a service requisition signed by the Principal.

Laminating

Everything from posters to book covers are laminated on a regular basis. Approximately 700 to 1,000 feet of laminating is produced monthly. The cost of laminating is billed to the individual school account.

23.5″ maximum width – maps, posters, etc. that are larger can be folded, which will leave a small seam down the centre. Do not use staples or pins, etc. and do not glue thick objects to items being laminated – they must be flat.

Items for lamination must be accompanied by a service requisition signed by the Principal.

DLC Receptionist & Booking Clerk

Specializing With:

  • Booking/distribution of learning resources
  • Laminating & binding
  • Processing library material

District Resource & Library Assistant

Specializing With:

  • Library support
  • Learning materials
  • Cataloguing & processing

Operating Hours

  • Monday to Friday
    8 am to 4:30 pm

DLC Delivery Schedule

  • Monday – South
  • Tuesday – Central
  • Wednesday – West
  • Thursday – North

Here is where you’ll find information on new additions to the Learning Commons as well as featured resources.

Many teachers are exploring the Applied Design, Skills, & Technologies curriculum. We have hands-on resources for you and your students as well as helpful links.

Physical Resources

Search ADST, coding, design, or maker in the . You will find things like:

  • Coding Unplugged kits
  • Coding Hopscotch
  • Beebots & accessories
  • Ozobots & accessories
  • Cubetto sets & story activities
  • Sphero sets and accessories
  • Lego Mindstorm kits
  • Vex IQ Robotics kits
  • Microbits
  • And lots more!

Virtual Resources

  • &Բ;– A comprehensive website created and curated by Nate Lott & Mike Page
  • &Բ;– This site has ideas for learning, teaching, and projects, as well as stats about coding
  • &Բ;– A teacher-created program for helping students learn Scratch
  • &Բ;– Learn coding via gaming

The Salish Weave Collection is a private collection of contemporary Coast Salish art that weaves together the distinctive forms and designs of established and emerging artists. The collection stems from and resides mainly on traditional Coast Salish Territories. The purpose of the collection is to support and promote awareness of artists who are contributing to the revival of Coast Salish art.

To access the DLC catalogue, go to your school’s library catalogue or visit cvlibrary.follettdestiny.ca and click on your school. Use your account with Dist 79 Cowichan using same credentials used for office 365.

If you are new to the district it’s possible your name may not be entered in our system. If this is the case, or if you have any questions, please contact us at 748-0321 ext. 244 or at dlcbooking@sd79.bc.ca.

On-line Catalogue Login

Access the District Learning Commons   here.

Profile Example:

Name: Albert Einstein
Email: aeinstein@sd79.bc.ca
Password: same as Office365

Please Note:

  • Orders must be submitted 24 working day hours prior to your next delivery day.
    **Please Note: Any orders placed after 12:30 p.m. on a Tuesday for a Wednesday delivery will be too late for the Wednesday delivery and will completely miss the booking process.
  • Items booked via the on-line catalogue will be sent to you on delivery.
  • If you wish to pick an item up please phone your order in at 748-0321 ext. 244.

We are currently building this page. Keep checking back for more online resources related to health and wellness.

Mental  & Physical Health

  • &Բ;– (Youth and Young Adults)
  •  (free, registration required)
  • &Բ;– Hincks-Dellcrest Centre
  • &Բ;– Hamilton Family Health Team
  • &Բ;– Canadian Addiction & Mental Health Services
  • &Բ;– Mental health information from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children
  • &Բ;– The Nemours Foundation
  • &Բ;– Kerri Isham

Safety

  • &Բ;– Expect Respect & a Safe Education

SOGI

  • &Բ;– Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

We have a selection of Indigenous Education kits and books; check out the DLC online catalogue for more information. This page offers online resources.

Licensed Online Resources

  • &Բ;– Download digital issues of this Indigenous education resource by following the instructions on this download page and using your school district email address.

Free Online Resources

Links to Other Resources

  • &Բ;– Jo Chrona
  • &Բ;– FNESC
    • Authentic FP Resources 2016&Բ;– This is a comprehensive annotated list of authentic First Peoples resources. It includes an evaluation guide in Appendix 1 (p. 128).
  • &Բ;– Library and Archives Canada

Videos

Book Distributors

  • &Բ;– book distributor
  • &Բ;– book publisher/distributor

How can we provide meaningful home learning experiences that are engaging, equitable, and promote inquiry? How can we be sensitive to the needs and situations of all students and families?

Getting Started

District Pages & Playlists

Read-Alouds

For those teachers who wish to record and post read-alouds, click here for information about relaxed Fair Use regulations and a list of publishers.

  •  by Helen Patuck – Download this free book about live in the pandemic.
  •  par Helen Patuck – Download the French language version of this book.
  • &Բ;– This book is free for download.
  •  by Martin Baynton — This book is free to view online or download.
  •  par Martin Baynton — This French language book is free to view online or download.

Getting Started

  • &Բ;– Tips and tricks for teachers from teachers.
  • &Բ;– Video tutorials
  • &Բ;–  Article

Free Online Resources

Licensed Resources

  • Focused Education Resources (formerly ERAC) – (K-12+) Subscription databases: EBSCO, Gale, National Geographic, World Book, and more!
  • National Film Board of Canada&Բ;– NFB Campus is now free to all teachers. Please use the following links to access our subscription.
    • English: 
    • French: 

ACF-Film Video Streaming (for teachers)

  • At school on computer, click on the blue “streaming” icon, then choose “Login IP”. Continue to choose video.
  • At school on device, download the Swank Media app and launch the app.
  • At home on computer, click on the blue “streaming” icon, then choose “Login Password”. Continue to choose video.
  • At home on device, download and launch the Swank Media app, then log in using the username/password given to you by the DLC contact or your teacher-librarian.

Networks & Other Districts’ Sites

  • &Բ;– (SD 79 + partner districts) ADST info and activities
  • &Բ;– (K-12) ۶Ƶ learning resources from PEI, including French Immersion.
  • &Բ;– (K-8) Comprehensive site from our Prairie neighbours that includes French Immersion.

  – SD 71 (Comox Valley)

Free Online Resources – Intermediate

  • French coming very soon!
  • &Բ;– Netflix has made their educational documentaries available on their Youtube channel. Please consider the ratings in order to make informed decisions for your students.
  • &Բ;– Support from the Ministry of Education.
  • &Բ;– Free online documentaries and Omnimax films!
  • &Բ;– This is a free collection of 4,500+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home.
  • &Բ;– Textbooks and more
  • &Բ;– This comprehensive collection of lesson plans, videos, information, and activities is hosted by Common Sense Media.
  • Western Canadian Learning Network&Բ;– Build online resources with support.
  • &Բ;– This is a significant collection of ebooks to share with your students. [Free until June 30]
  • &Բ;– A collaboration of Dalhousie University, the Ocean Frontier Institute, and the NFB
  • &Բ;– Virtual marine biology camp
  • &Բ;– As of now, this dynamic educational resource for teachers is available free but without the following channels: CBC News in Review, BBC, National Geographic. 
  •  — Thousands of free videos in all academic subjects. You will need to sign up for a free account.
  • &Բ;– Teaching writing and inquiry online. Includes videos, mini-lessons, assessments, and teacher’s guides. [Free for the time being.]
  • &Բ;– Disney & Khan Academy present an ADST focus.
  • &Բ;– Includes BookFlix, ScienceFlix, TrueFlix, Shared Reading, and GO! [Free until the end of June]
  • &Բ;– This is a comprehensive list of TED Education talks for many academic areas and includes a link to TED Ed. Each talk listed contains a lesson plan with questions.
  • &Բ;– EBSCO Education is offering free study packets and online magazines. Just scroll to Resources to Support Distance Learning. *We also have a paid subscription to EBSCO through Focused Education.
  • &Բ;–IԳܻ:&Բ;Raz Kids digital library of leveled books and quizzes for interactive reading practice, and; Headsprouts adaptive online reading program. [Free until end of June]
  • &Բ;– Online research for beginning readers [Free until the end of June]
  • &Բ;– Reading comprehension activities
  • &Բ;– Literacy and numeracy activities and games, plus free ebooks. Sign up your class.
  • &Բ;– Epic has made their books accessible remotely for students, but teachers must invite them. Ask your teacher-librarian about Epic.
  • &Բ;– Knowbuddy has made their virtual book catalogue free until the end of May. Choose your area, click on the book, then click the arrow to the far right of your screen to open the book.
  •  (free, registration required)
  •  (free, registration required)
  • &Բ;– Challenge-Based Learning
  • &Բ;– The museum has an education arm.
  • &Բ;– BCTF curated resources
  • &Բ;– Vancouver Island Regional Library is offering online library card registration as well as free wifi outside of their branches. Online, you can access a variety of resources like Tumblebooks and a collection of ebooks/audiobooks.
  • &Բ;– Take a virtual tour and .
  • &Բ;– UVic’s website all about the Yeyumnuts archaeological site
  • &Բ;– This site teaches about the cultural and ecological importance of clam gardens and traditional clam management.

We have curated a collection of learning activities designed to support your children to talk, read, think, move, and play. Learning is fun– and it doesn’t just happen at school!

Strong Start

  •  — On Facebook, you must request to join this Cowichan group.

Websites

  • &Բ;– The Provincial Outreach Program for the Early Years has put together Tips for ۶Ƶ Learning and a ۶Ƶ Learning Menu.
  • &Բ;– Hosted by Common Sense Media, this is a large collection of learning opportunities available to families and teachers.
  • &Բ;– Information, videos, and games
  • &Բ;– Videos and games
  • &Բ;– This is a free collection of 4,500+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home.
  • &Բ;– Fun and games with Lego online!
  • &Բ;– 100 activities to do at home; includes crafts and games
  • &Բ;– Online research for beginning readers includes a read-aloud option and vocabulary assistance [Free until the end of June]
  • &Բ;– A list of “Online Read-alouds, Story Times, Singalongs, and Illustrating Tutorials To Do From ۶Ƶ”
  • &Բ;– Most of the site is accessible at no cost.
  • &Բ;– – Literacy and numeracy activities and games, plus free ebooks!
  • &Բ;– Outdoor activities and crafts
  • &Բ;– Games, videos, reading, playground, mathzone
  • &Բ;– Astronauts read to you from space!
  • &Բ;– Here’s a list of Education companies offering free subscriptions right now. Note: Many of these companies are American, and there may be restrictions for Canadians.
  • &Բ;– Free audio stories right now
  • &Բ;– Activities for all academic areas
  • &Բ;– Practice phonics skills with these read-along stories.
  • &Բ;– Articles, games, and cool science experiments
  • &Բ;– Math and reading games
  • &Բ;– Register here for Time’s online magazine for kids. It contains news, worksheets, and quizzes.
  • &Բ;– Hands-on learning for home or school
  • &Բ;– Learning at home
  • – Science info and videos for K-5. Also available on 

Stories

  • &Բ;– The author of the popular Captain Underpants and Dogman books, invites kids to draw and have fun with him.
  • &Բ;– Also available on  , and other social media platforms.
  • &Բ;– Read-alongs in French
  • &Բ;– A large collection stories read by celebrities. Also available as an app.
  • &Բ;– Children’s book author/illustrator Mo Willems helps children be creative.
  • &Բ;– Chris Van Dusen reads his children’s book.
  • For more read-alouds by authors and celebrities, search #savewithstories on Instagram and #operationstorytime on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

Fun

  • &Բ;– A list of virtual rides
  • &Բ;– Free virtual rides!
  • &Բ;– Disney’s Youtube channel

Podcasts for Kids (Ages 2-6+)

  • Engage in some powerful listening activities.

Education

  •  — The public radio host Jane Lindholm helps answer kids’ most burning questions.
  •  — A sound-rich dive into nature and animal science, guided by Ranger Emma.
  •  — Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, radio and podcast stars, serve up science news with a heavy dose of silliness.
  •  — This debate show pits two awesome things against each other, encouraging listeners to choose their own winner.
  •  — This Australian podcast travels in a Magic School Bus-style “safari mobile” to discover animals around the world.
  •  — Kids are challenged to “spot the liar” on this game show, co-hosted by a robot.
  •  — Folk tales from around the world, told with the help of celebrity readers.
  •  — A combination of classic children’s stories and original tales.
  •  — An eight-episode serialized narrative, based on the PBS Kids series.
  •  — Stories written by kids are woven into a narrative about a musical-theater company’s magical misadventures.
  •  — The improvisational storyteller Mr. Eric tells fantastic tales based on “What if?” questions submitted by listeners.
  • — Feminist fairy tales written and performed by playwrights and actors.
  •  — Two sisters, Lucie and Charlotte (ages 11 and 8), share their original stories.
  •  — Aaron, a dinosaur lover, started this podcast when he was a kid to share dinosaur facts. It grew into a narrative adventure series that ran for five years.

Meditation

  •  — Each short episode is a guided meditation through beautiful soundscapes.
  •  — Settle down for the night with stories of magical expeditions.
  •  — This calming podcast teaches meditation and self-regulation through stories.

Music

  •  — The children’s musicians Andrew & Polly explore different themes through songs and interviews.
  • — A clever interactive music podcast that features echo songs, musical challenges and a kids’ choir that anyone can join.
  •  — Each episode is a lesson about a musical concept featuring interactive activities.
  •  — A sneaky way to introduce your kids to classical music, with the help of children’s stories like Hansel and Gretel.
  •  — An hourlong show that will introduce the family to the best in kids’ music, every week.

Explore some of these great resources!

Websites

  • &Բ;– Hosted by Common Sense Media, this is a collection of learning opportunities for families and for teachers.
  • &Բ;– Information, videos, and games
  • &Բ;– Videos and games
  • &Բ;– This is a free collection of 4,500+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home.
  • &Բ;– Free online documentaries and Omnimax films!
  • &Բ;– Fun and games with Lego online!
  • &Բ;– Build cities out of paper!
  • &Բ;–100 activities to do at home; includes crafts and games
  • &Բ;– Most of the site is accessible at no cost.
  • &Բ;– Literacy and numeracy activities and games, plus free ebooks!
  • &Բ;– Outdoor activities and crafts
  • &Բ;– Games, videos, reading, playground, mathzone
  • &Բ;– Astronauts read to you from space!
  • &Բ;– Free audio stories right now
  • &Բ;– Activities for all academic areas
  • &Բ;– Articles, games, and cool science experiments
  • &Բ;– Register here for Time’s online magazine for kids. It contains news, worksheets, and quizzes.
  • &Բ;– Learning at home
  • &Բ;– VIRL now has online library card requests. With your card you can unlock the ebook/audiobook collection as well as other digital resources. They are also offering free Wifi outside of their branches.

Free Videos

  • &Բ;– The author of the popular Captain Underpants and Dogman books, invites kids to draw and have fun with him.
  • &Բ;– Get moving with this Youtube series!
  • &Բ;– Author Joel Alexander Sutherland is reading a story a day on his Youtube channel.
  • &Բ;– Also available on  , and other social media platforms.
  • – Science info and videos for K-5. Also available on 
  • &Բ;– Read-alongs in French
  • &Բ;– A large collection stories read by celebrities. Also available as an app.
  • &Բ;– Children’s book author/illustrator Mo Willems helps children be creative.
  • &Բ;– Artist Rob Biddulph posts draw-along videos.
  • &Բ;–  Canadian children’s author Kenneth Oppel reads from his novels.
  • For more read-alouds by authors and celebrities, search #savewithstories on Instagram and #operationstorytime on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

Subscription Videos

  • &Բ;– ۶Ƶschool Hideout’s list

Virtual Field Trips & Live Cams

  • &Բ;– Weekly virtual marine biology camps
  • &Բ;– from the Vancouver Aquarium
  • &Բ;– Subscribe to this free Youtube channel.
  • &Բ;– The Hancock Wildlife Foundation’s eagle cams

Fine Arts

  • &Բ;– Enjoy from your livingroom!

Fun

  • &Բ;– A list of virtual rides
  • &Բ;– Free virtual rides!
  • &Բ;– Disney’s Youtube channel

Explore these great resources!

Websites

  • &Բ;– Hosted by Common Sense Media, this is a collection of learning activities for students and for teachers.
  • &Բ;– Secondary students can navigate this site, but younger kids may want to wait for teacher direction.
  • &Բ;– This is a free resource allowing teachers to share the best of European art, history, and culture with their students.
  • &Բ;– Activities for all academic areas
  • &Բ;– Free videos, books, lectures, and courses
  • &Բ;– VIRL now has online library card requests. With your card you can unlock the ebook/audiobook collection as well as other digital resources. They are also offering free Wifi outside of their branches.

Free Videos

  • &Բ;– Free online documentaries and Omnimax films!
  • &Բ;– This is a free collection of 4,500+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home.
  • &Բ;– Get moving with these fun routines!
  • &Բ;– A huge list of authors and celebrities reading and sharing activities. Scroll down the list to see the offerings for older kids and young adults.
  • &Բ;–  Canadian children’s author Kenneth Oppel reads from his novels.
  • &Բ;– Neal Shusterman reads his short stories.

Subscription Videos

  • &Բ;– ۶Ƶschool Hideout’s list

Virtual Field Trips & Live Cams

  • &Բ;– Weekly virtual marine biology camps
  • &Բ;– from the Vancouver Aquarium
  • &Բ;– Subscribe to this free Youtube channel.
  • &Բ;– The Hancock Wildlife Foundation’s eagle cams

Fine Arts

  • &Բ;– This is a mix of free and subscription.
  • Sir Patrick Stewart reads a Shakespearean sonnet a day on his social media channels:   
  • &Բ;– Enjoy from your livingroom!

Fun

  • &Բ;– Free virtual rides!
  • &Բ;– Disney’s Youtube channel
  •  — Tutorials

Below is a list of media resources to support learning. Check back soon as these media resources change often.

Learning Resources to Support Classrooms & School Libraries

  • Kits
  • Theme Kits (Super Kits)
  • Models
  • Study Prints
  • DVDs
  • French Language Materials

Audio-Visual Equipment for Loan

  • LCD Projectors (computer)
  • Digital Cameras
  • Video Projector
  • Sound System
  • Video Cameras
  • Slide Projectors
  • Screens (from small to large)
  • Green Screen
  • DVD players

Every child matters.

School District 79 respectfully acknowledges Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. Please consider these resources as you and your students travel the path of reconciliation.

Physical Resources

 by Phyllis Webstad tells about the author’s experience in Residential School. It is suitable for grades 3-7 and up. Phyllis’s Orange Shirt is the story rewritten for primary students.

The SD79 Indigenous Education Department has kindly ordered a copy of these books for all schools. Additionally, the DLC has a few copies.Access the  and search “reconciliation” to find out what other resources you might use in the classroom.

Online Resources

  •  has an informative webpage that includes video of Phyllis Webstad.
  •  — official site
  • &Բ;– an Opportunity for critical thinking
  • Also check out the DLC’s Indigenous Education Online Resources page.

This page is dedicated to helping teachers make the pivot to Emergency Remote Teaching and to support you as you move forward incorporating more technology in your day-to-day practice.

  •  created by Susan Close and team.
  • &Բ;– a gently curated list of resources for teachers from Cult of Pedagogy
  •  on Remote Learning

Inquiry and Project-based Resources

  •  from John Spencer
  • &Բ;– Netflix has made their educational documentaries available on their Youtube channel. Please consider the ratings in order to make informed decisions for your students.
  • &Բ;– Support from the Ministry of Education.
  • &Բ;– This is a free collection of 4,500+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home.
  • &Բ;– The Provincial Outreach Program for the Early Years has put together Tips for ۶Ƶ Learning and a ۶Ƶ Learning Menu.
  • &Բ;– K-12 resources.
  • &Բ;– This comprehensive collection of lesson plans, videos, information, and activities is hosted by Common Sense Media.
  • Western Canadian Learning Network&Բ;– Build online resources with support.
  • &Բ;– This is the Really Big List of education companies offering free subscriptions right now. You might want to look at our collection below before diving in here.
  • &Բ;– This is a significant collection of ebooks to share with your students. [Free until June 30]
  • &Բ;– As of now, this dynamic educational resource for teachers is available free but without the following channels: CBC News in Review, BBC, National Geographic. 
  • &Բ;– Thousands of free videos in all academic subjects. You will need to sign up for a free account.
  • &Բ;– Includes BookFlix, ScienceFlix, TrueFlix, Shared Reading, and GO! [Free until the end of June]
  • &Բ;– EBSCO Education is offering free study packets and online magazines. Just scroll to Resources to Support Distance Learning. *We also have a paid subscription to EBSCO through Focused Education.
  • &Բ;– Includes: Raz Kids digital library of leveled books and quizzes for interactive reading practice, and; Headsprouts adaptive online reading program. [Free until end of June]
  • &Բ;– Online research for beginning readers. [Free until the end of June]
  • &Բ;– Reading comprehension activities.
  • &Բ;– Literacy and numeracy activities and games, plus free ebooks. Sign up your class.
  • &Բ;– Epic has made their books accessible remotely for students, but teachers must invite them.
  • &Բ;– Knowbuddy has made their virtual book catalogue free until the end of May. Choose your area, click on the book, then click the arrow to the far right of your screen to open the book.
  • &Բ;– The museum has an education arm.
  • &Բ;– BCTF curated resources.
  • &Բ;– Vancouver Island Regional Library is offering online library card registration as well as free wifi outside of their branches. Online, you can access a variety of resources like Tumblebooks and a collection of ebooks/audiobooks.
  • &Բ;– Free online crossword solver and crossword help.

Professional Development Resources

  • &Բ;– 60 minute free webinars
  • &Բ;– free virtual conference
  • &Բ;– Free Math Graphing site …. and more
  • &Բ;– Online math conferences and webinars
  •  video series on formative assessment
  • &Բ;– webinars hosted by SD61
  • &Բ;– check under capacity tab for opportunities

Resources for CUPE and USW staff learning at home

POPARD&Բ;– Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules)Autism Community Training (ACT)SET-BC has the following resources:
CanFASD in FASD is a basic training course intended for everyone that will come into contact with individuals with FASD.CanFASD is an advanced training course intended for all educators working with students with FASD including all administrators, teachers, educational assistants, ECE’s, office admin, Board personnel and bus drivers.collection of POPFASD-developed resources in addition to curated resources from around the web.
North Star PathsShelley Moore – Inclusion Specialist
Culturally Responsive Teaching – Zaretta Hammond

With thanks to Julie Conroy and Courtenay McGeachy for their contributions.

Many publishers of children’s books have relaxed their Fair Use regulations in order to allow teachers to record and post read-a-louds for their students.

  • Bloomsbury
  • Capstone
  • Quarto Group

How can we provide meaningful home learning experiences that are engaging, equitable, and promote inquiry? How can we be sensitive to the needs and situations of all students and families?

Getting Started

District Pages & Playlists

  • &Բ;– Our own District Elder and Knowledge Keeper, Dolly Sylvester, answers your questions.
  • &Բ;– Cultural Teacher, Claudia Sylvester, teaches kids new words in Hul’q’umi’num’.
  • &Բ;– SD79
  • Indigenous Resources Page&Բ;– DLC
  • Early Learning&Բ;– SD79
  • Numeracy&Բ;– SD79

Free Online Resources

Licensed Resources

  • Focused Education Resources (formerly ERAC) – Subscription databases: EBSCO, Gale, National Geographic, World Book, and more!
  • National Film Board of Canada&Բ;– NFB Campus is now free to all teachers. Please use the following links to access our subscription.
    • English: 
    • French: 

ACF-Film Video Streaming (for teachers)

  • At school on computer, click on the blue “streaming” icon, then choose “Login IP”. Continue to choose video.
  • At school on device, download the Swank Media app and launch the app.
  • At home on computer, click on the blue “streaming” icon, then choose “Login Password”. Continue to choose video.
  • At home on device, download and launch the Swank Media app, then log in using the username/password given to you by the DLC contact or your teacher-librarian.

Networks & Other Districts’ Sites

  • &Բ;– (SD 79 + partner districts) ADST info and activities
  • &Բ;– (K-12) ۶Ƶ learning resources from PEI, including French Immersion.
  • &Բ;– (K-8) Comprehensive site from our Prairie neighbours that includes French Immersion.

  – SD 71 (Comox Valley)

Free Online Resources – Secondary

  • &Բ;– Netflix has made their educational documentaries available on their Youtube channel. Please consider the ratings in order to make informed decisions for your students.
  • &Բ;– Support from the Ministry of Education
  • &Բ;– Free online documentaries and Omnimax films!
  • &Բ;– This is a free collection of 4,500+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home.
  • &Բ;– Textbooks and more
  • &Բ;– This comprehensive collection of lesson plans, videos, information, and activities is hosted by Common Sense Media.
  • &Բ;– The online version of this powerful resource. *Available in French!
  • Western Canadian Learning Network&Բ;– Build online resources with support.
  • &Բ;– This is a significant collection of ebooks to share with your students. [Free until June 30]
  • &Բ;– These sites include content for math, science, language arts, social studies, art, and music.
  • &Բ;– A collaboration of Dalhousie University, the Ocean Frontier Institute, and the NFB
  • &Բ;– As of now, this dynamic educational resource for teachers is available free but without the following channels: CBC News in Review, BBC, National Geographic. 
  •  — Thousands of free videos in all academic subjects. You will need to sign up for a free account.
  • &Բ;– Teaching writing and inquiry online. Includes videos, mini-lessons, assessments, and teacher’s guides. [Free for the time being.]
  • &Բ;– Disney & Khan Academy present an ADST focus.
  • &Բ;– This is a comprehensive list of TED Education talks for many academic areas and includes a link to TED Ed. Each talk listed contains a lesson plan with questions.
  • &Բ;– EBSCO Education is offering free study packets and online magazines. Just scroll to Resources to Support Distance Learning. *We also have a paid subscription to EBSCO through Focused Education.
  •  (free, registration required)
  • &Բ;– Challenge-Based Learning
  • &Բ;– The museum has an education arm.
  • &Բ;– BCTF curated resources
  • &Բ;– Vancouver Island Regional Library is offering online library card registration as well as free wifi outside of their branches. Online, you can access a variety of resources like Tumblebooks and a collection of ebooks/audiobooks.
  • &Բ;– Take a virtual tour and .
  • &Բ;– Canadian Red Cross
  • &Բ;– UVic’s website all about the Yeyumnuts archaeological site
  • &Բ;– This site teaches about the cultural and ecological importance of clam gardens and traditional clam management.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the DLC collaborated on creating a Rainbow Kit for each school site. Ask your SOGI lead about your kit!

  • &Բ;– ARC’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity site
    • &Բ;– Elementary and Secondary lesson plans
    • &Բ;– 5 minute videos designed as catalysts for discussion
    • &Բ;– Top SOGI book choices for students and teachers
  • &Բ;– A Gender and Sexuality Alliance Manual (pdf download) — included in Rainbow Kit

Links and information pertinent to teacher-librarians

Sharing the Brainpower

  • &Բ;– How can you use online learning tools?
  • &Բ;– This site contains how-to instructions on 12 online learning tools.
  • &Բ;– All about connecting readers with books.
  • &Բ;– What are TLs thinking about Maker?
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  • &Բ;– What is it and how can you start to bridge it?

Here are a few resources to help you maximize your own digital content that you are sharing with your learners.

Office 365

  • &Բ;– Video training

Developed by Vancouver Island and Southern Interior District Resource Centre Coordinators produced in cooperation with PIMA, (Pacific Instructional Media Association)

Mission Statement

District Resource Centres and their staffs provide students and educators with cost effective, equitable District-wide access to learning resources and services through evaluating, acquiring, managing and promoting these resources.

Rationale

District Resource Centres are well positioned to promote and facilitate the implementation of the effective use of learning resources. As the variety and format of learning resources continue to expand, there will be an increasing need to support the integration of these resources and their associated technologies with good teaching practice. Teachers will be faced with acquiring the skills needed to use a wider variety of learning resources in order to successfully integrate them into new and changing curriculums. A District Resource Centre should play an integral role in supporting student learning by providing the essential link between curriculum, school library resource centres and learning resources.

A District Resource Centre should provide the ongoing continuity needed to successfully implement new programs.

As well it plays an invaluable role in linking the curriculum to learning resource components required for effective instruction. Implementation will require the successful integration of information technology with curriculum learning outcomes and effective teaching strategies. A District Resource Centre can provide a teacher-friendly, resource-rich, environment. Given adequate budget and personnel, a District Resource Centre can support the educational programs and goals of schools, the District and the Ministry of Education.

Leadership and Liaison

District Resource Centre staff provide leadership and liaison through the development and promotion of learning resources for use across the District and at the school level.

Professional and support staff at the District Resource Centre are able to:

  • collaborate with administrators, teachers, teacher- librarians, trustees and parents to determine policies for the promotion, selection and use of learning resources;
  • advocate for the use of a wide range of print, audio-visual, digital and human resources;
  • develop short and long term goals for District Resource Centre services based on District and Ministry policies;
  • provide curriculum development and support by serving on curriculum committees and advisory groups;
  • promote District-wide policies, initiatives and programs;
  • organize staff development workshops on the acquisition and use of learning resources and technology;
  • act as a liaison with the Learning Resources and Curriculum Branches of the Ministry of Education;
  • provide resources and services to parent and community groups;
  • support curriculum development and implementation through the selection and circulation of professional materials and curriculum guides;
  • improve communications across all areas of the School District by providing a clearing house for materials and/or a publishing centre;
  • coordinate the circulation of materials with other districts and agencies;
  • promote partnerships with other educational institutions, government agencies, business, industry, and non-profit organizations; and
  • promote the use of Canadian produced learning resources.

Acquisition, Distribution and Management of Learning Resources

District Resource Centres have coordinated systems for the acquisition and distribution of learning resources that ensure cost effective and equitable access across the entire School District.

District Resource Centres develop policies and systems which:

  • provide cost effective ways to acquire learning resources which may include: a tendering process, bulk purchasing, negotiating site licences, centralized purchasing and identifying jobbers;
  • utilize current technology to augment and enhance inventory, processing and distribution of learning resources throughout the District;
  • reinforce the concept of equitable access to learning resources;
  • maintain an accurate catalogue of learning resources according to established standards;
  • develop an efficient system for circulation of centralized and school-based learning resources; and
  • ensure the most efficient distribution of learning resources throughout the District.

Evaluation and Selection of Learning Resources

A learner focused educational philosophy and the accompanying emphasis on resource-based learning has made the evaluation and selection of appropriate learning resources a vital component of curriculum implementation. Learning resources to support teaching and learning are best selected by educators at the Provincial, District and School level.

District Resource Centres:

  • provide leadership and assistance in the development of district and school-based policies, procedures and criteria for the evaluation, selection and challenge of learning resources;
  • identify, in consultation with committees, priority curricular areas for district and school-based purchasing;
  • provide information and displays of learning resources to support the selection process;
  • build a collection of bibliographic and evaluative sources to provide current information about learning resources and associated hardware;
  • foster teacher involvement in the preview, evaluation and selection of learning resources;
  • guide the development and implementation of district and school-based learning resources plans;
  • maintain a cost effective district learning resource collection to supplement school collections;
  • organize pilots and evaluation of selected learning resources;
  • organize displays of learning resources; and
  • provide inservice on the potential use of instructional technologies and learning resources.

Management of District Resource Centres

The management role provides for the administration of District Resource Centre programs, facilities, services, and staff in order that these may contribute to the stated educational goals of the District and the Ministry.

Management functions include:

  • communicating with district staff, school staff, students and the community;
  • establishing short and long range goals;
  • reporting on the District Resource Centre operations;
  • selecting, supervising and planning for the effective use of District Resource Centre professional and support staff;
  • developing District Resource Centre facilities and services to support the objectives of the K-12 Education Plan as defined by the Ministry of Education;
  • planning for efficient use of space and equipment, and for appropriate security;
  • developing and managing a budget that reflects the needs of the instructional program;
  • maintaining a current catalogue and an inventory of materials and equipment housed in the District Resource Centre;
  • providing a service-oriented environment;
  • applying technological advances to District Resource Centre and school library resource centre services;
  • involving district and school staff in the evaluation and selection of learning resources;
  • acquiring equipment that is most appropriately held and circulated through the District Resource Centre;
  • maintaining meeting and seminar rooms to meet the needs of district and school-based committees;
  • maintaining a preview area for all media formats; and
  • coordinating district ordering of resource materials.

Design and Production of Learning Resources

Media to be used within the instructional framework are determined by the requirements of learning outcomes, course content and instructional methodology. Non-print materials can be obtained from commercial sources or produced locally.

District Resource Centres can:

  • advise and assist educators in media design and production;
  • provide inservice in media design and production;
  • advise and assist students in media design and production;
  • provide inservice in media literacy education;
  • provide support services such as desktop publishing, graphic production and design, layout, reproduction, laminating, printing etc.;
  • produce learning resources such as audiocassettes, slides, photographs, transparencies, video-tapes, multimedia productions, posters, charts, kits, websites etc.; and
  • assist in the evaluation and distribution of locally produced learning resources.

Information Technology

District Resource Centre personnel have the ability to promote the use of technology and investigate new resources, technology and services involving information technology.

District Resource Centre personnel support information technology by:

  • promoting the acquisition of information skills;
  • providing expertise in the selection of educational technologies;
  • promoting the integration of current information technologies;
  • providing assistance to schools involved with technological change through support and training;
  • promoting information access to ensure equity for all students;
  • supporting library automation;
  • participating in cooperative and coordinated projects that involve information technologies; and
  • supporting innovations in information technologies.

District Resource Centre Facilities

The District Resource Centre is designed to provide the effective circulation and use of educational resources throughout the school district.

To accomplish this, the facility should:

  • be located centrally in the district to allow convenient access to teachers and staff;
  • securely house media resource collections and equipment for loan or production;
  • have a layout which facilitates browsing through media materials;
  • offer expanded hours of operation (before and after school) to enable convenient access;
  • provide space for organizing the shipping and receiving of materials and equipment to schools;
  • include space for display, preview and production activities;
  • have production equipment set up and accessible for teacher projects;
  • be equipped with phone, fax and on-line connections to facilitate communication with district schools, suppliers, Ministry and outside agencies;
  • provide an area for use in training on audiovisual and computer technology equipment and techniques;
  • house clerical staff to handle inquiries, reservations, shipping and other services;
  • provide meeting or seminar rooms that can be booked by teacher or staff groups;
  • incorporate distribution of school district mail and other communications; and
  • provide technology for requesting, reserving, shipping, cataloguing and organizing media resources.

These are subscription databases you can access at school (IP authentication) and at home (password authentication).

If you do not have the home access password, please contact dlc@sd79.bc.ca or your site teacher-librarian. You may share this password with students.