Calgary Board of Education



Aboriginal Learning Resources
Electronic Portfolios
Green Teachers
Language Arts


  Newspaper Activities
Professional Development
Social Studies

Smart Board

Virtual Museum of Canada 

LRC Resources

1) Learning Resource Centre -  This website lists all the recommended resources approved by the Alberta Ed. 

Online Resources The Alberta Online Encyclopedia is the first of its kind- a multi-media encyclopedia that showcases all aspects of the historical, cultural, natural, scientific and technological heritage of Alberta. The Encyclopedia is a dynamic, ever-growing content source that brings a world of knowledge to your fingertips. Accessing repository sites: They are open to CBE students and staff without login authentication within CBEnet and with a username and password outside of CBE net.  Please contact your schools teacher-librarian or principal for home access information. Current password for LearnAlberta  UserID: LA06 Password: 4105
Online Reference Centre It is a portal site for, Electric Library Canada Plus, Electric Library Canada Elementary, Grolier Online, SIS Discoverer and Canadian Encyclopedia.  The online reference centre for students.  I will be doing some work with students on this site as the resources are really super for research. 
CBE online library These libraries are amazing.  Great links to websites that fit the curriculum and have been checked out to be suitable for students.  There are three levels, elementary, Jr. high and Sr. high.  I will be doing some work with these sites later in September, but you should be familiar with them for when you are lesson planning with students.  THESE SITES ARE THE ONES OUR STUDENTS SHOULD BE ACCESSING FIRST WHEN THEY ARE DOING RESEARCH!!! 
The Teacher List Possibly the most extensive list of resources in the Internet. The Teacher List divides its vast archive of sites by age group and subject. Whether you're looking for resources, teaching aids or Web sites for you students to explore, you'll fid what you need.
Alberta Ed. website This website has tons of information, including: program of studies, curriculum links and much more!
CBE Professional Learning Centre You need to click on the online catalogue link and then access the catalogue as a "guest user". You can also access this through staff tools from the CBE website.  This is the professional library for CBE staff and has tons of great resources.  You can browse online and then request resources via email or by phone and they will send them out to the school.  The Centre is located at Highfield if you would rather go and check out resources on your own.  Please see me if you need more details.
Documentary Lens The National Film Board has recently released some incredible multimedia resources online in streaming media format, including the new "Documentary Lens" site.  Documentary Lens is a collection of clips and full-length films from the National Film Board collection supporting curriculum topics.  The site also includes Teacher's Guides for each topic, a search option to locate films by title, keyword, or decade, and a Library Tool that allows you to save and organize the video clips into your own personalized collection.  This resource is offered in an HTML or Flash version, but you will need a high speed Internet connection to watch the films on the site.
School Net News SchoolNet News Network (SNN), and its French counterpart, Rédaction de Rescol (RDR) is a cyber-school for writers and aspiring journalists as well as a resource centre for teachers.
Enchanted Learning

We now have a school membership to Enchanted Learning. It is a great site and TONS of resources. Here is just a small sample of the topics that range from kindergarten to potentially high school:
-cloze activities
-connect the dots
-arts and crafts ideas
-activities in multiple languages
-maps, world flags
-picture books
-science activities and topics: biomes, astronomy, plants, etc
-inventors and explorers

See Rhonda/Vanessa or Patty for the school username and password

Teacher's Domain Basically it is a database of media resources from Public T.V. and has complete lesson plans using the media resources. You sign-up and then can create your own folders with the lessons you want (so you don’t always have to go searching for things). I played around with it a little bit and it seems like it could be really useful, although some of the quicktime videos were being blocked as pop-up and some weren’t?!!
Tools4Teachers Free distributed learning resources put together by Alberta Education.

Lesson Plans

Learning Page Membership is free, E.C.S. to grade 3, lesson plans with directions and accompanying work, worksheets, themes, Math, Science, L.A. ect., monthly themes, download books to read and/or print.
Educator's reference desk (ERIC) This website has all kinds of information about educations including research, lesson plans, and much more.
The Educator's Toolkit Good General Online Resources Lots of info. and links. Created with the Alberta curriculum guidelines.
Lesson plans page This site has thousands of lesson plans and links to other sites with lesson plans.
Canada's School Net Great internet resources with an emphasis on Canadian sites and learning.


Professional Development

Current Articles on Libraries and Searching  

- Inet-Toolbox helps you stay current with full text articles covering search tools and research.  Inet provides practical computer training for real world learning and people-centric technology services that help you better manage your computer needs every day - just in time, not just in case! Updated regularly, the Libraries  and Research articles page offers the title, a short description, and a link to each full text article on the Web so you can easily keep up with what's new in the field of electronic searching and research.

- ePD - Online Processional Resources. Perhaps you would like to prepare for a new role as an off-campus coordinator. Or maybe you are ready to find new ways of integrating technology within your curriculum. It could be that you are looking for different approaches to work more effectively with special needs learners. We have a variety of courses through which you can connect with other professionals in developing skills and strategies to support you in your unique educational practice.


Math Resources

MATH ALIVE 5 The Math Alive 5 one is particularly good. An online Grade 5 math program with activity sheets and other teacher type resources. 
GRADE 6 MATH An online Grade 6 math program that uses a spy theme.
NCTM Illuminations for school math Great math website with lots of information and lessons plans.
Base Ten Blocks I'm hearing that some people are in need of base 10 blocks and this site utilizes this concept in a virtual way.
Math Drills Free Math worksheets!

As with any websites you must spend some time in them tooling around to get the information you want.  Have fun searching and let me know if you find any great stuff!


Green Teachers

Both of these links offer classroom guest speakers!

1. Endangered Species Education Program  

2. Grizzly Bears Forever!




2) The Atlas of Canada -   This website has great maps and geographical information specific to Canada.


Electronic Portfolios

Dr. Helen Barrett's Electronic Portfolios - Click on the link to learn more.

Definition of portfolio

Educators in the Pacific Northwest, through the Northwest Evaluation Association (1990), developed the following definition of a portfolio:

A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits the student's efforts, progress and achievements in one or more areas. The collection must include student participation in selecting contents, the criteria for selection; the criteria for judging merit, and evidence of student self-reflection.
The traditional storage format for portfolios in education is paper-based, usually in manila folders, three-ring notebooks or larger containers. Most often, the artifacts are comprised of text and images on paper, although the use of video or audio tape has been emerging.

Electronic Portfolio defined

An electronic portfolio uses electronic technologies, allowing the portfolio developer to collect and organize portfolio artifacts in many media types (audio, video, graphics, text). A standards-based portfolio uses a database or hypertext links to clearly show the relationship between the standards or goals, artifacts and reflections. The learners reflections are the rationale that specific artifacts are evidence of achieving the stated standards or goals. Often, the terms Electronic Portfolio and Digital Portfolio are used interchangeably; however there is a distinction: an Electronic Portfolio contains artifacts that may be in analog form, such as a video tape, or may be in computer-readable form; in a Digital Portfolio, all artifacts have been transformed into computer-readable form. An electronic portfolio is not a haphazard collection of artifacts (i.e., a digital scrapbook or a multimedia presentation) but rather a reflective tool that demonstrates growth over time. (Barrett, 2000)

Most of these definitions include the word collection; collections of work can be folders, or scrapbooks or portfolios. What differentiates an electronic portfolio from a digital scrapbook or an online resume is the organization of the portfolio around a set of standards or learning goals, plus the learner's reflections, both on their achievement of the standards, and the rationale for selecting specific artifacts, as well as an overall reflection on the portfolio as a whole.

The benefits of developing electronic portfolios for either students or teachers includes:

  • minimal storage space
  • easy to create back-up files
  • portability
  • long shelf life
  • learner-centered
  • increases technology skills
  • through hypertext links it is easier to make argument that certain standards are met
  • accessibility (especially web portfolios) (Kankaanranta, Barrett & Hartnell-Young, 2000)




"A Web Quest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. Web Quests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels on analysis, synthesis and evaluation." - Defined by Bernie Dodge, San Diego State University and creator of this concept.


2. BLUE WEB'N- Blue Web'n is an online library of 1998 outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format.



KINDERART Kinderart features more than 155 free art lesson plans that teachers and parents can use in the classroom or at home. The site includes drawing, painting, sculpture and textiles.


Aboriginal Learning Resources

Aboriginal Learning Resource Materials Kids' stop


Social Studies Resources

CBC4KIDS Are you looking for a way to share the news with your students in a fun and interactive way? Check out this site: a news site designed for youth!
National Library of Canada Kids Page With more than 50 unique sites on everything from Canadian history of hockey to the creation of a book for children, teachers will find learning resources kids love.
UN CYBER SCHOOL BUS With more than 180 members, the United Nations brings together countries of different origins, cultures and political beliefs to work together for the betterment of citizens across the globe. The UN Cyber Schoolbus provides lesson plans, activities and games perfect for educating students about the UN and the ideals it represents.
MEDIA AWARENESS NETWORK We are bombarded by media messages every day. The Media Awareness Network is dedicated to educating youth on the influences and motivations of the media. This award winning site hosts more than 300 lesson plans for educators, professional development resources for librarians and teachers, as well, as well as tips, information and practical tools for parents on safe surfing and emerging media issues.
Collections Canada Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has a collection strong in history, literature and music. The Learning Centre allows us to open our vaults to all Canadians by making some of our treasures available online. Students gain access to material that will enrich their learning experience.


Language Arts

*Teaching Books* HEATHER RECOMMENDED-  From one easy-to-use website, makes instantly available original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of professional book readings, guides to thousands of titles and a wealth of multimedia resources on children's and young adult literature. Our hope is that by utilizing TeachingBooks' multimedia resources, educators will better understand the spirit and personality behind books and discover exciting ways to share these insights with children and teens.  Very cool website lots of great info. but it is U.S. based. Click here to enter as an Educator. Remember that the password is calgaryschools.
CREATIVE WRITING PROCESS Creative writing is a process. It starts with brainstorming for ideas, then outlining and writing a draft, and then preparing a final copy after many proofreads and revisions. The Creative Writing Process is a handy site aimed at youth that outlines the steps in creative writing, and features exercises and helpful tips.
  Also remember to check out the student resource page for fantastic curriculum related resource!
CLWG Children's Literature Web Guide- My personal favourite, tons of great information and links to other sites, plus emphasis on Canadian authors and resources!
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site This is a collection of reviews of great books for children, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about popular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.
Book Hive Bookhive is a website designed for children ages birth through twelve, their parents, teachers and anyone interested in reading about children's books. This site contains hundreds of book reviews in a variety of reading levels and interest areas. Readers can create their own booklists and submit stories, hear a story or choose from a number of activities.
Read Up On It Read UP On It is a program to promote Canadian children's literature and reading. It highlights notable books on a variety of themes, and features award-winning Canadian children's books in all categories.
The Read Aloud Registry This Canadian site features recommendations by teachers, librarians, authors and others for great read aloud titles for children from Kindergarten to Grade 7.
* KidsReads includes information on books, series and authors. Reviews of the newest books, interviews with authors and special features on books along with trivia games, literary games and contests are also part of this appealing site for students.
TeachingBooks.Net This teachers resource features original movies of authors and illustrates, teacher guides for thousands of books, author study materials, and the opportunity to send questions to authors and illustrators. The goal of the web author is to utilize multimedia technologies to give you unprecedented access to the best children's book authors, illustrators and insightful teaching materials.


Smart Boards

Teachers Hub A forum for teacher to learn about how to use the SMART Technologies. You can find video demonstrations at this site.
Lesson Activities A site that you can find pre-made SMART Board Lessons for all curriculum areas.
Curriculum Standards If you have a specific curriculum objective in mind, you can go to this site and find the objective and what pre-made lessons are attached to it.
Lesson Resources Access images, Adobe Flash content and other resources for your SMART Notebook software lessons.
Smart Exchange The SMART Exchange is a free resource center and community network that provides a wealth of resources for technology-enabled learning. Exchange ideas and find the information you are looking for, including recent research, best practices, success stories and daily tools.