Effective Instructional Design

Videos on Taking Notes and Citation in English and French for Elementary

A few months ago, our colleagues in the Digital Citizenship Initiative put together two videos aimed at elementary school students. The first one is on how to take notes and the second is on quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. These videos are available in both English and French. Hopefully, you and [...]

Another New QSLiN Hangout: PCHS Listening to Students and Meeting Needs for Technology

In this video, Caroll-Ann Steele, Documentation Technician, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, Lester B. Pearson School Board, describes how she approached students at every grade level to find out what services they hoped for in the school’s refurbished library learning commons.  As a result of her informal surveys, laptops, desktop computers [...]

New QSLiN Library Hangout – Macdonald High School Library: Going Digital

This short video is long on ideas for making a library, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century, a digitally friendly centre. Maria Cavaiuolo, Documentation Technician, at Macdonald High School in Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec (Lester B. Pearson School Board) shows how this bring-your-own-device school makes it easy for [...]

Principal Jad Deegan and Macdonald High School’s Library Learning Commons – New QSLiN Hangout

Principal Jad Deegan (Macdonald High School, Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Lester B. Pearson School Board) enthusiastically points out the advantages of the newly refurbished library learning commons in supporting pedagogy at Macdonald High School. He highlights the advantages of having spaces for collaboration as well as student-friendly computer stations, and laptop or [...]

Edwardian Era Library to 21st Century Library Learning Commons

Converting a space to a library learning commons presents many challenges. Most schools were built at a time when the card catalogue and the encyclopedia were the primary means by which students tracked down the information that they needed or found the books that they wanted to read. Many school [...]

“She Said, He Said: On Makerspaces” – blog post by LEARN Quebec

There are an increasing number of people getting involved in the Makerspace movement here in Quebec. While Makerspaces are not as well known in Quebec as they might be in the USA or other parts of Canada, it is really great to see more people seeing the fantastic value of these additions [...]

New QSLiN Film: Quebec Principals on the Importance of School Libraries

The QSLiN team has been filming great features of school libraries in Quebec for close to two years.  Over time, members of the team have spoken with principals who are very eloquent in expressing the importance of the libraries in their schools to students, teachers, and to all in the [...]

Resources from the 2016 Library Symposium Sessions

Hello, Are you looking for the presentations or list of resources from the various sessions at the 2016 Library Symposium? Well, here is the full list of links to help you out! Gwyneth Jones    The links for all three of the presentations by Gwyneth Jones's can be found on [...]

Book review: The Lego Architect: A book for the learning commons!

This book is published at just the right time with the growing interest in makerspaces and tinkering. As with our learning commons, it is big on multi-tasking and adaptability. The title has a wide appeal whether for Art and Social Science teachers as well as your average Lego® enthusiast. The [...]

The School Library Symposium – Resources, Notes, and Tweets

Every year, the Quebec School Librarian's Network organizes a school library symposium for the anglophone educational community.This year, the theme was School Libraries: Empowering Ourselves, Empowering Others.Last week, excitement was in the air as rock star librarian, Gwyneth Jones, The Daring Librarian opened the symposium as the keynote speaker. Her three sessions [...]