August 11

Resources from the PD day

In this blog entry, you can quickly locate the digital resources used by the presenters at our Term 3 professional learning day, held on Monday 10th August (Week 5).

* Progressing with Oliver:
Research Projects – Evidence of how Oliver and Orbit are supporting student learning
(A) Primary: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS – their Oliver ClassMovie is linked HERE) and Ian McLean (Penrith PS).
(B) Secondary: Jenny Dengate (Glenmore Park HS) & Lolita Garcia (Richmond HS).

* STEPS Book Forum – Engaging your school learning community: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS) – Click down to Page 2 of the PDF.

* CBCA Update: Jackie Hawkes & Honor White (CBCA NSW representatives)

Book Week poster
Ian demonstrates the phone app that brings this year’s CBCA poster alive!

* Promoting reading through dynamic author/illustrator visits: Jenny Scheffers (Caddies Creek PS)

* Website of our Guest Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah (Click on the hyperlink).

Randa Abdel-Fattah
Randa Abdel-Fattah

May 15

Integrating Inquiry Learning and Web 2.0 Technologies into the Australian Curriculum


Registrations Closing Soon!

Thank you to those members who have already registered. Just a reminder that online registration for our Term 2 Conference with Lyn Hay is now open. Registration is through Syba Signs – (not MyPL). You can view information about the conference and register online at

Alternatively you may wish to print off the attached day’s program and registration form and fax your registration. When registering either online or using the downloadable PDF registration form, please select the box to indicate that you are a member of the partner PMBW organisation. This will ensure you receive the discounted registration cost of $135 (plus GST).

You are more than welcome to bring a teaching colleague, however the cost to the colleague will be $199 (NOT the PMBW discounted price).

You may indicate that you would like an invoice to be sent rather than pay up front. The venue is the Novotel at Parramatta (previously known as The Sebel). Delegate numbers are strictly limited so please be early with your registration!

The PMBW Committee, in partnership with SybaSigns Academy, look forward to sharing in a most exciting and rewarding day of professional learning and networking!

Jenny Scheffers (Teacher Librarian, Caddies Creek PS)
Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group

Lorraine Baxter (Teacher Librarian, Werrington County PS)

June 6

Minutes of professional learning day at Caddies Creek PS

Welcome & General Business: Jenny Scheffers (Chairperson PMBW Committee)
• Acknowledgement of traditional custodians
• Thank you to TLs for attending
• Caddies Creek PS Library – 7 day library – thank you to Marlene
• Housekeeping matters
• Welcome and thank you to our presenters, sponsors – P.O.S.M (Point of Sale material) Pty Ltd & The Children’s Bookshop
• Thank you to Lorraine for publicising today’s meeting
• Term 4 Professional Learning Day – Wednesday 9 November (Week 5) at St Clair PS (Register online at MyPL@DET – type course code into MyPL)
• Folder contains the following documents:
 Agenda
 Term 3 Afternoon Tea flyer – Wednesday 31 August (Week 7) at Blacktown South Public School, Flushcombe Road, Blacktown 3.45 – 5.00pm, Host Teacher Librarian – Lee Arundel
 Evaluation Form.

Federal Parliamentary Enquiry – Lyn Hay and Ross Todd, ASLA & ALIA have set up a blog – asking TLs to be proactive and provide information (data) for evidence based practice on the website
• Syba Signs brochure available – includes Ross Todd’s new publication ‘Curriculum Integration’
• Jan Clarence (Surveyor’s Creek) & Alice Terry (Jamison H.S) are retiring
• Badge draw at the end of the day – prizes donated by sponsors.

Guest Speaker: Colleen Foley (Manager Team Leader, School Libraries and Information Literacy, NSW, CLIC)
Support for Teacher Librarians: DET update
• Now part of the NSW Curriculum & Learning Innovation Centre (CLIC)
• Refer to Handout – ‘School Libraries supporting teaching and learning in a digital age’
 Key Contacts
 Scan
 Raps and book raps
 Links4Learning
 Information Literacy, reading & e-resources

• Federal Enquiry
 Available online (direct link through ‘Hot Topics’)
 Look at overview and recommendations
 Model of NSW Department of Education and Training held up as a good one for others to follow
 Importance of evidence based practice

• Australian Curriculum
 Information Literacy (ISP) recognised as an essential 21st century skill operating across the curriculum
 Is this or related ICT capabilities made explicit enough for 21st century curriculum?
 NSW not yet implementing the Australian curriculum

• Links4Learning in My Library
 L4L is available 24/7 to all DET school staff and students in ‘My Library’
 Go to H3 Library Management to change information in ‘My Library Links’ section
 A search in ‘My Library’ will capture L4L sites
 L4L includes some freely available e-books
 Access to electronic resources
 TL still needs access to Oasis DOS Enquiry for library management functions
• Updated one day Oasis training package is available – includes a module on ‘My Library’
• Raps and Book Raps
 New look
 Raps archive
 Not a concern if time frame for a rap is not strictly followed
 Book Week picture book rap coming for Term 3
 Shaun Tan Rap – Term 2 for stages 2 & 3 – new front page interface – links to PRC & CLIC on front page.

Guest Speaker: Paul MacDonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s Hot
• The Children’s Bookshop is celebrating its 40th year
• Email Paul for a copy of his presentation at
• ‘Future Minds: How the digital age is changing our minds, why this matters and what we can do about it’ by Richard Watson
Discusses the need of books for reading for pleasure, shared experiences, the need for permanent historical artefacts and the need to promote hard reading to encourage resilience
• Kids spend up to 40 hours per week looking at a screen – any screen
• Book Trailers – kids promote reading to each other – Google book trailers
• 2011 Shortlist
 CBCA 2011 Theme – One World, Many Stories
 Provides a focus to be advocates for reading
 Visit Mrs Mac’s Library website for links to Shortlisted books and more
• Picture books are booming at the moment
• Picture books dealing with manners are popular
• Teen/Adult – the market is blurring
• Non-fiction is struggling – moving to coffee table items.

The Children’s Bookshop: 10% discount for Teachers, 15% discount for books, 20% discount for class sets, provide lists for literature circles and class sets, host network meetings.

Sponsor• P.O.S.M (Point of Sale Material) Pty. Ltd – Keith Ward & Peter Wickenden
• Phone: 0296441466
• Approx. 3500 products – retail display, product presentation
• Many products will be of interest for use in the library eg adhesive plastic strips to display children’s work, trolley, baskets, wall mounts for hanging posters, ceiling clips, label maker, snap opening frames, zig zag system for book display, white boards and led lighting.

Concurrent Workshops: Implementing Guided Inquiry
A: Guided Inquiry in Primary Schools – Jenny Scheffers (Teacher Librarian Caddies Creek PS), Peter Lehner (Assistant Principal Caddies Creek PS), Dylan Macdonald and Ethan Prasetya (Year 6 students Caddies Creek PS) & Colleen Blancato (Teacher Librarian Hassall Grove PS)
• Jenny: Refer to handouts ‘Putting Guided Inquiry into Practice – a Primary School perspective’ & ‘Year 6 CPT Guided Inquiry unit Antarctica’
• Definition – SCAN 2006 Ross Todd
• Framework – Research River – posters created by Lee Fitzgerald
• Colleen: Useful Web 2.0 tools include ‘Weblists’, ‘Wallwisher’, ‘Glogster’ and ‘linoit’.
B: Guided Inquiry in a High School – Cathy Hill (Head of Library & Information Science P-12), Belinda Davies (Year 7 Core) & Yvonne Hammer (Head of Gifted and Independent Learning, St Paul’s Grammar School, Cranebrook)

Guest Speaker: Leanne Samootin (K-12 ICT Consultant Western Sydney Region)
Presentation: Web 2 and Search Engines
• Weblist –
 Free sign up
 Can search for lists
 Make up own list
 Leanne’s weblist – Click here: ICT Tools for TLs in Schools
• Fred
• Eyeplorer – visual search engine
• Glean Learning Tools – information literacy tools
 Boolify –
 Comparison Search – (grades 4 – 12)
 Who Is – (grades 5 – 12)
• WolframAlpha – computational knowledge engine
• Watchknow – organised list of videos
• Gapminder – another way of looking at statistical information, look at trends over time
• Other Worlds –
 Creating multimedia stories – stages 3 & 4
 Focus on using web 2 tools
 Framework for creating digital stories
 e-book guide
• Topicmarks – summarises text
 Free – need to sign up
 Accepts word document, pdf, paste a link
• Bibme – online bibliography maker
• Goodreads – social book club.

Next Committee meeting: 3.45pm Thursday 16 June at Blacktown Sports Club.
Meeting concluded: 3:30pm

March 28

Upcoming: professional development day in Term 2

The Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group is hosting an exciting professional development day on Thursday 2nd June (Week 6 of Term 2), at Caddies Creek Public School, Glenwood. Please see below for the attached program, which provides full details of the day.

Online registration through MyPL@DET is now available. The course title is PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Day and the course number is NR01748. Please register as soon as possible as numbers are strictly limited. When completing the online registration, please select the payment option Cheque.

Your intial registration will be listed as Tentative. Once your payment of a $40 cheque has been received, your enrolment status will be changed to Confirmed. Cheques, together with details of your name and school, should be posted to:

Attention: Lee Arundel, c/- Blacktown South Pubic School, 183 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown 2148

The Committee looks forward to sharing a dynamic day of professional learning and networking with you!

Jenny Scheffers

Venue: Caddies Creek Public School, corner Glenwood Park Drive and Currawong Street Glenwood
Phone: 8814-5916
Parking: in council sports ground car park (opposite school) and in surrounding streets
Host Teacher Librarians: Jenny Scheffers and Marlene Manning
Cost: $40 RSVP: online registration closes 19th May

8 am Registration & Coffee
9 am Welcome by Principal: Mr Phil Nash; Housekeeping: Jenny Scheffers
9. 15 am – 10.10am Support for teacher librarians – DET update: Colleen Foley Manager Team Leader, School Libraries and Information Literacy, NSW CLIC
10.15 – 11 am Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s Hot: Paul MacDonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
11- 11.10 Sponsors’ Presentation

11.10 –11.55 am MORNING TEA and Sponsors’ Displays

12 – 1.15 pm Implementing Guided Inquiry: Concurrent Sessions
A: Guided Inquiry in Primary Schools – several Committee members who have recently taught Guided Inquiry units
B: Guided Inquiry in a High School – Cathy Hill (Head of Library & Information Science P-12) and Belinda Davies (Year 7 Core) St Paul’s Grammar School, Cranebrook

1.15 – 2 pm LUNCH and Sponsor’s Displays

2 – 3pm Web 2 and Search Engines – Leanne Samootin (K-12 ICT Consultant Western Sydney Region)

3.00 – 3.30pm Concluding Evaluation / Lucky Door Prize Draws.

November 17

Guided Inquiry with Dr Ross J Todd

See you tomorrow at the PMBW teacher librarians’ professional development day about “Guided Inquiry”, presented by Dr Ross J Todd! Teacher librarian Lee FitzGerald, a former editor of “Scan”, is also presenting.

Looking forward to tackling the next stage! Please feel free to leave your reflections as a comment.

Ross Todd
Ross J Todd presents the election speeches of
Obama and Cheney… as Wordles