Sr Ann Marie Learning Centre

Library news and information for Cerdon College Staff

Term 4, Nov/Dec 2015

Welcome to the final, bumper issue of the SAM Learning Centre newsletter for 2015! Wishing you all the best during the final weeks of this term. It is certainly a busy time with regular lessons, end of year events and activities and planning for 2016 taking place. You'll find a variety of information and news in this library newsletter. If you have any questions at all or need help accessing some of the resources or information, please don't hesitate to contact me for assistance.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. Enjoy the summer break and we look forward to working with you in 2016.

Nancy, Alana, Elena & Rita.

Return of books and resources: important dates

Cerdon Summer Reading on Padlet

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Cerdon Summer Reading on Padlet - add your book recommendation

This Padlet page has been created for students to share their summer reads. I've started it with a couple of books I've read this year. It would be great if staff members could add a recommended book or two for Cerdon students to discover. All you need to do is go to this site Double-click anywhere on the page and a box will appear. Type in the name of your book, the author and any additional comments (a few words or more is fine). Include your name if you wish. (If you would like to add other elements such as an image, audio or video, that would be great, but is not necessary). Students will be adding their book recommendations too.
Thank you! Nancy.
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Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge

Students can read anything they like to enter the Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge, whether it’s a comic, play, piece of poetry, book, e-book or graphic novel. This year the challenge is easier to enter by removing the minimum number of books to read and provided students with more chances of winning a prize. Encourage your students to have a go! The more they read, the more times they can enter and the more chances they then have of winning one of four iPads.


It’s simple! Students just need to read something they enjoy and tell us in 50 words or less why they loved it.

The more material a student reads, the more times they can enter the reading challenge and the more chances they have of winning one of four iPad minis.
Click here to enter

Entries open on 2 November 2015 and close at 5pm on 5 February 2016.
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Updated Student eBook Platform

LEX has recently updated the student ebook platform to include a significant number of new titles, as well as increasing the available copies of a number of popular existing titles. The new ebooks include:

1. CBCA award finalists in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

2. Additional copies of our most popular books from the existing collection

3. Selections from top 100 books from junior and senior categories from Wheelers.

4. Specific requests, for primary level Gospel stories, books of poems and rhymes, some specific titles, and for high interest easy reading titles

5. NSW Premiers Reading Challenge list.

In total LEX has purchased 115 new titles and additional copies of 84 existing titles. This gives students in the Parramatta Diocese access to 770 titles available for loan on the portal.

Some of the highlights are :

NSW Premiers Reading Challenge list

Recent CBCA finalists


High Interest Easy Reads

Students can easily access eBooks via the library catalogue (there's a link to Student eBooks at the top of the page) and via the app, ePlatform by Wheelers Books.

Ebooks provide another medium to access a diverse and quality range of reading material - especially handy for families who are travelling over the school holidays.

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New ClickView Features

ClickView have introduced a new feature called Interactive Videos. Interactive Videos are curriculum-aligned content that feature an interactive layer that helps to keep students engaged throughout the duration of the video. Interactive Videos allow for self-paced learning and improve student comprehension.

Click on the link below to sign-in and watch a short video demonstrating this new feature. The video only takes a few minutes and it's definitely worth watching to see how you can use this new feature in your lessons and to support student learning.

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SBS Learn has arrived

SBS launched a new online education hub on 18 November. SBS Learn has free educational resources and provides a platform for teachers, schools and students to share their work. Free learning resources for students and teachers include:

  • Curriculum-aligned Teaching Resources
  • Snack-sized clips
  • Animated explainers
  • Quizzes and fact sheets
  • Classroom posters
  • Social hub

SBS Learn projects featured on the site include: Go Back To Where You Came From and The Boat (asylum seeker and refugee focused resources) and First Contact (Indigenous Australia focused resource). The curriculum-aligned material informs and expands on SBS content and is accessible to both students and teachers.

To celebrate the launch of SBS Learn, they've teamed up with the Australian Centre for Photography to create a School Selfie photography resource available to all Australian schools.

What is it?

The School Selfie classroom resource is an easy-to-follow mobile phone or tablet photography workshop encouraging students to reflect on, and celebrate their school. SBS hopes that teachers will find it a valuable, fun and creative resource as the end of the school year approaches and beyond.

Upcoming resources include an English and History lesson pack to accompany the Walkley Award-winning online documentary Cronulla Riots - The Day That Shocked the Nation.

ELES Study Skills Handbook

The subscription to ELES Study Skills Handbook is available for students to use now and until the end of 2016. It has been advertised in several school newsletters to notify parents and students. Please continue to encourage students to use ELES Study Skills Handbook to support them with developing their study skills plus take advantage of all the other information and activities available for students (eg presentation skills, reading skills, science skills, managing part-time jobs, becoming a senior student, dealing with distractions etc).

The website address is

School username: cerdoncollege

School password: achieve

Attention: Guidance Coordinators - I know that some of you have started using ELES Study Skills Handbook with your guidance classes already or have plans to work through certain units next year. You can keep track of how your students are progressing using the Administrator Password (I will give you a copy of this information in your pigeon hole. Please do not give this password to students or parents). It is very helpful to use this tracking system as you can review which quizzes students have attempted, re-attempted and see student results. Students in Year 8 have worked on the unit related to 'Bullying Issues' and from home a number of students have worked on 'Dealing with distractions'. Students in Year 7 have also worked on 'Dealing with distractions' and one student has used the 'Writing skills' module.

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SpineOut Oct-Nov issue

The Oct-Nov issue of the YA emagazine, SpineOut, is another great issue for students and teachers. Erin Cahill of Year 10 has had one of her poems published in this issue. If you have students who are budding writers or artists encourage them to to submit their work for publication. Students can see me for further details. Access the emagazine here.
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Using EbscoHost Databases Account Passwords

You may or may not be aware that students and staff can set up their own account within the EbscoHost databases so that they can store and organise material they search/locate for their studies. Students have access to a wide variety of databases wherever they have internet access (including the Literary Reference Centre Plus, History Reference Centre, Science Reference Centre and Secondary Explora to mention a few).

If you have used personal EbscoHost account feature and or will be using it, please be aware that the requirements for password creation have been recently strengthened by Ebsco and require the following:

-Must be a minimum of 8 characters long
-Must contain a a capital letter
-Must contain a symbol (e.g @,#,*,$)
-Must contain a number
-Cannot be any of a users previous passwords
-Cannot contain your username

The useful feature of email alerts for journals or search topics require an account to be setup.

If you wish to know more about the setting up of accounts in Ebscohost and or utilising the features of the database please contact me ( or visit the library. I'm also happy at any time to visit any of your classes to show students how to access the databases and what's available to support their studies.

The Learning Exchange (LEX) - Staff eBooks & Print Books

The Learning Exchange (LEX) at AKC provides access to a wide range of professional resources for teachers in the Parramatta Diocese. Each week LEX shares a Staff eBook and Print Book of the Week. Please browse a range of recent suggestions below. Additional staff ebooks may be browsed and borrowed via the school library catalogue (open the library catalogue through the app on your iPad and select Staff eBooks or you can also search via your computer. Click here to go to the catalogue). If you need any assistance accessing eBooks please see Nancy.

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Staff eBook: Creative Teaching Mathematics

This book shows how mathematics and mathematics teaching can be creative, exciting and enjoyable. Offering teachers a dynamic and different perspective on mathematics, it enables them to see and teach in creative ways that will develop students’ mathematical thinking potential. The book:

  • covers both primary and early years range

  • includes issues for reflection, discussion

  • points and case studies

  • addresses new teacher training modules on creativity and maths
​eBook link:

(Recommended by the Learning Exchange LEX)

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Print book Via LEX: Well Played : building mathematical thinking through number games and puzzles

Well Played shows you how to make games and puzzles an integral learning component that provides teachers with unique access to student thinking. The twenty-five games and puzzles in this book have all been field-tested in diverse classrooms, contain:

  • Explanations of the mathematical importance of each game or puzzle and how it supports student learning
  • Variations for each game or puzzle to address a range of learning levels and styles
  • Clear step-by-step directions
  • Classroom vignettes that model how best to introduce the featured game or puzzle.

The book also includes a separate chapter with suggestions for how to effectively manage games and puzzles in diverse classrooms; reproducibles that provide directions, game boards, game cards, and puzzles; assessment ideas; and suggestions for online games, puzzles, and apps. Well Played will help you tap the power of games and puzzles to engage students in sustained and productive mathematical thinking.

To borrow, please contact:

ph : 9677 4345

Further reading:

LEX website:

The Learning Exchange (LEX) Part 2

A further selection of resources from LEX.

New Journals in the library

Alana has updated the Google Slide presentation to share information about the latest journals available in the library for staff and students. The document includes an image of the front cover and the table of contents page for each journal so that you can easily browse to find articles of interest. (Recommended to view this on your iPad so that you can zoom into the Contents pages of interest). Access the Google Slide presentation here.

12 Apps of Christmas

There is a free online 'course' starting on December 1st, called the 'the 12 Apps of Christmas'.

From the site: "a page will be released that reviews a particular mobile app and explores it in terms of how it could help students personalise their learning. More information on what personalisation means, and how it can benefit student learning, can be found on the student information page. An information page for educators has also been included which explains what tutors and lecturers can do to create the type of environment that provides students with unique opportunities to personalise their learning."

If you have the time, it may be interesting to sign-up and follow it through for the 12 days. Register and watch a short video here.

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Thanks for reading ...

If you made it this far, here's a couple of memes to say thank you! Well, 61 to be precise. Enjoy!
Nancy Sylaprany


SAM Learning Centre