Library Matters

Term 3 Week 4


Welcome to the first edition of my online newsletter, Library Matters. Each week I will publish information, ideas and suggest resources to assist you with improving learning outcomes. You will also find here helpful technology tips, tricks and tools to enhance learning and hopefully make your life easier.

Please email via the link on this site, any questions, comments or suggestions.




This section will be dedicated to literary texts to support not only the English curriculum but other learning areas as well.

Applying Alison Lester's picture books to the Australian Curriculum in Prep

Literature and Context:

Recognise that texts are created by authors who tell stories and share experiences that may be similar or different to students’ own experiences. (ACELT 1575)


  • recognising that there are storytellers in all cultures
  • viewing stories by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers from online sources
  • comparing experiences depicted in stories with students’ own
  • engaging with texts that reflect the social and cultural groups to which students belong

  • Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo
  • Rosie Sips Spiders
  • Clive Eats Alligators
  • Celeste Sails to Spain
  • Tessa Snaps Snakes
  • When Frank was Four

All six texts feature characters of approximately their age engaged in the same kinds of activities they get involved in, who live similar domestic routines but who also dream grand dreams inspired by the romance of traditional literature.

(Literature Base, Vol. 23, Issue 4, October 2012)

Authorial style

The inverse of comparing different books by the same author is the comparison of books by different authors, which are very similar in terms of theme, topic or plot. This is a content description in the Year 6 literature strand.

Responding to Literature:

Analyse and evaluate similarities and differences in texts on similar topics, themes or plots (ACELT1614)


  • exploring texts on a similar topic by authors with very different styles, for example comparing fantasy quest novels or realistic novels on a specific theme, identifying differences in the use of narrator, narrative structure and voice and language style and register
Suggested texts:


  • The Little Refugee
  • Soraya the Storyteller
  • Refugees
  • The Island
  • Dancing the Boom-Cha-Cha Boogie

Mystery and Detective Novels

  • The Pirates of Pompeii
  • South by South East
  • Ruby Redfort, Look into my Eyes

Fantasy Quest Novels

  • The Hobbit
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Historical Non-Fiction / Biography

  • Lost! A True Tale from the Bush
  • Simpson and His Donkey
  • Ethel and Ernest

Contact me for more information on how these texts can be further explored.

Reference: The Literature Base, Volume 23, Issue 2, May 2012.


Each week I will share some titles from our library collection to support different areas of the curriculum. This week's recommendations deal with the topics of comprehension, formative assessment and geography.

TECHNOLOGY TOOLKIT ... ICLT tools to support and enhance teaching and learning

Each week, in this section, I will introduce a new online tool that you may find useful and add examples of how it is being used in the classroom.


Padlet is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper or bulletin board where users can pose open-ended questions and elicit multiple student responses. Below are two examples of how Padlet can be used in the classroom.

Example 1: Year 3B contributed to this Padlet to brainstorm language features used by Colin Thiele in the text "Pannikin and Pinta". (Click on the image)

Example 2: Year 4 contributed to this Padlet in response to the question, "Was Justice Served?" as part of their History inquiry. (Click on the image)


Keyboard Shortcuts

#1 Command - Shift - 3

Captures an image of the screen (screenshot) and drops it on to the desktop as an image file.

#2 Command - Shift - 4

Allows you to capture a selection of the screen. Select required portion of the screen by dragging the cursor. This is saved to your desktop.

#3 Command - Space bar

Show or hide the Spotlight search field (magnifying glass) located in the top right corner of the screen. The Spotlight allows you to search for any files or applications on your computer.

#4 Command F3

Shows the Desktop. Repeat shortcut to return to previous screen (Note the F or Function keys are located along the top of the keyboard).

#5 Command + (plus)

Increase the size of the screen.

#6 Command - (minus)

Decrease the size of the screen.

#7 Command 0 (zero)

Reverts back to original size.

#8 Command A

Highlights every item in a document or window, or all characters in a text field.

#9 Command C

Copies the selected data.

#10 Command V

Pastes the copied data.

THE DAILY GOOGLE ... Tips for using Google applications in the classroom


Google Drive is a cloud storage service that allows you to store your documents, photos, videos, and more online in one place. From Drive, you can also access Google Docs, a free cloud-based suite of tools for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more from anywhere while online.

BCE staff need to create their own Google accounts but all BCE students have access to a Google Drive account via the BCE Student Portal. You will find a list of student logins on the Staff Portal.

Year 4 students have been using their Google Drive accounts to safely create and store files which they are able to access anywhere, anytime, on any device both online and offline. No excuses for losing files saved on USB drives or on the hard drive of one computer.

See event details below if you would like to learn more about using Google Drive in your classroom.

Watch the videos below for more information on this cloud storage service.

What is Google Drive?

Go Google: Google Drive

How does cloud storage work?

What Is Cloud Storage?

Google Docs in Plain English

Google Docs in Plain English

EVENT: How to set up a Google Drive account for you and your students

Wednesday, Aug. 6th, 3:15-3:30pm

Library (before Staff Meeting)