No: 173
VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that work!
Hello everyone
This issue is all about libraries. What does the future hold for our libraries? What do you think? Will DEWEY survive as libraries become more user friendly and internet resources and worldwide collaboration become more important.

Yesterday's libraries, tomorrow's libraries - 12 difference

1. Yesterday's libraries were all about books.
Tomorrow's libraries will be all about readers.

What do you think?
Australia was the most popular page on Virtual Teacher last week followed by CHEERS, which is great for staff meetings to help set priorities then The STARFISH Story, one of my personal favourites.

What's your favourite VT page?
MATHSPOWER - WHAT are they saying about it?
Just to let you know, we just got our kids' school reports and they both got A's in Maths and English for the 2nd time, thanks to your great programs. Just wanted to let you know we appreciate it and we recommend them to all parents out there.
Elizabeth, Australia
Click on Maths Power below and take a look - take a free test run.
MADE for Australian students
DESIGNED BY Australian teachers
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Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. ~ Voltaire
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. ~~ Ted Geisel, children's book author also known as Dr. Seuss

For every sound your ears are hearing
A thousand thoughts can start appearing!
And each of us imagines different things
From just a sound, your mind has wings!
Useful library sign for the Fiction Section
This isn't your childhood library. Take a look at the Video and article. The Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is beautiful. The main floor looks more like a sleek Apple showroom than a stuffy library. And instead of a Genius Bar, there's an Ask Me alcove, where you can get help on everything from laptops to flash drives.
Take a Look at it.

eLIBRARY & eREFERENCE Includes Theasaurus, Word Dynamo, Searchable Quotes, Crosswords and much more, also have a FREE iphone app download.

Merriam Webster Dictionary Great online Dictionary check out the games and quizzes. Includes Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. FREE iphone app download.

WIKIPEDIA - Wikipedia is a free open source encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Also under the Wiki banner is a dictionary in a multitude of languages - Wiktionary, Open content textbooks Wikibooks, Open Learnign Community Wikiversity, a collection of Quotes
Wikiquote, Wikimedia Commons which is a free database of media files anyone can use. An amazing site. And a FREE app as well Wiki Mobile



If you can count and know what alphabetical order then you already know how to use the Dewey system. Look up the books or the subject areas in your library computer or use googleto find the number.

Take a look at the short video on the VT Library Page
Libararies are experimenting with new clasifications systems. Declaring it not user friendly.
Summer Project: Kill Dewey by Harris investigates a new clasifications sytem for an Elementary Library.
Will 21st Century Libraries Use the Dewey Decimal System? Investigates WORDTHINK another way to make traditional library environments easier to use, resulting in friendlier experiences.

Connection to nearly a million classrooms around the world, collaborate, join forums, and share resources. This is the future of libraries. Fabulous & FREE

  • Schoolsafe Email
  • Web 2.0 Tools for Your Classroom
  • Standards-aligned Projects
  • Resources for Collaborative Learning
Check out this PREZI on DEWEY and ideas for lessons
and videos
Also check out Pinterest for Library skills and Lessons
VT Library page has ideas for online resources including Dictionaries, Thesaurus and
Encyclopedias as well as other research sites check it out.
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