Online Learning

View BCTLA video content on our YouTube channel.

Canada Reads: a champion for school literacy

Canada Reads

Canada Reads is a “literary Survivor,” with celebrities championing books. Each day, panellists vote to eliminate one book, until a single title is chosen as the title the whole country should read this year.

Canada Reads also gets people buying books. The first winner, Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion, sold 70,000 copies after the show, years after the novel was first published. Since then, every winning book has become a national bestseller, and in recent years, all five books have become bestsellers.

A link to their site can be found here.

Library Management


  • Library supplies, online catalogue, Canadian.



  • Library catalogue management system. Free online training on Destiny/Follett products for K-12 educators.

Intellectual Freedom (Langley Grievances)

iSchool at UBC

  • Video resources, including archived webinars from BC School Library Day colloqia. 

Library Learning Commons

  • BCTLA collected resources promoting development of Learning Commons Libraries.

Digital Literacy Tools

Bib Me

  • Citation generator, bibliography format: MLA or APA. Free with advertising.


  • Citation generator: MLA or APA. Free with advertising.

Curriculum and Educational Websites

CBC Archives

  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation current and historical relevant news articles.


  • Online learning, free educational content.

edX eCourses

  • Online learning, free educational content.

International Children’s Library

  • Children’s Literature from around the world, promoting tolerance and respect for diverse cultures.

KQED Mindshift

  • Educational blog featuring discussion on current issues and K-12 curriculum.

National Film Board (NFB)

  • National Film Board of Canada historical and contemporary films, to inspire inquiry into educational issues.


  • The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.

Ted Ed

  • Animations and videos to spark the curiosity of learners, and support teachers with curriculum.

UBC Digital Primary Sources

  • University of British Columbia digital collection of primary resources, for research. Upper intermediate to secondary.

If you are interested in where schools are headed and what issues are framing education in the 21st-Century then don’t miss these important opportunities.

%d bloggers like this: