A Learning Journey into Timelines

A Learning Journey into Timelines

The French Revolution.  Grade Eleven students. The task? Create a timeline of the French Revolution (recognizing that not every single event can be included, so selection is important). Next? Select the five most significant events, based on long term impact and widespread effects and explain your choices. Mr. Foreman, a student teacher, provided some pre-teaching … Continue reading

A Picture Says a Thousand Words. What Else Can it Do?

Images are powerful. Images can capture a moment, share a sliver of time, communicate emotions and deepen our understandings. When images are integrated with the viewer’s sensory experiences, they can move us towards social reflection and change. Some images stay embedded in the thread of our social consciousness, reminding us of the nature of humanity … Continue reading

What happens during a Google search?

What happens during a Google search?

Have you ever wondered what happens when you do a Google search? How does Google determine what to show you? How is a search engine like Google different than a subject directory? Understanding how the Google index works when it searches the web is part of being a savvy consumer in a knowledge based society. … Continue reading

Winter Break: Elf Recommendations

Winter Break: Elf Recommendations

TIS Libraries has created exciting displays of teacher recommendations for students to read over the winter break. This is a chance for teachers to share their favourite books, and  their love of reading, with TIS students. Students have really enjoyed seeing their teachers have fun and extend themselves in our display. Thank you to all … Continue reading

What is Literacy?

What is Literacy?

“The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.” – Rita Dove   TIS libraries are dedicated to promoting and supporting literacy development and critical thinking skills of our students. Literacy development goes beyond the fundamental skills of reading and writing. Basic literacy skills … Continue reading

Scholastic Soars

Scholastic Soars

Have you had difficulty finding children books in Macao in English? This year, TIS has partnered with Scholastic to try and get more English books into the homes of TIS students. Flyers went out in October, and orders were submitted to classroom teachers.  TIS Libraries tallied up the orders and were pleased to announce $ … Continue reading

Is Twitter Good for Democracy?

Is Twitter Good for Democracy?

Mr. McKenzie’s and Mr Lauchlan’s Grade Twelves are inquiring into the use of social media on democracy. With the US Election just weeks away, and the first presidential debate concluded, BBC reported the debate as “the most tweeted political event in US history”. Also, both US presidential election campaigns use Facebook and Twitter as tools … Continue reading