Author Archives: timthelibrarian

About timthelibrarian

Tim Harwood is a Teacher Librarian and eLearning enthusiast.

Resourcing the curriculum – The Spanish Conquest of the Americas

“When the Spanish reached the valley of Mexico in 1519, they were amazed at what they saw.” – Wood, Tim. The Aztecs. London: Hamlyn, 1992. Next semester we will begin to look at the Spanish Conquest of the Americas in … Continue reading

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Hop. Book. Chat. E02 has dropped.

Twice as long is twice as good, right? Our second episode, Adaptations are the New Vampires, is twelve minutes of pure auditory joy about books that have been, or are about to be, turned into movies. Steven Spielberg, Suzanne Collins, … Continue reading

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Q: What makes an excellent presentation?

A: Body language and visuals. If you have the time, watch this clip. Not just because Amy Cuddy is a terrific speaker and someone you can emulate but also for the message that your body language is critical to how … Continue reading

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A+ for research

With oral presentations coming up, you will need to be pretty dynamite at research in order to stand out from the crowd. I have chosen (…made up.., ok, stolen…) the topic: Young people should be allowed to drive younger. This … Continue reading

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Introducing – Hop. Book. Chat.

Jessica Holt, English teacher extraordinaire, and I have just created our first podcast! It’s called ‘Hop. Book. Chat.’. The first episode, Dragons are the New Vampires, is six and a half minutes about dragons in YA fiction. Listen here:

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I recently put out a call to various people and groups on Twitter for recommendations for booktubers. Booktubers, contrary to what you may think, are not literary rhizomes. Now that I have that root vegetable joke out of my system, … Continue reading

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Britannica School – Student Access

We have a subscription to Britannica so that students have access to easy-to-find, high-quality reference material from school or home. From School Students can access Britannica at school by navigating to the Online Resources page from the Library page on … Continue reading


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Digital Airheads

We have known for some time that the assumption by Prensky that kids born after a certain year are born computer literate is bunkum. Unfortunately, this hasn’t yet translated to an effective formula for teaching computer skills as this article … Continue reading

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The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex – mental illness and the missing chapter

Spoiler Alert: this post contains spoilers. Big time. Read the book first. I have just finished reading The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex by Gabrielle Williams. It is a fantastic book based on the real-life theft of … Continue reading

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ClickView Online – Sharing and Embedding

ClickView have done away with the School Bag (which is ace because it didn’t work particularly well anyway) and moved online. This means that teachers and students will be able to access ClickView content at school and at home directly from … Continue reading

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