Cabra Library Launches YouTube Channel

In an effort to give students and staff a self-paced way of learning how to use our catalogue and resources we have started a YouTube channel. Our first two “How to” screen casts are now available with more to follow as we make them. Any requests for other video tutorials most welcome.

Website of the Week: Khan Academy

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This week’s Website of the Week is Khan Academy. This site is run by a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to provide education for anyone, anywhere, for free. Users can sign up and complete thousands of self-paced tutorials on hundreds of topics. Based around YouTube style how-to videos, the lessons allow students and teachers alike to introduce themselves to concepts, progress through a series of lessons, re-visit concepts they find hard and consolidate learning by taking quizzes and viewing their own progress.

Read these inspirational stories about learning

To read some truly inspirational stories, click on the image above or go here.

My Story My Content: Short Film Competition

my story my contentDo you like films? Do you like making videos? Fancy yourself as the next Steven Spielberg? Well, ATOM (Australian teachers of Media) and IPAF (Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation) are running a fantastic short film competition. My Story My Content is a competition open to all Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students with great prizes including an iPad or camera of your choice ($1000) for each category winner. All you have to do is make a 60 second (that’s right a 1 minute film) and submit before the deadline of July 1, 2013.

So get cracking. Entry forms and details can be found at:

Compeition Guidelines:

  • The film must be made specifically for the 2013 My Story My Content Short Film Competition.
  • Content of the video must pertain to this year’s contest theme: ‘Why Do I Love Movies?’ This line, or an adaptation of it, must appear as a spoken line, caption or in some other way within the film.
  • The film must be no longer than 60 seconds. Opening and/or closing credits are not required, but (if included) may be no longer than 5 seconds in total.
  • The entry must be completed online – including upload of the short film and a minimum of 3 accompanying still images by close of entries: 5pm, Monday 1 July 2013.
  • Films can be in any language or have no dialogue. Foreign-language dialogue must have English subtitles.

Website of the Week: Book Trailers For Readers

If you frequent book and reading related websites you’ll probably be familiar with book trailers. For the uninitiated book trailers are short films or video clips designed to promote and encourage people to read a particular book, in much the same way that film trailers are used to promote forthcoming films. Check out this excellent site with loads of info and examples of book trailers and a superb ‘how to’ guide on making your own. The next time you have a book talk or book report to do ask your teacher if you can use a book trailer to submit your work. For more great examples of Book Trailers and how to make them visit our Book Trailer Page.