Review by Traci Hachey.
Reprinted from the EdRes mailing list.
A quick and easy way to avoid searching in a hundred and one different places for information concerning books, authors, clubs and ordering information, this site has it all. Although colourful enough to attract younger students, Scholastic has turned one site into a resource for teachers and parents as well.
The home page of the site offers a choice of avenues. Students can click on the Surfing Kids icon, parents can click on Parent Talk, and teachers can visit the Teacher's Staffroom.
Surfing Kids offers children a wide range of things to explore. They can learn about the hottest books and authors, enter a monthly contest, or join a club. In Parent Talk, the parent can get information similar to what the child is learning. Parents can also keep up to date with trends in literature and, soon, they will even be able to communicate with each other through this site.
Evaluation: The layout of Scholastic Canada makes it very easy to find exactly what you are looking for. The graphics are kept to a minimum allowing for speedy access. The only advertising is for Scholastic, however it is done in a non-threatening way so that you do not feel pressured into buying anything or into joining any clubs.
Most beneficial to teachers it the Teacher's Staffroom. This link has information on running a book club and about different authors, and provides access to teaching activities, a link to exchange teaching ideas, and a customer service department.
This site is for all teachers who struggle to make it to the bookstore every month to keep updated on the latest and greatest. This site is beneficial to students and teachers and I woud recommend a visit to anyone who wants a quick way to gain information and shop all at the same time.
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