The idea was first presented to the Board of Trustees in April 2018. Since then, La bibliothèque virtuelle FSL OCSB has generated a lot of interest. Initiated by Lina Bélanger, an FSL teacher at Our Lady of Wisdom School, and her Grade 5/6 students in Extended French, this collaborative project allows all OCSB students to share their love of reading and writing in French as a Second Language (FSL).
Students will be invited to create French virtual books using Google Slides. This Google platform allows other OCSB students to easily access and read the virtual books. Within the Google Slides app, students already have full access to the Google Read & Write extension. This provides many functions to support their reading, such as a read aloud option. Young authors will foster their communication and creative skills while having the opportunity to illustrate their ideas through visuals. All submissions will be edited and approved before they are published.
La bibliothèque virtuelle FSL OCSB is a Deep Learning opportunity that will enhance our students’ ability to be creative and collaborative while connecting with other students within our OCSB community. The Board is pleased to share this innovative resource with the OCSB community — virtual French books generated by our very own students! Stay tuned in January 2019 for easy and friendly instructions on how to access La bibliothèque virtuelle FSL OCSB and how to get published!
Kelly McKibbin is the Board Website Coordinator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department, and manages all aspects of the Board’s district website. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communications, from the University of Ottawa, and is the recipient of a United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award.