There is so much information available online! And so much is free. How do I decide what I can and can’t use?

There are difference levels of licensing when it comes to resources. There are resources:

  • Licensed by HCDSB/Ministry/School  – These are resources that have been specifically licensed for or developed to support student success. This means that HCDSB has a relationship with the vendor and a level of confidence in the stability and consistency of the content as well as any data privacy relationships. 
  • Temporarily Accessible Licensed Resources (Trials) – These are often high quality however, temporary access to resources is almost always related to marketing.    With most trials, Canadian filters are not applied and we have no way to curate content within the resource. We have not looked at these closely and therefore, cannot guarantee that they would meet our selection criteria. They should be used with caution.
  • Personally Licensed Resources – These are licensed by individuals for individual use only and should not be used for educational purposes (e.g. Netflix).

What about Copyright? How do I know if I can post something to my D2L or Google Classroom?

Staff need to be aware of Canadian copyright rights and responsibilities.  Information regarding Copyright can be found under Staff Resources.  There is a section on Copyright that has really great information you may find helpful.  Many teachers find the Decision Making tool found here extremely helpful when deciding whether they are adhering to the principles of Fair Dealings:


Can I still support literature studies and independent reading? How do I find eBooks online?

Reading at home is important and not everyone has access to a full home library of books and public libraries are closed so it will become difficult to meet the demands of teachers to provide the resources they might need.

At https://library.hcdsb.org/ some of the resources we have access to include:

Don’t forget your public library still has online access as well!

Can we still have storytime in our virtual classroom? Are we allowed to record ourselves reading and post it to our classrooms?

There are some read-aloud guidelines for teachers and library staff from publishers. Check out Canadian Publishers Launch “Read Aloud Canadian Books” Program for Teachers & Librarians and Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators for more information. There are many publishers that have given permission to read aloud their books. Just remember to check first and then, happy reading!

Also, Read Canadian Resources from Home offers a selection of authors who are reading their own books online and some fun activities parents can do at home with their children.