52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015

52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015

Source: www.teachthought.com

New York City libraries soon will let patrons ‘check out the Internet’ – Washington Post (blog)

With a million dollars in Google funding, the city’s three library systems plan to offer locals some 10,000 mobile hotspots.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Too cool!  

A geek’s guide to geeky holiday gifts (part 1) | OverDrive Blogs

Source: blogs.overdrive.com

Some great ideas for the geeky kids in your family!  Overdrive Blogs shares their personal best!

Gord Holden wins Edovator Award for HCOS school


The Virtual Education Journal (VEJ) in the USA has awarded our IMT administrator Gord Holden and team the Edovator Award. They had their membership vote on who they thought deserved the award. A BIG SHOUT out to  Scott, Ryan, Michelle, and April, Heather and Danny for elevating IMT in our schools and across Canada!

VEJ is the bible for educators around the world doing an IMT approach to education. In this field, they really do see HCOS as being on the cutting edge. And the upgrades that are coming shortly will put the team in a position to do more innovative education!

From all of us at HCS Schools well done IMT team!!  Read the article here.

RightNow Media


We have recently partnered with a ministry called RightNow Media (rightnowmedia.org) to provide video resources for our school. We are now very happy to announce that for being a part of our school family, you are invited to access RightNow Media and receive a free account to their exciting new online video library. This extensive media resource is made available for your unlimited personal use again at absolutely no cost to you. If you didn’t receive an invitation just contact your support teacher for one.

Overview of RightNow Media from RightNow Media on Vimeo.

RightNow Media is essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies”. Through this site you have instant access to thousands of outstanding videos covering a range of topics to challenge and encourage you. You’ll find a lot of our own content too! The RightNow Media site includes:

  • Bible Study Library with video content on books of the Bible, the character of God, biblical finance, and much, much more. You’ll also find Leadership training from leaders like Tim Keller, John Piper, Matt Chandler, J.D. Greear, Eric Mason, Dave Ramsey and Andy Stanley.
  • Just for Kids provides great video entertainment like What’s in the BibleVeggieTalesBozTheo and many others.
  • Customizable Training Library with a wealth of short training videos on a variety of topics.
  • Leadership Events Library with videos from major conferences like RightNow, D6, Verge and Passion.

You can access and view these videos from your smart phone, tablet or computer…watch them on your TV…or project them for group viewing. Here is a little more information on the Just for Kids resources available on RightNow Media:


RightNow Media Children’s Library from First Family Church on Vimeo.

December News Learning Commons!

Good tidings we bring you to share in the celebration of the birth our Lord Jesus Christ!  As you wind down for the Advent season we hope that your first term has brought much joy and learning into your classroom this fall.  The Overdrive E Library will be open at all hours for your reading pleasure and we look forward to a new year with webinars for subscriptions, Missions Read-A-Thon and more starting in January. The physical commons will be closing over the holidays, so if you have last-minute loans to pick up December 18th is it:)  The Learning Commons will reopen in January when school starts on January 5, 2015.

New Webinar!!

We are very excited to have our very own Jeremy Hirsch come and share with students, teachers and parents about Digital Citizenship on December 12th at 10.30 am.  For more information on this very current and important topic please see the details here.

New Movies on Overdrive just in time for Christmas!  Read more in this article.

Suggested Reading for the Holidays on Overdrive. Read more here about professional development for adults and teens in this article and a great sample of Christmas reading here in this article.


Our #Makered STEAM page is ready to be shared with all information/and resources available at your disposal here.  It will be updated as new resources get added.

Campus and online are embracing all things #makered,  with the learning camp sessions run by Jesse in the learning commons.  Check out this article here.

Ning news!  Congratulations to our Photographic finalists!  

Here are the top photographs on this Ning album which will go into the next level of our So YOU Think you can PHOTOGRAPH contest!  Winners will be announced next week.  Big thanks to all participants for sharing your artistry!

New Kits!

  • Grade 2:  Discovering Communities click Here.
  • Grade 5 :  History of British Columbia click Here
  • Grade 5 : Introduction to Canadian Government click Here
  • Grade 7 :  Ancient Civilizations:  China click Here

Current awareness re Christmas on Scoopit Newsletter please see here for ideas on Christmas lesson plans, contests etc.

 Student newsletter on Issuu-  check out our wonderful student journalism team :)



The Learning Commons team.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16





Christmas in Overdrive


Christmas is around the corner and the Learning Commons want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! We would like to highlight some of the great Christmas resources that we have available that you might want to read or explore over the holidays. All the Christmas resources are available here. May your Christmas season be filled with God’s love, hope, joy and peace.

The Adventure of Christmas

The ADVENTure of Christmas

The ADVENTure of Christmas is a guide for moms concerned that their children are losing sight of Jesus in the midst of the distractions the holiday season brings. Lisa Whelchel was such a mom, but instead of abandoning the traditions of Christmas she rediscovered their original meanings, which were intended to remind people of God’s unfathomable gift. Hanging lights on the house, wrapping gifts, and decorating the tree have become opportunities to teach her children about how they relate to Jesus’ birth. With The ADVENTure of Christmas, mothers can redeem what’s been lost from the very symbols that are gentle reminders of the true meaning of Christmas.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever audiobook and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Novel Study

The horrible Herdmans are the meanest kids around. They lie, steal, cuss, and smoke cigars—even the girls. The last place anyone expected to see them is in church. So when the Herdmans storm Sunday school and take over the annual Christmas pageant, everyone braces for the worst. But no one is prepared for what really happens when the rottenest kids in the world take over the greatest story ever told. It’s a pageant full of surprises for everyone—including the Herdmans themselves.

Celebrating Christmas with Jesus

Celebrating Christmas with Jesus

Let Advent come alive in your life this Christmas.

Every Christmas, Christians all over the world celebrate the advent season, recognizing the love, hope, joy, and peace that is found only in Jesus Christ. Through this 30-day devotional, Max Lucado brings to light the many events in the life of Christ from birth to ascension that demonstrate His omnipotence and the gift that God has given each one of us to enjoy during this Christmas season. Experience each moment as our Savior becomes the center of this Christmas for you.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Carol Literature Guide

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol under financial duress, but it became one of his most popular and enduring stories. The old miser Ebenezer Scrooge cares nothing for family, friends, love or Christmas. All he cares about is money. Then one Christmas Eve he is visited by three ghosts: Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come. These encounters leave Scrooge deeply moved and forever changed. Historians believe that A Christmas Carol contributed greatly to the modern sentimental Christmas.

The Drummer Boy

The Drummer Boy

A Christmas tale with a modern twist.

We all love singing the Christmas carol “The Little Drummer Boy.” Our hearts swell as the poor boy offers his best, meager gift to the Baby in the manger, and we smile in joy as the infant Lord graciously smiles His thanks. Now Ted Dekker brings a modern twist to this beloved song of hope, acceptance, and joy. This modern fable takes place in a large city where Christmas has been banned and replaced by a holiday that celebrates prosperity. All Christmas songs are also banned.

The Family Book of Advent

The Family Book of Advent

Capture the childhood excitement and joy of counting down the days until Christmas with this fun hands-on devotional. Scripture, questions, stories, and simple activities draw families together to celebrate the coming of Christmas. As the events in the story of Jesus’ birth and life unfold, parents and children will build bonds of tradition and faith that will last a lifetime. It is the one present all members of the family will be happy to share!

The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

Thousands of readers have already fallen in love with Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, and this Christmas, Ann will help readers celebrate the lineage and the majesty of God’s greatest gift—Jesus Christ. In what is sure to become an instant holiday classic, Voskamp reaches back into the pages of the Old Testament to explore the lineage of Jesus via the advent tradition of “The Jesse Tree.”

Beginning with Jesse, the father of David, The Greatest Gift retraces the epic pageantry of mankind, from Adam to the Messiah, with each day’s reading pointing to the coming promise of Christ.

Sure to become a holiday staple in every Christian home, The Greatest Gift is the perfect gift for the holidays and a timeless reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

The Miracle of Christmas

The Miracle of Christmas

In bestselling author Stormie Omartian’s joyous tribute to the birth of Jesus, the events surrounding a baby born long ago in a stable come to life in stories the whole family will love.

Stormie gives the reader a warm and personal look at the age-old story of Christ’s birth. Each story provides an inviting glimpse of possible reactions, perceptions, and actions of the characters, and at the end of the chapter, Stormie provides a prayer for a modern-day audience that powerfully connects readers to the heart of a loving and compassionate Savior.

The result is a wondrous retelling of the miraculous story that remains as tender and powerful as it was when the angel choir first sang it to an audience of humble shepherds. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

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Films on Overdrive!


We have recently added a wide range of films onto our Overdrive library. Maybe over the holidays you could enjoy some of these great titles with your family! You can find all of the titles we currently have available on this page.

Just in time for Christmas…

Christmas Bunny

The Christmas Bunny

An instant holiday classic for the whole family, The Christmas Bunny is a heartwarming adventure bursting with the joy of the season. When Julia, a lonely foster child, discovers an injured rabbit on Christmas Eve, she forms an unlikely friendship with an eccentric farmwoman (Florence Henderson) who vows to nurse the bunny back to health. In the process, Julia’s own heart is healed and she forges a bond with her adoptive family that makes her holidays one she—and you—will never forget.

12 dogs of Christmas

12 Dogs of Christmas

Upon being sent to live with her aunt in the small town of Doverville, 12-year-old Emma O’Conner finds herself in the middle of a ‘dog-fight’ with the Mayor and town dogcatcher. In order to strike down their ‘no-dogs’ law, Emma must bring together a group of schoolmates, grown-ups and adorable dogs of all shapes and sizes in a spectacular holiday pageant. The 12 Dogs of Christmas is a fun, heartwarming story featuring a diverse canine cast of over 101 pooches, perfect for all those who love dogs, kids and Christmas.

Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi

“One dollar and eighty seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.” And so we begin O. Henry’s best known and timeless story, which stands as a shining example of O. Henry’s writing at its best. For in it we have the simplicity of concept, the irony of circumstance, and the charming surprise at the end… which we won’t reveal here.

It’s a wonderful romantic tale of a young married couple who have little money to buy each other Christmas presents. And so she cuts off and sells her beautiful hair…

Other great titles…

Angel in the House

Angel in the House

After a toy factory owner and his wife get an unexpected visit from a precocious 7-year-old boy, their world will be turned upside down! When they decide to take him in as a foster child, the new parents begin a miraculous journey that showcases the joys and experiences of a family. Featuring Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine) alongside an a-list cast, Angel in the House is a heart-warming tale sure to bring out the child in all of us.

Beyond Limits

Beyond Limits

At 19,340 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and a daunting climb for any person to attempt. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Bonner Paddock, not a mountain climber by his own admission and with only a few months of training under his belt, disregards his Doctor’s advice in the hopes of defying his condition and raising money for charity at the same time. Despite a weak lower body, spastic leg muscles, zero sense of balance and lack of climbing experience, Bonner tackles the impossible feat of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro head on. Bonner soon learns there is no preparation for what he finds on the mountain. Over 8 days, 64 miles, sheer cliffs, sub-zero temperatures, and ever-thinning oxygen, Bonner and his team are truly tested beyond their own physical and mental limits in this stirring documentary. Academy Award Nominee Michael Clarke Duncan narrates.

Children on the Titanic

Children on the Titanic

“Britain’s Got Talent” Hollie Steel, stars as a 14 yr old girl emigrating with her parents on the Titanic. The first musical docudrama ever made about the children who sailed on the stricken liner and who survived to tell their stories.

Dog Jack

Dog Jack

“Dog Jack” is the story of a slave boy and his dog who escape the master’s plantation, join the union army, and have to face their former master on the battlefield. The story is inspired by the historical true-life adventures of the beloved mascot of the Pennsylvania 102nd, who was so prized by his regiment for his skills in battle that he was twice exchanged for a Confederate prisoner of war.

Flying Machine

The Flying Machine

During a performance of the ‘Magic Piano,’ Georgie

Heather Graham and her kids are magically transported into an animated world.

Hidden Treasure

Hidden Treasure

Moving, heartwarming drama of the attempt of a Christian children’s home to salvage the relationship between a father and his son.

Sunday school Musical

Sunday School Musical

Two competing groups of high school students must rally together and enter a song and dance competition in order to save their church from closing.

When I find the Ocean

When I find the Ocean

The journey of a lifetime for young Lily Strickland begins not out of her love for adventure but out of heartache. Longing for the father she lost to the ocean and having no way to say goodbye, Lily strikes out on her own beginning a journey of the spirit and of the heart.

Her mother has found a new man to share her life with and Lily is the bearer of unpleasant secrets in his life which only she knows. Leaving behind a safe, loving environment with her grandparents (Diane Ladd and Lee Majors) and loving mother (Amy Redford), she faces not only her fears but the obstacles the wilderness presents.

With her faith and belief that her father will guide her, she sets out with her trusty dog. With the help of a friendly tugboat captain (Bernie Casey), she follows her dream to find the ocean and to finally set her heart at peace.

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Reading for the Holidays!

Our learning commons has some amazing teacher/student professional development/non fiction in HCS Overdrive E library.  Just grab your passwords and come and enjoy some great thinking material.

Some of my favourite reads include:

The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler

Humilitas by John Dickson

Spiritual Leadership by Richard Blackaby

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James

Good to Great  by Jim Collins

A Whole New Mind: Dan Pink

The Element : Ken Robinson

Daring Greatly Brene Brown

The Greatest Gift Ann Voskamp

For our teens:

Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo

The Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Stephen Covey

365 Days of Wonder J Palacio

No Compromise:  The Life Story of Keith Green

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Popular teen reads like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner etc.

Christmas materials ; from devotions, Advent books,  to fiction classics, something to read by candlelight!

Let us know what you enjoy and we can buy on your behalf:)



Literacy in the Digital Age

I have identified thirteen literacies that our students need to become well-rounded 21st-century citizens. These literacies are not taught as separate literacies but are taught across the content…

Source: www.schrockguide.net

Excellent ideas and teaching strategies, links to tools in this comprehensive page from well renowned researcher Kathy Shrock.


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