OverDrive is back up and running!

Good morning learning commons patrons!

We are very pleased to report that OverDrive eBook library is back up and running.

The log in process has changed.  You may now log in using your Encom Username, with the same process as you would for accessing Encom.

Your subscriptions are still available via the “Curriculum Resources” tab in Encom.

Our physical commons and search portal will go live on August 15th, with the booking module open for bookings.

If you are a new patron you will receive your passwords when you enrol with our school.  The system takes about 24 hours to automate and authenticate your details.

Thank you for your patience as we make this move.  Feel free to ask me questions.

Have a wonderful summer reading on OverDrive!


Pippa Davies

Learning Commons Director

HCOS Learning Commons



OverDrive Access

Dear Families,

The Learning Commons is moving to a new library platform which will be easier for you to navigate! As we migrate over, there will be no access to Overdrive for the next week or so. Once completed, the username and passwords will be the same as those used for Encom.

The physical learning commons is now closed until we finish the migration to the new library system.  We expect to reopen in August, possibly earlier, at which time you will be able to book items for the year.

New patrons will receive their account information in August.

We will announce the grand opening of the new Learning Commons Search Portal and Website in August.

We thank you for your patience.  Have a wonderful summer!

Your Learning Commons Team

How Do I Use Matific?

We had a most interesting and informative webinar with the Matific representative last week.  If you are interested in learning how to use the site (parents or teachers), here is the link to a Vimeo version of it:  https://vimeo.com/274161485

Matific Sample Activities

Winners!! Poetry Contest – Spring 2018


Winner by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

And the winners are…

Grade 1-7:

1st: Esther Lawe – The Mind Blowing Grace

2nd: Daniel Kaiser – Grace

3rd: Hannah Allsop – God’s Grace

Honorable Mentions:

Silas Bastian –  I gave you Grace

Erika Hupp – Spring is Here

Grade 8-12

1st: Lydia Doerschlag – Redeemed

2nd: Elaina Loewen – Forever You Are Mine

3rd: William Ngenda – Need

Honorable Mentions:

Acacia Mitchell – Sunset

Aven Duncan – Trash to Treasured

Thank you to everyone who entered and a very special thanks to Roberta MacDonald for judging! Good job everyone!

Exciting Changes in Subscriptions

Wait till you see what is ahead for you in our subscriptions for 2018-19!

  • The first and biggest change is that we have purchased Matific for K-6 Math to replace IXL Math.  You may continue to use the Matific logins that you used during the trial in April.  Parents who would like to sign up their students in Matific may now do so, which gives them the option to assign lessons, as well.  If you have questions, please email me bjohnson@onlineschool.ca and I will be glad to help you.
  • Secondly, we listened and Mystery Science helped.  Teachers, when you send the “student link” to your families for the Mystery Science mysteries, the information they receive will now include the helps needed:  materials, process, a video to show what to do, etc.   Look at the top right-hand side of the page for “Student link” (NOT the “email to parents” link).  E.g.

Student Link in MS

  • Lastly, we have news about our Curriculum Pathways subscription.  This site now offers students the option to sign up for their own FREE account, which allows them to save their work.  Teachers can have access to the answer keys, as well.  There are many, many great resources in this site:

SAS Subject List

For more information, please go to Welcome to Curriculum Pathways and sign up for your FREE student or teacher account.

I was interested to see that Curriculum Pathways Read Aloud for iPad allows students, teachers or parents to record their reading, highlighting the words being read, and then share it.  This has been a felt need with our teachers for a while!

Marvelous Maker Motivators!


HCOS students STEAM ahead!

It has been a jammed packed Maker- Ed time this year so far in the Heritage School Learning Commons. We have been able to accommodate between 10 – 20 students in the sessions and have a registered list of 31 students from grades 3-6, which is brilliant! It has been so encouraging and exciting to see the students engaged and excited about learning through many of the hands-on activities offered with the STEAM education in mind. If some of you do not know what STEAM is all about, it is teaching using various Maker-Ed resources covering subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This year we were  able to introduce coding using Lego Wedo, Scratch , Blockly and Ezrobot which have been great additions to our resource library!

Lego mazes and coding.

It hasn’t always just been technology! The students have also had fun with craft sticks, pom poms and elastic bands. Researching how to build there own catapults!

Christmas Cain’s Cardboard Arcade Challenge.

Animation with Lego, mixed media and imotion.

Makey Makey and Lunch box conductors! Making music with electrical currents , vegetables and fruit.

Tunnel Books- for the love of the classics!We read the wonderful book by Oliver Jeffers, ” A Child of Books” to inspire the students to plan, design and create their own tunnel books using their imagination!

 Meet JD the ezrobot!

We talked about robot safety, servos , coding and programing. The students had lots of fun using blockly to program JD robot to dance, talk and exercise! JD was very accommodating and obedient!


We have two  maker sessions remaining this term. Google cardboard ( where the students will need to bring a smart phone) on Thursday May 24th and Chatterpix and self portraits on Thursday June 7th. If either of these appeal to your students don’t hesitate to email Justine Dehod at learningcommons@heritagechristian.ca to register your grade3-6 students or if you have any questions about Maker-Ed.

Looking forward to the future of Maker-Education at Heritage!

Discovery Education: Top 5 Things to Know

Interactive Learning Courses available

Interactive learning courses share tips, tricks, and practical integration strategies for using digital resources and maximizing your experience with Discovery Education. Whether you are new to Discovery Education or have been using it for years, the interactive learning courses offer opportunities to maximize Discovery Education with your students.

To access these Interactive Learning Courses, you will need to join the DEN (Discovery Educator Network) Online Community–it’s easy to do, just go to this link:  https://teachers.discoveryeducation.ca/resource/interactive-learning-courses

The course we would recommend for our teachers is “Top 5 Things to Know about Discovery Education” and these are the links with dates available:


You can view this training after May by going to the DEN archives.  For parents who would like to be part of this training, please sign up for a Discovery Education parent account (the same as our teacher accounts) at this link:  https://forms.kccnet.ca/view.php?id=172397.

Spring Contests: Winners and More Fun

This spring the HCS Learning Commons & NING held some contests and our Talented Students showcased their skills.

#STEAM – A Project Based Learning Contest!
First Place: Jack Wilke – The Pop Machine
Second Place: Aven Duncan – My Quilt
Third Place: Emma Wiebe – My Project (dress)

Talent Show!!!! Spring 2018
First Place: Tiara Ilic – Forget the boy (last submission)
Second Place: Joshua Michael Wlodarczyk – Afterimages – Original Song)
Third Place: Avery Spark – My Favorite Things


Congratulations to our winners!! Thank you to everyone that entered and to those that judged! 

More fun: We still have one contest open. The Poetry Contest will run until the end of May and be judged the first week of June. The theme is Grace and it is open to HCOS students of all grades. If you or your students are interested please log into NING or email Erin Duncan (eduncan@onlineschool.ca) for more information!

BC-CHEC Learning Commons Session

Here is our Learning Commons presentation from our BC-CHEC session.
BCCHEC Learning Commons Digital Resources – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

OverDrive eLibrary Back Online

Dear Learning Commons patrons,

We’re happy to report that OverDrive eLibrary is working again.   We apologize for any inconvenience and happy reading!


Your Learning Commons Team



Overdrive Down

Good Morning patrons,

Overdrive shared this morning that there was an outage on the database.  We will follow up and let you know as soon as it is restored.  Thanks for your patience.



Pippa Davies

Director Learning Commons

Heritage Christian Online School

I’m in Grad; Where Do I Find Information about Canada???

For high school students wanting to find Canada-specific reference materials, here is a list of our reference subscriptions that should be of good help to you.


  1. Gale CENGAGE: Canada in Context

“Canada in Context” material spans the North American continent and includes Canadian and French first language publications. Discover topics on the First nations, Confederation of Canada—celebrating 150 years, Métis, Inuit, biographies of Canadian figures as well as information on technology, sports, industry, and more.

Gale Cengage - Canada in Context

This site allows you to save content to your own folder within the site.  Log in on your parent home page in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” and scroll down to find the links and password for Gale CENGAGE.  Choosing the “Curriculum Standards” heading will allow you to choose BC learning standards and topics for English Language Arts, Science or Social Studies.

Gale SS curriculum standards - BC _2018

Videos explaining how to use “Canada in Context”:

Basics:  http://solutions.cengage.com/gale-training/video/canada-in-context/

Search Results:  http://solutions.cengage.com/gale-training/video/canada-in-context/#video-12884923987


  1. Curio.ca https://curio.ca/en/

curio_ca Image

The Curio.ca platform gives grade 8-12 students streaming access to the best in educational content from CBC and Radio-Canada.  You will find documentaries from television and radio, news reports and archival material.  There is also closed captioning for the hearing impaired.  Educational content is correlated to the new British Columbia curriculum.

BC Ed Plan Curriculum for Arts in Curio_ca

To set up your Curio.ca account, go to your parent homepage in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” from the menu at the top, and scroll down to the section “Create Your Own Login”.  This allows you to save your own playlists in your account.

NOTE:  Please be aware that, although the CBC-appropriate age range is highlighted for each program, parents need to view the programs to see if they will consider them appropriate for their own students.  You may agree with our staff that a number of the programs should have an older rating.

Social Studies programs in Curio.ca 

Tutorials for use of Curio.ca:  https://curio.ca/en/collection/curioca-tutorials-2125/


  1. Discovery Education Streaming http://www.discoveryeducation.ca/Canada/

The Discovery Education Streaming site has thousands of educational videos, including Canadian content, and is correlated to Provincial standards for grad students.  This site includes hundreds of Canadian topics such as Canadian geography, Canadian history, Canadian culture, Canadian attractions, famous historical figures, and much more.  Look for “Canadian Studies” to find Ancient Times, Colonial, Confederation, Canada’s Role in World History, Civics, Government, Geography, Famous People, Economic System, Culture and French Canada.

Discovery Education - Canadian Studies homepage

Log in to Discovery Education Canada with the username/password that you will find on your parent homepage in Encom.  To save material, you will need to have your parents email bjohnson@onlineschool.ca for a parent account.  Then under “My Content”, you can save and organize the material you wish to access later.

“Student Basics” for use of Discovery Education: https://app.discoveryeducation.ca/learn/videos/20a07853-9a29-4c22-b4e6-635e8fed0369/


  1. EBSCOhost’s Explora Secondary

EBSCOhost’s Explora Canada is a premium online information resource specializing in Canadian content.  Explora Canada includes:

  • Simple search, including primary source documents, news articles, and video clips.
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic Overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools

EBSCOhost search bar

EBSCOhost Explora may be accessed by choosing “Curriculum Resources” on the parent homepage in Encom, and scrolling down to choose EBSCOhost: Explora High School.  Choosing “Search Other Databases” from the top menu will allow students to choose “Canadian Libraries” and “Explora Canada”.

EBSCO Other Databases Site - includes magazines, images

EBSCO help is found at https://help.ebsco.com/schools  To set up your own folder in Explora go to http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehcs/login?sid=eca094e9-6494-4ce4-be03-38731f0dc7cd%40sessionmgr4009&vid=3&nobk=y



  1. KnowBC http://knowbc.com/

Encyclopaedia of BC through KNOWBC.com includes more than 4000 authoritative entries and 1500 photographs, maps, charts, tables, sound, and video clips covering BC people, places, events, culture, accomplishments, inventions, and resources.  Log in to KnowBC with the username/password that you will find on your parent homepage in Encom.

KnowBC homepage

The easiest way to search this site is by going to “Books” on the top menu, choosing a title, then going to the Table of Contents to find your topic of choice.  The Encyclopedia of British Columbia, itself, has a detailed index.


  1. Learn360

Learn360 is a website for K-12 multimedia and non-video resources.  There are thousands of video and audio materials available, plus images, articles, timelines, maps, experiments, activities, fact sheets, and more.  Students can use the search to find Canadian content, or search by BC curriculum standards.

Learn360 Logo

To log in, HCOS enrolled students should go to the parent homepage in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” on the top menu bar, and then scroll down to the “Shared Login” section for the username and password.  Students should email bjohnson@onlineschool.ca for the passkey to set up a personal account, which allows you to bookmark favourite content, add documents, create playlists, etc.

Learn360 - search by standards

Help for using Learn360:  Here is an 18-minute video to help you learn how to use the Learn360 site, or read “Search Basics – Searching for Video Content”, found at http://support.infobaselearning.com/index.php?/videolearn360/Knowledgebase/Article/View/2105/0/search-basics—searching-for-video-content.

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Last, but not least, for students who wish to prepare for exams, there is BC ExamBank.  This is a powerful resource for British Columbia students in all grades.  You can write randomized practice exams that relate directly to the curriculum as outlined by British Columbia’s Ministry of Education. The computer will mark your practice exam as soon as you’re done, so that you can immediately see where your strengths and weaknesses lie.

BC ExamBank home page

Log in at http://bc.exambank.com/ with the username/password that you will find on your parent homepage in Encom.

Keep Calm and Study On

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