HCS Learning Commons News January!!

Hello Everyone,

We are very excited to be back in the swing of things,  and the learning commons in January has tons of awesome literacy tools to share!

Beginning towards the end of January 2013 we have our Character Trait Read-a-Thon.  This fabulous reading motivator will get your primary to high school students hooked on reading and learning to write a book review.  To find out more how our Read-a-Thon works please go here.

Also happening in January we have our Flat Stanley theme happening on the wiki.  Please encourage your students to make their own Flat Stanley characters and share as a literacy tool and community adventure!  To find out how to contribute to our Flat Stanley wiki go here.

New on the Ning!

New events taking place on the ning include our Digital Photography Competition.  If you are a photo fundi please be sure to enter your prize winning pictures here.

Or join our Adult book club, where we will discuss the book Almost Christian taking place on the ning here.  We will share our book club on the ning and in skype sessions later this month.

Or join our Junior book club (grade 6-8) where we discuss our latest book Raising Dragons.  To read more about the book club go here.  Note this is a learning camp and so a small fee will be charged.

Don’t forget to become a fitness fanatic on the ning and get motivated,  as we share our fitness regime together and walk across Canada!  Or you can join our Running Club Learning Camp

There is now a new Welcome Page on our ning so be sure to check it out, along with other groups starting on the ning!

If you would like an invite to our ning,  please contact pdavies@onlineschool.ca and she will send you an email invite.


1.  I will be offering a Research Skills webinar this Monday the 14th January at 1.30 PM Pacific Standard time.  During this webinar students and parents will share some skills in learning how to research using Ebscohost and other tools, as well as evaluate websites, and construct an essay.

To join in this webinar please RSVP with Pippa Davies, pdavies@onlineschool.ca and then log into the following link on Blackboard Collaborate, with headphones at least 1o minutes ahead of time to check your sound:


Webspiration Webinar meeting, on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM Pacific Standard Time

Webspiration Classroom is hosting a webinar for HCOS teachers, parents, and students, to familiarize our community with this creative learning space, ideal for visual learners.

Webspiration classroom is a learning space where creative ideas are birthed through visual mind-mapping. Visual thinkers can now brainstorm and organize their thoughts by connecting images and word associations. With one click these visual connections are transformed into a linear outline. Enter the Cloud and collaborate remotely with peers or mentor.  Share your work with your teacher along the way or as a polished written expression. Let this program improve your writing and thinking skills as you venture through the writing process independently or collaboratively. This program is available to HCOS student for $10/student taken from curriculum budget (recommended for grades 3-12).

Contact support teacher for login information to the webinar.


Current Awareness Newsletter.  Check out some new and interesting links from our Scoopit Newsletter here.

Blessings from Pippa and the Learning Commons Team

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