Learning Commons News November

Hello learning common friends,

Wreaths of artificial poppies used as a symbol...

Wreaths of artificial poppies used as a symbol of remembrance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are back to fall, and learning with great delight!   Routine is the name of the game, books are filling your bookshelves, and you are enjoying researching your favourite topics based on your students passions and learning style!  We hope;)

This month we would like to highlight some awesome themes, and resources  in our learning commons:

Audio booksHistorical FictionRemembrance Day, and Research.  As we gear up for some research projects we thought we would share some of our favourite sites and subscriptions with you as you help your students learn how to research, and share online!


Pippa shares more about the joys of reading in her article Increasing Literacy with your E or Audio book.  To access our audio books in our e library you will need a library account.  Please contact swiebe@onlineschool to get your username and password for both physical and virtual learning commons.

Remembrance Day Virtual Resources

Natalie shares on the joys of reading historical fiction to commemorate Remembrance day, in her article, Canadian Historical fiction First and Second World Wars

Remembrance Day Websites which may help in discussion or with presentations in your learning community.

Remembrance Day Resources Physical Resources

If you are looking for books and resources to teach your children about Remembrance Day, the Learning Commons has a lot to offer!  We have books for all ages such as In Flanders Fields and A Poppy is to Remember.  We also have several resources kits for higher grades such as Canada Remembers the Korean War 1950- 1953.  And of course, we have some good reading in the fiction section!  What a great way to learn about those who sacrificed for Freedom!

We have 95 items listed in our Topic Search for Remembrance Day.  To find them, Click on Topic Search, then scroll to the left and click on 001 Resources and you will find the Remembrance Day icon.



Subscriptions webinar: On November 19th @ 11 am join Pippa and Natalie as they share the awesome learning tools  found in some of our subscriptions such as Discovery Streaming, World Book OnlineEbscohost and new this year from Scholastic: Expert Space.  This session will be a very informative full hour! Please click on this link to join in on the session.   Please sign in 15 minutes early to get your sound working and make sure you have a headset please?  If you have a Mac computer you will need to download the launcher.

 Learning Commons How to use the Library webinar:  On November 6th @1 pm Shandra and Pippa will share how to use the E library and L4U to sign out books, e books and kits.  Please access this session here with this link.  Please sign in 15 minutes before the session starts to check your sound.

 Learning Commons How to use the Library: Campus workshop in Kelowna: On November 14th @ 4pm Shandra will share how to use the new L4U system to place advanced bookings on kits and books, how to search the site and how to use e-books. Please sign up by emailing Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca .

Research Skills!

Here is the recent PowerPoint shared with our grade 8/9 GPP students, for you to help guide your students in the research process.

Research Skills 2014 Student version v2

Ning events!  Entries for our photographic competition are pouring in and we have some awesome creations for you to go and “like” please?  The more likes our contestants receive the more chance they will have to go on to the next level for judging in the “So you Think you can Photography Competition” .  Here is the link to sign into and make your choice.  Thanks for encouraging our contestants!  If you are not on the Ning please contact Pippa for your invite.  Students need to be 13 and over to join, but parents can join on their behalf if underage.

Chapel has started and all session links may be found over here.  Chapel is happening weekly with chaplain James Nelson.  Please share with all your students!

Current Awareness Scoopit updates on all things learning commons are found here.

We pray that you will enjoy many wonderful learning and literary adventures this month.  Please let us know what you are reading, send us your favourite links, book reviews and blog posts.  We love to share what you are doing in your world and collaborate with you!


From the Learning commons team!

John 14:27

New International Version (NIV)

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.


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