Lunch n Learn Webinars May


Dear learning commons friends,

We have three upcoming Lunch n Learn training webinars happening soon this month!  Mark your calendars for some learning about resources to help with Inquiry!

 

What:  Subscriptions:  Introduction to Inquiry Webinar with Beth and Pippa

When:  24th May 12pm-1pm

Who?  Open to parents, staff and students gr 4 and up

Where:  Zoom classroom.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,337380724#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 337 380 724
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

Register here at this poll.

 

What:  Overdrive e library How to use e books, and find resources to meet the new curriculum with Pippa and Cynthia.

When:  25th May 12pm-1pm

Who:  Students, parents and teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,337380724#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 337 380 724
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

Register here at this poll

What:  How to use the L4U physical library; How to search and book unit studies and resources for the year!

When:  Monday,  29th May 12pm-1pm

Who:  Students, parents and teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/7813674494

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll):  +16475580588,7813674494#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)

Meeting ID: 781 367 4494

International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xTJzEvdkUGSdkPGpxcsKxyYg3r9Qe4hK

Click on this link to register:

 

 

Overdrive Summer Read!


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We are getting ready to launch our Summer Read program with Overdrive e books.  From June 7th to August 7th we will be sharing new fiction to support your reading needs so that your students may keep reading all year long!  Free, simultaneous access will be available on all fiction materials for both younger and older reading interests.  To find out more about what books are available click on this link here.

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STEAM into 2017/18


Many of you have caught onto the ‘STEAM’ challenge, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics”.

You might ask yourself, “How do I teach the STEAM or STEM process?”  We have tons of teaching materials and lesson plan activities for you to explore!  We also have STEAM book clubs and workshops happening in the fall.  Watch for grades 2-7 STEAM book clubs, and STEAM workshops to be advertised on our Student Book Club page, blog page and also on the learning groups website.  Our mentors are so excited about sharing their vision with you.  Feel free to contact them for more information: Kathy Whittome – Lower Mainland, Steve Bastian – Vancouver Island, Mark Lamden – Northern Island, Shannon Beglaw – Okanagon, and Sara Zuidhof -Kamloops and Salmon Arm, as well as Justine Dehod in the Learning Commons!

RESOURCES

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  • Find out more about STEM careers with this World of Work career book on STEM careers by Diane Lindsey Reeves.  Print off some lesson plans based on copyright provided.
  • STEM in the World of Work series provides an age-appropriate and interactive introduction to the nationally recognized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics career pathway using informal self-assessment elements, career profiles, informative sidebar features, and back matter activities.
  • STEM Trailblazers series covers famous STEM astronauts, engineers and physicists.
  • Discover grade level workbooks on STEM from grade K-5.  Engaging tasks and detailed rubrics will help you understand the STEM process and how to apply the standards.
  • STEM series workbooks by Mark Twain media have been created by the NCSS (National Science Education Standards)  to help you connect your students in the middle grades to real life science, such as food production and alternative energy.
  • STEM to Story helps you connect fiction to science.  Ever wanted to write science fiction, make a planet Oobleck with simple ingredients, or engineer airplanes?  This book is for all grades and has simple lesson plans, which will help walk you through each stage of the process.
  • The STEM Labs series is a lovely middle grade series of workbooks which provides labs that cover topics like geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.
  • Complete Classroom Press workbooks are jam packed with activities, many of which are STEM or Inquiry  related. Just type in the keyword “Complete Classroom Press” and you will find tons!
  • Inquiry Picture books are perfect for introducing Big Ideas and sharing the topic of interest.  Simply sign into the Overdrive eLibrary, click on Collections and then Teachers’ Lounge, the Collections menu again, and look for our Inquiry Picture book tab.  

Recently I shared some great STEAM sites that are in our web linking library now.  You will find them under the heading STEAM/Maker Education.

To find out more in regards to MakerEd materials, philosophy, and resources, you can review our STEAM and MakerEd page here.  If you have a gifting in this area please contact Pippa, as we are always looking for volunteers and experts in the field.

Blessings to you and yours as you explore the beautiful world of STEAM or STEM!

KidBlog for YOU!


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Our school has recently purchased a school subscription for Kidblog.   Why Kidblog?  Kidblog offers our younger students a scaffolded online environment for writing and sharing their learning in a global and collaborative approach.

Safe

Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students publish writing safely online. Students exercise digital citizenship within a secure classroom blogging space. Teachers can monitor all activity within their blogging community.

Simple

Kidblog offers a kid-friendly publishing experience suitable for any K-12 student. It helps students focus on what’s important by removing distractions so they can focus on writing. Teachers or parents can efficiently manage all posts and comments through an easy-to-use dashboard.

Authentic

Kidblog gives students’ writing a meaningful purpose and an authentic audience. Students are motivated to write for their peers and engage with a global network. Teachers moderate all content, so nothing goes live until the teacher says so.

Transformative

Re-imagine writing instruction. Built by teachers, for teachers, Kidblog’s platform is deeply rooted in the pedagogy of writing. Engage students in the process of pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, and commenting — Kidblog facilitates feedback and moderation at all stages.

Suggested

Students using our HCOS kits will often see suggestions of ways in which they can present their learning in writing.  Kidblog is regularly recommended in our kits as a way to do that.

Teachers may also choose Kidblog as a secure site for their regular, weekly communications with their families and students.

1.  Parents Having Their Own Kidblog “Classroom”

Parents may start their own Kidblog, if they wish to monitor the student’s posts and moderate, as needed.  In this instance, the parent will join Kidblog via a teacher join-code. Using this code, they will sign up for their own account and be linked to our organization’s Kidblog site.  (For a join-code and helpful instructions, please email Beth Johnson.)

2.  Parents Visiting The Support Teacher’s Kidblog “Classroom”

  1. If parents are added as “Guests” to teachers’ classes in HCOS, depending on the class’ privacy settings, they will be able to view and comment on all students’ posts within the class. Individual teachers may invite parents into the class as guests.
  1. Parents added under the “Parent” role will be tied directly to their child’s student portfolio. This allows the parent to view all of their child’s posts from multiple classes (including year-over-year), but they will not be able to view posts made by other students in other classes. Students may invite their parents or guardians to view their portfolios via their Dashboard by entering the parent’s email. The parent will then receive an email with instructions to connect with their child.

For more information on the role of “Parents” and “Guests” in Kidblog, view the tutorial here:

http://kidblog.org/class/gettingstarted/posts/8ts7awn0p8u4nz6e4q6cfdn4x

Useful information for teachers and students

When starting with Kidblog, this “Getting Started” class is helpful: kidblog.org/class/gettingstarted  Kidblog’s Help Centre has articles, class examples, and FAQ answers that may be helpful, as well: https://kidblog.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

In their blog posts and webinar sessions, Kidblog teachers share experiences, ideas, and tips for using Kidblog in the classroom.  You can view Kidblog’s own helpful blog here: https://kidblog.org/home/blog/

You can register for Kidblog webinars here: https://go.kidblog.org/webinars

Kidblog is working on creating and adding “How To” videos to their Help Centre and YouTube channel. You can access their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KidblogVideo

For parents to get their children started with this subscription, please contact your support teacher to add them, or Beth Johnson to set up your own site.  Your students do not have to belong to your support teacher’s classroom for you, as a parent, to have your own Kidblog account.  For info about getting your Kidblog account as a teacher or parent, please go to Kidblog Account.

Read Around the World contest Winner!


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A big congratulations to Ian Tilley winner of our Read Around the World Contest. Please contact Pippa for your prize.   Thanks to all our amazing readers who inspired me to learn more about world geography as we enjoyed picture books from each continent!  I look forward to doing this again with you all next year!  Save the dates for March 2018.

Easter Blessings


 

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Spring is here, the bulbs are beginning to blossom,  and it is time to celebrate Easter and the amazing sacrifice of our Lord Jesus!

This newsletter we will share some of our favourite Easter resources on L4U, OverDrive eLibrary, and some web links.  We will also share some upcoming contests, including our poetry and talent contest on NING.  If you are new to the learning commons please read our welcome getting started for Newbies!


Subscriptions Use Survey

Results of our most recent survey may be found at Subscriptions Survey Results – 2017. A big thank you to all our patrons and staff for completing this survey, which helps inform our purchasing of resources.


Spring and Easter Titles Available Now in the Overdrive Digital Library

Have you been using our Overdrive Digital Library?  There are so many excellent resources to check out!  We have a good selection of Spring and Easter titles available for you here.


New Gr. 6 and 7 Digital and Physical Unit Study Kits

Looking for a way to finish up that last Science and/or Socials Unit in this last semester? These Unit Study Kits provide tons of content and lots of options for interacting with the material in fun and engaging ways.  All Unit Studies are available in both physical format through L4U, and in digital format through Overdrive.  Reserve today – limited quantities!

 

Grade 6 Science – Digital Unit Studies

Extreme Environments Digital Unit Study
The Solar System Digital Unit Study
Newton’s Laws of Motion Digital Unit Study
Human Body Systems Digital Unit Study
Mixtures & Solutions Digital Unit Study

 

Grade 6 Science – Physical Unit Study Kits from L4U

Extreme Environments Physical Unit Study Kit 
The Solar System Physical Unit Study Kit
Newton’s Laws of Motion Physical Unit Study Kit
Human Body Systems Physical Unit Study Kit
Mixtures & Solutions Physical Unit Study Kit

 

Grade 6 Social Studies – Digital Unit Studies

Government and Economics Digital Unit Study
Urbanization and Migration of People Digital Unit Study
Conflict and War Digital Unit Study
Global Issues and Media Literacy Digital Unit Study

 

Grade 6 Social Studies – Physical Unit Study Kits from L4U

Government and Economics Physical Unit Study Kit 
Conflict and War Physical Unit Study Kit
Urbanization and Migration of People Physical Unit Study Kit – COMING SOON!
Global Issues and Media Literacy Physical Unity Study Kit – COMING SOON!

 

Grade 7 Science

Creation and Evolution Digital Unit Study

… Stay tuned; more Grade 7 Science Kits coming soon!

Grade 7 Socials

Stay tuned; Grade 7 Socials Kits coming soon!


NING

One of my favourite truths about Easter is that God is relational. Jesus came to earth, died on a cross in our place, rose again to life and conquered the grave. He took our sin so that we may be restored to a place of relationship with God. Fellowship is a wonderful gift given to us, both in our relationship with God and with each other.

NING is an online platform, much like Facebook, but contained within the school.  NING provides homeschool families with the ability to have a school community, even if they do not live close together. It is open to students (Grades 8-12), parents and teachers. If you are interested in joining NING, or would like more information, please email Erin Duncan at eduncan@onlineschool.ca.

New contests on NING are open to students in grades 5-12. You will need a NING account to enter.  For students in Grades 5-7, the family or a parent account may be created to submit the entry on their behalf.

  • Talent Show – Open now and runs until April 30th. Share and enjoy some of the amazing talents that we have in our community! To enter, log into NING,  go to the Groups page and open “The HCOS & NING Talent Show!!!! Spring 2017”. Students are encouraged to share up to 2 talent show entries in a discussion on the NING Talent Show Group page. Everyone is welcome to take part by “liking” the entries. God made us all special and it is fun to share some of those talents in this way!
  • Poetry Contest – *Upcoming Contest* The Theme will be “New Growth”, be this personally, in the Lord, or in nature.  Contest Group Page will be accessible on NING first week  of April.

Web-Linking Library

NEW STEAM resources:


Easter and Spring Books in L4U

Looking for books about Easter or Spring/Nature Study?  In the L4U library, there are Topic Searches under 002 Books by Subject called “Spring/Nature Study and “Easter” which list many of the resources available.

Some favourite Easter books are:

  • The Week that Led to Easter
  • The Story of the Easter Robin
  • Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs
  • Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday
  • The Case for Easter
  • Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts: Discovering Their Significance to You

Fun books for Spring:

  • Karen Andreola’s Pocketful of Pinecones
  • Keepers of Life
  • Environmental Detectives Teacher’s Guide Gr. 5 – 8
  • The Usborne Complete First Book of Nature
  • Are You Ready for Spring?
  • Take a City Nature Walk

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Using Our Gizmos Subscription

Are you needing a great place for your student to learn and follow their curiosity?  Our Gizmos subscription allows you to do just that.  It is a place to learn math and science for grades 3-9.

Our Learning Commons has information for you about Gizmos.

To answer your questions about how to use the site, you can go to these links:

Video:

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Documents:

If you have questions about subscriptions, please email me Beth Johnson.

 

 

 

STEM Integration Webinar


Happening tomorrow! Lunch n Learn with Kathy Whittome and STEM/STEAM integration in your classroom!

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The learning commons is very excited to welcome you to a STEM/STEAM Integration workshop, with our STEM mentor leader Kathy Whittome.

Who may come?  Students, staff, and teachers.

When?  February 24th @12-1 pm PAC.

Where?  Zoom conference.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/759979571

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,759979571#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)

Meeting ID: 759 979 571

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=-tyBax_eOww58EtMLFxbYtwgQLqImEt7

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Read Around the World Event


Welcome to the Read Around the World Book Club!  Join Pippa Davies, teacher librarian, as she celebrates beautiful picture books from around the world, during two sessions in March.  Each week we will read books from different parts of the world, celebrating all of the continents.  Here is a list to get you started on your reading using Overdrive e books.  Parents can help their students by starting a passport for reading around the world. More activities can be found on this page to help support your student’s reading.   Then students can continue with their reading after the two weeks.   If they read 20 or more picture books from around the world by the end of March, they will be entered into a draw for a $50 Amazon gift certificate for more books!  Please register/s your student once they have completed their reading on this form.

Who may attend?  Students and parents in grades K-6

Where will this happen?  Zoom videoconferencing room.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 Read around the World Celebrating Picture Books 
Time: Mar 8,  and 15th 2017 11:00 AM- 12 PM PAC time

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/585395427

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,585395427#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 585 395 427
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xWY-QWAogGJIs54iSSwMPUW0-N16p5_b

Cost:  Free

Please register at this poll here.

Digital Citizenship and Research Skills Lunch n Learn


Digital citizenship and online safety workshop happening this Thursday. Students in grades 7-12 come and hear our mentors and Mrs Davies sharing on online discipleship.

ANTD – MMS141 Digital Citizenship from Winter David on Vimeo.

Pippa Davies is excited to share with our High school students all about digital citizenship, and the Inquiry process in a Lunch n Learn workshop.  This workshop will cover some of the ADST requirements for grade 6.

When?  9th Feb 12pm- 1pm PAC

Who?  Students in grades 6-12

Where?  Zoom Video conferencing.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/273130216

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,273130216#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 273 130 216
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=BJhgQEwrjXsbC1QfcA0566zY9BDa2x6C

Please let us know if you are attending by filling out this poll.

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February News from the Learning commons!


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Winter is almost over and learning is alive!  What a great year of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) discovery, and finding purpose in our learning as we encourage our students to share in their passions and inquiry!  The BC Ed Plan has allowed for so much more flexibility and freedom to go more deeply into some topics, and less in others.  We pray that the resources we are compiling on this K-9  page are going to help you meet the needs of your student learning.  Shandra has also been working on updating new topics in L4U catalogue to make searching easier.

As we work on the middle grade kits we are aware that there are many topics that will inspire inquiry and great discussion.  Please use discernment and your student’s passions and interests to inspire research with the many activities included in our kits.

The new  grade six kits are ready to go and you can find them here.

The latest physical kit for grade six, on war and conflict is listed here.

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This coming month we are focusing on all things READING, LOVE, STEM, WRITING and INQUIRY.

Literacy

Finding times to read and write this month has never been more fun as we celebrate reading in our Bookaneer Readathon!  Don’t forget to post your selfie with your favourite book on our Facebook page or on Twitter with the following hashtag #hcsreadathon2017 @ShandraWiebe @PippaDavies.  There will be a prize for the most unique selfie on social media!  Last day to share your scores on the ‘Minutes Completed’ form with Shandra Wiebe is February 7th.

Love

February is the month of celebrating LOVE,  and what better way to share learning around love than reading picture books and chapter books on Overdrive or L4U!  Read more with Natalie’s article here.  Erin shares some great web links here in her Valentine’s article.

Socio-Emotional learning and teaching students about the antithesis of bullying.  Here is a wonderful article with lots of great ideas for teaching students just reading picture books.

STEM, INQUIRY and WRITING

Upcoming Lunch ‘n Learn workshops!

Digital Citizenship and Research Skills Lunch ‘n Learn workshop read more here.

Writing Workshop  with Pat Mackesy read more in this article here.

STEM Integration Workshop with Kathy Whittome read more here.

Archived webinars.  Click on this link to listen to our recent Gizmos science and math Lunch ‘n Learn  webinar.  Click on this link to hear our recent Overdrive eLibrary Lunch ‘n Learn webinar.

Blessings from the learning commons team!

Writing Lunch n Learn


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We are excited to host a writing workshop with Pat Mackesy, our grades 5-8 online Language Arts teacher.  In this session you will learn more about how to develop a great paragraph  and find joy and passion in your writing.

When?  Feb 7th @ 12-1 pm

Who may attend?  Students gr 4-8, teachers and students

What to bring?  Pencil and paper.

Where?  Zoom conference platform.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/179868858

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,179868858#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)

Meeting ID: 179 868 858

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=i1HWKpmNN3WqmqXXXhxX5H0Vnc0wYEFg

 

Digital Citizenship and Research Skills Lunch n Learn


ANTD – MMS141 Digital Citizenship from Winter David on Vimeo.

 

Pippa Davies is excited to share with our High school students all about digital citizenship, and the Inquiry process in a Lunch n Learn workshop.  This workshop will cover some of the ADST requirements for grade 6.

When?  9th Feb 12pm- 1pm PAC

Who?  Students in grades 6-12

Where?  Zoom Video conferencing.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/273130216

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,273130216#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 273 130 216
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=BJhgQEwrjXsbC1QfcA0566zY9BDa2x6C

Please let us know if you are attending by filling out this poll.

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