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.

LEARNING TO CODE TO BUILD A GROWTH MINDSET


by Farrah Falco, Tech Specialist at STEM Magnet Academy, Chicago.

This article is copied from http://edtechchronicle.com/2017/01/learning-to-code-to-build-a-growth-mindset/

By now, most teachers know how important it is to teach Computer Science skills. The logic skills, creative problem solving abilities, and technology fluency will last a lifetime.

When students in Kindergarten through 8th grade learn Computer Science and coding skills, they also gain a growth mindset. That’s an important concept to learn early because, without a growth mindset, it would be almost impossible to learn to read, write, or even add. What interferes and stops most students along the learning pathway is not that they fundamentally cannot learn the concept; instead, it is the belief that they can’t do it and the freezing fear of failure.

Instilling a growth mindset in students has been shown to increase their willingness to persevere through challenges, leading to better learning outcomes. In a recent survey of teachers, 98% said, “all students can and should have a growth mindset.” And a further 97% agreed that, “Fostering a growth mindset in students is part of my job duties and responsibilities.” This is why, beginning in Kindergarten, on the first day of school, our students learn about having a growth mindset and how it’s not a failure to mess up.

It’s a key lesson I share over and over in Computer Science. When a student runs a line of code and it fails, it doesn’t mean that they failed. It means they found a way that didn’t work. That is not failure; it’s called learning. When the fear of failure is removed from the learning equation, amazing things can happen. Dreams are realized, discoveries are made, and lives are changed forever.

In our classes, we use Tynker to help our students learn to code. Not only is Tynker a deep and engaging (even fun) resource for kid-focused tech learning, it’s also a great way to reinforce the growth mindset and the process of learning. With Tynker, our students learn to be brave, to make mistakes, and to try.

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To describe what happens, I have to use a word that doesn’t have an English translation: meraki. It’s modern Greek and it means to do something with passion, with absolute devotion, with undivided attention. No matter how difficult a task, it is done with all your effort, with enthusiasm, with eagerness, with complete love, with all your heart. Meraki is to put your soul into something, to put a little bit of yourself into it, be it singing, dancing, or, in this case, coding.

Tynker invites students to create and learn with meraki.

Students don’t code because they want a good grade or because it makes their teacher happy; they have an intrinsic drive to work on Tynker because it allows them to share a piece of themselves with the world, to see their ideas come to life, to let their voices be heard. And in the process, they foster a growth mindset by seeing for themselves that anything is possible when they throw themselves into it.

The passion my young students have for coding in my class and the self-directed student tutorials, puts learning in their hands. Sometimes all I have to do is stand next to them while they do it.

When a student needs help on Tynker, I simply go over and ask them to specifically state their problem. Most of the time they already know the answer. Then I will tell them, “Be brave. I believe in you.” They try again, it works, and their little faces light up. “Thank you!” they’ll exclaim happily. I then say, “You figured it out on your own. I just stood here.” Sometimes students just call me over and say, “I just need you to stand here.” And I do. I stand beside them while they take a deep breath, shatter the wall, and come out victoriously on the other side. It’s an amazing teaching experience.

This typifies the growth mindset because students persevere and gain confidence in their own ability to problem-solve. And this attitude can spread.

I once saw a kindergartener standing next to a new non-English speaking student who was hesitant, fearfully adding his last bit of code. As I moved closer, the new student hit “Run” and saw his program work. He looked up at the boy standing beside him and smiled. That’s when I saw it. The other student wasn’t just standing there. Our new student had faced his fears, summoned up his courage and the belief he could do it while his young classmate helped him the best way he knew how – by merely standing next to him, metaphorically holding his hand.

That’s when your heart fills all the way up because you just taught them something that will open new worlds and stay with them forever. That is what it feels like to teach Computer Science with Tynker. The best part is watching them learn to learn and persevere.

Yes, the hard lessons and hard skills of learning computer coding absolutely have value. And these skills are highly transferable to other subjects. But when coding is taught right – in a way that empowers the students to find meraki and to try to fail on their own – the growth mindset they acquire is infinitely more valuable.

Lunch n Learn – L4U Training


CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS. Will be rescheduled for February.

Searching! Booking!  Shipping!  Come to our Lunch n Learn with Shandra, and unravel the mysteries of L4U (Library for You!), our physical library of resources! You will learn how easy it is to search, book items individually and as a group for one date, book for the year, renew,  modify and delete bookings!  We have amazing resources for all ages so come learn how to take advantage of them!

Date: Thursday, 26/Jan/2017

Time:  12pm-1pm

Who may attend:  Staff and parents, students

Where:  Zoom videoconferencing meeting room.

 

 

Learn about Coding with Tynker


We are excited to share more about the awesome subscription Tynker,  and would like to invite you to a webinar on how to get started with coding, which is now part of our middle grade standards for ADST.

Here are the details:

Tynker Professional Development Webinar

You have been invited to a Tynker

join.me online meeting

Join the meeting:

https://join.me/gettynker

On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download.

On a phone or tablet, launch the

join.me app (https://join.me/app) and enter meeting code: gettynker

Join the audio conference:

Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.

By phone:

United States – New York, NY +1.646.307.1990

Access Code 987-229-461#

Other international numbers available (https://join.me/intphone/987229461/0)

By computer via internet:

Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

Start time by time zones (https://join.me/timezone/1477413000000/1477418400000)

When

Tue Oct 25, 2016 9 am- 10 am PAC Time

Where

https://join.me/gettynker, +1.646.307.1990 Access Code: 987-229-461# (map)

Who may attend

Students, staff and parents

Why Ebooks as a digital tool?


As we start our school year we are looking for tools which will help our students meet the new inquiry method and help transition them into the 21st century.  Did you know we had a huge collection of e books, and audiobooks for students K-12 available in our learning commons?

Overdrive recently blogged about why you should choose e books when you approach the new school year. Here are their thoughts:

How eBooks support your current curriculum: by Christina Samek, Overdrive specialist.

” We make it easy to talk to students about eBooks. OverDrive’s custom school platform allows for a quick introduction and most importantly, a quick launching pad into individualized reading. Because it’s reading, you aren’t introducing a new skill into your classroom, you are enhancing an already necessary skill.

eBooks are an excellent, approachable gateway into a lifelong relationship with technology. A tool that fosters reading—a skill essential to success in any subject—is good technology. OverDrive’s catalog provides thousands of titles to choose from, whether it’s for your beginning readers or those preparing for college. We provide service to the full K-12 space. Our eBooks are easy to use and come equipped with key features such as an exportable note-taking and highlighting tool, a built-in dictionary, and a dyslexic font. We can serve your high achievers and your struggling readers on the same, easy-to-use platform. We connect to your existing systems to ensure your students access our eBooks using the same credentials they use every day.  OverDrive helps you individualize the learning experience!

Reading is at the core of what you’ve been teaching all along. English/Language Arts, History, and yes, even Mathematics. Great reading comprehension lends itself to all facets of your curriculum. The benefit of digital reading allows your students to absorb content at their own pace. Your high achievers can push forward without worry they’ll be judged for wanting to. Your struggling readers can take their time and utilize the built-in tools to increase their comprehension, without worrying they’ll be judged for lagging behind. It’s simple, built-in differentiated instruction. Learning behind a screen creates an innate sense of privacy. It lets your students explore their learning capacity on a device like a SmartPhone or tablet, some of their first and most familiar learning tools in today’s world.

Start talking to your students about eBooks. We have audiobooks, too, because reading is reading. We have dedicated analysts to help you build a content list to match all of your curriculum needs. We have time to help.

Make eBooks the first dip into the waters of integrating technology in your classrooms. Start with reading, because, didn’t we all?”

I would also add that with the new BC Ed plan which allows for so much choice in how our students meet their learning needs, Overdrive will help equip our students with an inquiry approach, using a format that meets new technology standards.  An e or audio book can be in your hands as soon as you get those passwords :).  Please note students under the age of 13 should always be supervised when borrowing materials on Overdrive.

If you would like to get started using our Overdrive e library please contact Shandra Wiebe for your passwords and then for training/research/curriculum ideas Pippa Davies.

Blessings from your learning commons team!

Pippa

Lets Do Inquiry!


Are you excited about teaching your students from an inquiry standpoint with the new BC curriculum?  Or are you feeling a tad nervous?  Do you enjoy being the sage on the stage giving all the questions and answers via textbook, or do you love the curious questions inspired from a delightful conversation?  As we ponder these new changes I would like to encourage you to try one new thing in the coming months before summer.  I hope that we can learn together as a community sharing resources and discovering AWESOME learning that ties into our students passions and beliefs.

Here are a few resources and tips that we have discovered along the way with Inquiry and digital resources.  If you would like an introduction to Inquiry catch up on the different types of inquiry here. Here are some tips for inquiry learning.

  • Help your students learn how to break down information with visual aids such as graphic organizers, webbing, mind maps or storyboards.
  • Communicate clear expectations and rubrics.
  • Create a timeline for a project which allows for deeper learning but is also practical.
  • Build in time to fail and start again, or add to an idea.
  • Provide ongoing feedback.
  • Help your student design an essential question by brainstorming why, how and what.
  • Share about primary and secondary sources, worldview or purpose in writing.
  • Encourage your student to evaluate articles for bias.
  • Encourage your student’s work ethic and applaud their final product.

Subscription Databases with an Inquiry base.

Science Power  (World Book) which is now part of our ERAC digital bundle brings you science with an a la carte menu!

Science Power uses extensive multimedia—including interactive animations, videos, illustrations, and photos—to teach upper elementary-age children core science concepts. Each lesson in the site is paired with an experiment, extension activity, critical thinking questions, quizzes, and websites to amplify the content of the lesson and promote learning. Pre and post assessments help students and teachers work in collaboration.

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http://bit.ly/21XomHI

BrainPop and Inquiry

Many of you may love BrainPop and will be pleased to know that it ties in very nicely with the inquiry correlations.  Take a look at this page which Natalie did earlier this year and see how the alignments work for the new curriculum.  You will see lots of terms like science projects and scientific process! Mind mapping comes alive with the Make a Map. This is a great way to start your project using 21st century skills.  Game based learning comes alive in BrainPop with awesome quizzes and assessment tools to help your students move safely into the future, and have fun at the same time!  Read more about the research findings in regards to games and learning here.

Teaching students to understand bias is no problem if you use resources like What in the World and The Canadian Reader.  Both of these resources teach current Canadian and international events from a critical thinking base at lower lexile levels.

 The Canadian Reader / Nos Nouvelles is a classroom-ready current events resource for students in grades 3 and up. This publication, available in English and in French, combines current Canadian events and issues with geography to expand students’ knowledge of Canada while enhancing their ability to read and understand informational text.  Here is an example of a reading strategy worksheet with an inquiry approach.

What in the World? / Le Monde en Marche (Level 1) is a photocopiable current events resource, published in English and French, for Canadian students in grades 5 through 7. Designed to enhance students’ understanding of and interest in current Canadian and international events and issues, this publication addresses numerous curriculum outcomes while saving teachers valuable time.

Explora Elementary and High School which are the old Ebscohost sites teach your student about choosing the right keywords in searching, filtering their search using different criteria, how to access websites that are current, reliable and relevant and all articles, images and videos come with citation and copyright free for projects.

Learn 360 comes aligned to the new First Peoples content relevant to British Columbia.  It also ties in nicely to Inquiry learning with  K-12 core curriculum videos, video clips, newsreels, images, speeches and other primary and secondary sources.

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http://bit.ly/21XoO8Y

Discovery Education Canada Streaming Plus

This wonderful tool will soon be aligned to all Canadian curriculum and boasts an easy breakdown of all subjects with lesson plans, STEM learning, health and more!  Students can find great ideas for STEM learning with projects and also build boards, and find writing prompts for that elusive essay.

Pebble Go is a unique grades K-4 database which covers awesome project ideas using lovely inquiry based Capstone books!

PebbleGo is a kid-friendly, searchable database that covers a variety of topics. Animals, earth and space, biographies, and social studies — each sold separately — are further divided into topics and subtopics. For example, the weather topic contains an investigation called “What are Clouds?” Every subtopic presents a five-part report with text, photos, videos, links to similar topics, printable assessment sheets, and a correct citation.

Kids can read on their own, or choose have text read to them. Each database also includes some simple games, an article of the day, a search field, and a poll related to article topics. For example, in the biographies database, there’s a poll titled, “Which artist do you like best?” The teacher resource section/administrative account has comprehensive lesson plans, printable activity sheets, and some basic overall usage statistics (log-in frequency and popular articles).

Tynker is our most recent purchase in the learning commons, and we are very excited to see how our students in grades K-8 benefit from learning how to code!  This new subscription ties in very nicely with project based learning and critical thinking.  Students are encouraged to share their projects in an ongoing format.  Beth blogged about this new subscription here.

We have many books in our Overdrive and L4U with an inquiry base.  Natalie shared about some of our recent inquiry based picture books in this article here.

For our subscriptions please contact your teacher or Beth Johnson our subscription co-ordinator who will help you get going with links to passwords and tutorials.

Blessings to you and your families over the Easter season!

Pippa and the learning commons team.

Sunshine, Reading and Makered!


Summer is almost here, birds are singing, flowers are blossoming and the outdoors is calling!  To celebrate the start of those long, lazy days of summer we have some great educational resources lined up for you.

First watch this video which highlights why reading is important over the summer holidays! Don’t delay sign out your reading material with either L4U or Overdrive E Library.  If you have recently enrolled with our school please contact Shandra Wiebe for your passwords swiebe@onlineschool.ca so you can gain access NOW!

Reading Ideas for the summer!

New Resources on Overdrive- Latest e books on Overdrive and more.

Ideas for reading this Summer!  Natalie shares her favourite picks for lazing under the Maple tree.

Young adults free E book summer promotion with Overdrive

New Digital Kits from our Curriculum Team!

The British Civil War and The Glorious Revolution -Grade 9

The French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte  Grade 9

American Revolution and Loyalists – Grade 9

Canadian History Overview to 1815 – Grade 9

Techie Tools for Grad students and end of Year exams!

Quizlet is a popular flash card service that students can use in their web browser on IOS and Android devices.  Text to speech mode in 18 languages is a PLUS.  A new aspect is Speller which plays words for you and you have to type correctly into the space provided.

StudiezPro is a powerful scheduling app which will help you ace time management. StudiezPro allows you to input your class schedule and homework into a built-in planner, then alerts you of approaching deadlines, keeps track of your grades, organizes your extracurricular schedule, and counts down to your next class.

Makered Ideas for the Summer!

Free summer camp from Make Enjoy tinkering and exploring online or at home or at a camp near you by clicking on this live map on this page. Learn more about MakerEd at our school here.

New to Homeschooling?  Check out our Home School web linking library for ideas on different ideas and resources.

Ning

Our Poetry competition is winding down for final marking by our judges.  Please make sure to enter your students work on Ning at the following link.  We are very excited to announce our winners in June!  Stay tuned!

Current Awareness Scoopit Newsletter!

Using the Learning commons over the Summer!

As we look forward to a lovely summer break there are some important dates you need to take note of.

If you have not re-enrolled, ALL library items are due back in the library by June 18th, 2015 and you cannot book items for next year.

Booking for next year:
You can book now for next year, but the first open day you can book items for the new school year is September 4th. Please DO NOT book items in July or August! We do not ship during the summer, so you will be reminded to rebook.
1. The earliest you can book an item is dependent on your homeroom, which indicates your shipping days ie. HCOS2 is 2 shipping days, (you can see your homeroom in your Profile page when logged in).
2. Add your shipping days to the date of September 4th, which is the first open date, to find the earliest date you can actually book an item: ie. If you are in HCOS3 your earliest ship date would be September 7th.
3. This works for any date you are booking for. For example, if I want to book an item for the next day, but I am in HCOS5, the system will state it is not available because it takes 5 days to ship to me.
4. I would need to choose a date 5 days in the future. The system will offer other open dates; please be sure the option you choose is for the loan period of 49 days.
5. When booking unit study kits for the year, please remember there is a limit of 3 kits per family out at one time.

  • Please do not:
    Book items back to back; we will delete the extra bookings. An item can be renewed if no one else has a reserve on it.
    DO NOT book kits so that they overlap with other kits, which takes you over the 3 kit limit. We will ask you to rebook.
    We have these limits in place to ensure all of our families have equal access to the resources.

Library loans for the summer:
If you have re-enrolled, you have the option of taking out material over the summer:

If you enrolled recently you will be sent a client code and pin from L4U at the beginning of the month, (check your junk folder!)
Last date for ordering items for the summer is June 19th

All material will be due back in the library August 14th, no exceptions! We need to have all items in and ready to go for the new school year.
There is a limit of 30 books per family
And a limit of 1 unit study kit per family over the summer.
The library is closed for the month of July, and is on summer hours for August. We will arrange Canpar returns during the first week of August so they are received by August 14th.
If you have any questions, please contact Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca or Kelly Wiebe at shipping@heritagechristian.ca

 

Summer Reading-Physical Commons

Summer is a time for professional development for parents and teachers! You have the opportunity to become acquainted with new material before you teach it, read up on different methods of teaching and make adjustments to your learning plans.

It’s a time to be refreshed and inspired so you can motivate your students! We have some awesome resources available:

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell
A manual for every family involved in home-based learning. Provides vision for the joys of homeschooling and the essential tools for success. Includes teaching middle and high school, guide to internet and technology, six ingredients of a successful homeschool, resources for curriculum suppliers, creative solutions for burnout, budgets, toddlers and time.

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
Offers parents step-by-step instructions for helping their child make the most of their education from preschool through high school, while becoming well-rounded and curious about learning.

The Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
This book on Charlotte Mason’s philosophy by well-known speaker and columnist K. Andreola provides a wealth of insight, practical advice and narratives illustrating how the ideas of the famed turn-of-the-century educator actually works in “real life”. Discover the gentle art of learning using methods that help your child succeed.

The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach by Robin Samson
The purpose of this book is to provide inspiration and motivation for you to make God’s Word the primary focus of your day, every day. Robin combines several philosophies of learning including Charlotte Mason’s, Lifestyle of Learning, Writing to Learn, Unit Studies and Notebooking to create four-step lessons that engage different learning styles.

Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas
You’ve read all the method books. Now take a step back and receive some much-needed inspiration. You’ll be encouraged by stories that tell how other parents handled the challenges and difficulties of being a parent – and how their children transformed their relationship with God. Sacred Parenting affirms the spiritual value of being a parent, showing you the holy potential of the parent- child relationship.

I Hate School by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
What can you do when your child hates school? Your child is unique, with a personal learning style that needs to be understood and respected. Filled with practical applications and insights as commonsense as they are revolutionary.

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child by Linda Dobson
This book on Charlotte Mason’s philosophy by well-known speaker and columnist K. Andreola provides a wealth of insight, practical advice and narratives illustrating how the idea of the famed turn-of-the-century educator actually works in “real life”. Discover the gentle art of learning using methods that help your child succeed.

Homeschooling High School by Jeanne Gowen Dennis
You can design a solid high school program that both maximizes educational freedom and leads to successful college admission.

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully (Gr. 4 – 8) by Ruth Beechick
Here is THE book for all parents who want to teach their children. Includes sections on reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as subjects beyond the three R’s for grades 4 – 8.

This is just a small sampling of what we have on the shelves.
You can find more of our resources by logging into L4U and clicking on the TOPIC SEARCH tab.
Then click on the 001 Resouces icon and scroll through the list.

The Home Education icon lists 95 books related to this topic! Be sure to check out all of the other lists like Apologetics, Character, Manners and Values, and Novel studies!

Homeschool catalogues are a great resource. If you see a title you are interested in, search for it in our library. If we have it, you can check it out instead of buying it! If we don’t have it and you think we should, let us know!

Have a wonderful summer filled with lots of good reading!

Blessings from the learning commons team 😀

Makered Presentation #CHEC2015


Reading and making in the Commons!


As a teacher I have always loved using a hook to create excitement,  and move production in the classroom.  As a teacher librarian my students in my reading buddies K-3 online class ask for extension activities.

This term we have shared lots of picture books, had scintillating, philosophical discussions after reading books like Frederick by Leo Leonni, and had fun researching animals using Pebble Go database!  The getting geeky characteristic  with Pebble Go is you can print off your production, or share as a URL straight from your iPad!

Reading Buddies students share their joy in creation after reading a great picture book like Don’t Spill the Milk by Stephen Davies! Here are a few samples of artistic creation!

Caileigh shares her watercolour below.

Kaileigh

Mikayla shares her watercolour below.

Mikayla

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Janel shares her pastel creation of Don’t Spill the Milk above, and below a collage after reading Frederick by Leo Leonni!

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Research using Pebble Go subscription and  Tiger Report[1]! by Janel

 

Thanks for sharing reading buddies!! You are great content creators, artists and readers!  I am going to miss ALL of  you:)

PS!  All of mentioned picture books may be loaned from our growing E Library!

Blessings

Pippa Davies

Innovators/Makers/Ideas/Disciples Welcome!


 

Innovation and Evaluation

What does Innovation mean to you?  How do you see our schools growing and changing to meet the needs of the 21st century?  How do we encourage our students to grow as disciples?  We want to hear from you as staff, parents and students.  With the move to newer learning outcomes in British Columbia coming shortly and the focus on more project based learning our hope is to build a learning commons which reflects your voice on the integration of Christian education, technology, curriculum, e books and physical books.

If you have ideas in this regard to please share below in our comments area or on our Ning at our Innovation Think Tank.  If you need an invite to our Ning  please contact me via email.

Blessings

Pippa Davies

 

 

 

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