Digital Unit Study Kit Guides Now on OverDrive



BIG NEWS.  We’ve made some more changes on OverDrive, making our HCOS Digital Unit Study Kit Guides by Rachael Freed (now Rennie), even easier to access.

To quickly find all of these digital kits on OverDrive, visit this link

 

To navigate to the Unit Study Kits from the main page, click our “Curriculum” Menu:

Unit Study Kits from Curriculum Menu

You will see all of the curated lists here that align with BC’s standards.

From there, SCROLL DOWN, and you’ll see all of our Unit Study Kits, LIKE THIS:

Unit Study Kits

It’s THAT EASY.

If you want a quick view of what’s in each collection, click the + sign on the right of each list.  To see all the Unit Study Kits for a particular grade, click, “view more“:

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We’re continually making improvements to serve you better, and are open to your comments and suggestions anytime.  Please feel free to send me an email, cynthia.duncalfe@onlineschool.ca


 

Big Changes on OverDrive!



Good News! We now have the capacity for many more menus on OverDrive, and we’ve made some major changes, investing significant time making improvements to the way you search our collections.


First of all, take a look at our all-new “Curriculum” tab…

 

 

 

New Curriculum Tab

All the subject lists by grade reside here!  So, instead of searching through all the titles in our former “Grades 2/3 Titles for BC’s New Curriculum” curation, for example, you’ll now see a screen that looks like this:

 

 

 

New Collections Lists

New to our “Collections” tab are CORE COMPETENCIES curations and much more!  Take a look at some of the new collections we’ve been working on.

 

 

The new capacity for multiple lists in this “Collections” tab opens up many new opportunities to share curated lists with you to meet your needs.

We’re incredibly excited to be launching these improvements to serve you better!  There are still a few tweaks and additions that we’ll be making over the next few weeks, and so if you have any suggestions for us, or if you are having trouble finding what you’re looking for, your Learning Commons Team is here to support you!

MORE CHANGES YET TO COME … STAY TUNED!


 

New Resources for Grades 8 and 9



Many of you are already planning what resources you will be using for the fall, so we thought it would be the perfect time to let you know that we’ve got even more available to you for Grades 8 and 9 than ever before!


Updated Grade Level Pages

These pages have been organized by grade AND subject to make it easy for you to find available resources.

Simply go to our Learning Commons website, hover your mouse over the “BC’s New Curriculum” tab on the lower menu, and select “Resources by Grade“.

How to find Grade pages

You will find new offerings in ADST, Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and more!  Here is the new Grade 8 Resources page, and the new Grade 9 Resources page.

Other K-9 Resources by Grade pages can be found here.


Updated Overdrive Digital Library e-Book Lists

It is really easy to find all the wonderful digital resources available to you through our Overdrive eBook Library.

Just go to our Learning Commons website, hover your mouse over “Overdrive Digital Library” in the top menu bar, and then select “Grade Level Lists“.

How to find audiobooks

We’ve just purchased a ton of new resources, and we’ve organized our Grade 8 and 9 Science and Socials titles according to the new curriculum “Big Ideas” to make things even more convenient for you!

Grade 8 ScienceGrade 8 Socials

Grade 9 ScienceGrade 9 Socials

All Overdrive eBook Library K-9 Grade Level Lists can be found here.


 

Learning commons newsletter!


Greetings from the learning commons,

As we burrow into Fall it is good to remember our fallen men and women.  Remembrance Day is almost here, a time to appreciate and value the men and women who served our countries so well.  To discover more in regards to these and other educational resources check out our Scoopit newsletter.

Upcoming webinars!  

Natalie and Pippa are excited to share more about all things #MakerEd in our next Lunch n Learn webinar on December 3rd. To find out more about this new way of learning go to this page.

New Unit Studies available 

More physical kits have been produced to help see you through this year. To learn more about what is still available for booking go to this page here.

Math Literacy on Overdrive.  Check out this curated list of great books for your elementary students.

New Digital Citizenship Kits

Are you looking for a way to build in digital citizenship into your student’s school year?  Look no further!  Rachael our curriculum writer has shared some awesome kits for your students to improve their digital footprint.

K-3 kit.

Gr4-6 kit

Gr 7-9 kit

Events on the Ning?

Secret Santa

It’s that time of year again! For those of you that have never played this game with HCOS/NING, Secret Santa is a fun card/gift exchange. To play this game you MUST commit to sending someone a card/gift worth $5 or less. (Tim’s cards are a good idea if you don’t know what to get.)  Send me an email with your mailing address and at the beginning of December I will scramble the names and match you with another person who you will send a card/gift to. All card/gifts NEED TO be sent out by December 12 so that it reaches the recipient on time. We (HCOS/NING) are not responsible for any late or damaged card/gifts. If you want to play you are agreeing to commit to send a card/gift.  And get one if return.  Spread the word, the more people we get the more fun it is. I will stop accepting names on Nov 30th. =) Feel free to message me with any questions. My email is eduncan@onlineschool.ca

Fall Photograph contest for all students happening until end of November 2015 .  Read more at this link here.  if you are not on the Ning please contact Erin at the address above.

Author in Residence Program- Sigmund Brouwer

We have really enjoyed having Sigmund Brouwer share with our students some great writing tools of the trade in his author in residence program.  We are looking forward to more sessions in January.  These sessions will be one day only events, and the learning camp will be shared soon to the learning groups website.

MakerEd Open House – Next Makered open house with Jessie in Kelowna is on November 27th.  Read more on this page

We have built up some lovely resources on Overdrive E Library for your reading interest, in regards to getting your students making.  Go to this page here for the curated listing. Make sure you are signed into Overdrive first.

Blessings from your learning commons team

Pippa

Scoopit! Curation – Open to Students Grades 8 and up


 

This morning we had a blackboard session with students from BC and Quebec all about Scoopit! We learned how to curate Scoopit! titles for educational purposes. We have many Scoopit! boards available in our school’s site and we would love to add even more! Each teacher (or student) would need their own Scoopit! account, and then we could easily add a board to your curating platform. It is exciting to see the learning and sharing possibilities available to our students. Just sign up, get the Scoopit! bookmarklet and start adding your favorite sites!

You may want to start a Scoopit! topic on Current Events, Art, Engineering or even Health and Career topics. Whatever you are interested in researching that you would like to share with others!

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Here are just a few of the Scoopit! topics that are currently being curated by our staff and students:

21st Century Education

21st Century Homeschooling

MakerEd

Educational Leadership in the 21st Century

Christianity in Education

Teachers may use a Scoopit curation site for the following 10 applications:

  • Teaching digital citizenship!
  • Teaching keywording, and how to create a research topic in a project!
  • Teaching effective use of blogging and social media!
  • Helping students learn how to evaluate sites for authority, currency and validity!
  • Helping students load digital portfolios quickly for their teacher using the upload function!
  • Teach students the importance of open access and sharing academic, and authoritative articles about their interest!
  • Helps teachers curate alongside their students and share safely!
  • Show how to effectively market a collection of articles in an open arena!
  • Share the importance of a digital archiving process, and the search function using tagging!
  • Teach about the advantages of a personal learning network!

If you and your students would like to co-curate with us please contact either Natalie or Pippa and we will get you started.  We love gleaning from you via Scoopit!

Blessings the learning commons team!

 

True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Tessellations – Mentor Mob!


See on Scoop.it21 century Learning Commons

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Natalie shares our techie site of the month with her Mentor Mob compilation.  If you have not checked it out take a peek.

See on truenorth-bchomeschoolmom.blogspot.ca

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