Drum Roll, Please! Our Next “Techie Tuesday Webinar” is October 3rd at 3:00 pm!


“Unit Study Kits:  What They Are and How to Use Them” with Pippa and Cynthia

Webinars are a quick and easy way to receive a lot of valuable information in a short amount of time – in a live, virtual setting where you can also get all of your questions answered.  During this “Techie Tuesday” webinar, Pippa and Cynthia will walk you through Unit Study Kits:  What They Are, and How to Use Them.

 

What:  Pippa and Cynthia will share about our  HCOS Unit Study Kits – Digital & Physical curriculum to help your students learn from an inquiry base.

Who may attend:  Students K-12 and parents, staff

Where:  Zoom classroom

 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/249449622

Or iPhone one-tap :
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Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 249 449 622
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=UjxqnAPcer2zhcwjUKwD4rzMLyCN6TAh

 

List of Kits (Both Unit Study and Supplemental Kits) Available in L4U

Unit Study Kit Description:  These kits are available in digital format (using OverDrive eBooks, etc.), or in physical format (Heritage Christian Online School couriers these kits to your home and will arrange for courier pick up as well – all free of charge for HCOS students).  These resource kits, created by our staff, outline lesson plans and activities for your students.  Significant effort has been made on your behalf to include quality resources and hard-to-find supplies, in order to address learning standards efficiently and effectively.

 

Kits include all or some of the following:

Several informative books on the unit study topic

Hard-to-locate reusable resources such as prepared slides, battery holders, and spring scales

A game, activity or DVD to make learning fun

Related websites to extend learning

A parent activity guide which breaks the content into a variety of lesson plans. The guide can also be accessed on the website and has live links to other websites


 

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!

 

December News Learning Commons!


Good tidings we bring you to share in the celebration of the birth our Lord Jesus Christ!  As you wind down for the Advent season we hope that your first term has brought much joy and learning into your classroom this fall.  The Overdrive E Library will be open at all hours for your reading pleasure and we look forward to a new year with webinars for subscriptions, Missions Read-A-Thon and more starting in January. The physical commons will be closing over the holidays, so if you have last-minute loans to pick up December 18th is it:)  The Learning Commons will reopen in January when school starts on January 5, 2015.

New Webinar!!

We are very excited to have our very own Jeremy Hirsch come and share with students, teachers and parents about Digital Citizenship on December 12th at 10.30 am.  For more information on this very current and important topic please see the details here.

New Movies on Overdrive just in time for Christmas!  Read more in this article.

Suggested Reading for the Holidays on Overdrive. Read more here about professional development for adults and teens in this article and a great sample of Christmas reading here in this article.

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Our #Makered STEAM page is ready to be shared with all information/and resources available at your disposal here.  It will be updated as new resources get added.

Campus and online are embracing all things #makered,  with the learning camp sessions run by Jesse in the learning commons.  Check out this article here.

Ning news!  Congratulations to our Photographic finalists!  

Here are the top photographs on this Ning album which will go into the next level of our So YOU Think you can PHOTOGRAPH contest!  Winners will be announced next week.  Big thanks to all participants for sharing your artistry!

New Kits!

  • Grade 2:  Discovering Communities click Here.
  • Grade 5 :  History of British Columbia click Here
  • Grade 5 : Introduction to Canadian Government click Here
  • Grade 7 :  Ancient Civilizations:  China click Here

Current awareness re Christmas on Scoopit Newsletter please see here for ideas on Christmas lesson plans, contests etc.

 Student newsletter on Issuu–  check out our wonderful student journalism team 🙂

 

Blessings

The Learning Commons team.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

 

 

 

Digital Citizenship Webinar Dec 12th! Postponed!! January date coming soon!


We are very excited to bring our teacher leader Jeremy Hirsch to share a webinar on digital citizenship on December 12th Pacific time 10.30 am!  But sign in 15 minutes early to check your sound:) Jeremy will be opening the group to parents of students in all age groups.

Title: ‘Our Digital Footprint’

Description: We will take a look at the digital explosion that we are currently experiencing and what that has done to our society and our culture.  We will also look at cyber-bullying, social media, and what it means to teach our children how to leave a positive digital footprint.

Participant Link:

https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=7345&password=M.5D3AE1B840AAE74723EFC30DAB1DC6

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Getting Geeky with #diglit! Grades K-2


The last few weeks have seen our learning commons folks #gearingup and #gettinggeeky after our #gafesummit conference!

We are all looking for ways to improve our students digital literacy, and now that BC has draft digital literacy learning outcomes in all grade levels we can finally start moving our students towards meeting these ideals.  Victoria Woelders (Google certified teacher) has a wonderful website called My Kids Locker with some ideas to help integrate these new standards along with the ISTE standards.  We have these digital literacy standards already on our website here:

Digital Literacy

We know there are so many more resources out there that you have experienced and are enjoying with your students.  So this week we are going to try and match up the new outcomes for the grade K-2 learning outcomes and would love your ideas too!  Please comment below the blog post and we will share to our list:)

  1.  Illustrate and communicate original ideas and stories using digital tools and media-rich resources.  Kidblog, Storybird, Educreations, LittleBirdTales, Comics Creator, My Story Maker, Picture Book Maker, ABCya Animate
  2. Identify, research, and collect data on an environmental issue using digital resources and propose a developmentally appropriate solution.  Spongelab, Recycle City, NationalGeographic, Geotours Kids National Geographic,
  3. Engage in learning activities with learners from multiple cultures through e-mail and other electronic means.  Flat Stanley, Virtual Book Clubs, Skype, Blackboard Virtual Classroom LNBC, Petra’s Planet, GoogleHangoutsGuide EPals.
  4. In a collaborative work group, use a variety of technologies to produce a digital presentation or product in a curriculum area. BuildWithChrome  ThingLink, Popplet Kidblog, EduGlogster, CollaborizeClassroom.
  5. Find and evaluate information related to a current or historical person or event using digital resources.  MuseumBox  PebbleGo, Tiki-Toki Timeline,
  6. Use simulations and graphical organizers to explore and depict patterns of growth such as the life cycles of plants and animals.  ALifeCycleapp ProjectBudBurst  MonarchWatch
  7. Demonstrate the safe and cooperative use of technology. CommonSense  MediaSmarts HCOS Internet safety HCOSDigCit
  8. Independently apply digital tools and resources to address a variety of tasks and problems. MapTreasureHunt, Ebscohost Searchasaurus,  PebbleGo, ReadingEggs, PinkyDinkyDoo (podcasts) WeVideo (video making) Superlame (adding bubbles to images) StoryKeepers (digital storytelling apps)
  9. Communicate about technology using developmentally appropriate and accurate terminology.  Discovery Education, BrainPopJr,
  10. Demonstrate the ability to navigate in virtual environments such as electronic books, simulation software, and Web sites.  Overdrive E Library, RAZ Kids, Reading Eggs, Brainpop Learn360

 

Blessings Pippa and Natalie

Stay tuned for grades 3-6 next week!

 

 

 

Youth Privacy Social Smarts


See on Scoop.it21 century education

Teaching resources on online privacy for teens,

from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Graphic novels to share with your teens regarding online privacy and sharing.

See on www.4edu.ca

– Send Them on Learning Missions


See on Scoop.it21 century education

The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Some great teaching tips in this slide share on using technology to engage students in and out of the classroom!

See on www.techlearning.com

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Learning to balance Digital Citizenship, Research and Publishing!


 

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This article is a reblog from Pippa Davies blog.

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To protect or not protect our students from the net, that is the question? Does censorship, or continuing education work? I believe that the more we help guide our students online, the more likely they will, by osmosis, become excellent purveyors of online content, and creators of their own digital identity. They will learn to value what is true, worthy, current and reliable online!

At what age does critical thinking begin; when do we as parents, or teachers help our students learn the critical thinking that goes with the territory of being online in the 21 century? We used to think that around 11/ 12 years of age was the age of logic according to educational theorists like Piaget. However university professors can attest to the fact, that many graduate students still do not understand Bloom’s taxonomy of higher level…

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Social Media and Parenting


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This past week I  watched a very sad indictment of the “Sextortion of Amanda Todd” being aired on CBC The Fifth Estate, to commemorate the anniversary of Amanda’s death.  I was horrified to hear how twelve and thirteen year old teens are sharing lewd images of themselves on group blogging and webcam sites.  I was even more than horrified to see how online predators could take advantage of such students,  and blackmail them into sharing more revealing images.  This tragedy exemplifies some insidious dangers inherent with image sharing sites,  such as SnapChat and Instagram, and with private chat rooms.   Media literacy is not the topic on display, and images provoke more than just fear, or isolation, they can provoke students to suicide.

This brought to mind many ways as parents we need to be involved in our students’ “online time”?

You will often hear students saying that the time they spend alone on their computers is private and they have the “rights” to not share their online behaviour.  Not only are cases of cyber bullying on the increase,  many are not being reported for fear of reprisal.  Often the RCMP cannot respond to complaints in time,  due to the nature of time sensitive issues regarding the Internet.

So what can we as parents/teachers do in this situation?

  • Help our students gain awareness of maintaining appropriate digital citizenship, about creating a digital footprint, empowering them with rules and behaviour for fostering online friends.
  • Consider and decide how your family may choose to monitor online and offline conversations.  Teens are often awake late into the night when lights go out.
  • Encourage loving relationship with your developing teen,  that includes lots of openness to discuss all kinds of  topics.
  • Discuss and encourage safe digital citizenship such as those found in moderated sites like our school Ning.
  • Discuss and apply safe strategies around online activities in group Skype/webcam/google hangout chats if there are no moderators.
  • Discuss why there are age restrictions set by social media sites.  As a parent you know your child’s emotional maturity and ability to communicate responsibly.  You may choose to wait until your student is 13 or older before establishing a social network profile.
  • Pray for your students to imbibe wisdom in relationship, and in sharing personal information and healthy self esteem.

My prayer is that as a community we can be accountable for all of our students, and that together we can partner with you as parents to help keep our students safe.

For information on sites which can help you deal with bullying and preventative education go here.  To watch a great powerpoint with good discussion topics go here

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