Win a New Reading Device this Holiday!


This Christmas holiday the learning commons is hosting a device raffle to promote our e-book and audiobook collection!  Each time you borrow a book from Overdrive eLibrary your name will be entered into a raffle, and the grand prize is a Kobo eReader!  The more books you read the more times your name will be entered!!

  • Library patrons can join in anytime between December 7th and December 31st, 2017 just by clicking on an e-book and borrowing it in Overdrive
  • Prize:  Kobo Aura eReader
  • The prize winner will be announced the first week of January 2018 on this blog!
  • For more details on using Overdrive go here.

Happy Reading!!

Blessings from the learning commons team!

Audiobooks and Reading


This is a reblog from Overdrive specialist Patty Carlyle.

Yes, audiobooks are real books

Posted on: Thursday 13 October 2016 — 16:25

Do audiobooks leave the brain distracted and disjointed or are they just another way to enjoy and absorb a story? Are audiobooks real reading, or cheating? With the rise of podcasting and storytelling events, both highly respected mediums, why do audiobooks continue to suffer this stigma?

The science of listening: decoding and translating

Daniel Willingham is one of the most respected authorities on learning styles, and has written a lot about audiobooks. He explains that there are two basic processes happening when you’re reading. There is decoding, or translating the strings of letters into words that mean something. And then there is language processing, or comprehension — that is, figuring out the syntax, the story, et cetera. Researchers have studied the question of comprehension for decades, and what you find is very high correlations of reading comprehension and listening comprehension. As science writer Olga Khazan noted in 2011, a “1985 study found listening comprehension correlated strongly with reading comprehension — suggesting that those who read books well would listen to them well. In a 1977 study, college students who listened to a short story were able to summarize it with equal accuracy as those who read it.” Listeners and readers retain about equal understanding of the passages they’ve consumed, in other words.

Not only are audiobooks a valid form of reading, but there might be some benefits that readers of the written word miss. According to Two Guys on Your Head podcast, “because you can’t go back and re-read, when you listen you are more likely to extract the deeper meaning from things quicker.” Could audiobooks actually boost reading comprehension and analytical skills?

This kind of data might explain the discovery that podcasts help children learn to read. Audiobooks can help the struggling reader, too, who might get frustrate with where they “should” be and give up too soon. Experiencing some success and enjoyment can fuel the hunger to practice and engender an appreciation for reading. “Listening while reading helps people have several successful reading events in a row, where they are reading “with accuracy and enjoyment.” And, listening has been shown to help with decoding, a fundamental part of reading.”

Audiobooks uniquely serve non-native speakers

With so many benefits for typical, native-speakers, imagine the impact audiobooks might have on English Language Learner students. They can can make note of proper pronunciation as well as slang and typical sentence structure in a closed, curiosity-welcome space. Non-native speakers might also use Read-Alongs, which offer an audio element and all its advantages, alongside a reading component. The connection between speaking and reading defines literacy and fluency, and Read-Alongs tie the spoken word to written word perfectly.

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

New Account info!


New client codes/pins have been sent via email to all parents and teachers who have 2016/17 accounts in Encom. These emails were generated by L4U on Monday, so please check your junk folder if you don’t see them in your inbox. The old accounts have been deleted.

Items out

All items out are due back June 17th unless you arranged a renewal (no unit study kits will be renewed).  Please contact Kelly to arrange pickup: shipping@heritagechristian.ca

Unit Study kits:

  • If you have kits out, they are due back June 17th. They cannot be renewed over the summer.
  • Unit Study Kits are being redone to meet the new outcomes, so they cannot be booked over the summer OR for next year at this time.
  • We will announce the date they will be available to be booked in August, most likely August 15th.

Summer Loans

  • You can book curriculum, books and CDs/DVDs for the summer and next year, (but not unit study kits).
  • Last day to book items for the summer is June 17th.  Books will be shipped the following week.
  • Summer items will be due back in August.

Changes to Loans and Shipping

  • The Loan period is now 6 weeks as the new unit study kits will be shorter in length. You can use the materials for the full 6 weeks as shipping time is calculated outside of that time.
  • New limit of 35 books and 8 AV items out at one time per family.
  • Enrolled families now receive 16 FREE shipments (8 round trips) per school year (August – July)
  • Registered families now receive 10 Free Shipments (5 round trips) per school year (August –July)
  • Registered families will now have access to Overdrive, and most materials in L4U except MakerEd and Unit Study kits. Access to Digital kits and all guides is available here.

If you have moved – please contact either Kelly or myself with your new address as we do not get automatic updates from the office.  It’s so sad when an order goes to the wrong address and time is lost trying to get it back!!

Popular High School Reads


Overdrive surveyed students to see what was popular reading matter for high school.  Here is the list!  Most of these books are to be found on our Overdrive e library website!  If you have not been able to access please contact Pippa Davies.

The Book Thief

A Raisin in the Sun

The Namesake

Animal Farm

The Giver

Tangerine

A Long Walk to Water

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Inside Out and Back Again

Number the Stars

Here are a few more high school classics we have on Overdrive.

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Springing into March


Thank you God for your creation!  Sun and flowers have arrived in South Surrey!  Spring is imminent! Time to stretch and head outdoors to enjoy nature, poetry, creative writing and reading about nature!

New Resources and Articles! Natalie shares how to discover more about Polar Bears with fiction and non-fiction resources in this article.

Websites of the Month!   Read this article about Great Kids’ Milestones!

Current Awareness on Scoopit with contests, apps and articles.

Maker-Ed  – STEAM Learning

HCOS student Maclean has fun with the learning commons  Makey Makey kit and video games!  Watch here:

New Kits!

Communities – Grade 2

British Columbia History – Grade 5

Introduction to Canadian Government – Grade 5

Ancient Civilizations – China – Grade 7

Cells and Systems – Grade 8 and 9

Fluids and Dynamics Grade 8

Optics – Grade 8

Math Shape and Space – Grade 8

More unit studies have been added.  Please read this article by Shandra.

Ning Our talent show is still happening on Ning.  High school students be sure to load your entry soon before the contest closes at the end of the month. The next event happening is the writing contest in March/April to coincide with a writing workshop by Sigmund Brouwer.  Check out more here.

Younger students in grades 5 and up to grade 12 may enter this one and parents may post on their behalf.

Subscription Survey Results A big thank you to all our participants in the recent survey!  You told us you liked the following subscriptions the most! Untitled

  • You also told us that 55% of patrons are using the eLibrary.
  • Our stats in the physical commons show an increase of 30% and in the virtual commons over 100%.
  • You told us you liked hands on, engaging supplementary tools to help support 21st-century learning.
  • You also told us you liked databases that helped support independent reading and learning.

Innovation in the Learning Commons! We value your input into making our learning commons an innovative and exciting hub of our blended schools.  If you have more ideas to suggest to our learning commons team please read more in this article.

Blessings

Pippa Davies

Learning Commons Team

READ A THON Winners!!


We are SOO excited to announce this year’s Read-A-Thon winners! We had 165 eager Readers who read a ton, tweeted some and shared selfies!  Check out this Storify to see some of the selfies and tweets.

A Huge thank you to parents and teachers for encouraging your students in their literacy goals!  Congratulations to all students who participated and completed literacy goals!  Mrs Wiebe will be sending your gift certificates shortly.  A participation certificate will be coming your way via email from your teacher.

 

Drum Roll for the list of winners:

Winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On behalf of the Elementary and High School top winners, Varenka and Timothy the Learning Commons will donate $500 to Out of Ashes Children’s Home in Africa, Kitale located here at this website address:
www.buildingbeyondborderskenya.com

Blessings

Your Learning commons team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Start in Language Arts


Language Arts in the Learning Commons – great curriculum for the primary grades!

A Complete Program of Language Arts Instruction for Grades 1 & 2 by Jo Anne Mooresmart

The Smart Start Home Education Edition was written specifically for homeschoolers.

The child is guided by a workbook that introduces reading, writing and spelling skills in a sequential order. These are applied in the lessons and reviewed until mastery is obtained.

Parents discover a simple, effective method of teaching reading and writing using a teacher’s manual. Lesson plans and answer keys are presented in a simple, straightforward manner.

Smart Start In Language Arts Home Education Edition is a comprehensive, well-developed resource backed by research that supports the wide variety of activities that are presented in well-organized, day-by-day lessons. Activities presented in lessons range from directed to guided, thus allowing students to develop confidence in their own abilities as they learn to read, write, and explore their own creativity. While the lessons are consistent in format, different media are used to present activities to students. This set-up enables learners to work within their areas of strength and to develop their weak areas on an ongoing basis. This resource eliminates the pressure of testing because skills mastery is the primary goal. Learned skills are reinforced continually through a variety of review activities and the incorporation of old skills into new lessons.

1. The binder contains one workbook and four DVDs.
2. Summary of reading and comprehension strategies is included. These are supported by research.
3. The first DVD contains thirteen I SPY photographs for the alphabet lessons, and printable sight word and phonics games (lotto and bingo) for reading instruction fun. The other three DVDs have thirty-five puppet shows which introduce letter sounds, long vowel words with silent e and long vowel words with two vowels together.
4. Lesson plans and detailed instructions are located in the teacher’s manuals.

If you are looking for a great program for your child, you can take this out for 7 weeks to see if it’s a good fit. It’s nice to “try before you buy” when it comes to curriculum!  When booking the items in the L4U catalog, be sure to book both the teacher’s manual and workbook.

Read-A-Thon time!


Hi all learning commons peeps!!!!

Hey Avid Readers, we have enjoyed reading your tweets and seeing your pictures! We are looking forward to seeing more selfies and reviews, so dress up as your favorite character and take a picture!  You can email it to Pippa, pdavies@onlineschool.ca or Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca

At the end of Friday, you need to tally up your reading minutes and fill in the Minutes Completed form.

Deadline to submit minutes is Wednesday, February 12th, 2015. If you don’t submit this form, you are not eligible for the prize draws.

We will announce the winners on Monday, February 16th!

Here is the Certificate which you can print for your students. Certificate

Blessings

Pippa and the learning commons team

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!

 

 

 

Grade 4-7 Resources You May Want to Explore


If you are looking for some great resources for your Grades 4-7 children, we would like to highlight a few of them for you.

We have a wide range of bible resources on Overdrive (look under the collections tab for Bible). We will be adding many more this month – so check back often!

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We have an extensive collection of novels for Grades 4-7 in a wide variety of genres. Here are some reading lists available for both Canadian history and grade level options.

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We have many Social Studies and Science resources on Overdrive for your students. Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6 and Grade 7.

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We have Writing and Language Arts resources for your Grade 4-7 students. Grades 4-5, Grade 6-7 (look under the collections tab and find Grades 4-5 and 6-7)

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We have a variety of Novel/Literature Studies available. You can find them here.
We have kits available in both Physical and Digital formats. Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7.

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We have a wide range of Math Resources available in Overdrive.
There are many of our subscriptions that are wonderful additions to your Grade 4-7 students learning. Adaptive Curriculum, Brain Pop, Creativity Express, Gizmos and World Book – just to name a few.

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Discovery Education has a variety of series for Grades 4-7. Here are just a few of them: Horrible Histories, Mathematical Eye, Discovery Atlas, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet, Mythbusters/Head Rush, Math Mastery, CG Kids, Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye, North America, Life, Global Stories, Global Wrap and Standard Deviants Nutrition (look at More in series for other videos).

Contact your teach for passwords to any of the above digital subscriptions.  To access the e library contact Shandra Wiebe for your passwords swiebe@onlineschool.ca

K-3 Online Resources You May Want to Explore


If you are looking for some great resources for your K-3 aged children we would like to highlight a few for you:

1.  We have a wide variety of Bible resources available on Overdrive. Many of them would be perfect for your K-3 student.

2.  We have an amazing collection of Picture Books available in Overdrive with a wide variety of titles and subjects.

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3.  We now have Overdrive Unit Studies with Language Arts, Math, Science, Music and Art for you to use with your K-1 students. These are in Open PDF format and can be printed. We have added: Ocean, The Circus, Color My World, Life on a Pond, Pirates and Harvest.

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4.  Reading Rainbow is available on Discovery Education and we have some matching books available in L4U and Overdrive. Here is a list of episodes and matching books.

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5. We have a variety of literature studies available for your student. You can explore the author studies, book units as well as literature studies including fairy tales, folk tales etc. You can also find a variety of reading lists with links on this page, including a Canadian Picture Book list.

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6.  If you have yet to login to Pebble Go! and take a look at all it has to offer, I encourage you to do it very soon. Pebble Go! has great readers for Science and Social Studies that are visual, easy to follow and will encourage your student to want to read more!

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7.  We have a wide variety of Math Resources in Overdrive including living math books for you to explore math literacy with your student.

8.  We continue to add more Resource Kits to our collection – both digital and physical. Here are the K-1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 Kits.
9.  We have many Writing Resources for your K-3 student from Handwriting to Report Writing we have many options. For K-1 you can look here. For 2-3 you can look here.

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10.  Discovery Education has a wide range of videos for your K-3 student (look under more in series to find all the videos from that series) including: Math Monsters, A First Look – Science Videos, The Number Crew, Holiday Facts and Fun, Art Tango, Rabbit Ears, When I Grow Up, The Story of Read-Alee-Deed-Alee, Discovering Language Arts, Primary Music Appreciation and many, many more.

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