Don’t Miss This Techie Tuesday Webinar: Blogging, Digital Writing, and Personal Learning Networks

Blogging, Digital Writing, and Personal Learning Networks

with Cynthia, Pippa, and Beth

When: Feb 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m

What:  Join HCOS Curriculum Consultant Cynthia Duncalfe, as she gives an overview of how blogging using platforms like our HCOS KidBlog subscription can enrich learning experiences and even serve as a portfolio of learning for your students.  Beth Johnson, our Subscriptions Facilitator will walk us through how to set up a KidBlog account.  Pippa Davies, teacher-librarian and Director of our Learning Commons will share the importance of digital writing and how simple it is to develop your own personal/professional learning network.

Who:  Students, parents, teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: UPDATED LINK:

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!


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


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!


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, or Shandra at

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


Pippa and the learning commons team

25 Twitter Tips For Students, Parents, And Teachers – Edudemic

See on Scoop.itSocial networking in the classroom

Twitter can be a powerful weapon in your arsenal of learning resources. So we figured a few Twitter tips for students and others might be in order.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Great tips for expanding your horizon on Twitter!

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Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada – Video

See on Scoop.itHCS Learning Commons Newsletter

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Check out this video on digital privacy from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.  All teens need to be aware of what they are posting online and their need for privacy.

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The 100 Best Twitter Tools For Teachers (2012 Edition)

See on Scoop.it21 century education

Hi everyone,

This is a great resource to keep with you if you are learning how to use Twitter.

“In 2009, we shared our favorite tools for teachers on Twitter, with 100 resources for managing feeds, finding followers, and tackling classroom groups on the social media site. Since then, many tools have been revamped, replaced, or simply aren’t available anymore. Clearly, an update is in order, so we’re proud to present a new list for 2012, featuring the very best tools available to Twittering teachers today.”

Edudemic article on Twitter.  Great for beginners on Twitter.
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