New Gr. 7 Digital and Physical Unit Study Kits Available Now!


Looking for a way to finish up that last Science and/or Socials Unit in this last semester? These Unit Study Kits provide tons of content and lots of options for interacting with the material in fun and engaging ways.  Unit Studies are available in both physical format through L4U, or in digital format using Overdrive e-books.

Grade 7 Socials

Ancient Egypt Civilization Digital Unit Study Kit

Ancient Greece Civilization Digital Unit Study Kit

Stay tuned:  More Grade 7 Socials Kits coming soon!

 

 

Grade 7 Science Digital Unit Study Kits

Creation and Evolution Digital Unit Study

Matter and Elements Digital Unit Study

Fossil Record and Climate Change Digital Unit Study

Energy and Electromagnetism Digital Unit Study Kit

 

Grade 7 Science Physical Unit Study Kits

Available from L4U Library

Fossil Record and Climate Change Physical Unit Study Kit

Creation and Evolution Physical Unit Study Kit COMING SOON!

Matter and Elements Physical Unit Study Kit COMING SOON!

Energy and Electromagnetism Physical Unit Study Kit COMING SOON!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Blessings


 

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Spring is here, the bulbs are beginning to blossom,  and it is time to celebrate Easter and the amazing sacrifice of our Lord Jesus!

This newsletter we will share some of our favourite Easter resources on L4U, OverDrive eLibrary, and some web links.  We will also share some upcoming contests, including our poetry and talent contest on NING.  If you are new to the learning commons please read our welcome getting started for Newbies!


Subscriptions Use Survey

Results of our most recent survey may be found at Subscriptions Survey Results – 2017. A big thank you to all our patrons and staff for completing this survey, which helps inform our purchasing of resources.


Spring and Easter Titles Available Now in the Overdrive Digital Library

Have you been using our Overdrive Digital Library?  There are so many excellent resources to check out!  We have a good selection of Spring and Easter titles available for you here.


New Gr. 6 and 7 Digital and Physical Unit Study Kits

Looking for a way to finish up that last Science and/or Socials Unit in this last semester? These Unit Study Kits provide tons of content and lots of options for interacting with the material in fun and engaging ways.  All Unit Studies are available in both physical format through L4U, and in digital format through Overdrive.  Reserve today – limited quantities!

 

Grade 6 Science – Digital Unit Studies

Extreme Environments Digital Unit Study
The Solar System Digital Unit Study
Newton’s Laws of Motion Digital Unit Study
Human Body Systems Digital Unit Study
Mixtures & Solutions Digital Unit Study

 

Grade 6 Science – Physical Unit Study Kits from L4U

Extreme Environments Physical Unit Study Kit 
The Solar System Physical Unit Study Kit
Newton’s Laws of Motion Physical Unit Study Kit
Human Body Systems Physical Unit Study Kit
Mixtures & Solutions Physical Unit Study Kit

 

Grade 6 Social Studies – Digital Unit Studies

Government and Economics Digital Unit Study
Urbanization and Migration of People Digital Unit Study
Conflict and War Digital Unit Study
Global Issues and Media Literacy Digital Unit Study

 

Grade 6 Social Studies – Physical Unit Study Kits from L4U

Government and Economics Physical Unit Study Kit 
Conflict and War Physical Unit Study Kit
Urbanization and Migration of People Physical Unit Study Kit – COMING SOON!
Global Issues and Media Literacy Physical Unity Study Kit – COMING SOON!

 

Grade 7 Science

Creation and Evolution Digital Unit Study

… Stay tuned; more Grade 7 Science Kits coming soon!

Grade 7 Socials

Stay tuned; Grade 7 Socials Kits coming soon!


NING

One of my favourite truths about Easter is that God is relational. Jesus came to earth, died on a cross in our place, rose again to life and conquered the grave. He took our sin so that we may be restored to a place of relationship with God. Fellowship is a wonderful gift given to us, both in our relationship with God and with each other.

NING is an online platform, much like Facebook, but contained within the school.  NING provides homeschool families with the ability to have a school community, even if they do not live close together. It is open to students (Grades 8-12), parents and teachers. If you are interested in joining NING, or would like more information, please email Erin Duncan at eduncan@onlineschool.ca.

New contests on NING are open to students in grades 5-12. You will need a NING account to enter.  For students in Grades 5-7, the family or a parent account may be created to submit the entry on their behalf.

  • Talent Show – Open now and runs until April 30th. Share and enjoy some of the amazing talents that we have in our community! To enter, log into NING,  go to the Groups page and open “The HCOS & NING Talent Show!!!! Spring 2017”. Students are encouraged to share up to 2 talent show entries in a discussion on the NING Talent Show Group page. Everyone is welcome to take part by “liking” the entries. God made us all special and it is fun to share some of those talents in this way!
  • Poetry Contest – *Upcoming Contest* The Theme will be “New Growth”, be this personally, in the Lord, or in nature.  Contest Group Page will be accessible on NING first week  of April.

Web-Linking Library

NEW STEAM resources:


Easter and Spring Books in L4U

Looking for books about Easter or Spring/Nature Study?  In the L4U library, there are Topic Searches under 002 Books by Subject called “Spring/Nature Study and “Easter” which list many of the resources available.

Some favourite Easter books are:

  • The Week that Led to Easter
  • The Story of the Easter Robin
  • Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs
  • Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday
  • The Case for Easter
  • Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts: Discovering Their Significance to You

Fun books for Spring:

  • Karen Andreola’s Pocketful of Pinecones
  • Keepers of Life
  • Environmental Detectives Teacher’s Guide Gr. 5 – 8
  • The Usborne Complete First Book of Nature
  • Are You Ready for Spring?
  • Take a City Nature Walk

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Using Our Gizmos Subscription

Are you needing a great place for your student to learn and follow their curiosity?  Our Gizmos subscription allows you to do just that.  It is a place to learn math and science for grades 3-9.

Our Learning Commons has information for you about Gizmos.

To answer your questions about how to use the site, you can go to these links:

Video:

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Documents:

If you have questions about subscriptions, please email me Beth Johnson.

 

 

 

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.

Michelle shares #Gafe Summit


Gleanings from the EdTech Summit

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I was fortunate to be able to attend the Kamloops EdTechTeam Global Summit featuring Google for Education conference in October. I was joined by the Learning Commons Team as well as Kathy Kanda, Heather Douglas and Shannon Beglaw.
The two day event was well attended and offered some great workshops on Google-related technology resources. All levels of tech were welcome from beginners to geeky. The speakers were Monica Isabel Martinez, Kim Randall, Michelle Armstrong, Donnie Piercey, James Sanders, William Lewis, Tracy Poelzer, and Davis Carlson. Each speaker opened our eyes to the opportunities that abounded to do with everything Google.

The virtual book called “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web” gives a brief taste of what the conference delivered in the way of knowledge and training for educators and Google enthusiasts. The workshops on Google apps and extensions were my particular favourite.
If you haven’t already explored the Google Chrome WebStore, it offers many apps and extensions that you can add to your Chrome browser. I have included some hyperlinks to demonstrate just a smattering of what is possible with Chrome apps and extensions. To access these links you will need to download Chrome on to your computer. The links are:

*Explain and Send Screenshots : Capture a webpage, write text and arrows and share it safely
*goo.gl URL Shortner : Shorten lengthy URL so that they are more managable to share
*TabJump : Ever closed a tab by accident or can’t find the right tab, this app helps manage your tabs
*WolframAlpha Search : Computational knowledge search engine
*Boomeranggmail: Lets you write your email and defer sending it
For More Info on Chrome: Chrome and Plugins

When searching online using Google Chrome you can eliminate a lot of the results that you get by using the Google search operators. These Youtube tutorials are great for students and parents to make their Google searches more efficient. The hyperlinks to each of these Youtube videos have been changed to Quietube links for your viewing pleasure.

Title: Conducting a Google Search by Color
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-0RqQWFubM&feature=player_embedded
Video Length: 6:09
Source: Google

Title: Conducting a Google Search by Image and Other Media
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TcrHV1kums&feature=player_embedded#at=95
Video Length: 3:56
Source: Google
Title: Conducting a Google Search by Filetype
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Z9603QPHQ&feature=player_embedded
Video Length: 4:40
Source: Google
Title: Conducting a Google Search by the ‘OR’ Search Operator
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JEtMAsUAgY&feature=player_embedded
Video Length: 5:04
Source: Google
Title: Finding Content within a Page using Ctrl (PC) or CMD (MAC) + F
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyhNTtNDfcM&feature=player_embedded
Video Length: 7:06
Source: Google
Title: Searching Using the ‘Site:’ Operator
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DndOoEVCWfI&feature=player_embedded
Video Length: 5:58
Source: Google
Monica Martinez Google site is to be found here.

Source material for this article:

Martinez, Monica. Monica’s Google Site 101. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

 

Blessings

Michelle

Inspired to Lean in and Learn #FETC!


This past week I was privileged to enjoy some professional development at #FETC in Florida with thousands of other amazing #edtech leaders and our HCOS curriculum consultant Natalie Sing!

Here are some of my take-aways!

1.  Gamification of learning is a popular educational route and as IMT is big at HCOS it was interesting to hear Jane McGonigal, Director of Game Research, Institute of the Future share emerging technologies in this regard.   Do games make us better?  Here is a short video on her reasons for gaming!

2.  Augmented reality is here to stay!  Lesley Fischer presented on this topic with excellence.  Top apps that caught my attention:

3.  Other notable apps shared by different leaders!

4.  Maker Movement!  I was thrilled to listen to Sylvia Martinez author of Invent to Learn.  All I have to say is READ her book, and see how she is inspiring younger makers with the Superawesome Sylvia shows!  This young entrepreneur takes making to a new level.  Martinez has so many amazing things to share including the process, the plans, some ideas for establishing a #makerspace, and the encouragement to take risks and make mistakes!  We are very blessed to have our own makerspace this year in the learning commons, and are eager to learn from maker teachers/library staff in our schools who are running Lego-Mindstorm camps, Makey Makey camps and other 3D printing learning.  Here is Sylvia sharing on makered in your school.

5.  Innovation– Inspiring learning from David Sengeh, Innovator from IMT Lab and his inventions for comfortable prostheses.  His advice for innovation in education was to encourage the why questions, motivated from empathy, compassion and a desire to help others in community.  I loved his message of ‘Hack your own community’ to discover how to help others!  Here is his TED Talk.

6.  Change– Preparing for change requires listening skills, surveying your patrons, a planning process, patience and remembering who you are serving.  Important tips to remember before implementing change from Google guru Rushton Hurley.

7.  3D printing is happening in your neck of the woods.  Watch for all kinds of applications as students connect real life applications, and become engineers and designers.  Makerbot is the printer we purchased for our learning commons, and I was pleased to glean more about these machines from the keynote CEO of Makerbot. Making 3d in your classroom has never been more fun!  Our learning commons team is learning the ropes via your students as they make. 🙂


8.  Global collaboration and open access!  Stuff of which our learning commons thrives on!  I loved sharing on Twitter and met some other amazing educators in the process.  I also met the CEO of AT&T while flying to Florida and gleaned some wonderful tips re innovation! Professional development is a wonderful process to be appreciated and shared! #longlivelearning

Blessings

Pippa

 

– Send Them on Learning Missions


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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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Web tools to support inquiry-based learning


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Inquiry-based learning is an active learning process, based on identifying relevant questions to research so that the student can develop knowledge about or create solutions to issues and problems.

Web tools allow students to engage in collaborative and interactive learning. All phases of inquiry learning can be adequately addressed through a wide variety of web-based tools and applications.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Cool tools to try in 2014.  Thanks Karen!

See on eduwebinar.com.au

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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About – Edudemic


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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About – Lists of great technology tools for teachers broken down by category – Learning, Lesson planning, etc

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Some oldies and some newer techie tools that are reliable, educational and fun to use!

See on www.edudemic.com

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About – Edudemic


See on Scoop.it21 century education

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About – Lists of great technology tools for teachers broken down by category – Learning, Lesson planning, etc

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Some new tools to add to your toolbox!  Thanks Edudemic!

See on edudemic.com

Technology Trends Driving the Future of Tomorrow


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Challenge what you think you know (What are the killer business trends driving the future of digital content?

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Interesting techie trends to make you want to draw some boundaries:)  How much can our brains change to accomodate this state of adaptive learning?

See on www.rethinkeverythingblog.com

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