NEW! Dash the Robot!

The Learning Commons has added another great resource for younger students grades K-3!

Dash is a real robot, charged and ready to play out of the box. Responding to voice, dashnavigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use Wonder, Blockly, and other apps to create new behaviors for Dash — doing more with robotics than ever possible. You need a compatible device to use Dash, see list in the library record.

Go to this website to watch tutorials and learn how to use Dash.

Also included are 3 books to enhance learning:
Hello Ruby – Adventures in Coding by Linda Liukas
Boy & Bot – Ame Dyckman
My First Coding Book, DK

To book, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on 001 Curriculum Resources.  Then scroll to the Maker Education (STEAM) icon for the whole list of resources.

topic searchResources

Hello my name is JD Robot!

Have you met JD Robot in your classroom?  If not you will be thrilled to hear that as part of expanding our MakerEd technologies at HCS Learning Commons, based on the latest educational trends in the Horizon report,  we are excited to share our newest and latest friend in the commons, who might very well take over our work one day!

JD robot

This week of training our teachers and STEAM mentors were immersed in learning how to teach this robotics course under the dedicated supervision of Dennis from


In the video below Dennis shares some of his robotics experience and expertise in teaching coding.


Our students are about to be totally engaged and amazed at what they will learn with this interactive humanoid robot at your community connection centre, in the winter and spring. Watch for a learning camp in your area! Stay tuned!!


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Learn about Coding with Tynker

We are excited to share more about the awesome subscription Tynker,  and would like to invite you to a webinar on how to get started with coding, which is now part of our middle grade standards for ADST.

Here are the details:

Tynker Professional Development Webinar

You have been invited to a Tynker online meeting

Join the meeting:

On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download.

On a phone or tablet, launch the app ( and enter meeting code: gettynker

Join the audio conference:

Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.

By phone:

United States – New York, NY +1.646.307.1990

Access Code 987-229-461#

Other international numbers available (

By computer via internet:

Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

Start time by time zones (


Tue Oct 25, 2016 9 am- 10 am PAC Time

Where, +1.646.307.1990 Access Code: 987-229-461# (map)

Who may attend

Students, staff and parents

Emerging technologies 2014 leading to the Horizon Report

Here are my picks on new tech for our learning commons, based on the research leading to the Horizons Report!

  • Digital textbooks on Overdrive.  This year with the new trend towards project based learning in our BC learning outcomes the need for digital media becomes more essential for our patrons all over the province.  Overdrive continues to negotiate with international publishers to meet these new demands for curriculum aligned to ministry standards.  Downloadable curriculum in the form of workbooks from Evan Moore, Horizons and Carson Dellarosa is at your fingertips,  along with reference books to support inquiry based learning.  We hope to see a continuation of this accessible trend towards paperless learning!
  • Classbadges is a free online tool that allows teachers to select and customize badges to recognize student accomplishments. The record of digital badges can be accessed from anywhere and shared with family and friends.  This is a great way to share re digital portfolios or on a student’s website/blog as a means of recognition for service, or accomplishment.  In the learning commons it may be used as an alternative form of assessment for leadership, and or volunteer work.
  • Schools are becoming tablet friendly or Chromebook obsessed 😉  Watch for a complete set of Chromebooks and iPads in our learning commons in the fall!  Read more about why tablets are fast becoming your student’s next best friend in this article.
  • Special needs students might be interested in this new technology from Disney!  Check out this tactile rendering of 3D features in this article.  For Autistic or blind students, or younger readers this might be the answer to tablets!
  • Maker spaces in the learning commons!  As we define the endless parameters of a learning commons, project based learning, coding and 3 D printers become integral to bringing students into the 21st century.  Teaching students how to make their own computers is all part of the fun with Drool Worthy Kit!  Of course we need to throw in a computer science teacher to inspire the activities!  Anyone interested?? We have also been checking out the growing demands of 3D printers and realize the importance of having this new technology in our schools.  Read this article to see how schools in the US have caught hold of the Makerbot revolution.  The latest Makerbot replicator printer is very attractive, and for learning camps is a powerful tool!
  • Virtual worlds continue to draw many of our students into Quest Atlantis, and other worlds to create content that is personalized and creative, while encouraging social and cognitive skill development.

The only question left is how do we motivate for this in our budget?  Lets start by praying! 🙂

What are your requests based on these new techie trends?


Pippa and the lc team!


Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students | MindShift

See on Scoop.it21 century education

Some of the most important subject areas and activities we want students to learn are the very ones that are left out of many schools: the arts, and computer programming.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Programming is the new second language if you want to get ahead in any career.

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