Techie Tuesdays Schedule



Parents, Teachers, Students!  Join us Live over Zoom for Personal and Professional Development

(dates and/or times are subject to change; please check back a week or so before each session for more details and links)

Sep 19th, 2017 –  2:30 pm
L4U (Library for You) Tutorial with Shandra

CLOSED.  Video recording is not available; please refer to our archived recordings.

This is for anyone who is new to the Learning Commons to learn how to find and book physical items, such as unit studies.

September 26, 2017 – 2:30 pm

“Read an eBook Day on Overdrive Digital Library” with Pippa and Cynthia

CLOSED.  Video recording is not available; please refer to our archived recordings.

What:  Pippa shared the love of reading eBooks and showed how to find materials on Overdrive.  Cynthia shared on finding curriculum resources on Overdrive.

Oct 3rd, 2017 – 3:00 pm

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

Closed.  Video recording available here.

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

October 17th, 2017 – 3:00 pm (Cancelled due to power failure)

New Time!  October 24th at 3 pm.

“Be a Savvy Subber” (Elementary Subscriptions) with Beth Johnson

What:  Beth Johnson and Pippa Davies shared about our subscriptions with a focus on subscriptions for elementary students who want to do research.  View the archived recording at “Be a Savvy Subber”

Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 11:00 am

Tynker Subscription Demo

What?  Daniel Rezac from Tynker shows us how and why to use the Tynker site.

Using Tynker webinar with Daniel Rezac from Tynker  (Oct 26, 2017) for you to download into your computer and view.

Reading Eggs Training

Tue, Nov 7, 2017; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

What?  The first 1/2 hour is geared to helping parents and students find out how to use Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress.  After that, there is information for teachers on assessment using Reading Eggs/press.

Reading Eggs webinar (November 7, 2017)  To access this, fill in your name and email, and the recorded video will open up for you to view.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 12 pm

An Indigenous Perspective with Denise – RECORDING

What:  Denise McLaughlin will explain an indigenous perspective, which will help us relate to indigenous peoples, and teach their unique perspective in meaningful and authentic ways.

Denise is Metis from Southern Ontario.  Her family’s lineage can be traced back to the Red River Settlement, now Winnipeg, Manitoba.  As an Indigenous person, Denise feels God has gifted her with a strong spiritual awareness and a heart for creation.  Denise graduated from The Indigenous Education Program at UBC. NITEP has a focus on Indigenous education and best education practices for teaching Indigenous curriculum.  Denise has lived and worked in remote First Nations communities and has connections in several Coast Salish communities.  She has also had the opportunity to attend Church services on reserve and has attended the Native Pentecostal Church.  Dr. Jo-anne Archibald’s teaching of story-work and Denise’s own experiences of sharing stories help to define her practice of building relationships and connections with students.

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t nurturing or caring for something”

– Denise McLaughlin


Jan 16, 2018  3:00 p.m.

Overdrive and L4U Intermediate Resources – RECORDING

WhatDiscover how to use Overdrive and L4U to find Intermediate Resources. Pippa and Cynthia will walk you through the joys of reading, using audio and eBooks, including some of the amazing digital kits we have on Overdrive.

Recording available here.

January 30th, 2018  3:00 p.m.

STEM Education with Mark Lamden:  Focus on Tynker – RECORDING

What:  Not sure what ADST is?  Curious about the Design Process?  Wondering how to help your students get the most out of Tynker?  This video takes a look at ADST and Levelled Coding.    Mark Lamden (one of our HCOS STEAM Mentors) will walk us through the design process, demonstrating how to use Tynker as part of your ADST plan for the year.

February 6th, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

How to be Research Savvy with Pippa Davies (Director Learning Commons).   3:00-4:00 pm.  PAC time

What:  Pippa Davies will share some of the important criteria needed to evaluate the web, as well as some essential tools we can use to make our work more authentic and valid, including copyright and online privacy.

Who:  Students in grades 4-7, parents, teachers.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018  3:00 p.m.

Gizmos Webinar: If a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, a Simulation Is Worth a Million! 

RECORDING DOWNLOAD LINK  (starts at 22 seconds; only explanation and no picture from 18:26 to 20:23–it does come back on)

Gizmos main photo

What?  Webinar taught by a Gizmos trainer on using Gizmos for exciting math/science learning.   (Topics illustrated:  Using Gizmos to teach Density and Distance/Time)

Who?  Parents, students (especially Gr. 7-9), teachers


Feb 20, 2018   3:00 p.m.

Blogging, Digital Writing, and Personal Learning Networks with Cynthia and Pippa


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.  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



March 6th   3:00 p.m.


Brain Olympics:  Pumping Up Growth Mindsets and Design Thinking in Your Home     RECORDING     PPT from Google Drive

What:  Join HCOS teacher, Sarah Zuidhof, as she discusses how to exercise and train for a gold-medal Growth Mindset in your kids.  Sarah will share helpful book titles, activities and project ideas that she has tried with her own five kids that could motivate you for new Applied Design projects in your family.

Who:  Students, parents, teachers


March 13, 2018  3:00 p.m.

Using Subscriptions for Middle School Research    RECORDING

What?   Beth Johnson and Cynthia Duncalfe guide parents, teachers and students who would like to do research at the Middle School level. We looked at BrainPOP, Discovery Education, Learn360 and World Book Student. We briefly touched on using Explora, RightNow Media for Bible, and then two Social Studies-specific subscriptions: Know BC and What in the World? (one hour in length)

Who?  Students, parents, teachers

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