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HCS Learning Commons newsletter is a dynamic hub, made up of our blended virtual and physical learning commons.  Exciting things happen around literacy, technology, social media, homeschooling and classroom pedagogy.
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Technology Integration Helper

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TECH INTEGRATION HELPER Activity Tools Behaviour/Motivation Management - Positively encourage and motivate students ClassDojo, Kibbtz Practice and Assessment - Learn and assess in a game like, collaborative way getting instant, all-class feedback. Socrative, Google Forms (with F...
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Ideas for integrating tech into your classroom at home.

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10 Tech Hacks to Help a Struggling Reader

10 Tech Hacks to Help a Struggling Reader | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
By Belinda Luscombe Kids who struggle with reading get an early lesson in one of life’s more sucky realities; the earlier a person falls behind,…
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Tips on helping your struggling reader!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 7, 2015 8:45 PM

Excellent tips to help your struggling reader!

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 7, 2015 8:48 PM

Reading challenges and how to address them with creative solutions.

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BrainPOP Spotlight: STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Movies, quizzes, activities, teacher resources and lesson plans.

BrainPOP Spotlight: STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Movies, quizzes, activities, teacher resources and lesson plans. | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
With President Obama’s launch of the National STEM Video Game Challenge comes a BrainPOP announcement as well! We’re proud to report that BrainPOP will serve as an official founding outreach partner of the Challenge, designed to build and strengthen interest in STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, math). The Challenge is a two-pronged contest administered by Sesame Workshop’s Joan Ganz Cooney Center and E-Line Media. Its youth portion invites middle school students - particularly those in underserved areas - to harness their STEM skills and create original video games.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 12, 2015 7:32 PM

Makered items including video, games and activities on BrainPop.  

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22 Chrome Apps Every Teacher Should Know about

22 Chrome Apps Every Teacher Should Know about | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
RT @colonelb: 22 Chrome Apps Every Teacher Should Know about http://t.co/vm3c1bMubW #edchat #edtech

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 24, 2015 8:03 PM

Chrome apps for your use in the classroom.

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Buncee Lovin'

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With buncee it's a breeze to create and share fun Valentines with your class! #spreadbunceelove
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Spread some love with a handmade Buncee or make your own at Buncee Edu.  These are easy to make and fun!

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Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter | The Edublogger

Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter | The Edublogger | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:59 PM

Learn the language of Twitter and make new friends:D

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Journey North

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Journey North is a free website that helps kids record and share observations about seasonal change. These observations vary from the length of a day to a flower blooming or the presence of a butterfly. Resources are available to help kids figure out their longitude and latitude so they can include it with their observations. This site can be used by any nature lover but is best for elementary or middle school students learning about ecosystems, life cycles, or the seasons.

Webcams of gray seals, osprey, puffins, polar bears, common terns, and brown bears are intended to let kids see how the seasons affect living things. However, during certain parts of the year, the webcams aren't live like when polar bears are out during their hunting season. For example, puffins are only on camera from May to July, when they're breeding. Teachers will need to take that into account in their planning or settle for recorded images. While this lack of live access demonstrates how behaviors change with the seasons, this may not be obvious to kids who are viewing taped footage from a different part of the year.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 22, 2015 12:46 PM

Useful in getting students to ask questions about seasonal changes.

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Shadow Puppet Edu

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Resource-rich video slideshow creator a gem for elementary classrooms
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Fantastic free tool for elementary students learning #video skills in #Gr2-5.  

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iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 14, 2015 6:19 PM

Multi sensory tools to help your student learn tech according to their favourite style of learning.  Thanks Roberta for sharing!

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my StoryMaker® at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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my Storymaker® was named one of the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association.

People worldwide enjoy my StoryMaker®.

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Wonderful story making tool for younger elementary students.  It teaches character, theme and plot in a fun techie approach.

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Best EdTech Websites of 2014

Best EdTech Websites of 2014 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
It's been a busy year here at the Common Sense Graphite Websites desk! Throughout 2014, we rated and reviewed hundreds of websites for their learning potential, using our research-backed rubric and rigorous process of evaluation.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 2, 2015 1:02 PM

Common Sense reviews the top websites for 2014.

GwynethJones's curator insight, January 4, 2015 7:37 PM

Great list to share w/ your teachers!

Encourage owning their own PD! On their own time

w/ great sites like these!

Amy Burns's curator insight, January 5, 2015 6:49 AM

Great collection of sites to try this year.

 

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Teacher Tech Videos- Short Tutorials for Teachers to Help in Use of Digital Tools

Teacher Tech Videos- Short Tutorials for Teachers to Help in Use of Digital Tools | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
This site is for teachers and educators of all grade levels and subject areas. It hosts short tutorial videos on many of the best digital tools to use with students. Its also a growing community of ideas submitted by teachers for classroom use.

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