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Oxford Owl free e books, phonics and writing.

Oxford Owl free e books, phonics and writing. | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Oxford Owl is packed with expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so you can help your child with reading and maths.



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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 12, 2015 11:48 AM

Whether your child is a pre-schooler looking for a new favourite picture book or an independent reader looking for a challenge, there are some great reads in this free eBook library.  Phonics lessons and activities complement this British site.

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Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Dan Rothstein, Luz Santana, Wendy D. Puriefoy: 9781612500997: Administration: Amazon Canada

Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

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The authors of "Make Just One Change" argue that formulating one's own questions is the single most essential skill for learning and one that should be taught to all students. They also argue that it should be taught in the simplest way possible. Drawing on twenty years of experience, the authors present the Question Formulation Technique, a concise and powerful protocol that enables learners to produce their own questions, improve their questions, and strategize how to use them. 



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This looks like a great read! On my bookshelf next!

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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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Brian Marriott's I See Sam Homepage

Brian Marriott's I See Sam Homepage | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
SWRL's Begining Reading Program's I See Sam early readers, now available online in PDF for viewing or download.
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Free e books for beginning readers!

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A Complete Classical Christian School Reading List: Grades 1-8 | TGC

A Complete Classical Christian School Reading List: Grades 1-8 | TGC | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 24, 2015 11:12 AM

Great list of books K-12.

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Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree

Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
GCFLearnFree - The freedom to learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free! Check out our Everyday Life, Basic Math, and Computer Training today!
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 12, 2015 3:16 PM

Online tutorials and classes to update your skills in #edtech #edresources and #reading #math #health.

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4 Excellent Visuals Explaining Close Reading for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Excellent Visuals Explaining Close Reading for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
4 Excellent Visuals Explaining Close Reading for Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/tiSQfwQk4j via @medkh9
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Super tips for explaining close reading to teachers for helping students consolidate reading comprehension skills.

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Apps For Children With Special Needs | Reading | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Apps For Children With Special Needs | Reading | Apps For Children with Special Needs | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Apps for children with special needs to help with reading.

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PebbleGo | Capstone Digital

PebbleGo | Capstone Digital | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Ask your teacher for your log in to our new subscription to Pebble GO!  You will love the features which include databases on animals, earth and space, biographies and social studies to complete your K-3 learning outcomes.  

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Where have all the summer reading assignments gone? | eSchool News | eSchool News

Where have all the summer reading assignments gone? | eSchool News | eSchool News | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Read Summer: a time in a child’s life where they are no longer bound by societal rules to attend school nor do anything school related.

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Read, read, read over the summer and prevent the summer slide!!

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25 Books That Diversify Kids’ Reading Lists This Summer

25 Books That Diversify Kids’ Reading Lists This Summer | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
In children's books, it can be easier to find talking pandas than characters of color. Here are 25 books with minority characters and authors to help diversify summer reading.
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Reading materials for your students in K- 7 which share diversity.

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Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Reading Differences or Gifts!

Pippa Davies, HCOS teacher librarian shares on the gift of reading.

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Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubrics for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubrics for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 9, 2013 11:20 PM

Useful rubric for digital storytelling tools including video trailers, stop motion, Storybird and other amazing animated tools which bring stories to life.  

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Oxford Owl free e books, phonics and writing.

Oxford Owl free e books, phonics and writing. | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Oxford Owl is packed with expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so you can help your child with reading and maths.



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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 12, 2015 11:48 AM

Whether your child is a pre-schooler looking for a new favourite picture book or an independent reader looking for a challenge, there are some great reads in this free eBook library.  Phonics lessons and activities complement this British site.

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Math mindset for Students

Math mindset for Students | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Math messages for launching math learning to boost growth mindset from Stanford University.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 5, 2015 2:12 PM

Thanks Roberta for sharing this Stanford video which is encouraging about mathematics mindset.

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Math resources- Open School BC

Math resources- Open School BC | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Open School BC is a cost-recovery organization specializing in the design and development of high quality educational materials.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 14, 2015 12:10 PM

Useful math learning resources for all grades, including math/financial literacy lessons.  

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Help Kids to P.I.C.K. the Right Books

Help Kids to P.I.C.K. the Right Books | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
P.I.C.K. will help your child learn how to determine whether a book is the best for his abilities or whether it's not a good fit.
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Teach your student how to find the right book with this easy acronym.

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5 Assistive Technology Tools That Are Making a Difference

5 Assistive Technology Tools That Are Making a Difference | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The assistive technology tools helping students with disabilities succeed in the classroom.

Via Cindy Rudy, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Special edtech ideas for your school.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 22, 2015 8:42 PM

Excellent ideas for assistive technology and special education!

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BEST Book Apps 2014

BEST Book Apps 2014 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Best Book Apps 2014, Teachers With Apps would like to share with you some of the BEST Book Apps of 2014 that we had the pleasure of reviewing.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 2, 2015 1:03 PM

Book apps for the wee ones!

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Reading Bear

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“Reading Bear is a collection of free, well-made, multimedia phonics presentations. Your child can learn to read with Reading Bear.”


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Learn phonics with Reading Bear!

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सांई बाबा की शिक्षा

सबका मालिक एक है
साई बाबा की सबसे बड़ी शिक्षा और सन्देश है कि जाति, धर्म, समुदाय, आदि व्यर्थ की बातों में ना पड़कर 

आपसी मतभेद भुलाकर आपस में प्रेम और सदभावाना से रहना चाहिए क्योकि सबका मलिक एक है।
श्रद्धा और सबूरी
साई बाबा ने अपने जीवन में यह सन्देश दिया है कि हमेशा श्रद्धा और विश्‍वास के साथ जीवन यापन करते हुए 

सबूरी (सब्र)के साथ जीवन व्यतीत करें।
मानवता ही सबसे बड़ा धर्म है
साई बाबा ने कभी भी किसी को धर्म की अवहेलना नहीं की अपितु सभी धर्मों का सम्मान करने की सलाह देते 

हुए हमेशा मनवता को ही सबसे बडा धर्म और कर्म बताते हुए जीवन जीने की अमूल्य शिक्षा प्रदान की है।
जातिगत भेद भुला कर प्रेम पूर्वक रहना
साई बाबा ने कहा है की जाति,समाज,भेद-भाव,आदि सब बाते ईश्‍वर ने नहीं बल्कि इंसानों द्वारा बनाया गया 

हैं इसलिए ईश्‍वर की नजर में न तो कोई उच्च है और न ही कोई निम्न इसलिए जो काम ईश्‍वर को भी पसंद नहीं 

है वह मनुष्यों को तो करना ही नहीं चाहिए। अर्थात जात-पात,धर्म,समाज आदि मिथ्या बातों में न पड़ कर 

आपस में प्रेमपूर्वक रहकर जीवन व्यतीत करना चाहिए।
गरीबो और लाचार की मदद करना सबसे बड़ी पूजा है
साई बाबा ने हमेशा ही सभी जनमानस से यही बार-बार कहा है कि सभी के साथ ही समानता का व्यवहार 

करना चाहिए। गरीबों और लाचारों की यथासम्भव मदद करना चाहिए और यही सबसे बडी पूजा है। क्योकि 

जो गरीबों, लाचारों की मदद करता है ईश्वर उसकी मदद करता है।
माता-पिता, बुजुर्गो, गुरुजनों, बडो का सम्मान करनाचाहिए
साई बाबा हमेशा ही समझाते थे कि अपने से बडो का आदर सम्मान करना चाहिए। गुरुजनो बुजर्गो को 

सम्मान करना जिसस उनका आर्शीवाद प्राप्त होता है जिससे हमारे जीवन की मुश्किलों में सहायता मिलती 

है। 
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Mysteries in Overdrive

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September 15th was Agatha Christie’s Birthday. In honour of this amazing mystery writer, we thought it would be great to highlight a few of our wide range of mysteries in the Overdrive library. Mur...
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Natalie shares more on some of the e and audio books with the Mystery theme in our Overdrive digital library!

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Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities - Bookshare - Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities

Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities - Bookshare - Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Bookshare - Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities
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Bookshare® provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. Individuals can sign up for membership and access the library on their own. Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities (schools, libraries, community centers, etc.) can sign up and provide access to their students or clients.

A Bookshare membership offers unlimited access to accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines. Additionally, free access technology makes it easy to read books with a computer.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 30, 2014 9:32 PM

Bookshare® provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. Individuals can sign up for membership and access the library on their own. Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities (schools, libraries, community centers, etc.) can sign up and provide access to their students or clients.

A Bookshare membership offers unlimited access to accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines. Additionally, free access technology makes it easy to read books with a computer.  International students who meet the criteria can also register.

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Summer Reading for Maker Kids

Summer Reading for Maker Kids | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

I was reminded recently of The Swiss Family Robinson (free), a book which I never read, but whose treehouse at Disneyland I loved--all those pulleys and bridges and funny little rooms. It got me to thinking about summer reading and what I would recommend to young makers who’d like to take a break from making, curl up under a tree or teepee to read about characters like them.

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Reading about being creative, and going on a journey is always conducive to #makered.  Encourage your students to read some of these great classics over the summer!  Who knows where this might lead?  Thanks for sharing Natalie!

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8 Great Word Pattern Apps for Struggling Readers

8 Great Word Pattern Apps for Struggling Readers | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

http://www.bugbrained.com/struggling-readers.html


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Free reading apps for struggling readers!

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, March 2, 2014 6:21 PM

The 8 Great Word Pattern apps are a series of 11 apps that have been developed to help students work and master word patterns.  These individualized apps provide practice building words from their sounds.  

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:40 PM

Free reading apps for struggling readers! 

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Inspiring Kids to Read – 10 Simple Tips

Inspiring Kids to Read – 10 Simple Tips | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
      Before my children were even born, I kn… (Inspire your kiddos to read with these 10 steps via @urthmama: http://t.co/jo6r2L4xuh #literacy #reading #ece #homeschool)...
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 10, 2013 4:00 PM

Good reminders about the reasons we need to role model reading with our kids!