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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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Evaluating - Inspired Writing

Evaluating -   Inspired Writing | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
resource for writing
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Teaching students evaluation and research tools early with this great writing and publishing/research site.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 22, 2016 12:43 PM

Ideas for research and evaluation from blog Inspired Writing.

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Sweet Blessings: December Scripture Writing Plan

Sweet Blessings: December Scripture Writing Plan | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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December scripture plans for learning Bible verses.

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my StoryMaker® at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

my StoryMaker® at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

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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$285,000 in prizes for students & teachers with the Government of Canada History Awards

$285,000 in prizes for students & teachers with the Government of Canada History Awards | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Contest from Teaching Canada's History with great prizes for writing.

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Why Homeschoolers Need to Approach Writing Differently

Why Homeschoolers Need to Approach Writing Differently | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
From the time I could put a few words together, I loved to write. I wrote stories about talking iguanas, two best friends with a knack for investigating
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Writing tips of encouragement.

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170 Ways To Use Word Clouds In Every Classroom

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Welcome to a post I always have  fun writing. Last year I attempted finding ways to use Word Clouds (Wordle) in education. When I concluded writing that post I was at 108 possible ways. More than a...

 

Gust MEES: I created the above "Wordle Logo" with "Word Clouds" as example. You may use it for non-commercial use by giving credit to my blog ===> http://gustmees.wordpress.com/ <===

 

Check the free service here:

 

http://www.wordle.net/

 


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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, November 30, 2014 8:14 PM

Great ideas presented here! I have used Wordle before, but I had not thought of using it in the ways listed. Can't wait to try them.

Judy Doctoroff's curator insight, December 2, 2014 10:36 AM

Creating word clouds is always enjoyable  and engages students and teachers.

Konstantinos Kalemis's curator insight, August 10, 2015 4:50 AM

Gust MEES: I created the above "Wordle Logo" with "Word Clouds" as example. You may use it for non-commercial use by giving credit to my blog ===> http://gustmees.wordpress.com/ <===

 

Check the free service here:

 

http://www.wordle.net/

 

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iPad Apps for Dyslexia/Reading Writing Support

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Staff at CALL Scotland have produced a helpful Wheel of Apps guide for iPad that may be useful for students with dyslexia or who just need some additional support with reading and/or writing diffic...

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iPad Apps for students with Dyslexia.

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Ra's curator insight, March 31, 2014 4:14 PM

Looking from a SENCO perspective as a resource that can be used by teachers to get them thinking about using apps for those students with high learning needs. Student voice and autonomy could be increased by having them explore the apps indicated as being useful and give feedback on how and why they think the app would fit with their learning needs. 

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, April 27, 2014 7:44 AM

Great resources!

Erin Schettler's curator insight, August 14, 2014 6:47 AM

This is an AMAZING compilation of apps to aid struggling readers!

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Spelling and Dyslexia

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How common are spelling difficulties?Spelling is difficult for many people, but there is much less research on spelling than there is on reading to tell us just how many people spell poorly or believe they spell poorly.

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Spelling issues and Dyslexia correlations.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 17, 2014 4:57 PM

Spelling research in this Dyslexia article from Reading Rockets shares good advice.

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68 Apps for Students with Learning Disabilities

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68 Apps for students with learning disabilities -- and some software too! From our presentation at the LDAQ "Toolbox for Success" parent conference.

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Some excellent choices in apps for learning disabilities.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 23, 2013 5:55 PM

This inclusive list of apps from inov8 Educational Consulting includes apps that target areas of need for learners in elementary school, high school and college. These apps are broken out into 7 categories:

 

> Reading and writing support and remediation

> Language remediation

> Productivity

> Alternative literacy formats

> Numeracy

> Fine motor skills

> Executive functioning

Pauline Farrell's curator insight, February 2, 2014 2:34 AM

and fin ally - to meet the needs of my learner demographic...

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Engaging Boys in Literacy

"Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys."


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Boys love book club!  Teaching wilderness skills by reading Swiss Family Robinson!  

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StoryJumper: publish your own children's book.

StoryJumper: publish your own children's book. | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

StoryJumper is for students of all ages who want to create a hard cover book.  Images can be easily uploaded and text added to make your very first published book.  Teachers can work alongside students to support them by setting up student accounts.

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Story Creator Myths and Legends

Story Creator Myths and Legends | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

With many story lines that you can use to create your own story. 


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Book Club 2011/2012: Book Reviews

Book Club 2011/2012: Book Reviews | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Grade 7/8 Book club reveiws from Laura, Samara and Kiara.

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Poetry | Scholastic.com

Poetry | Scholastic.com | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Celebrate National Poetry Month with these resources to help you teach students how to read, write, and share poems.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Its Poetry month!  Time to create beauty in words!  Scholastic shares some great ideas.

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The 2015 IEW Writing Contest | Institute for Excellence in Writing

The 2015 IEW Writing Contest | Institute for Excellence in Writing | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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HCOS student Marcus Coetzee wins second place in writing competition.  Well done Marcus!!

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Super Storytelling with StoryBird - YouTube

Tutorial on using StoryBird.com including ideas for the classroom.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Quick tutorial on using Storyboard with your younger students!  Your child will love producing their own stories with beautiful artistic selections from a database of artists.  

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 16, 2015 12:53 PM

if you have not discovered Storybird see how easy it is with this short comprehensive tutorial.  Yes for #stories!

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Read and Write | the BEST Google Extension and Add-On for GAFE - YouTube

http://www.TeacherCast.net | TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network Jeff sits down with Jason Carroll and Martin McKay of TextHelp to discuss how their...
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App from Chromeweb store using Read and Write to make sense of digital text!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 30, 2014 12:24 PM

Add ons for literacy using Google apps in your classroom!

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Teens Can Write, Too!

Teens Can Write, Too! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Changing the world's opinion...as soon as we finish this math homework
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Teen writing blog with tips and encouragement.  Thanks Loretta :)

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A new writing app for the (L2) classroom

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 11, 2014 1:20 PM

New writing app to help your writing students develop good syntax integrating Google Books to highlight different writing options!

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Learning Treasures: Dot to dot and Alphabet writing

Learning Treasures: Dot to dot and Alphabet writing | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Get Learning Treasures: Dot to dot and Alphabet writing on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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iPad app to help your preschooler learn their alphabet.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 23, 2014 9:45 PM

Free iTune app for writing for pre-schoolers.  

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Spelling and Dyslexia

Spelling and Dyslexia | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
How common are spelling difficulties?Spelling is difficult for many people, but there is much less research on spelling than there is on reading to tell us just how many people spell poorly or believe they spell poorly.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Spelling research in this Dyslexia article from Reading Rockets shares good advice.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:24 PM
Spelling issues and Dyslexia correlations.
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Today is World Poetry Day. - ReadWriteThink

Today is World Poetry Day. - ReadWriteThink | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 21, 2013 11:10 AM

Celebrate poetry with your youngsters today,  and help raise a literary nation!

MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, April 29, 2014 9:47 PM

@Jessica Muñoz shared this and I thank her...so much 

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Grammar Ninja

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Via Natalie Sing
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What a fun grammar game!  Thanks Natalie!

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Felicia Tan's comment, January 22, 2013 8:51 PM
It is fun even for me! Thanks.
Felicia Tan's curator insight, January 22, 2013 8:52 PM

A worksheet that works like a game.Thumbs up!

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We Tell Stories - With some help, write your own Fairy Tale!

We Tell Stories - With some help, write your own Fairy Tale! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Fill in the blanks, choose your story!


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Haiku . Ideas & Exploration . Creativity . PBS Parents | PBS Enjoy making your own Haiku - magnetic board

Haiku . Ideas & Exploration . Creativity . PBS Parents | PBS Enjoy making your own Haiku - magnetic board | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

This was fun! Enjoy making your own Haiku!! 


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