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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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Evergreen Watershed Champions

Evergreen Watershed Champions | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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March 22 is World Water day and Canada Water week is March 16-22.  Find out how you can teach your students about water education and discover water lesson plans.  Also apply for a watershed champion award.

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Mission 4 | Mission US | THIRTEEN

Mission 4 | Mission US | THIRTEEN | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Via Sinead Roy
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Sinead Roy's curator insight, February 21, 9:56 AM

Looks like a fun interactive game to learn about the American War of Independence, slavery, native Americans and immigration at the beginning of the 20th century.

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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®.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

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

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YouTube Kids Is Google’s First App Designed for Children

YouTube Kids Is Google’s First App Designed for Children | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
New app gives parents more control over their children's YouTube browsing.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Check out the new Youtube app for kids to find lots of littles favourites.

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In the Digital Age, How to Get Students Excited About Going Outdoors

In the Digital Age, How to Get Students Excited About Going Outdoors | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
For educators who want to get students interested in nature, here are some ideas, both big and small, to help them fall in love with the great outdoors.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Ideas to get your students outdoors this spring.

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ReadWorks.org | Black History Month 2015

ReadWorks.org | Black History Month 2015 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
You’ll love this research-based reading comprehension curriculum. Check out ReadWorks.org!Source: www.readworks.orgReading passages on Black History Month for all grades!  Thanks ReadWor...
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February is Black History Month.  Your students will enjoy this research based reading comprehension curriculum.

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Why I Love My 3D Printer by Schuyler St Leger, Ep 86 - YouTube

For inventors, transitioning from a great idea to a working prototype can be an arduous task. Lucky for DIY types there are now low cost 3D printers availabl...
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Great reasons to start 3d Printing in your learning commons!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 9, 5:17 PM

This young innovator has a great career ahead of him with all things #makered.

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The Most Effective Way to Take Notes in Class | Edudemic

The Most Effective Way to Take Notes in Class | Edudemic | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Note taking is a learning-essential art form. http://t.co/sR9qg4NtXw
#besmart #practicegoodnotetakingskills
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Note taking skills for high school students!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 9, 1:23 AM

Great tips for grad students on note taking.

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Google Tips and Tricks - "I didn't know I could do that in Google!"

Google tips and tricks presentation to educators on Nov. 6, 2014 at BIT14 (ECOO) in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Sinead Roy
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Google tips to share!  Thanks Sinead!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 27, 11:46 PM

Lots of learning in this online presentation filled with Google search tips and tricks.

Linda Greenleaf's curator insight, February 28, 9:22 PM

Are you good on google?  Take it to another level.

Xavier Lambert's curator insight, March 1, 8:59 PM

C'est touffu, parfois même difficile d'accès, mais on apprend effectivement des tonnes de trucs :-)

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1st Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets | FIrst ... - K12Reader

1st Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets | FIrst ... - K12Reader | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The Cat on the Mat · Gr1_Wk1_Cat_Sat_on_the_Mat. Week 1 Reading Comprehension (A-1). Focus: Words in the -at family. Grade Levels: Grades 1 - K, Grades K-12; CCSS Code(s): RL.1.1, RI.1.1, RF.1.4.a ...
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Reading comprehension and grammar worksheets for elementary.

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Beaverbrook Vimy Prize

Beaverbrook Vimy Prize | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Contest to win the Beaverbrook prize and a trip to Vimy Foundation for high school students.

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Milestones: Is your child on track in school? | GreatKids : Milestones

Milestones: Is your child on track in school? | GreatKids : Milestones | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Milestones let you watch kids demonstrate success in reading, writing and math for grades K-5.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Milestones is an American database of math and language arts videos for grades K-5.  Lots of great helpers for homeschooling and classroom students.  

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CyberSafe

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Cybersafe is geared towards youth aged 10 – 16. It is an online course with a certificate at the end (which can be used as a Health & Career Sample). Students will watch videos, and do activities as well as learn about the dangers of the internet. They will learn about their digital footprint and online crime, including cyberbullying. 

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Homeschool Science Education

Homeschool Science Education | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Science lessons for distance learning students including projects, videos, guidebooks and newsletters.

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Some Handy Resources of Pre-made Rubrics for Teachers

Some Handy Resources of Pre-made Rubrics for Teachers | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=rubric



Via Gust MEES, Dean J. Fusto
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Rubrics for teachers.

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What If Learning - A Christian way of teaching

What If Learning - A Christian way of teaching | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
A Christian way of teaching
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 26, 3:36 PM

Excellent ideas for sharing worldview in the classroom.

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Free Technology for Teachers: The 2015 Google Science Fair Is Open

Free Technology for Teachers: The 2015 Google Science Fair Is Open | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
RT @KSzajner: The 2015 Google Science Fair Is Open http://t.co/u0rH02hqji #edchat #edtech #mnlead #plsas #edtechchat #mnedchat #gafesummit
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Students come and join in the science fair fun with Google!

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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, 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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Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter.

Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The memory researcher's guide to studying.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 18, 8:20 PM

Awesome tips for study skills in high school!

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Top Ten Parenting Books on Autism - by Special Needs Book Review

Top Ten Parenting Books on Autism - by Special Needs Book Review | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Top ten parenting books on autism from those reviewed by Special Needs Book Review. Find practical advice, support and encouragement for your own lives.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Resources for you if you have Autism in your family.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 18, 8:52 AM

Reading ideas for Autism.

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CK-12 PLIX - "byte" size learning objects - math and science - great resources #PLIX

CK-12 PLIX - "byte" size learning objects - math and science - great resources #PLIX | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Michelle Nimchuk
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Thanks Michelle!  Science and Math resources for you!

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 9, 5:33 AM

Objetos de Aprendizaje párr Matemáticas ...CK-12 PLIX - "byte" size learning objects - math and science - great resources #PLIX | @scoopit via @TDOttawa http://sco.lt/...

Michelle Nimchuk's curator insight, January 10, 11:37 PM

Offering a diverse array of math and science interactive content

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St. Patrick's Day Index --- Love To Learn Place.com

St. Patrick's Day Index --- Love To Learn Place.com | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Some ideas for sharing St Patricks Day with your family.

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WolfQuest

WolfQuest | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
WolfQuest explores wolf behavior and ecology through exciting gameplay and intense social interactions.

Via Sinead Roy
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Thanks Sinead for sharing how your class is using this gameplay in the classroom!

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Sinead Roy's curator insight, February 18, 7:42 AM

I downloaded this for my grade 5 students. The entire school are now begging for it to be added to their curriculum.

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TCH for Kids Newsletter February 2015

TCH for Kids Newsletter February 2015 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Check out two lessons plans, the history of Canada's red and white maple leaf flag, the creation of "O Canada" and more!
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Canada lesson plans on government, the flag as well as a history contest.  Grades 5 and up.

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5 Excellent New Twitter Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Excellent New Twitter Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
"5 Excellent New Twitter Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning" http://t.co/wQZHLLykev
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Twitter tools for YOU!

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