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12 Skills That Will Help You Thrive in 2013 - Forbes

12 Skills That Will Help You Thrive in 2013 - Forbes | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The year ahead will bring continued uncertainty in the economy, continued shifts and displacements in the job market, and continued angst about where it's all going. But there are skills that are in great demand over the coming year.
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Some excellent ideas to apply to educational principles, for the new year.

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Teacher librarians can lead the way in the learning commons.

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Free Ebooks to Study Japan

Free Ebooks to Study Japan | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Japanese History and Culture As Japan consists of five hundred and eighteen islands it is often called the Island Empire. In the days of mythology and legend it was named The Country in the Midst o...
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Free e books on the study of Japan for grade 5 students.

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The Homeschooling Episode (Feat. Familyman Todd Wilson) (Carnivore Theology: Ep. 39)

The Homeschooling Episode (Feat. Familyman Todd Wilson) (Carnivore Theology: Ep. 39) | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The 39th episode of “Carnivore Theology”. Homeschooling and Parenting with Familyman Todd Wilson Inspirational speaker and Familyman, Todd Wilson (www.familymanweb.com) talks about the ups, downs a...
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Todd Wilson Homeschooling expert shares parenting advice.

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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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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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Great list of books K-12.

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Useful Apps and Technology for the Classroom - TechAhead

When it comes to the classroom, technology is always moving forward! One of the most important innovations of the past decade has been the way mobile devices have moved into the classroom at all levels. Using a tablet isn’t restricted to college students anymore: Kids all the way from kindergarten through high school are using... read more
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Some great apps for the classroom on this page!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 27, 12:24 PM

Apps for teachers and students in the classroom.

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9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/gKdgL18Eet
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 22, 8:14 PM

Excellent tips for all students using Google docs.  

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Physical literacy lesson plans for summer camps | Active For Life

Physical literacy lesson plans for summer camps | Active For Life | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
These physical literacy lesson plans modules provide easy to use teaching units and physical activity resources for summer camp leaders who want activities to develop fundamental movement skills.
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Lessons and ideas for planning summer physical camps for your elementary students. 

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Free App: Geoboard Making Math and Geometry Fun

Free App: Geoboard Making Math and Geometry Fun | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Geoboard is a free app available on iPhone, iPad, Windows, and computer. There are many ways to use it as a math learning tool for kids of all ages.

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Free math app for younger students learning math and wanting hands on activities.

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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.

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Special edtech ideas for your school.

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

Excellent ideas for assistive technology and special education!

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K'NEX Bonus Builds

K'NEX Bonus Builds | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Download building instructions for K'Nex kits

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Logic Games - Give Your Brain A Workout!

Logic Games - Give Your Brain A Workout! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Math Playground has more than 350 Logic Games, strategy puzzles, and thinking games that will give your brain a workout. Play Bloxorz, Sugar Sugar, Snail Bob 2 and all your favorite thinking games. Games are free to play. Math Playground provides a safe place for kids to explore logic and problem solving online.
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4 Resources for Creating and Developing Digital Portfolios

4 Resources for Creating and Developing Digital Portfolios | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
In this look at digital portfolios, we will examine how each of these portfolio methods look and feel and more importantly why you should and should not choose them in both the school and personal settings.
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Professional development for parents and teachers wanting to create a Google site or Wordpress site as a digital portfolio tool. From TeacherCast Video.

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Lego Fun Friday: Balloon Powered Car Building Challenge - Frugal Fun For Boys

Lego Fun Friday: Balloon Powered Car Building Challenge - Frugal Fun For Boys | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Build a balloon powered Lego car. Lego building challenge for kids.

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This looks like fun!  Thanks Sinead!

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A Day With Keats

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A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet...
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Free E books from Project Gutenberg on "A Day with Keats", and other famous authors.

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Digital Bytes | Common Sense Media

Digital Bytes | Common Sense Media | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.
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Digital Bytes teaches teens about digital citizenship through media rich activities and collaborative projects.  Get your teens to work through this cool site in the summer to glean more about being a 21st century student.  CommonSense Education.

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Literacy Learning on the Author's Corner - buncee blog

Literacy Learning on the Author's Corner - buncee blog | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The new Author's Corner features dynamic ways to teach literacy learning by featuring key authors and songwriters.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 29, 10:57 AM

Have fun with Buncee and summer reading and authors!

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knowledge building circle

Knowledge building circle.

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Knowledge Building is successful when learners have opportunity to question, discuss, reflect and build big ideas together. The Big Think http://lmcsource.com/Catalog/thebigthink.html should be designed into every learning experience in the Learning Commons

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Inquiry based learning without the teacher getting in the way!  Thanks for sharing Carol!

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Learning With Nature

Learning With Nature | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Since experiencing nature is a healthy part of child development, take your class outdoors and use elements of nature for teaching the usual classroom subjects.
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June is a great month to learn about nature.  Scavenger hunts are fun and educational!

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Stories & Lesson Plans

Stories & Lesson Plans | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Bring the world to your classroom with our stories and lesson plans. Our stories explore cultural, social and environmental issues with a humanistic lens.
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Humanities lesson plans and stories for your Canadian high school students.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 22, 8:57 PM

Lesson plans on Canadian History.

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Voices into Action - Splash

Voices into Action - Splash | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Free Humanities program for Canadian high school students.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 21, 5:00 PM

Voices into Action is a Humanities program for high school students- free for Canadian students.  Topics include bullying, the Holocaust,prejudice and discrimination.

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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 27, 5:07 PM

Learning resources, videos and guide on privacy in Canada.

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Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 NMC Horizon Report - K12 Education Edition

Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 NMC Horizon Report - K12 Education Edition | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
A preview of the NMC Horizon Report's interim results for its 2015 K-12 education edition - emerging technologies & trends & challenges in education worldwide

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Latest update from the NMC Horizon report for your K-12 changes in the coming years.

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Math Manipulatives

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Interactive math manipulatives that make math concepts come alive.
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Online math tools for teaching almost any elementary concept.

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Thinking Blocks - Model and Solve Math Word Problems

Thinking Blocks - Model and Solve Math Word Problems | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Interactive math manipulatives that make math concepts come alive.
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Excellent site for building models for word problems. Tracks players progress.Excellent site for building models for word problems. Tracks players progress.

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Canada: A People's History - Teacher Resources: Grades 10-12

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CBC epsiodes on Canada A Peoples History- grades 10-12