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HandWriting Mail - new technology for an old practice

If you long for the days of a handwritten letter, then perhaps this app is for you. Send simple handwritten emails. It also acts as a good handwriting practi...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Awesome tool for students who struggle with holding a pencil.  

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Interesting idea for teaching handwriting to the digital generation.

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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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For Teachers

The revised Seven Steps to a Powerful Heritage Fair Project is now available to download. Seven Steps is a teacher’s guide to the pedagogy of Heritage Fair
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Have your student engage in a historical fair this year as part of the social studies project.  They will have fun and enjoy community learning how to become vibrant researchers!

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Evaluating - Inspired Writing

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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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Ideas for research and evaluation from blog Inspired Writing.

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Learning Styles Quiz - SchoolFamily

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Get insight into how your child learns best.
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Learning styles quizz to get your planning your students student learning plan.

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The Great Kindness Challenge

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This looks like a fun activity to do as a school!

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ABCmouse.com

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ABCmouse.com helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. For kids age 2 to Kindergarten.
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This fun early learning award winning website comes complete with lessons, fun activities and phonics to help your preschool student and kindergartener move ahead!

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Lesson plans STEAM using Literature

Great ideas for using pic books as hook to transition students into STEAM learning.

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Integrated lesson plans from University of Arkansas incorporating childrens' lit.  

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Canada's History

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Kayak Kids Illustrated History Challenge for students ages 7-14.  Great prizes!

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How Do Airplanes Fly?

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Today’s Wonder of the Day will take you way up high into the sky!
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Lover Wonderopolis and the guiding questions students can ask and then research for themselves.  

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How to Teach Students to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Edudemic

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Becoming critical consumers of online material requires knowing what qualifies as quality content and how to judge what is good material and what is not.
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What should students learn for the 21st century? A Four-Dimensional Education

The mission of the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) is to answer this timely question, and openly propagate its recommendations and frameworks on a world...
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 8, 11:08 PM

Video on #21stedu from the Centre of Curriculum Redesign.

Caleb Lai's curator insight, March 16, 11:50 AM

I agree fully with what the author says as students need these skills to help them succeed in their work and well-being and strengthen the world with their knowledge.I forsee technology ruling the future.I think like this as the fast-evolving technology is winning against the slow-evolving education and thus,men will relay more on technology to do work instead of learning skills to do it independantly.Furthermore,there are global issues that hinder education and it would be hard for the education network to expand.This situation would cause a dangerous influence.When peole rely too much on technology,they will become lazy and would not be able to react to situations that requrie physical work;with that being said,humanity would be rendered useless if technology cease to exist.Nobody would benefit from this outcome.This problem is not trully foolproof as governments,organisations or associations around the world can do their part by helping the education network to expand and spread;with the help of money or power to change the situation.

 

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Sending Digital Citizenship Home

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Promote the home-school connection with our newest resource for your digital citizenship toolkit.
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Worksheets to help your student become a proficient digital citizen.  This looks good for homeschooling families.

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Design a moon rover - Adventures in Mommydom

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Kids get a chance to problem solve as they design a moon rover and test their moon rovers for ability to survive dangerous areas.
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Design a moon rover from Lego.  How cool is this Stem activity!

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month | OverDrive Blogs

Black History Month is February.  Overdrive shares on how to help your students discover famous authors.

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[Blended Learning] Making Time for Hands-On Experiences in the K–6 Classroom

[Blended Learning] Making Time for Hands-On Experiences in the K–6 Classroom | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
How are technology tools balancing screen time with more traditional learning experiences? Here are four ways edtech can be used to engage different learning modalities.
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Some fun activities to include in your back to school with Reading Eggs this fall!

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80 Degrees North

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The Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1918 represents an epic adventure unique in Canada’s history. A band of intrepid scientists and explorers embarked on a dangerous and compelling journey. Scientists documented flora, fauna, of the North while explorers pushed ahead into new and undiscovered territory. The expedition left a scientific legacy that is still relevant and resonates today.
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Social studies lesson plan on Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1918.  Grade 9-12 students.

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Learning Styles Quiz - SchoolFamily

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Get insight into how your child learns best.
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Learning styles quizz for you to figure out how your students learn.

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Amazon Launches 'Inspire,' a Free Education Resource Search Platform for Educators (EdSurge News)

Amazon Launches 'Inspire,' a Free Education Resource Search Platform for Educators (EdSurge News) | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Back in February, an EdWeek Market brief reported that Amazon Education was starting to beta-test a new platform with educators, helping teachers navigate the jungles of open educational resources (or OERs, for short).Well, that platform—Amazon Inspire—has officially launched today in tandem with th
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Review of Amazon Inspire educational website here by EdSurge.

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You Otter Know

History for Kids from www.canadashistory.ca with highlight on Canada Day.

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Fun for students celebrating Canada Day!

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Give Your Everything – Get Active

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Description The Give Your Everything: Get Active resource complements the life stories of some of Canada’s most accomplished Olympians. It highlights that not only did they become successful becaus…
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Discover learning resources on PE and the Olympics.  

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Poetry | Scholastic.com

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with these resources to help you teach students how to read, write, and share poems.
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Its Poetry month!  Time to create beauty in words!  Scholastic shares some great ideas.

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Making for the littles | Invent To Learn

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Resources and ideas for MakerEd and Littles from Invent to Learn site.


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Ideas for starting a MakerSpace program for all kinds of budgets.

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Teaching Digital Citizenship skills

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Lesson plans and resources on digital literacy and standards.



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Media literacy and digital citizenship lessons including copyright and ethics.

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Four Ingredients of Learning Communities

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It is interesting how the greatest desires of our heart are elusive, seemingly the most significant challenges in our lives. We want to be in relationship, we want to create healthy families and homes, we want great schools and to be in healthy community, yet it can be terribly difficult.

This fall, I felt my confidence shaken as
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Lovely blog on journeying through community and education.

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Canadian History Report Card | Historica Canada

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Report card on social studies in Canada from Historica.

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Bamboo Shoots: Chinese Canadian Legacies in BC

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Bamboo Shoots is a great website with ed lessons and resources on grades 5 and 10 socials for BC.

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Educational resources for grades 5 and 10 BC history.

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