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5 Reasons The iPad Will Stay The King of the Classroom - Edudemic

5 Reasons The iPad Will Stay The King of the Classroom - Edudemic | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The biggest and most oft-heard criticism of the iPad usually revolves around it not behaving like a desktop PC or laptop. The people making this complaint are simply missing the point.
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Thoughts on kitting out your learning commons or classroom with iPads?  Here are some ideas why? 

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Literature Learning Guides & Teacher Resources

Dive into our treasure trove of free student and teacher guides to every book imaginable, and then some.
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Lots of free novel study guides from Shmoop!

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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.”


Via Susan Bainbridge, Natalie Sing
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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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The Relationship Between Visision & Learning

The Relationship Between Visision & Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Have you ever used the phrase, “Do you see what I mean?” If you have, you may understand more than you realize about how vision affects learning.
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Important article highlighting how vision impacts learning!  

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20 Great Websites For Elementary Educators | Edudemic

20 Great Websites For Elementary Educators | Edudemic | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Some of the best websites for elementary educators are ones that save time, make you think, and inspire. Here's just a handful!
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These websites are great!  Going to add some of these to the archives!

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Going to check these out!  Thanks Edudemic!

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Homeschool ideas for Kindergarten

Homeschool ideas for Kindergarten | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Teaching Colours with your Kindergartner!

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Digital Paint Programs

Digital Paint Programs | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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This useful list of digital paint programs was shared by Creativity Express as alternatives to using their online program.  

"In order for us to recommend a digital paint program it needed to meet three basic rules.

  • First, the software has to be kid-friendly. This means that the child can learn to use the program either because it is simply laid out, or because there are good tutorials. This should be fun for the kids, not a burden for the parents to trouble-shoot.
  • Second, the software should be free to download, or low-cost. Though free sound great, it has its downsides. Generally software is free because it has ads in it, and with kids involved that’s not always okay.
  • Hence my third rule: any advertising must be child-appropriate.

 

There are a good number of digital paint programs that meet these criteria, so let’s get started!

 

 

Firealpaca – This kid-friendly art program is available for free download on both Macs and PCs. A relatively new program, it does contain advertisements. However they claim to be art-related, and only placed ion the introductory screen, along with any relevant update information or user tips. The program has layer capabilities and many different brush settings.

 

Copic – Another free program compatible with Macs and PCs, Copic has a user-friendly interface that incorporates Copic’s color system as well as different brush settings. Kids will love the easy look of the program, and should be able to pick it up quickly.

 

MyPaint – Available for PC and Linux operating systems; MyPaint has a range of functions similar to Adobe Photoshop including pressure-sensitive capabilities for use with drawing tablets. In addition to basic layering features, MyPaint has many different brush settings. Kids can even create their own brushes, allowing them to be really creative with this program!

 

Artrage – This program is very kid-friendly and simplistic, and is our choice for digital art software. It’s available for both Windows and Mac operating systems for $49.90. Supporting all levels of artists, ArtRage is designed to be like a virtual painting space, increasing authenticity and making the experience for kids more fun and realistic.

 

Sumopaint – Users can draw online or download a more comprehensive version of this easy-to-use program; it has both PC and Mac compatibility. Its tools for drawing are virtually unlimited, allowing kids to have an expanded choice for their artwork.

 

Artweaver – Suitable for beginners, Artweaver is a freeware program that is available for Windows computers. On this program, kids can even draw from a photograph scanned into the computer - draw on paper first, then paint on Artweaver!

 

SpeedyPainter – SpeedyPainter has a simple and intuitive design, and is suitable for children to use. It is downloadable for free for Windows users. It includes basic features, as well as a brush library and separate viewfinder to allow kids to really see what they’re drawing.

 

SmoothDraw – This program has many different brushes that can be used, as well as a simplistic interface; it’s available for free download for Windows operating systems. Children will love the ease of use in this program, and will be able to use it with little basic knowledge of tools in art programs.

 

Qaquarelle – Part of the Sourcefogre portfolio of software, Qaquarelle supports tablet functions and has a simple design that children will find easy-to-use. It’s an open-source software that has a free download.

 

Last but not least, a clever drawing tool.

DrawPile – Although not specifically a digital paint program, DrawPile is a freeware program that allows multiple users to share the same online drawing board. Kids can have fun creating with their friends wherever they may be."

 

 

Natalie and Pippa recommend Paper 53 for an easy iPad app to use with ease and style!  However there is a small cost!

https://www.fiftythree.com/paper


Blessings

Pippa

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Teaching Canada's History Kayak Fall 2014

Teaching Canada's History Kayak Fall 2014 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Subscribe to get your first free copy of Kayak magazine and teach your students Canadian History!

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This is a great way to teach Canadian History to your youngsters!  

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A Great New Tool to Teach Kids Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great New Tool to Teach Kids Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Code Studio is a newly released platform geared towards helping students from kindergarten to high school learn the different coding concepts. Code Studio which is a product of the popular nonprofit group Code.org known for its relentless efforts to make coding part of the curricula.

Via John Evans, WebTeachers
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This looks interesting. Students can learn using this coding course, step by step.

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msayrach's curator insight, September 28, 7:33 AM

Una gran eina per ensenyar als alumnes codificació. També executable al navegador de l'ipad

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The HCOS Weekly: Vol. 2, Ed. 2

Enjoy this edition! Feedback is appreciated.
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HCOS Weekly is back in town!  Thanks student editorial team!

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Pinterest Thanksgiving Collection

Pinterest Thanksgiving Collection | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.
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Find your Thanksgiving lesson plans in this neat collection!

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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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Top Five Lessons to Teach to Writing Partners of All Ages Right Now

Top Five Lessons to Teach to Writing Partners of All Ages Right Now | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Writing partners can be an important source of inspiration and support for your kids. It's the rare kid who truly wants to work alone all the time. Writing requires an audience, someone to give a r...

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Great ideas for writing lessons together with a partner!

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Some cool writing tips for sharing the joy of writing!
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Blogging as Writing Curriculum

Blogging as Writing Curriculum | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

September 16, 2014 - by Susan Lucille Davis - A look into how to incorporate blogging into students' writing curriculum.

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Blog to get your writing curriculum covered :)

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 19, 1:27 AM
Blogging is the best tool for encouraging digital writing whilst establishing online community!
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, September 19, 2:06 AM

Blogging is a great way for student to collaborate across the world. As @Pippa Davies @PippaDavies and @HCS Learning Commons and @SLS Guernsey proved by their book blog. Thanks guys! 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's comment, September 19, 10:53 AM
So right @Elizabeth Hutchinson! Hope to do more with you @SLSGuernsey. Thx to you too!
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2014 Vimy Pilgrimage Award - Send a student to Vimy Ridge!

2014 Vimy Pilgrimage Award - Send a student to Vimy Ridge! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Information on the Vimy 2014 award for high school students.

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Why You Can Still & Be (& Internet Loud is Not the Boss of You)

Why You Can Still & Be (& Internet Loud is Not the Boss of You) | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Some kid mutters it to his kid sister like a filing to the complaint department: "You are not the boss of me."

He’s got the last of the peanut butter cookies in his hand, like a defiant declaration.

Peanut butter cookie crumbs trail across the counter.

You can still feel the war
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Being present in the moment is so important!  Ann Voskamp shares how to be still and let God!

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Alphabet

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Lots of useful preschool alphabet activities in this homeschool friendly blog!

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Building Executive Functioning Skills throughout the School Year

Building Executive Functioning Skills throughout the School Year | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Do you have a student who continually forgets to bring home books or hand in homework? Have you ever wondered why a student who grasps a concept is unable to apply the idea to new topics? Do you fret that the chaotic state of your child’s room is the physical m...
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Useful organisational skills for all students to learn.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 15, 1:08 PM

Useful topics broken down to show those executive functioning skills so needed in day to day schooling.

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October 2014: Literacies for the digital age: Visual literacy – DEN Blog Network

October 2014: Literacies for the digital age: Visual literacy – DEN Blog Network | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The wonderful Kathy Shrock October 2014: Literacies for the age: Visual literacy – DEN Blog Network http://t.co/OEBv4T0Cfn
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 4, 12:37 PM

Using Discovery Streaming to get the most visual literacy happening in your school.

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Do Pumpkins Float or Sink? | Wonderopolis

Do Pumpkins Float or Sink? | Wonderopolis | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Science question of the day.  Video and summary of the science behind flotation.

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▶ What dyslexia looks like to the student (video)

▶ What dyslexia looks like to the student (video) | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-is-dyslexia-kelli-sandman-hurley Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't ...
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Video on Dyslexia with excellent explanation of the process of coding for Dyslexics.  This will help younger students understand the process.

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Incredible Art Department | Art Education

Incredible Art Department | Art Education | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
This is the home page of The Incredible Art Department (IAD), the oldest art education website on the internet. See hundreds of art lessons, resources, art news, art jobs and more.
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Art lessons, jobs, gallery, news, teacher tools and more on this comprehensive art site for students and teachers!

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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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Mysteries in Overdrive

Mysteries in Overdrive | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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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15 Books Every Christian Millennial Has Owned

15 Books Every Christian Millennial Has Owned | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
A few gems from the bookshelves of yesteryear.
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Some wonderful reading material to add to your book shelf!

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Some wonderful reading material to add to your book shelf!

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What Does a Great School Year Look Like? Ask the Students

What Does a Great School Year Look Like? Ask the Students | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

This past school year, Shelley Wright, a high school educator in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, made a number of big changes in her teaching practice. 

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Students share their ideas in regards to what a great school year looks like!

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Engagement of students in a 21st century classroom.