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BC Christian Home Educators' Convention 2013

BC Christian Home Educators' Convention 2013 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
BC CHEC registration opens this Monday, Feburary 18th! Come and join us for a time of encouragement and inspiration. Our Keynote Speakers are Catherine Levison and Cori Dean. Catherine is hosting a...
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HCS Learning Commons Newsletter
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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BioBlitz 2016

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A BioBlitz is an event in which teams of volunteers work together to find and identify as many species as possible.
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Discover your part of the country with a BioBlitz and have fun learning about animal species.

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Camp Creek Blog | Project Based Homeschooling

Camp Creek Blog | Project Based Homeschooling | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Project based learning ideas and lessons from Lori Pickert.

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Project Based learning and Homeschooling blog site.

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10 Ways to make your first day Homeschooling extra special

10 Ways to make your first day Homeschooling extra special | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Start the year off on the right foot with these fun ways to make the first day homeschooling extra special.
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Back to homeschool ideas.

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15 Ways to Use Play-Doh in the Junior High or High School Classroom

15 Ways to Use Play-Doh in the Junior High or High School Classroom | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
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Love this basic but very MakerEdish article on playing with PlayDoh for all ages!

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Webs of Wonder

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Webs of Wonder
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Canadian STEM science learning database.

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STEM based lesson plans for science based on Canadian curriculum.

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Heritage Fairs 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

Learning Styles Quiz - SchoolFamily | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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

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.
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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

Making for the littles | Invent To Learn | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

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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Homeschool Scheduling 101: Planning Your Year - Only Passionate Curiosity

Homeschool Scheduling 101: Planning Your Year - Only Passionate Curiosity | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
It’s that time of the year. Kids are out enjoying the sunshine, BBQ’s are cranked up, and the Homeschool Mother is stalking the mail, organizing school books, and planning next year’s workload. This new series, Homeschool Scheduling 101, is designed to help you get your scheduling done quickly and efficiently- so you can step away [...]
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Planning your homeschool year with free printables!

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An Australian Homeschool Blog: Inquiry-based Learning

An Australian Homeschool Blog: Inquiry-based Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
An Australian Homeschool Blog: Homeschool following child-led, inquiry-based and Reggio-inspired principles for living and learning.
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Homeschooling from an inquiry based approach.  Follow this blogger with her home school journey.

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Learn Online

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Learn online-- from home and on the go! Learn new software and new languages with your library card.
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Surrey Public Library now offering Lynda.com to all its patrons!

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10 Educational Web Tools That Support Inquiry-based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Educational Web Tools That Support Inquiry-based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Some great web tools to support inquiry in the classroom this term.

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Welcome to Tomatosphere! | Tomatosphere

Welcome to Tomatosphere! | Tomatosphere | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Tomatosphere is a research project that involves about over 17,000 Canadian and U.S. classrooms.

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Tomatosphere™ uses the excitement of space exploration to teach the skills and processes of scientific experimentation and inquiry. Students investigate the effects of the space environment on the growth of food that will inevitably support long-term human space travel.

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Tomatosphere™ uses the excitement of space exploration to teach the skills and processes of scientific experimentation and inquiry. Students investigate the effects of the space environment on the growth of food that will inevitably support long-term human space travel.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 25, 3:50 PM

Tomatosphere™ uses the excitement of space exploration to teach the skills and processes of scientific experimentation and inquiry. Students investigate the effects of the space environment on the growth of food that will inevitably support long-term human space travel.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 25, 3:53 PM

Tomatosphere™ uses the excitement of space exploration to teach the skills and processes of scientific experimentation and inquiry. Students investigate the effects of the space environment on the growth of food that will inevitably support long-term human space travel.

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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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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 10, 12:22 PM

Social studies lesson plan on Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1918.  Grade 9-12 students.

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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?

How Do Airplanes Fly? | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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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