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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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Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
A look at the history, performance and outcomes of the American homeschooling movement.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 24, 2014 3:14 PM

Now we need an infographic for Canada!  Thanks Peter for sharing!

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Phonogram Sounds App

Phonogram Sounds App | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Discover one of the top resources for teaching reading and spelling. All About Learning Press offers homeschooling curriculum that will have your kids learning effectively with multisensory lessons. Get started today!
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Discover a new app to help your early phonics learner!

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get stoked with homeschooling!: He's the King of All Creation

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Student Bekah from HCS schools shares her video compilation sharing God's creation, shared on Kidblog with her classmates!

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Spelling and Dyslexia

Spelling and Dyslexia | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
How common are spelling difficulties?Spelling is difficult for many people, but there is much less research on spelling than there is on reading to tell us just how many people spell poorly or believe they spell poorly.
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Spelling research in this Dyslexia article from Reading Rockets shares good advice.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:24 PM
Spelling issues and Dyslexia correlations.
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Links Library: Valentines Day - Heritage Christian Schools

Links Library: Valentines Day - Heritage Christian Schools | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Valentines Day lesson plans and craft ideas from HCS learning commons web links.

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The Hour of Code is here

The Hour of Code is here | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Join millions of students to learn about the Hour of Code, the largest learning event in world history.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 12, 2014 5:39 PM

Free hour of instruction for your students to learn how to code. How COOL is that! Thanks for sharing Carrie.

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Six Homeschooling Goals for the New Year

Six Homeschooling Goals for the New Year | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
January is a month to discuss things to come, energize, invigorate and celebrate the positive forward thinking that brought your family to this very moment in time.
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Goals to start the school year:)

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Learn, teach, and share online video lessons

Learn, teach, and share online video lessons | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Join Curious.com for free online video lessons, how-to DIY projects, and community. Find or become a student in baking, photography, math, and more!

Via Nik Peachey, tom jackson
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Educational videos and lesson plans to help make your classroom more vibrant and interesting.

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Agora Abierta's curator insight, January 16, 2014 6:13 AM

Cursos de todo un poco. También puedes colgar los propios.

Katherine Francis's curator insight, January 28, 2014 9:54 AM

for adult students ?

Met Kous's curator insight, February 1, 2014 6:03 PM

Μαθήματα online με ποικιλία θεμάτων, πολύ καλά κυρίως  για μαθητές.

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Remember The Milk: Online to-do list and task management

Remember The Milk: Online to-do list and task management | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Remember The Milk is the popular to-do list that's everywhere you are: from your phone, to the web, to your Google apps, and more. Used by millions worldwide.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 4, 2014 12:32 AM

This app looks like a goodie to help you manage your time!  Simple and easy to use I already have a list of things to do for the coming week!!

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Storyboard That: The World's Best FREE Online Storyboard Creator

Storyboard That: The World's Best FREE Online Storyboard Creator | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Looking for an amazing, fun, free, and easy to use online storyboard creator? See why students, screenwriters, and businesses love Storyboard That.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Neat story board creator for younger and older students to get a message across on a particular topic.  This could be used for lots of educational purposes and the free account allows you to create three stories a week.

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Teachers Ultimate Digital Kit 30+ Great Educational Technology Guides ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Ultimate Digital Kit 30+ Great Educational Technology Guides ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 2, 2014 10:31 PM

Some awesome teaching guides to many technology tools.  

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68 Apps for Students with Learning Disabilities

68 Apps for Students with Learning Disabilities | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
68 Apps for students with learning disabilities -- and some software too! From our presentation at the LDAQ "Toolbox for Success" parent conference.

Via Kathleen McClaskey
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Some excellent choices in apps for learning disabilities.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 23, 2013 5:55 PM

This inclusive list of apps from inov8 Educational Consulting includes apps that target areas of need for learners in elementary school, high school and college. These apps are broken out into 7 categories:

 

> Reading and writing support and remediation

> Language remediation

> Productivity

> Alternative literacy formats

> Numeracy

> Fine motor skills

> Executive functioning

Pauline Farrell's curator insight, February 2, 2014 2:34 AM

and fin ally - to meet the needs of my learner demographic...

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Creative Learning: 4 Alternative Ways to Use ExamTime

Creative Learning: 4 Alternative Ways to Use ExamTime | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
ExamTime was specifically created with students and teachers in mind. Our free online learning platform was designed to facilitate the quick creation and discovery of study resources and to incorporate technology in education.

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Study tools to support student learning around exams!

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Medieval Times : Partners in Education

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 22, 2014 10:55 AM

Medieval resources and downloadable lesson plans for students studying the middle ages.  

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The 200 Best Special Education Apps - Edudemic

The 200 Best Special Education Apps - Edudemic | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
If you're a special education teacher or are simply looking for an innovative way to reach a student... this is for you. Many apps out there are useful in the classroom but they're not always easy to find in the clogged-up app store.
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Special ed apps!

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6 Routines to Support Mathematical Thinking

6 Routines to Support Mathematical Thinking | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
This series is one of my favorites; in each classroom we watch students collaborate, explain their reasoning, test their ideas, and enjoy the problem-solving process.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 20, 2014 4:42 PM

Math ideas and videos to help teach math in a fun and interesting way.  

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5 Questions to Ask Before Posting To Social Media

5 Questions to Ask Before Posting To Social Media | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Some guidelines for thinking before you post.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Some useful guidelines re posting to social media.  Thanks Shandra for sharing.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 16, 2014 6:21 PM

Guidelines for sharing using social media.  All useful tips!

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Canadian Olympic School Program

Canadian Olympic School Program | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The 2013-2014 and Sochi COSP Resources are officially being launched on January 15. Links to the resources below will go live as they become ready leading up to the official launch: Teacher’s Guide...
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 15, 2014 11:39 AM
Time to gear up to share Olympic dreams. Teaching resources from the Canadian Olympic school program.
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A Must Read Google Plus Guide for Schools ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must Read Google Plus Guide for Schools ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Great guide to using Google Plus and Hangouts.

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Glossi - create digital magazines or e-books

Glossi - create digital magazines or e-books | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Free digital magazine creation platform. Add images, photos, videos, animations and audio. Customize and publish for desktop and mobile devices.

Via Baiba Svenca, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, January 31, 2014 9:36 AM

This is another FREE tool that can be used to help students sum up the information they learned into a neat little package.  It seems to be relatively easy to use and creates a wonderful product.  Let us know if you want to create a lesson around this type of product and we will be happy to help you!

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, February 9, 2014 3:51 PM

Free app for creating e-papers or e-books


Easy and friendly even for beginners. Highly Recommended for storytelling and presentations.

Character Minutes's curator insight, April 3, 2014 2:11 PM

Looks like a great way to display work!

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Web tools to support inquiry-based learning

Inquiry-based learning is an active learning process, based on identifying relevant questions to research so that the student can develop knowledge about or create solutions to issues and problems.

Web tools allow students to engage in collaborative and interactive learning. All phases of inquiry learning can be adequately addressed through a wide variety of web-based tools and applications.


Via Karen Bonanno, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, January 5, 2014 11:03 AM

This is a great list! 

TWCLibrary's curator insight, August 5, 2014 6:15 PM

updated list

Tricia Adams's curator insight, August 10, 2014 9:23 AM

Useful resources

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OpenStudy: Study Together

OpenStudy: Study Together | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

OpenStudy is study help 2.0. Everyone needs study help but it has to be just right—online, immediate, even late at night.

We make this possible on OpenStudy. Connect with other students studying the same things. Get help and give help. Stay and enjoy the conversation. And level up!

Like any successful startup, we work hard, have fun, and believe in what we do. We invite you to use us, join us, and spread the word. We want to change the way the world learns, and we'd love to have you be part of it.

OpenStudy has been supported by the smartest institutions: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Georgia Research Alliance, Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Learn Capital."

 
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OPen Study allows students from all over the world to ask homework questions and find study partners.  You can follow people and see if they have answers to your questions.  Sign up is free and accessible by Facebook.

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10 Best Tools for Teachers and Students to Use in 2014

10 Best Tools for Teachers and Students to Use in 2014 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Many online tools can enhance teacher-parent-student communication. Here are 10 of the best.

Via WebTeachers
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Wonderfool tools to put in your toolkit this new year!!  I know I am going to try Audiboo!  

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Gord Holden's curator insight, January 3, 2014 10:14 AM

Great tools for any teacher utilizing computer technology with their students. 

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How To Motivate Your Students After Holiday Break - Edudemic

How To Motivate Your Students After Holiday Break - Edudemic | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Going back to school after the holidays can be difficult for most students; after a few weeks of relaxing, eating, and drinking, the prospect of diving back into the routine of studying can be hard to take.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Back to school next week!!  Here are some useful tips for generating excitement back into your classroom.

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