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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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Links Library: Bullies - Heritage Christian Schools

Links Library: Bullies - Heritage Christian Schools | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 8, 2013 12:31 PM

Resources on bullying from HCS weblinking library.

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The No.1 App for Every Teacher....

The No.1 App for Every Teacher.... | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Not all apps are created equal. The first version of Explain Everything was good. The second version is outstanding. As an educator my life revolves around learning, organisation, workflow and scho...

Via Maggie Verster, kathymcdonough
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Katie Keller Tonore's curator insight, November 4, 2013 8:40 PM

interested in using this at the university level...

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Draft Curriculum and Curriculum-related Documents: Public Review and Feedback

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Click on the ministry website on the home page asking for feedback to get some ideas about the new PLO's coming out soon.

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Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup

Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy. (Updated 10/2013)
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 31, 2013 10:22 PM

#Digcit resources to help you empower your students in the learning commons.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:45 PM

A great collection of resources that are usable to teach digital citizenship and associated skills. 

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Wideo on edshelf

Wideo on edshelf | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Information and reviews about Wideo
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Wideo is a new way to create easy videos!  I am going to try this and hopefully will be able to share!

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Music Sharing on the Ning

If you are an HCS student who likes sharing your favourite music with others,  and want the chance to enter a competition for an Amazon gift certificate, then sign into this link at the ning to find out more information?

http://heritageschoolslearningcommons.ning.com

 

 If you do not have an invite  link please contact Pippa,  or your teacher to learn how to access the Ning.  You need to be 13 years and older.

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Mom Mastery Summit Schedule - Powered by Infusionsoft

Mom Mastery Summit Schedule - Powered by Infusionsoft | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Go from ordinary to extraordinary! This 4-day conference is all online and it's 100% free! Over 20 workshops covering marriage, parenting, money, health, and more! What's stopping you?
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Online conference in the new year for mums!  Thanks for sharing Amber.

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Teach The Word

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Books of the Bible
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 1, 2013 7:43 PM

Learn the books of the Bible in a few multi-sensory slides!

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Spongelab | Power Plants

Spongelab | Power Plants | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Overview

 

Learn how electricity is generated with the Build-a-Power Plant series. Choose components and assemble a power plant.

Build-A-Power Plant is a drag and drop game where players are tasked with assembling a power plant from a set of components..

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

This hands on online learning is great for grade 6 science studies on electricity and power.

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Swinging Monkey Flying Pig: Trekking With Phileas Fogg

Swinging Monkey Flying Pig: Trekking With Phileas Fogg | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Audiobook sharing with Serena and mum as they enjoy Phileas Fogg!

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The HCOS Weekly: 5th Edition

HCOS Weekly team of students.  Enjoy.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

HCOS students share more on what goes on behind the online schooling walls.

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Kids' Crafts | Fun Craft Ideas | FirstPalette.com

Explore our amazing resource filled with free kids' crafts, art activities, and printables designed to nurture creativity and the love for learning.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Some fun ideas for crafts this week!

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How to Use Google News to Find Primary Sources

The Google News archive is a great place to find primary sources. This short tutorial shows students how the archive works.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 28, 2013 12:06 PM

Learn how to use advanced search in Google search to find primary resources for projects.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, October 28, 2013 1:00 PM

Nice reminder of resources we could be using.

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, October 28, 2013 11:08 PM

Nice video tutorial on using Google News to search and select primary sources.

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14 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of Control

14 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of Control | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
If you've ever cried about getting a B+ or ending up in second place, there's a good chance you're a perfectionist.

Via Jennifer Cowley
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Understanding the reasons for perfectionism and the focus on grades for some students, is well documented in this interesting post.

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Historica Aboriginal Arts and Stories

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Writing competition for Aboriginal arts and stories.  

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Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter | The Edublogger

Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter | The Edublogger | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:59 PM

Learn the language of Twitter and make new friends:D

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24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning

24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning

Via Ken Peterson, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 4, 2013 1:15 AM

Great ideas for maker spaces #learningcommons.

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This is Prayer - Igniter Media

This is Prayer - Igniter Media | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Prayer is in many ways a very easy thing to grasp. However, we can often have a limited view of what prayer actually is.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

What is prayer?  Short simple reflection on being part of God's kingdom. Igniter movie.

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Google Docs Tutorial

Beginner lessons on using Google Docs.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Great google docs tutorial with easy layout for learning more about collaborating.  Thanks for sharing Tricia.  

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Frances Morgans's curator insight, November 6, 2013 2:08 PM

Could be useful for students or colleaugue starting out on google docs.

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Phonics List on edshelf

Phonics List on edshelf | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Information and reviews about Phonics List
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Handy phonices tools website with review from edshelf!

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Halloween Candy Math skills

 Have the kids sort all of the candy whichever way that they choose ( name, manufacturer, chocolate, handy candy, soft candy, calories, size, weight, etc)

Now for younger students you could line up all of one kind of  candy one on top of the other, kind of like a bar chart and then beside that row you line up the next kind of candy so that in the end you have kind of a life size bar chart with candy.  Here is a picture in case my explanation is not good enoughJ  Even better would be to then transfer the data to a paper chart.  Extra learning involved in transferring the dataJ

 

             For students working on their short vowel letter sounds, you could have then sort their candy according to the short vowel letter sounds like on this site:http://boymamateachermama.com/2012/10/19/teacher-mama-halloween-candy-short-vowel-graph/Other ideas can be found here: http://playfullearning.net/halloween-candy-math/

 

For older students you can have then make a candy graph on paper and record the amounts of the paper graph.  I found an example online: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/db/5a/f3/db5af357ffd5545bd259a26ae8078e5d.jpg

    

If you or the kids ate all of the candy you could use the wrapppersIf your family didn’t participate in Halloween you could use a bag of smarties, m&m, gummy bears or  anything that is mulicoloured and graph the number of colours in the bag of candy like shown on this site http://www.fundasenyuz.com/?p=291Ifyou need graph paper just search graph paper printables on a Google search and you will get several options for graph paperThere are several online chart/graph makers available as well.

This would be a great data collection and probabilty/statistic activity that would be perfect to cover the data learning outcomes and a super math sample for the portfolio.  Don’t forget to take a picture and send the results to meJ

 

Blessings, Michelle

 

Michelle Nimchuk

HCOS Support Teacher and Immersive Tech Teacher

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get stoked with homeschooling!: The Apple Store

get stoked with homeschooling!: The Apple Store | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Take your kids to an Apple store and have the best field trip ever!!

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True North: Our Canadian Homeschool

True North: Our Canadian Homeschool | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Co-Op news from the island with Natalie and crew!

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CBH Ministries > For Kids > The Greatest Gift

CBH Ministries > For Kids > The Greatest Gift | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Movie on the Greatest gift from CBH ministries.

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...ACSI Oct 11 - our 1to1 journey...

...ACSI Oct 11 - our 1to1 journey... | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Hello ACSI staff, and thanks for joining us today for our Technology Strand presentations.  I feel humbled to share our (Heritage Christian School (HCS) student laptop (1:1) journey.  

No matter where you are at in your school’s tech journey, I hope this session gives you something to consider and chew on. Here is a general breakdown of what I will be covering today:

Philosophy of Technology in the Classroom & 1:1Our Heritage 4-Year 1:1 JourneyHands-on Participation & Demonstration of Classroom Tools (GoogleDocs & Moodle)Possible Applications & Future Thinking

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 28, 2013 8:51 PM

Paul Kelly (administrator with HCS) shares his thoughts on the 1 to 1 journey at HCS #ACSI conference.