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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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mathlanding.org

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In conjunction with Maryland Public Television and the Math Forum from Drexel University this new math site offers great math resources including the latest math apps!  You can also collaborate with other colleagues around these resources using "My Folders". 

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15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD

15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Luckily, there are mobile apps that can help with functions like text-to-speech and translation.


Via Kathleen McClaskey
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Tools for students who struggle with reading.
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Luix Vargas's curator insight, August 6, 2013 4:28 PM

Lo que hubiera dado yo por una de estas apps cuando era niño; lástima que en ese entonces sólo daban coscorrones en estos casos

Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:28 PM

An easy-to-read table of apps. Includes links and descriptions.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, August 8, 2013 10:45 PM

Great appps to help!

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How Education, Literacy & the University Came From Christianity & Are Dying ... - Canada Free Press

How Education, Literacy & the University Came From Christianity & Are Dying ... - Canada Free Press | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Canada Free Press
How Education, Literacy & the University Came From Christianity & Are Dying ...
Canada Free Press
As incredible as it may now seem, the entire history of Western education is steeped in the Christian faith.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 22, 2013 12:05 AM

Education is steeped in the history of the Church!  We need to keep that history going:)

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How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online

How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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John Thomas's curator insight, February 12, 2014 9:09 AM
How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online
Nathalie Ferret's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:36 AM
Actual e excelente artigo sobre Curadoria na Educação

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Lernstift digital pen uses vibrations to improve spelling and ... - Gizmag

Lernstift digital pen uses vibrations to improve spelling and ... - Gizmag | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

These days, we are so reliant on computers that many of us rarely pick up an actual pen or pencil and rely on auto-correct to fix our spelling mistakes. But Falk Wolsky and Daniel Kaesmacher think there's still a place in this modern world for good penmanship and correct spelling and have taken to Kickstarter to get their Lernstift (German for "learning pen"), which vibrates to indicate when the writer makes spelling mistakes or exhibits poor penmanship, into production.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 12, 2013 12:19 PM

Now this might be a boon for students with Dysgraphia!

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Pics4Learning | Free photos for education

Pics4Learning | Free photos for education | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Thousands of copyright free and copyright friendly images and photos for teachers and students.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 10, 2013 12:51 AM

Yay copyright free images!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Maker Camp Starts Tomorrow - A Virtual Camp for Making Things

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Check out this virtual camp http://makezine.com/maker-camp/

posted by freetech4teachers starting July 8th!. 

 

"Build at Home Follow along as we post fun DIY projects for campers to build on their own or with friends.Hangout with Us Join our daily Google+ Hangouts, where we’ll share tips and tricks on the projects, and go on virtual Field Trips to amazing places.Share Projects See what other campers are building, and share your own project photos and videos in the Maker Camp Community on Google+."

 

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 7, 2013 9:33 PM

Fun activities for your students to make over the summer!

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graphite | Ingredients for effective teaching

graphite | Ingredients for effective teaching | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Graphite, a free service from Common Sense Media, helps teachers find, understand, and share the best digital learning products available.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:00 AM

A New app reviewing service from Common Sense Media.  Check it out..

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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | AASL

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | AASL | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

The American Association of School Librarians has just released "The 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover."


Via Beth Dichter, kathy pryor, Petra Pollum
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Some cool new tools for you to share with your friends and workers, from the AASL.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 1, 2013 1:02 PM

Great list of educational tools for 2013 from AASL!

 

Claudia Robinson's curator insight, July 7, 2013 12:43 PM

Great sites that make tech engaging for students...sharing, collaborating, and sites to help with organization, plus much more.

davidconover's curator insight, July 9, 2013 10:34 PM

This list ties together a number of resources that can help a teacher organize their teaching tools that address 21st-century learning.

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National Forest Week | Canadian Forestry Association

National Forest Week | Canadian Forestry Association | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

The Canadian Institute of Forestry  and the Canadian Forestry Association is proud to unveil this year’s theme in conjunction with the Forest Products Association of Canada, who on February 6th, during the PATPAC PaperWeek Forest Products Industry Job Fair in Montreal, with support from the Government of Canada, is launching TheGreenestWorkforce, a resource tool that provides information on the dynamic direction of the industry and career opportunities on offer right across the country.

TheGreenestWorkforce is also giving eight lucky students across Canada a Green Dream Internship that includes a four-month paid summer placement at a leading forest products company, an iPad Mini and a chance to win $5000. Go to TheGreenestWorkforce on February 6th to apply.

 

Please click here to find out more about the Greenest Work Force.

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Opportunities for students to plan a tree and celebrate our amazing creation in Canada, and win a possible internship and iPad Mini plus scholarship.

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Swinging Monkey Flying Pig: Poetry Fun

Swinging Monkey Flying Pig: Poetry Fun | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, June 26, 2013 2:53 PM

My grade 3 homeschool student Serena shares why writing is so much fun!!  Oh for the joy of nonsense poetry!

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True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Canadian Government Lapbook

True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Canadian Government Lapbook | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Canadian Government lapbook for grades 5 students wanting help to cover parlaiment learning outcomes. 

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Start an RESP to get $1,200 Training and Education Grant | BC Newsroom

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If you have a student under the age of 7 in gr 1 or K you might be interested in this government grant  worth $1200.

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entrepreneurship-11

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Pat Bell shares his new courses through BCOS and HCOS and here is his blurb on his new courses:

My name is Patrick Bell and I live in Kelowna, BC, Canada. This September, I will introduce two new Christian online high school business courses to the Christian school community.
 
The first course is Entrepreneurship & Creative Innovation (Grade 11) and the second course is Internet Marketing (Grades 11 or 12).
 
You can see a sample of the courses at www.entrepreneurship11.com and at www.IM4HS.com (an acronym for Internet Marketing for High School).
 
The Amaze Online High School Business Courses will distinguish themselves by the following characteristics:
 
·       Business Education from a Christian Worldview: The courses are biblically based and have a Kingdom-focused approach to business and entrepreneurship.
·       Focus on the practical, not just theory.
·       All lessons available online in either a text or video format.
·       120-hours in length.
 
I will teach both courses in 2013 through our “pilot” phase. Licensing options will be available in 2014.
 
You can learn more about me and the courses by visiting www.highschoolbusinesscourses.com.
 
Why would you consider these courses for your school? You will be able to expand course offerings, potentially increase enrollments/retention, and provide unique course offerings that may distinguish your school from others.
 
Here is what Dr. Barrett Mosbacker has to say:
 
The world has changed.  We must prepare our students for this new world or our schools risk becoming obsolete. Consider this quote from the Chairman of Google:
 
"As global connectivity continues its unprecedented advance, many old institutions [including schools] and hierarchies will have to adapt or risk becoming obsolete, irrelevant to modern society." 
 
The Amaze Online High School Business Courses offer schools the opportunity to leverage modern technology to teach vital 21st century skills to their students and to do so from a biblical perspective. This is a unique opportunity that will be appreciated by parents and students.
 
Dr. Barrett Mosbacker
Publisher, Christian School Journal and Superintendent of Briarwood Christian School
LinkedIn profile
 
Please contact me if you would like to discuss how you can add these courses to your own high school curriculum.
 
Respectfully,
 
Patrick Bell, MBA, MA
(250) 878-8156
patrickb@highschoolbusinesscourses.com
 

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What is a meteor shower, anyway?

What is a meteor shower, anyway? | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
“That’s why I enjoy taking myself out of my own element, my own comfort zone, and hurling myself out into the unknown.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Some great science articles on this blog!  This one is on meteor showers.

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 21, 2013 11:41 PM

Awesome lesson plans to create cross curricular sharing with students of all ages.  Edutopia!

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A Wonderful Wheel featuring iPad Apps for Autistic Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Wheel featuring iPad Apps for Autistic Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

"I must admit that apps for autistic learners are really scarce and hard to find. A few months ago I posted here a list some powerful apps for autism and today while I was looking for new apps that might have been created since the publication of that list I came across this wonderful wheel.

I know that the first thing that comes to mind when you see this wheel is the popular pedagogy Wheel created by Allan Carrington in which he provided suggestions for 62 apps based on Bloom's Taxonomy. The present wheel is developed by Mark Coppin in which he featured a wide variety of apps for autistic students."


Via John Evans
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Useful tool for parents with Autistic students!

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Phobe Boutte's comment, July 15, 2013 7:11 PM
Great!
anne-marie mason's curator insight, July 15, 2013 7:41 PM

Another great wheel to share with colleagues in Spec Ed.

Tahnee Cunico's curator insight, February 10, 2014 6:28 PM

Great wheel of apps for students with autism 

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Superhero Science

Superhero Science | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 10, 2013 4:13 PM

TED-Ed—the education arm of TED, whose mission is to amplify the voice of great teachers—has added a new six-video educational series called “Superhero Science,” which poses the question: “If superpowers were real…”  Check it out:)  Your students will enjoy!

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13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About

13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 9, 2013 6:50 PM

Some new fun and visual tools for your students to try out!  From Mindshift.

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Homeschool Creations - Resources, free homeschool printables, and encouragement for homeschool families

Homeschool Creations - Resources, free homeschool printables, and encouragement for homeschool families | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

This great homeschooling site has lots of freebies for mums wanting printables and lesson plans.

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Canadian Book Awards at Canadian Books & Authors

Canadian Book Awards at Canadian Books & Authors | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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A great list of Canadian book awards and some ideas for summer reading!

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Should Schools Still Teach Cursive? | MindShift

Should Schools Still Teach Cursive? | MindShift | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The decline in teaching cursive handwriting, the rise of the keyboard, and the introduction of the Common Core State Standards that do not require children to know cursive all question its relevance.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, June 28, 2013 3:13 PM

Is cursive dead?  I love this aspect of writing, and believe it has some brain cross over effects for students with learning differences.  However digital writing is also wonderful for students who need spell check, and all the other amazing technology one can find on a computer using Word or apps found on an iPad.  Tough choice for many homeschooling families as the computer replaces paper?

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 29, 2013 2:36 PM

Is cursive handwriting part of basic literacy?

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's comment, August 21, 2013 10:38 PM
Yes Dennis I would say cursive is part of basic literacy. But maybe I am old school;)
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Naming the West : Home

Naming the West : Home | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Place names carry stories, history, culture and values. Learn about the history of some of central Alberta's places. You can see the work of students as they explore how places and people got their names.

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...google chromebook trial: a student perspective...

...google chromebook trial: a student perspective... | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
As I mentioned in my previous Chromebook trial post, I wanted to get a student's perspective.  I have spent time with the machine, but before we commit to the next three years with new hardware I t...
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Paul Kelly administrator from HCS shares how the high school is moving to Chromebooks,  and a student's perspective on the pro's and con's. 

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Doin' it home school!: TEDx Great Wall - Terry Small Getting More Out of Your Brain.mp4

Doin' it home school!: TEDx Great Wall - Terry Small Getting More Out of Your Brain.mp4 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Thanks Katina for passing on this video of Terry Small sharing more about how our brain works.  Really I am a genius:)

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