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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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How to Talk to Kids (And Parents) About Disability . Expert Q&A . PBS Parents | PBS

How to Talk to Kids (And Parents) About Disability . Expert Q&A . PBS Parents | PBS | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Great article on sharing disabilities in a loving way. 

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Historypin on edshelf

Historypin on edshelf | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Information and reviews about Historypin
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History students will enjoy this visual website to find mapping and factual information. 

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SiegeEngines.mov

SiegeEngines.mov | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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HCOS student shares his gifts on medieval history using Minecraft!  Way to go Nicholas Schultz!

 

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HCOS Weekly: 1st Edition - Part 1

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HCS Learning Commons team starts their own newspaper.  Way to go teens!

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The Plight of the Honey Bee... Special Edition update @ 2Learn.ca

The Plight of the Honey Bee... Special Edition update @ 2Learn.ca | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Lots of information and educational resources to help teach your students about the plight of the honey bee.

 

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List of links to share about the life of the honey bee in Canada.

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Click to Cure - Cancer Research UK and Zooniverse Cell Slider

Join Cancer Research UK and Zooniverse in the fight to beat cancer - accelerate cures with a few clicks of your mouse!
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 31, 2013 2:38 PM

Biology students in high school will have opportunity to learn more with this cell animated tutorial and will help fight cancer in the process! 

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Get Outside BC Teen Summer Retreats.

Do you live in or near the following communities: Victoria, Vancouver, Hope, Kelowna, Prince George or Kimberley?
Are you in high school?
Do you have a passion for the outdoors and getting more youth outside?

This all-expenses-paid opportunity has 4 phases: 

1.  JULY 13 - 17 2013: Youth Leadership Summit in Squamish
Build outdoor leadership skills, go camping, go hiking, network with 30 other youth from across B.C., meet inspiring mentors and learn about cool green jobs.
 
2.  AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2013: Events and Projects
Plan and organize your own outdoor event or community project.
 
3.  OCTOBER 2013: Reunion with Leadership Summit participants
Share your successes and make plans for future events.
 
4.  NOVEMBER 2013 – MAY 2014: Monthly meetings with your Get Outside BC Regional Group
Work together to continue to get more youth in your community outside!

Please find the poster attached - applications are due May 17th!

Brought to you by BC Parks, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC), and Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.

For more information and to apply, go to www.getoutsidebc.ca
Check out the video from last year's project: http://vimeo.com/58565173
 

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Teens  come and join in some outdoor fun with all expenses paid trips to the outdoors! 

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iPads In the Classroom on edshelf

iPads In the Classroom on edshelf | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Information and reviews about iPads In the Classroom
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Beginner instruction for iPad training in the classroom.

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iPad instruction for the beginner teacher or learner in the classroom. 

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Bully of the Barnyard

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Clay comes to life in this stop-motion animation about a barnyard bully who learns what goes around, comes around.
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Congratulations go out to grade 11 HCOS student Marcus Miller who won the CBC Animation award for the second time in a row!   Well done Marcus.  We are so PROUD of you! 

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Ryan Titley's comment, May 3, 2013 6:43 PM
Great work Marcus. Hours and Hours of dedicated work. This kind of thing does not create itself. Your attention to detail specifically in the movement on the mouths was stellar. Very proud, indeed.
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About OneClimb

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Whistler Water is proud to introduce One Climb – an inspiring one-day event to raise money to provide clean water to over 10,000 people in a developing nation.  A brand new event supporting Free The Children has just been launched by Grouse Mountain called the Whistler Water One Climb, set for Saturday, June 22 at the infamous Grouse Grind.


The event is a challenge out to youth, community members and business leaders in the Lower Mainland  to dress in blue and “flood the Grind,” all to raise funds for Free The Children clean water projects in Kenya. This will support the charity’s year-long Water Initiative with a goal of providing 100,000 people with clean water for life.

Compelling (we hope!) reasons for teachers to get involved:

·         Participating and fundraising for the Whistler Water One Climb is an amazing way to continue your global actions from We Day throughout the summer

·         Participating in One Climb will count toward PE requirements --2 hours will be rewarded

·         Participating in One Climb will count towards volunteer hours--2 hours will be rewarded

·         The teacher who signs up the largest team in One Climb will receive a Grouse Mountain Ski Pass

·         Kids who sign up before May 12th will be automatically entered into a draw to win prizes from ivviva, DC , Roxy, Oakley, Quiksilver, Whistler Water and Grouse Mountain

·         It may just be the perfect way to celebrate the end of the school year and make a difference in the world!


Thank you so much for taking a moment to learn what this event is all about, and for helping to spread the word.   For questions or to book a member of the Grouse Mountain Education Team to come and introduce One Climb to your school please email mgill@grousemountain .com or call 604-984-0661 ext. 4256


Event Day – Saturday, June 22 – starts at 8am


The event will transform Grouse Mountain with a dance party vibe! Here’s a rundown of the day:


·         Pre-climb rally at the base of the Grouse Grind with live DJ

·         “Get your blue on” station with accessories like hair chalk and Blue Warrior face paint

·         Warm-up by local cheer/dance teams

·         Mass We Day Dance

·         On the Grind: Climb to the beat (African Drumming) and take part in other surprise hike activities on the Grind

·         An after-party at the top featuring the amazingSpencer West,Me to We motivational speaker who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last summer despite losing his legs at the age of five

·         Free afternoon to take in all otherGrouse Mountain general admission activities

·         Complimentary download ticket for registered participants.

 
Where did this all come from?


After joining a Free The Children “water walk” in Kenya last summer, Grouse Mountain President Stuart McLaughlin was inspired to create this event.


“When you have to carry water from the only source over many kilometres, a 50 litre barrel of water leaves a dent in your skull and a lasting understanding of the daily challenge in these Kenyan’s lives,” said McLaughlin.

So are you ready to Commit to Climb and help us spread the word?

Here’s how:

·         Register atoneclimb.ca- no cost, with a fundraising minimum of  $25 (that’s clean water for one person for LIFE).  Raise $200 or more and win cool prizes!

·         Register before May 12 and win even more cool prizes from ivviva, DC , Roxy, Oakley, Quiksilver, Whistler Water and Grouse Mountain!

·         One Climb Tool Kit: please download and share the posters, info sheets, Facebook cover photos, and videos to help you spread the word!  All available athttp://oneclimb.ca/sign-up/.


Please visitoneclimb.cafor all the event details including a logistics and day of  planning guide!


Thanks,


Maura Gill
Manager, Education & Experiential Learning
Direct: 604.616.4964

Office: 604-984-0661 ext. 4256

 

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This looks like a fun way to raise money for others and get fit in the process!  Love the challenge:)

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Kid Blogger Network Activities & Crafts

Kid Blogger Network Activities & Crafts | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
This is a collaborative board from amazing bloggers that focus on activities and crafts for kids. With the foundational belief that playing and crafting with children improves well-being, creative thinking, and strengthens relationships.
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Lots of great teaching ideas and lesson plans on this Pinterest board!

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My Parks Pass

My Parks Pass | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

My Parks Pass for all your students in the lower mainland of BC.

 

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Flash It and Get In Free!

"Use your pass at over 200 national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across Canada. 

If you're a Grade 8/Secondary 2 student, you'll get your "My Parks Pass" from your teacher in April 2013 so that you can visit over 200 Parks Canada locations for free. You have a full year (until April 30, 2014) to discover all that Canada has to offer at 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas across the country. So your family doesn't feel left out, you can flash your pass for an instant discount on a daily family or group pass, too. You can also purchase a family/group Parks Canada Discovery Pass at a discounted rate. Treat your family to an adventure today! By the way, the My Parks Pass is our gift to you, and only you can use it. Know the past. Enjoy the present. Protect the future. And most of all, have fun! Teachers and home schooled students who were missed during the distribution can request a student kit through the Parks Canada National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888 or information@pc.gc.ca."
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Outdoor & Ecological Learning | LEAP

Outdoor & Ecological Learning | LEAP | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Students 14 and over can apply for outdoor education on the Sunshine coast this summer! All throught the Powell River school district. 

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GeoGuessr on edshelf

GeoGuessr on edshelf | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Information and reviews about GeoGuessr
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Make your students have fun guessing where they are in the world using Google Maps .

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Studyladder, online educational program. Health and Safety Resources

Studyladder is an online educational program with thousands of K-6 resources across 10 subjects. The Health and Safety Resources is one of Studyladder's many useful resources.
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Lots of great resources from StudyLadder to help you meet some of the career and health learning outcomes for all grades.

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2013 Makers « Maker Faire Vancouver

2013 Makers « Maker Faire Vancouver | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Maker Faire Vancouver
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Check out the innovation happening in Vancouver today at the PNE!

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Print a Father's Day Greeting@2Learn.ca

Print a Father's Day Greeting@2Learn.ca | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Just in time for Father's Day some free printing options for cards!  Surprise your dad with one of these cards:)

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EyeWire | A Game to Map the Brain

EyeWire | A Game to Map the Brain | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Play EyeWire to map the 3D structure of neurons and contribute to revolutionary crowd-sourced scientific discovery from Seung Lab at MIT.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 31, 2013 2:41 PM

Educational game to help map the brain for high school biology students!  Plus help MIT lab with your results!

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Kid President meets the President of the United States of America

After previously only speaking via can and string, Kid President and President Barack Obama finally meet face to face. The two met in the Oval Office to disc...
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Some history and fun while Obama shares some useful tips with Kid President!  Go Kid President!!

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HSI: Historical Scene Investigation

The Historical Scene Investigation Project (HSI) was designed for social studies teachers who need a strong pedagogical mechanism for bringing primary sources into their classroom. With the advent and accessibility of the internet, many libraries, universities and government agencies are housing their historical documents online. Simultaneously, there has been a push in K-12 history education to give students experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian. The National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) provides standards challenging teachers to design experiences in which students:

to go beyond the facts presentedto raise questions and to marshal solid evidence in support of their answers in their textbooks and examine the historical record for themselves to consult documents, journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past, and to do so imaginatively--taking into account the historical context in which these records were created and comparing the multiple points of view of those on the scene at the time (National Center for History in the Schools, 1996, p. 14.

Most social studies teachers accept these challenges but find it difficult to find projects and experiences that are accessible for their students. Researching the "cybraries" of the internet takes time, a precious and scarce resource for the typical social studies teacher. While the Internet provides access to Civil War diaries, newspapers from the 1920's, images from the Jim Crow south, and many other primary sources, the sheer number of possibilities is daunting. Even the most sophisticated search engines provide such a vast number of "hits" that a classroom teacher would find it difficult to gather the necessary resources to launch a primary source investigation/interpretation activity.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 6, 2013 12:27 PM

This inquiry based learning looks like fun for social studies teachers wanting something that has been developed with ready set go resources.  *****

 

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21 Century Christian Education Symposium (with images, tweets) · johnpippadavies

Educators from all over the world gathered in the Simon Fraser Wosk Centre in Vancouver B.C. to dialogue and write a manifesto on education for the year 2025.
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Storify article on all the tweets and videos, links shared at the #21stedu conference in Vancouver this week April 30-May 2nd.  Big thanks to all the delegates from all over the world who attended!

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Skills Canada / Compétences Canada

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Bring your students - 2013 Skills Canada National Competition, Vancouver - June 6-7, 2013

ATTENTION TEACHERS - STUDENTS WANTED!
Free Admission!
 
Join us for:
Try-A-Trade® & Technology activities
Interactive, hands-on challenges
Experiential learning
Great prizes (Stanley & DeWalt Tool Enhancement Grant)!
Check out the 2012 Highlight Video – Including Mike Holmes
 
 
2013 SKILLS CANADA NATIONAL COMPETITION
BC PLACE STADIUM - VANCOUVER JUNE 6 - 7, 2013
 
Register now to attend Canada's biggest trade and technology challenge
www.skillscanada.com
*Over 500 competitors from across Canada
 *Over 40 trades and technology contest areas
*Over 10,000 spectators
Bus Subsidies are available – http://www.skillscanada.bc.ca/nationalbustour.aspx
 
Register to attend the Skills Canada National Competition
Apply to receive approximately $10,000 worth of Stanley & DeWalt tools –
http://www.skillscanada.bc.ca/StanleyGrant.aspx
Please find more details attached.
 
For questions: skillscanada@skillscanada.com
 
Gail Vent
Director, Business Development/
Directrice, Développement des affaires
Skills/Compétences Canada
294 Albert Street, Suite # 201
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6E6
T. 343-883-7545 ext./poste 507
 

 

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Students and families in the lower mainland come and learn more about the Trades at BC PLace Stadium on June 6/7.

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Jump Rope For Heart

Jump Rope For Heart | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Help your students to be more active and attentive at school! Partner with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and register your school for Jump Rope for Heart for the 2013-14 school year to help make kids’ health a priority. Students will learn the importance of physical activity, nutrition and social responsibility.

Win a Jumpcredible Prize Pack
Register by June 28th, 2013 and get entered into your local area office draw for a chance to win a Get Moving! activity pack, 1,500 HeartSmart™ Points and Heart Hero cape & costume.*

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Opportunities for sharing the importance of physical activity and nutrition with your students and the Heart Stoke Foundation!

 

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ECUAD Teens

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The Teen Programs at Emily Carr focus on preparing teens for a post–secondary education at an art and design university.
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Free Aboriginal arts program at Emily Carr University that starts in June. From ages 15 to 100!

The program takes place from 10 am – 3 pm, Monday to Friday, from Monday June 24 to Friday July 19, 2013. DEADLINE APRIL 30TH!

Check out more at http://teens.ecuad.ca/other/urban-access/



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True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Ebook list for 1600's - 1815

True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Ebook list for 1600's - 1815 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Natalie shares some useful links to cover the period 1600-1815 in Grade 9 Canadian history!

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