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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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Raising Successful Children

Raising Successful Children | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Unnecessary intervention makes your child feel bad about himself (if he’s young) or angry at you (if he’s a teenager.)..  New York Times article on helicopter parenting.

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Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Instilling A Love of Reading!

Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Instilling A Love of Reading! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

It is with hearts aflutter that we hear our B.C. ministry of education would like our number one goal for 2013 to be  on teaching literacy skills to our primary students.  In their strategic plan the top goals include literacy, healthy living, special needs, sustainability, and employment creation.  By 2015/16 B.C. would like to have all kindergarten students entering school "ready to learn"!  Read more about literacy promotion with Pippa Davies HCS Learning Commons Chair as shares on her blog.

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Public service marks Mandela's birthday

Public service marks Mandela's birthday | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
South Africans celebrated Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday Wednesday by participating in good deeds nationwide to honor the legacy of the famous statesman.
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48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers

48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

A good majority of northern hemisphere and international schools are winding down the 2011-12 school year, and doors will be closing as the students and teachers take off on their summer adventures. Here is a list of great sites for kids and teachers to keep you happily productive and learning this summer. These are in no way in any order of personal preference or coolness. Keith Ferrell (@k_ferrell on Twitter) is an educational technology coach at Singapore American School. *****

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Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Parents and Students' Resources, including Contests and Fun Activities!

June updates for parents and students.

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UpToTen Kids - the fun place to learn on-line

With over A THOUSAND educational games and activities for children aged up to ten years old!
A safe place to play and learn where your child will feel right at home, right away.
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Wondermind – Play games and explore the science of your brain

Wondermind – Play games and explore the science of your brain | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

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Instructional and Educational Videos, Animated Explanations, - Explania

Instructional and Educational Videos, Animated Explanations, - Explania | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Watch hundreds of animated explanations, interactive tutorials, animations and instructional videos, and feel free to embed them on your own web pages.

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Easy Writing and Quick Math Games for Summer or anytime!

Easy Writing and Quick Math Games for Summer or anytime! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Are you on break for the summer? Or do you school year round? Here are some ideas to keep your children's brains active over the holidays!

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eduglean

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This past month I have had the pleasure of listening to a series of podcasts from my Superintendent discussing reading lists for this summer.  His podcast can be found in iTunes starting at podcast number 179.  As the ‘traditional’ school year is winding down, summer hobby time is winding up.  Teachers are busy creatures, so summer can be the time to peck away at the titles we have come across during the year.

Since I listen to his podcast every week I thought I’d send in a few titles for consideration.  These are three recommendations I sent him to include in his book review.  Here are a few of my favourite reads over the past while:

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Google announces online course to make you better at searching the web

Google announces online course to make you better at searching the web | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Google wants to help you become a power searcher. Today the company has unveiled a new, free online course called Power Searching with Google that aims to teach users some tricks and best practices...

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Why Every School Needs an 'Innovation Day' - Education - GOOD

Why Every School Needs an 'Innovation Day' - Education - GOOD | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

A teacher in the U.K. organized a day where students could choose . What what would happen if schools gave students unstructured time?

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» The Phil Vischer Podcast

» The Phil Vischer Podcast | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Preview and download the podcast » The Phil Vischer Podcast on iTunes. Phil Vischer is the author of Vegetales and What's in the Bible.  Join him in his humorous take on society through a biblical lens.

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Chromagen Contact Lenses, Treatment for Dyslexia, Eye Glasses, Color Blindness Correction Lenses and Vision Filters

Chromagen Contact Lenses, Treatment for Dyslexia, Eye Glasses, Color Blindness Correction Lenses and Vision Filters | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

ChromaGen lenses and eye glasses offer a simple and reliable seven question survey to check if you are affected by dyslexia or color blindness.  Word is out that these glasses help with Dyslexia.  I would love to hear if this is the case?

 

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The 13 MUST Know Professional Development Websites for Teachers

The 13 MUST Know Professional Development Websites for Teachers | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Professional development ... goes beyond the term 'training' with its implications of learning skills, and encompasses a definition that includes formal and informal means of helping teachers not only learn new skills but also develop new insights into pedagogy and their own practice, and explore new or advanced understandings of content and resources. [This] definition of professional development includes support for teachers as they encounter the challenges that come with putting into practice their evolving understandings about the use of technology to support inquiry-based learning.... Current technologies offer resources to meet these challenges and provide teachers with a cluster of supports that help them continue to grow in their professional skills, understandings, and interests."


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Free Technology for Teachers: Video - The Complexities of Gold

CNN's Explain It To Me video series attempts to take complex topics and break them down into clear explanations. One of the videos that I recently watched is Gold. Explain It To Me: Gold explains why gold is a prized metal, why investors like it, and offers some advice for those considering investing in gold.

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The Science Of Spider-Man: Is He Possible? | I Am Bored

The Science Of Spider-Man: Is He Possible? | I Am Bored | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

The Science Of Spider-Man: Is He Possible?. Spider-man is badass for sure, but which aspects are scientifically realistic? Get ready for the science.  Thanks for passing on Jacqueline!

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Speak The Speech: Universal Shakespeare Broadcasting. A Radio Theater Podcast!

Speak The Speech: Universal Shakespeare Broadcasting. A Radio Theater Podcast! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Free audio recordings of the plays of William Shakespeare, accompanied by notes. A podcast of full-length radio theatre Shakespearean productions, including Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and the Tempest.

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Reading Bear - learn to read for free!

Reading Bear - learn to read for free! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Reading Bear is a collection of free, well-made, multimedia phonics presentations. Your child can learn to read with Reading Bear.

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War of 1812 - A Canadian Perspective from www.donnaward.net newsletter on Canadian History

War of 1812 - A Canadian Perspective from www.donnaward.net newsletter on Canadian History | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

With Timeline, interactive map and learning resources. 


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Now Everyone Can Make Marketing Videos: PowToon Launches DIY Presentation Tool

Now Everyone Can Make Marketing Videos: PowToon Launches DIY Presentation Tool | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

We're so over PowerPoint presentations, right? Well, that's the common refrain, at least. So that’s exactly what newly launched (still private beta) startup PowToon is offering: more videos, which are more easily made....


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Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Lazy summer days!

Countdown to the end of this week, and some warmer summer days are slowly lulling my brain into soft fluffy clouds.  Zero brain, and only fluff balls remaining.

 I have let down my guard, and starting dreaming about reading, gardening, lazing and reading:) 

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StoryPlace - The Children's Digital Library

This summer check out StoryPlace: Spanish & English versions. Listen to interactive children's stories, play with on-line activities, print out take-home activities, reading list and more.

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Why It’s Important to Understand Google Ranking

Why It’s Important to Understand Google Ranking | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Students rely heavily on ranking--or how search tools decide the order in which to display results--to help them select sources to read.  Mindshfit


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Praying that Makes a Difference | Leadership Journal

Praying that Makes a Difference | Leadership Journal | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

In my childhood home, a small plaque hung on the kitchen wall. It said, Prayer Changes Things. This little motto sparked my first theological musings on the nature of prayer … not too bad when you're only five or six years old.

Could this really be true? I often wondered, as I downed my Cheerios. Frankly, my personal experience did not support the credibility of that statement.

After all, prayer hadn't forestalled my punishment when my father discovered the living room lamp I'd broken. Prayer hadn't closed down school the day it snowed. Neither had it hastened the coming of Christmas, produced a new bike, or brought the pastor's long and deadly Sunday sermon to a merciful end.

So what things did prayer change? Perhaps the adults knew. I didn't.

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