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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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BC Home SchoolExpo 2013

BC Home SchoolExpo 2013 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Upcoming home school convention in Surrey BC June 2013.  

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Write & Make Art! Challenge | Passages To Canada

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Writing and art competition for students grade 1-12 from Passages to Canada website.  Great prizes!

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True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Pearson Education Social Studies E Textbooks

True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Pearson Education Social Studies E Textbooks | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Natalie Sing shares on the new e textbooks from Pearson Education.  

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Lincoln: The Great Emancipator?

Lincoln: The Great Emancipator? | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Steven Spielberg and the current presidential election have brought Lincoln back to public attention. He is the president who preserved the union and is credited with abolishing slavery. Who was the real Lincoln?
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 26, 2013 2:42 PM

Some interesting articles on Lincoln and the abolition of slavery.  Great for high school history students.

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Have fun telling your story | An App for digital storytelling | Instructional Technology Tools

Have fun telling your story | An App for digital storytelling | Instructional Technology Tools | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Tellagami is a mobile storytelling platform. Create and share a short story in seconds. Download our free app!
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 1, 2013 11:11 AM

This app looks like a lot of fun for elementary students who want to tell a story!

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The Royal Commonwealth Society - Youth : ESSAY COMPETITION 2013

The Royal Commonwealth Society - Youth : ESSAY COMPETITION 2013 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Put your pen to paper and get writing for the Royal Commonwealth Society.  

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Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Takeaways #edtechbc

Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Takeaways #edtechbc | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Catch up on news from #edtechbc 2013.

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Pippa Davies shares from her blog on the recent VSS or #edtechbc conference!

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...20 in '12/'13...

...20 in '12/'13... | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Well, it has been a while.   First post of the year...this certainly is a combination of 'less is more' & 'just ship'. My main personal & professional goal for this year is to...

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Paul Kelly administrator of HCS shares his list of books he is reading this year.  

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Julie True Soaking Music — An Interactive Healing Experience

Julie True Soaking Music — An Interactive Healing Experience | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Julie True is a lover of peace and quietness, soaking in the Presence of God, and singing her heart to Him. She believes that God can do the impossible, and that His love brings healing to our deepest places of pain.
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Music to touch your soul and help you meditate on the word of God.  Thanks Shelley for sharing with me!

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Pencil - a traditional 2D animation software

Pencil - a traditional 2D animation software | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.

 

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:39 PM

Fairly easy to use for students!  Thanks John Goldsmith @#edtechbc

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BetterLesson

Find lesson plans, classroom materials and resources from high-performing K-12 teachers. Share curriculum and connect with fellow educators around the world
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:12 PM

Better Lesson has some built in lesson plans for K-12 teachers.

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Brain Games & Brain Training

Brain Games & Brain Training | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Free brain training programs sign up for brain fitness games, brain health information and brain circuit training with games to improve memory, concentration with puzzles and teasers
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:28 PM

If Pat Mackesy says this hits all the brain games in one then lets go for it.  Thanks Pat!  First sessions are free then $10 a year.  Great for adults and students who need to orientate left and right brain thinking.

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Interactive Bible App Teaches Kids Fun Lessons, Leaves Theology to Parents

Interactive Bible App Teaches Kids Fun Lessons, Leaves Theology to Parents | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
A new app is bringing to life biblical stories for kids, giving children fun and interactive ways to learn about the Scriptures.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 9, 2013 12:48 PM

Kids can listen, read, tap and touch epic Bible stories with their parents or their friends through the new BibleKids 3D books created by RocketPop Games LLC, an independent game development company based in Texas.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/interactive-bible-app-teaches-kids-fun-lessons-leaves-theology-to-parents-65248/#tsOQZUzU7vgGCsPt.99

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Engaging Boys in Literacy

"Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys."


Via Heather Stapleton, Anu Ojaranta, Elizabeth Hutchinson
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Boys love book club!  Teaching wilderness skills by reading Swiss Family Robinson!  

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25 Years in Church and Not a Christian

25 Years in Church and Not a Christian | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
I always felt weird about sharing my "faith" because I always felt that it was a dishonest trick. I actually felt guilty about it… because if I had my choice, I wouldn't be "a Christian". Little di...
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Richard Bitgood shares on the contradiction of faith and walking in that faith.  

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Knowledge Quest 2013 - Globalmania

Knowledge Quest 2013 - Globalmania | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Looking for an Easy and Effective way for your students to learn world geography? Look no further...

In an effort to rid the world of geographaphobia, we are pleased to offer our very popular ebook titled GLOBALMANIA: Master World Geography in 7 Months or Less - retail value $14.95 - free of charge.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Some great geography lesson plans for your students of all ages.  

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Grace Fox - Christian author and speaker from British Columbia, Canada

Grace Fox - Christian author and speaker from British Columbia, Canada | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Grace Fox is a Canadian Christian womens' retreat speaker, writers' conference teacher, and author.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 22, 2013 12:32 AM

Some great books and resources for homeschooling mums!

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Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Engaging Students in the Learning Commons

Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Engaging Students in the Learning Commons | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 20, 2013 12:48 PM

Pippa Davies (teacher librarian HCS learning commons) shares about engaging students in the 21 century learning commons at VSS conference in Vancouver #edtechbc

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Oscar Week Special: Seven Teaching Resources on Film Literacy

Oscar Week Special: Seven Teaching Resources on Film Literacy | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The Academy Awards are just around the corner, and there are a number of nominated films that can be great teaching tools for educators this year. It looks like it might be a big year for Steven Spie
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 18, 2013 11:38 AM

Edutopia article and links to sharing media literacy in your classroom!  

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True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Tessellations - Mentor Mob!

True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Tessellations - Mentor Mob! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 16, 2013 8:11 PM

Natalie shares our techie site of the month with her Mentor Mob compilation.  If you have not checked it out take a peek.  

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Canada's History - Empowerful Project

Canada's History - Empowerful Project | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

The Empowerful Project is a new, exciting resource for engaging students in African-Canadian history. The project began as a community initiative in Halifax, where students and seniors worked together to collect stories about the history and legacy of African Nova Scotians. The website features two videos that resulted from this inter-generational project.

Students can also play “Preston,” an online game where students take on the role of Richard Preston, a real slave who travelled from Virginia to Nova Scotia in search of his mother after she escaped to Canada during the War of 1812. As Preston, students solve clues and puzzles and complete mini-missions during their journey. Students will encounter a number of themes along the way, including racism, freedom, and abolitionism.

The game is available for free online, although teachers need to request a password to gain access. Visit AfricanCanadianHistory.ca to start your adventure.

 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Follow African Nova Scotian hero on the road from slavery to freedom. Embark with Richard Preson on an extraordinary journey from a U.S. plantation in search of his mother in Nova Scotia, Canada.

This game requires a password

This game is free to all Canadians and makes an excellent teaching tool, but requires a password. To receive a password, please contact Sarah Wakely. Once you have your password, you can play Preston online.

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Swinging Monkey Flying Pig: Eggsellent Eggsperiment

Swinging Monkey Flying Pig: Eggsellent Eggsperiment | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Fun science with Serena and structures.   (grade 3 science).  

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Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Calendar and Advanced Visual Schedule Apps for Kids with Special Needs

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Calendar and Advanced Visual Schedule Apps for Kids with Special Needs | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

For students who struggle with sequential planning here are some great apps to help with that.

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Free eBooks Price Protected Promotion.

Free eBooks Price Protected Promotion. | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Free eBooks Price Protected Promotion!. Download thousands of ebooks for free and enjoy the reading... Boo!.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:22 PM

Free e books in PDF or Text format.  Subscriptions for e Pub format. 

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MakeAGif - Funny Animated Gifs

MakeAGif - Funny Animated Gifs | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Learn how to make a gif. Create animated gifs online with our free gif animator in just three easy steps. Upload, Customize, Create.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:43 PM

Making images come alive with MakeAGif, renders pics into one file and creates animation.  Great way for students learning cartooning skills.