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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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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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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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Anfy preview on Doodle.

Anfy preview on Doodle. | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Doodle is the award winning 3D animated art show for children who love to draw. Site includes activities, lessons, games, teacher/parent resources, and much, much more!
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Crafts: Easy craft ideas and free projects - Canadian Living

Crafts: Easy craft ideas and free projects - Canadian Living | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Crafts from Canadian Living's experts include free and easy knitting, crocheting and sewing patterns and projects. Also, find great ideas for fun and educational kids' craft projects to keep your little ones busy over the summer.

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What is Classical, Christian Education? | Home Educating Family ...

What is Classical, Christian Education? | Home Educating Family ... | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

I recently read Margin by Richard Swenson. I laughed aloud when he highlighted the mental stress resulting from too many choices. As homeschooling families in 2012, aren’t we faced with an incredible number of curriculum and methodology choices? Even when I began to research home education in 1999, I studied many options before concluding that classical, Christian education was the best approach.

Two reasons compelled me to this choice. First, I wanted to give my children a biblical worldview in all academic studies. I had attended a public high school with Advanced Placement courses in every subject. I attended college on academic scholarships. Thus, in the eyes of the world, I received a quality education. However, I arrived at a university to study liberal arts with no ability to articulate and defend my faith. I vowed my children would not have that experience. The second reason is related to the first. I am a native Oklahoman, and we have an Okie saying that I find useful: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So, I began to look for a time in church history when education was not broken. I discovered that classical, Christian education had produced the finest minds on Earth, from the early church right up through C.S. Lewis. This convinced me to look more closely at classical, Christian education.  Home education reviews.

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TheChristianEducator.org - 181-More Great Book Reviews

“I’m currently reading Rewired by Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D.  It’s  a great study on understanding the iGeneration and the way they learn.  The premise of the book is that this current generation of students are more plugged in than ever before and they do not respond well to traditional teaching methods—the textbooks and lectures. The book shows teachers and parents how to effectively incorporate this new generation’s learning style into 21st Century education. As teachers, we need to relearn how to be engaging enough to rekindle a love for school and learning. This is a book to be read with pen in hand—as teachers of this new generation, we have to think hard about how we’re going to connect with and lead our young people. Overall, best book I’ve read all year.”

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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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Pixton for Schools | World's Best Comic-Making Software for Education

Pixton for Schools | World's Best Comic-Making Software for Education | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Educator? Try our exciting new Web 2.0 tool that aligns comic-making with curriculum standards & interactive rubrics. Includes picture-uploading, voice-over, and much more. A teacher's dream!
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Creating Music

Creating Music | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Get your child to make beautiful music with this online composition site. Fun for kids of all ages, actually fun for adults of all ages too, CreatingMusic.com offers activities and games that teach visitors about music and how it's made. The site is completely interactive and allows visitors to compose their own instrumental music on the Musical Sketch Pad or with a Rhythm Band. It also teaches kids how shapes can change musical contours and it features fun games with sound. This is great for kids who aspire to be musicians, and even those who don't.

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Crafts, Projects, Science Experiments, and Recipes for Moms with Young Children - Funology

Crafts, Projects, Science Experiments, and Recipes for Moms with Young Children - Funology | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Funology -- the science of having fun -- is the premiere online destination for kids. We offer tons of fun, creative activities, games, jokes, trivia, and you might even learn something! It's all here and it's all free!
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Learn to Use Web 2.0 Tools

Five-Minute Film Festival: Learn to Use Web 2.0 Tools | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

While many of you may be heading for the beach this week, it won't be long before you're ready to start exploring some new tools to help your students be better creators and collaborators when you go back to school in the fall. This week we published a new video on Nicole Dalesio, a fifth-grade teacher who uses all kinds of free technology tools in her class to keep her kids engaged, and it inspired me to go hunt down the best tutorials for all these great, free Web 2.0 tools. Did I mention most of them are free?

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