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“An eBook?! No thank you, I’ll take the ‘real’ book…”

“An eBook?! No thank you, I’ll take the ‘real’ book…” | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
My sweet 10 year old daughter has loved books as long as she can remember. My husband and I made reading to her a priority in our home before she could even
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If you want to try out our e book library come on over and sample some great reads with Overdrive on our e book site.  

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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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Exploring Nature Science Education Resource

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Exploring Nature Science Education Resource - Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for Students and Teachers K-12
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Exploring Nature Science Education Resource - Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for Students and Teachers K-12

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Exploring nature science education resource - life science, earth science, and physical science resources for students and teachers k-12 

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We are makers

We are makers | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
America was built by makers -- curious, enthusiastic amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries. At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we're all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.
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Great TED talk on raising the next generation of #Makers.

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America was built by makers -- curious, enthusiastic amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries. At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we're all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.

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Fall at the Farm Educational Activity Kit - Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Apples can be used for more than just eating - use these fun apple-themed activities to complement your lesson plans.
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Primary lesson plan on teaching about farming and harvesting apples.

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$150,000 in student awards for Canada 150

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Government of Canada student awards for the 150th Birthday.

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Teaching Math With Real-World Application | 100 Lesson Plans

Teaching Math With Real-World Application | 100 Lesson Plans | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Evidence shows that teaching real-world applications in mathematics are more effective at engaging student interest in and recall of material.
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Math lessons that can be used in the world around us, the answer to the frustrated question, "will I ever use this outside of School?!?!" 

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Curious George STEM

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Use this collection of activities and videos to help your students understand STEM concepts, explore the world around them, and enjoy the adventures of a very inquisitive monkey named George.
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Work STEAM into elementary lessons with the friendly face of Curious George the Monkey 

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Links Library: STEAM/Maker Education - Heritage Christian Schools

Links Library: STEAM/Maker Education - Heritage Christian Schools | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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New STEAM websites in our web linking library.

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Historica

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Great ideas for teaching social studies middle school and up.

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Reconciliation In Action | CanadaHelps - Donate to any charity in Canada

Reconciliation In Action | CanadaHelps - Donate to any charity in Canada | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Advocating for reconciliation in Canada and supporting our Indigenous Peoples is vitally important.  Here is a way you can do that.

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Veterans Affairs Canada

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Ideas for integrating Remembrance Day.  Free physical resources!

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Learning Space Design

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The needs of the 21 st century learner are evolving due to dramatic advances in technology and a growing emphasis on global collaboration."

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Ideas for your learning spaces, including learning commons in this great website.

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Soundtrap - Make music online

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Make music online by recording vocals, guitars and more. Invite friends to collaborate. It’s free and no download is required. Works on Mac, Windows, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Linux and ChromeBooks.
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Music recording site allows friends to collaborate and connect and make music.

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Home - British Columbia's Coding, Programming, and Computational Thinking Teacher Resource Hub

British Columbia's best coding, computational thinking, and computer programming resource page for teachers. Connected to BC's new curriculum.
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Coding Resources Connected to BC’s Curriculum:
"First, you choose the grade level you want to teach. Then comes the part you’ll especially like: on the right-hand side navigation, you can choose resources according to your own skills and knowledge in coding. Enjoy the resources! - BethJ"

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BC Agriculture in the Classroom - Secondary Resources

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Agriculture unit studies in BC supporting secondary school resources.

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How It Works : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

How It Works : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You'll understand language in a powerful new way.
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If you or your student is a visual learner that is having a hard time using a thesaurus that is laid out in the traditional dictionary format, this may be the tool for you. This visual thesaurus puts words out to look like a word/idea/bubble web that shows the connection between the words. 

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'I Survived The Holocaust Twin Experiments' on ViewPure

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Survivor of The Holocaust Twin Experiments' - Listen to the story of Eva Mozes Kor, (who along with her twin) was the subject of experiments by Dr. Joseph Mengele (The Angle of Death) during WWII in the Nazi Camp Auschwitz. How this experience shaped her life and what it means to FORGIVE. 

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It is not an easy thing to forgive. However, it is powerful. The was unforgiveness eats at a person and the way forgiveness frees. What about forgiving the huge and seemingly unforgivable things? Eva, who was experimented on by the "Angel of Death" at Auschwitz during WWII has some thoughts on this that might surprise you. 

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Programming Basics Lesson Plan: Tynker Games | BrainPOP Educators

Programming Basics Lesson Plan: Tynker Games | BrainPOP Educators | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
In this lesson plan for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including online coding games) to learn about computer programming basics.
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Have fun playing games that teach you how to code and about computer programming basics. - BrainPOP Resources

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10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools

10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
As schools look for innovative ways to bring in STEM learning, here's a possible road map for how to galvanize a school community.
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Home | VirtualiTeach | Vive Edu

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More ways to make virtual education engaging.  

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Homework Help

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A list of websites to help you complete your French homework.
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Homework help for second language students studying French.

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PhET Interactive Simulations

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Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.
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Chemistry PHET  for high school and middle school.  These simulations will help your students understand chemistry and hands on learning. 

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(1) NMC and CoSN Release the Horizon Report: 2017 K-12 Edition - YouTube

Check out the latest educational technology trends from the Horizon report for 2017.

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Horizon Report 2017 K-12 

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K-12 Learn App Development | Education Mobile App Development

K-12 Learn App Development | Education Mobile App Development | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Inspire a student’s creativity and encourage entrepreneurship by learning mobile app development with our web-based curriculum program, no coding required.
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Ever thought about teaching your students how to create an app? This site will do that for your students.

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4 ways to tie summer reading to the real world

4 ways to tie summer reading to the real world | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Summer can be a great time to harness cyber exploration for reading in English class-with the right resources.
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Summer reading ideas using authentic learning.

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