The District Resource Centre is planning THE BIG MOVE to the SBO Annex in the last two weeks of June. Please send the items you have signed out back to the DRC as soon as possible. Thank you.
Our district has purchased a vast set of ERAC websites and links that offer student centred ideas and resources for learners from K-12. Each database offers connections to the the Big Ideas as well as curricular and core competencies our new curriculum focuses on. There is a K-12 Resource Collection (link here) and The BC Digital Classroom (link here).
Are you interested in having your students learning to code?
Grade 4-7 teachers can learn how to engage their students in coding unit, based on provincial curriculum and using a critical inquiry process. In this coding unit, students learn fundamental coding skills and create a video game through this engaging, student-driven, unit. The Coding Quest facilitator will focus on STEAM education, 21st Century and computational thinking, while integrating learning in: Science, Technology, Mathematics, Language Arts, Visual Arts and Social Studies. This Coding unit culminates in a local Arcade hosted by Coding Quest and the Curriculum and Learning Team.
Coding Quest has a flexible curriculum framework that can be tailored to teachers’ preferences and levels of expertise. Teachers are assisted as they deliver an adjustable framework, through participation in this workshop and supported by online resources via The Learning Partnership’s eLearning Moodle.
FEBRUARY 15TH – 3:30-7:30 (Dinner included)
Here are a couple of graphics to have a look at if you are interested.
Design Thinking, the Points of Inquiry and Spirals of Inquiry – Inquiry we have explored in SD#62.
Click here to see a great video on the power of Inquiry.
As we explore the New Curriculum we will be weaving in and supporting our students with the Core Competencies. These are essential elements that the students will need to be reflecting upon within their learning. The core competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in deep learning and life-long learning.
Here is the Ministry page to the Core Competencies, HERE
Where could we start?
Many teachers are wondering how that can support their students in starting to understand what the core competencies are so that the students can communicate where they are at within these.
Here are some ideas of where you could start:
- Student Reflection Sheet: Core Competencies- Self-Reflection
- Go over the core competencies with the students. In small groups have them create their own language around what they mean (Kid Talk). Create a one-pager of the core competencies using the ‘kid talk’ language for them to reflect upon as they learn. Here is an example from Jill Fader’s Grade 8 class, core-competencies-j-fader-class. Then weave these into the learning, using the language.
- Go over the core competencies with students, create a word wall for the students to look at and reflect upon as they learn and grow. Provide reflection time for this throughout the year.
- Go over the core competencies with your class, when they are learning try the “notice it, name it” strategy. When you see them being Critical Thinkers or Creative thinkers point it out to them = “notice it, name it” to help them recognize when they are doing it.
K- 5 Foundations: These students will have the ability to develop foundation in ADST within the context of existing curricula. ADST content is woven into classroom activities.
6- 9 Explorations: These students will have the opportunity to explore specific areas of ADST while continuing to build their design thinking and foundational skills. Teachers do have to report out on these at the end of the year with a grade. Many schools do these as exploratories.
10- 12 ADST: Students take electives that are under the ADST umbrella on the Ministry’s curriculum page. Students will have to experience, at minimum, 15 hours of Coding before they graduate.
For further information from the Ministry on ADST please click HERE
Drafts to the K- 9 ADST Curriculum HERE
STARTING PLACE: *Ministry Resource: Introducing Computational Thinking into the Classroom: Student Learning Module, Student Learning Modules MOE
Teacher Guide, Teacher Training Package MOE
Learning to Code Resources
Code BC link here
Code Academy (for Teachers): HERE Account needed. Learn how to code and find ideas for your class.
CSL JS Bin (for Students):
Sandbox for typing html where you instantly see your results. No account needed, great place to try.
access it HERE: jsbin.com/quhigosada/edit?html,output
Twine (fun activity for students)
Twine: Twine is an open source tool that empowers users to create their own stories using a simple drag and drop interface. Access it HERE
You can download it or use the online version. No account needed.
HERE is a great website that can help you with develop ideas or find new tools. There is also a great article on alternatives to YouTube videos!
OPAC Access: Accessing books and resources at your school.
Find your school in the list below, select the link and access your Library’s Resources.
Access the resource HERE
The Royal BC Museum is always adding resources to their portal. Please click on portal and then select a path that meets your need. There are a variety of resources here for you to explore with.
Click HERE to access the website.
Press HERE to access LearnNowBC
The LearnNowBC portal offers free services that support student-centered learning for K-12 students, adult learners, parents and educators.
In supporting student-centered learning and flexibility, LearnNowBC provides the following services:
- Tutoring & Study Centre supports students in their learning beyond the typical school hours through streaming video lessons, self-assessments and access to live tutors;
- Post-secondary, trades and career advice is available for adults, K-12 students and parents that focusses on the individual needs, strengths and interests of the learner;
- An online flexible teaching and learning environment that allows educators to deliver synchronous instruction and assessment to learners;
- An online meeting space for administrators and other educational leaders in the province to share emerging educational pedagogy;
- Easy access to district subscribed digital educational resources for continuous learning;
- Daily Physical Activity (DPA) tracker meets the needs of flexible recording, including mobile technologies, and supports educators in the assessment of student healthy living;
- Young Learning Centre provides learning resources for young learners and parents to assist in the development of early literacies;
- Course Finder provides students with choice in locating course and school information for distributed learning options; and
- A dedicated Support Desk providing learners, parents and educators with live telephone and email assistance on educational and technical issues.
The LearnNowBC portal is managed by the School District 73 Business Company (SD73BC) under an agreement with the British Columbia Ministry of Education.
Please select the database that you would like to use below. If you do not know the login please contact your Teacher- Librarian or Scott Belshaw – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are using the links below the password is the regular first two numbers and SBO. Overall, ##SBO and not your schools log in (just for Gale if you are using these Databases and not your school’s website databases).
Press HERE to access Passeport pour Internet
Press HERE to access myBlueprint
Elementary & Middle School Students access via the following instructions (the video below is 33 sec. and is a good visual to watch first):
1) Visit www.myBlueprint.ca/sd62
2) Click Sign Up
3) Select SD62 Middle School Students
4) Follow Account Creation Process
Below is a video that will give you a visual outline of the sign-up process (33 Sec.).
Press HERE to access KNOWBC
Access the site HERE.
Link to BC Digital Classroom
Please contact Scott Belshaw for your password and username to Passport to the Internet – email@example.com
Access EBSCO HERE
Please go HERE to access World Book online.
With the vast amount of information and the advancements in technology, the way students learn and the how faculties teach is changing. This shift in education, driven by technology, has uncovered an opportunity for school libraries to play an important role in school improvement in this educational transformation era (Canadian Library Association, 2014). “For technology to affect student learning, schools must ensure that appropriate resources are in place” (Day, 2010, p. 43). The Learning Commons will supply these resources. The Learning Commons goes beyond the provision of resources, however; it enables learners and faculty to use and experiment with the resources. “The finding of most studies is that technology initiatives will be successful only if professional development and technology support are part of the implementation process” (Nagel, 2010 as cited in Logan, 2010, p. 34). The Learning Commons will act as the laboratory for the experimentation and understanding how the technology can best support the pedagogy to increase student learning and motivation.
Candian Library Association (2014). Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada. Retrieved from clatoolbox.ca/casl/slic/llsop.pdf
Day, C.W. (2010, Feb 1). Classroom Technology: Do you have the right tools for 2010. American School and University Magazine. Retrieved from asumag.com/constructiontechnology/tech-talk-classroom-technology
Hayes. T (2014, Jan) Library to Learning Commons. A Recipe for Success. Education Canada Magazine. Retrieved from www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/library-learning-commons
Logan, G. (2010). Mobile Technologies in the Classroom. ATA Magazine, 91(1), pp. 32-35.
What is a Library Learning Commons?
A learning commons is a whole school approach to building a participatory learning community. It is designed to engineer and drive future-oriented learning and teaching throughout the entire school. Inquiry, project/problem-based learning experiences are designed as catalysts for intellectual engagement with information, ideas, thinking, and dialogue. Reading thrives, learning literacies and technology competencies evolve, and critical thinking, creativity, innovation and playing to learn are nourished. Everyone is a learner; everyone is a teacher working collaboratively toward excellence.
-Leading and Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada (2014).
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that promotes and enables the sharing of knowledge and creativity throughout the world. The organization produces and maintains a free suite of licensing tools to allow anyone to easily share, reuse, and remix materials with a fair “some rights reserved” approach to copyright.
Access it here
Here are all of the resources that are part of the BC Digital Classroom Bundle. You may use these portals or create your own on your own website.
Here is the “How To” guide: HERE
World Book Online:
Teacher: Go HERE
Media Smarts: French Version
Teacher: Go HERE
Gale: (*working on getting these to your school’s webpage)
The schools in SD62 can get direct URLs to each product, widgets/icons for their website(s), title lists and more here: support.gale.com/
The main URL for each school is infotrac.galegroup.com/default/(their Location ID)
(for example, Belmont Secondary’s main url is infotrac.galegroup.com/default/62bess)
Tutorial Video for Gale: HERE
Imagine a school where there is a physical and virtual space for collaboration among students, faculty and administration. This space is “the hub of the school, where exemplary learning and teaching are showcased, where professional development, teaching and learning experimentation and action research happen” (Loertscher, Koechlin & Zwaan, 2008 as cited in Hayes, 2015). The faculty and administration identify that students learn in unique ways and the concept of a learner centered environment is a part of the school’s culture. Administration and faculty collaborate to “…build the capacity of learners to make sense of the world around them, to graduate good citizens in a democratic society, and to prepare our youth for successful careers and healthy, satisfying personal lives” (Canadian Library Association, 2014). The British Columbia’s Teacher Librarian Association (BCTLA) has identified the need for the scenario described and are working to transform the library into a Learning Commons in schools across BC, among these – schools in the Sooke School District.
“A Learning Commons is a common, or shared, learning ‘space’ that is both physical and virtual. It is designed to move students beyond mere research, practice, and group work to a greater level of engagement through exploration, experimentation, and collaboration. A Learning Commons is more than a room or a website. A Learning Commons allows users to create their own environments to improve learning. A Learning Commons is about changing school culture, and about transforming the way learning and teaching occur” (Loertscher, Koechlin & Rosenfeld, 2012).
Canadian Library Association (2014).Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada. Retrieved from clatoolbox.ca/casl/slic/llsop.pdf
Hayes. T (2014, Jan) Library to Learning Commons. A Recipe for Success. Education Canada Magazine. Retrieved from www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/library-learning-common
Loertscher, D.V., Koechlin, C. & Rosenfeld, E. (2012). The virtual learning commons: Building a participatory school learning community. Salt Lake City, UT: Learning Commons Press.
SD # 62 District Library Learning Commons:
In 2014, The Canadian Librarians Association supported the development of Standards of Practice for School
Library Learning Commons, which was developed by the Canadian Library Association’s Voices for School Libraries Network and the CLA School Libraries Advisory Committee in consultation with school library associations and educators across Canada.
Here is a copy of the standards: CLA Learning Commons Standards
It is my intention to support conversations and explorations of our own Libraries and Learning Commons. If Teacher- Librarians are interested in exploring the potentials for change within their own Library’s/ Learning Commons then I would love to provide the supports for those to do so.
BCTLA has many resources available that provide resources to those interested in exploring the idea of “Library to Learning Commons”. Here is the direct link to their resources and documented inquiries
Aaron Muller and Jean Prevost SD# 63: Libraries to Learning Commons
David Loertscher and Carol Koechlin: The School Learning Commons Knowledge Building Center