BCCHEC Learning Commons Digital Resources

Published on Jul 18, 2017

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HCS Learning Commons 2018
Latest Digital Resources BC-CHEC

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Learning Commons team

  • Shandra Wiebe-Kelowna LC admin
  • Cynthia Duncalfe - Curriculum consultant
  • Beth Johnson - Subscriptions Co-ordinator
  • Rachael Rennie - Unit Study Developer
  • Justine Dehod - Campus Librarian
  • Erin Duncan - Contests and Web Linking Librarian
  • Kelly Wiebe - Shipping/Receiving
  • Pippa Davies - Director Learning Commons
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Techie Tuesdays on Zoom
3rd Tuesday @12pm

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What's New in the Learning Commons?

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New Websites

Insigna and WordPress!

Whats new in STEAM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math

Maker Ed

Overdrive: Growth Mindset, Dash and JD robots, Cubelets and more
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Digital Book Clubs

  • Gr 2/3 Pippa Davies STEAM
  • Gr 4/5 Aimee Imbeau STEAM
  • Gr 6/7 Sinead Roy Lit Circle/STEAM
  • Gr 8/9 Shannon Beglaw Coding Fiction
  • Gr 5/6/7 Catherine Lisimaque French Inquiry
  • Gr 5/6 April MacLeod Lit circle


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Mystery Science

Has Arrived at HCOS!
Mystery Science is a site with “open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science”, geared to grades K-5.
Every lesson begins with a Mystery that hooks your students. Then there is narration of an unforgettable story with stunning images and videos, and punctuated with opportunities for discussion.
Every lesson concludes with simple hands-on activities designed to use supplies you already have (or are easy to get).
Contact your HCOS support teacher to have mysteries assigned to your students.
Mystery Science is free to HCOS enrolled students.
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STEM, Coding, Financial Literacy, Health, Dig Lit,Careers
The courses available to you through EVERFI are:

Financial Education:
Vault – Understanding Money for Grades 4-6
FutureSmart for Grades 6-9
Financial Literacy for Grades 9-12
STEM Exploration
Future Goals – Hockey Scholar for Grades 5-8
Ignition – Digital Literacy for Grades 6-8
Endeavour – STEM Career Exploration for Grades 6-9
Health and Wellness
lcoholEdu® for Grades 9-12
Prescription Drugs: Misuse and Abuse Prevention for Grades 9-12
Character Playbook for Grades 7-9
Healthier Me – Wellness Fundamentals for Middle School for Grades 6-8
Healthier Me – Wellness Fundamentals for Elementary School for Grades 1-4
Summer Learning: Summer Slugger for Grades 4-5
Diversity and Inclusion
Commons – Digital Town Square for Grades 8-10
306 – African-American History for Grades 9-12


New! "Make a Movie" and Coding  
BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr, BrainPOP Français and BrainPOP Español are now available to HCOS students. This animated, award-winning online resource provides hundreds of animated curriculum-based movies covering topics in Science, Social Studies, Math, English, Arts and Music, Health, and Technology with the core content targeted for grades K-8. (Some content is helpful to high school students, as well.) Following each movie clip students have the opportunity to participate in quizzes, cartoons, and do-it-yourself experiments and with the click of a button, the quiz result can be forwarded to your support teacher.

Gizmos! Math/ Science

  • Fully correlated to BC curriculum
  • Gr 3-9 with over 400 Gizmos
  • Answer Keys
  • Teaching suggestions/Vocab Lists.
Gizmos are interactive math and science simulations, with classes we have set up for grades 3-9 in math and science. Over 400 Gizmos aligned to the latest standards help educators bring powerful new learning experiences to the classroom. Gizmos use an inquiry-based approach to learning that has been validated by extensive research as a highly effective way to build conceptual understanding.

Discover Concepts
Interactive design allows for extensive manipulation of variables and “what-if” experimentation.

Analyze Data
Visualizations and graphing tools help capture and compare results from experiments.

Go Deeper
In-depth activities create more moments to explore, discover and apply new concepts.

Canadian Reader

written for students in grades 3 to 5, combines Canadian current “events and issues with geography to expand students’ Students will improve their knowledge of Canada while enhancing their ability to read and understand informational text.”

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Gr 8-12 Social Studies CBC TV
he Curio.ca platform gives teachers and grade 8-12 students streaming access to the best in educational content from CBC and Radio-Canada. You will find documentaries from television and radio, news reports, archival material, stock shots and kids shows. Curriculum resources are available for all grades, including French and English language content, but most is geared to high school level. There is also closed captioning for hearing impaired. National Geographic films are also available, including awesome documentaries on many topics. Educational content is correlated to the new British Columbia curriculum.
Please preview content as we rely on their grading which may not always be accurate.
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STREAM Mentors

  • Cynthia Duncalfe - Lower Mainland
  • Shannon Beglaw- Okanagon
  • Mark Lamden - N Island
  • Steve Bastian - Vancouver Island
  • Sarah Zuidhof - Kamloops/Salmon Arm
  • Facilitator : Pippa Davies
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Digital Databases/ERAC

  • Explora Primary/HighSchool
  • World Book
  • Gale Cengage
  • BC Encyclopedia/KnowB.C.
  • PassPort to the Internet
  • National Geographic for Kids
  • My BluePrint- Careers
  • Novelist
COS families now have access to a Database Bundle that includes a wealth of research, learning activities, and tools which supports learners of all ages and reading abilities. The database includes EBSCO, World Book, and Gale Cengage, BC Encyclopaedia, My Blueprint (Canadian Post Secondary and Occupation Database), NoveList K-8, Media-Smarts’ Passport to the Internet, National Geographic for Kids.
These authoritative sites will enable your students to research effectively, knowing that all information is current, reliable, academic and well-cited.
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Learn 360

High Quality Video gr 1-12
High-Quality Video for Grades Preschool to 12.
Stream and Download Video anytime, anywhere
Acclaimed A&E, National Geographic, Reading Rainbow, Scholastic, BBC and more
11,000+ Full Videos
38,000+ Video Clips
5,800+ Short Videos, Newsreels, and Speeches
Audio, Audiobooks, Music Tracks, Sound Effects and Speeches
Articles and Timelines
Statistical, Geographic and Historical Maps
Science Experiments and Diagrams
Math Activities and Fact Sheets
Linked to our kits
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Students Can Now Complete Intro Lessons 
In September 2016 the new BC Curriculum brought in coding as a mandatory course for all students in Grades 6-9, 10-12, and as an introductory course in years below.

JavaScript 101 (for Gr. 8-10; pre-requisite: Tynker basic courses)
Python 101 (for Gr. 8-10; pre-requisite: Tynker basic courses)
Drones 101 (for Gr. 6-10; 9-lesson drone programming course)
Coding with LEGO WeDo (for Gr. 5-7; program the Lego WeDo 2.0 Smart Hub & sensors using Tynker–Note that you will need the LEGO WeDo kit with the Smart Hub.)
Tynker is described as “The Easiest Way to Learn Programming”. Tynker’s online course provides a complete learning system with interactive exercises, guided tutorials, fun creativity tools, puzzles, and more, to make programming fun. Whether students have worked with coding before, or are complete beginners, there is something for each one. With Tynker, you can begin enjoying some of the amazing adventures to come through these new educational initiatives.

Pebble Go and Pebble Go Next

Designed to meet needs of K-3 researchers.
Each PebbleGo database includes:
simple navigation
video and audio clips for most articles
teaching citation
definitions, images for downloading
“Share what you know” template for reports
correlated to BC standards
PebbleGo Next - Science is the next step in research for students in grades 3-6.
Each PebbleGo Next - Science database includes:
Links to downloadable questions to encourage critical thinking
Read-aloud audio recorded by professional voice-over artists available for every article!
Careful connection to curriculum topics

Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress

K-2 and Gr 1-6
Learn to read with Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress, a unique online world where children learn to read through self-paced individualized one-on-one lessons. Reading Eggs (K-2) focuses on the core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies. Reading Eggspress (Gr. 1-6) focuses on building reading fluency and comprehension, spelling and vocabulary, and a range of writing skills, including grammar and punctuation. These fun lessons are filled with interactive animations, games and songs, and end with a new book and a reward. http://readingeggs.com

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What in the World

Canadian current events Levle 1 middle grades; Level 2 high school
Photo by Tim Wright

World Book

Grades K-12 research/lesson plans/drama/languages
Early World Pre K: Trek’s Travels,” “Welcome to Reading” and “Know It”. narrative stories, interactive games, and a visual interactive encyclopaedia to support early reading,
Kids geared Gr 1-5- younger encyclopedia
Student- Middle Grades- research and tools first report
Advanced Gr 8. My Folder
Discover- students below gr level
French and Spanish

Enchanted Learning

K-12 Lesson Plans
Photo by Roberto Lopez


The Netflix Video Bible Studies
RightNow Media is essentially the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies.” Through this site you have instant access to thousands of outstanding videos covering a range of topics to challenge and encourage you. You’ll find some of our own KCS content too! The RightNow Media site includes:
Bible Study Library with video content on books of the Bible, the character of God, Biblical finance, and much, much more. You’ll also find Leadership training from leaders such as Tim Keller, John Piper, Matt Chandler, J.D. Greear, Eric Mason, Dave Ramsey and Andy Stanley.
Just for Kids provides great video entertainment with What’s in the Bible?, VeggieTales, Boz, Theo and many others.
Customizable training Library with a wealth of short training videos on a variety of topics.
Leadership Events Library with videos from major conferences such as RightNow, D6, Verge and Passion.
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New in OverDrive

  • Growth Mindset Books
  • STEM Chapter books
  • Book Clubs and Class Sets
  • Workbooks for SE topics
  • Curriculum tabs
  • Collection tabs


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