Come get your PD with 2Learn!



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2Learn.ca is excited to announce seventeen webinars for Alberta educators. As always, PD Webinars with 2Learn.ca are delivered at no cost to Alberta educators.

2Learn.ca Webinar Topics (information below) include: 

            • Google Apps for Educators

            • Google Lunch-and-Learn Series

            • 2Learn.ca/AAC Webinar Series for Educators

            • Copyright in Education

            • Adobe Photoshop for Teacher-Generated Materials

 

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Google Apps for Educators

 

Google Lunch-and-Learn Webinars

Due to popular demand, 2Learn.ca is re-offering the Google webinar series in the format of lunch-and-learn sessions.  The following sessions will run from 12:10 – 12:40 p.m..

To register for all events in the Google Lunch-and-Learn series: http://www.2learn.ca/mainregistration/registrationForms/PDregistrationForm.asp?Type=3&Event=Google-Lunch-All,-2013 

 

2Learn.ca Webinar: Using Google Forms in Schools
REPEAT SESSION: May 8, 2013 (12:10 – 12:40 p.m.) Lunch-and-Learn In-Service for Teachers and Administrators
In this webinar, participants will learn how Google Forms may be integrated in meaningful ways for planning, student production, formative evaluation, and defining projects.
To Register: http://www.2learn.ca/mainregistration/registrationForms/PDregistrationForm.asp?Type=3&Event=Google-Lunch2-May-8,-2013 
2Learn.ca Webinar: Google Sites in Schools
REPEAT SESSION: May 9, 2013 (12:10 – 12:40 p.m.) Lunch-and-Learn In-Service for Teachers and Administrators
In this webinar, participants will learn how Google Sites can be integrated in the classroom, including ways in which existing Google Docs can be embedded.
To Register: http://www.2learn.ca/mainregistration/registrationForms/PDregistrationForm.asp?Type=3&Event=Google-Lunch3-May-9,-2013 
2Learn.ca Webinar: Integrating Google for Classroom Logistics and Communication
REPEAT SESSION: May 15, 2013 (12:10 – 12:40 p.m.) Lunch-and-Learn In-Service for Teachers and Administrators
In this webinar, we will show ways in which Google Groups, GMAIL, Google Calendar, and Google Apps can help teachers with classroom logistics and communication with colleagues, students, and parents.
To Register: http://www.2learn.ca/mainregistration/registrationForms/PDregistrationForm.asp?Type=3&Event=Google-Lunch4-May-15,-2013 
2Learn.ca Webinar: Using Google Apps to Enhance and Automate Collaborative and Assessment Activities
REPEAT SESSION: May 16, 2013 (12:10 – 12:40 p.m.) Lunch-and-Learn In-Service for Teachers and Administrators
In this webinar, we will explore ways in which teachers can use Google Apps for Educators to enhance their teaching practices and simplify the integration of this powerful educational tool for student assessment and collaboration. Specifically, we will address tools for teachers to manage and automate digital files and assessments between teachers and students.

To Register: http://www.2learn.ca/mainregistration/registrationForms/PDregistrationForm.asp?Type=3&Event=Google-Lunch5-May-16,-2013 

 
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AAC/2Learn.ca Webinar

AAC/2Learn.ca Webinar #7: Creating Digital Forms for Assessment
May 15, 2013 (3:45 – 4:30 p.m.) for Teachers and Administrators

Assessment of student learning is an ongoing task for teachers.  Making the collection of assessment evidence a seamless part of a teacher’s workflow has never been easier with the growing features available in digital forms. Participants of this webinar will learn how to use Adobe Acrobat and Google Apps for Education to create customized and relevant forms that they may use on a regular basis. In addition, tools and techniques to share and disseminate assessment data will be discussed. This webinar is the seventh in a series of seven Alberta Assessment Consortium/2Learn.ca Education Society webinars.

To Register: http://www.2learn.ca/mainregistration/registrationForms/PDregistrationForm.asp?Type=3&Event=AAC-2Learn.ca-Webinar-7-May-15,-2013 

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Copyright in Education 
2Learn.ca Webinar: Creative Commons, Usage Rights and Alternatives to Copyrighted Materials
 May 14, 2013 (3:45 – 4:30 p.m.) for Teachers and Administrators

With the passing of Bill C-11, why is Creative Commons still relevant for teachers and students? Why should teachers be concerned about usage rights for any online resources? This session will provide background information that will address these questions.  In addition, learn how to access and use multimedia that has been licensed for sharing and creative production from a variety of sources.  This webinar is the second in a series of two 2Learn.ca webinars.  To register for both events in this series, please complete the registration form, indicating “COPYRIGHT Webinar Series” in the title field of the form. 
Register early to ensure your place in this webinar.
To Register: http://www.2learn.ca/mainregistration/registrationForms/PDregistrationForm.asp?Type=3&Event=Copyright2-May-14,-2013 

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Adobe Photoshop for Teacher-Generated Materials
To register in the entire Adobe Photoshop for Teacher-Generated Materials series (below), please visit:

http://www.2learn.ca/mainregistration/registrationForms/PDregistrationForm.asp?Type=3&Event=Adobe-Photoshop-Series-All-2013 

2Learn.ca Webinar: Adobe Photoshop #2 of 2 – Working with Layers and Layer Styles
May 9, 2013 (3:45 – 4:30 p.m.) for Teachers and Administrators

Many teachers are generating their own digital content for use in classroom practice and would like to enhance their visuals with a professional touch.  In this second of two sessions, participants will learn how to work with and manipulate layers and layer styles. This webinar is aimed at the teaching professional who has installed Adobe Photoshop C5 or CS6 or the Adobe Photoshop CS6 trial and considers themselves an intermediate or advanced user with a basic grasp Photoshop skills.  This webinar is the second in a series of two 2Learn.ca webinars.  To register for all events in this series, please complete the registration form, indicating “Photoshop Webinar Series” in the title field of the form. Register early to ensure your place in this webinar.
To Register: http://www.2learn.ca/mainregistration/registrationForms/PDregistrationForm.asp?Type=3&Event=Photoshop2-May-9,-2013 

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It’s a Celebration!

It is a time to celebrate and like Kool & the Gang in the music video clip….

I wanted to let you know how the Online Reference Centre in LearnAlberta can help you and your students learn more about some world celebrations. Find a few suggestions below for K-5 and then scroll further down for grades 6-12.

 
What are we celebrating? Grades K-5
Diwali
Although Diwali was celebrated from November 13-17 this year I wanted to let you know where to find information about this celebration, especially since it is in the grade 3 curriculum. Diwali is popularly known as the “festival of lights.” This five day Hindu festival is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji. Check out these databases for more information!

Culturegrams
Use the search bar on the top right hand corner of the kids edition to find out more about the countries that celebrate Diwali. Alternately, search for a specific country like India to find out more about this celebration.

TeachingBooks.net
TeachingBooks has one book related to Diwali entitled Diwali: Hindu Festival of Lights by Dianne M. MacMillan. Check out the link to the author’s personal webpage on by searching “Diwali.”

World Book Kids
Search “Diwali” in World Book Kids to find an article and picture that describes this Hindu festival.

Hanukkah
Also known as the”Festival of Lights,” Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish celebration from December 8-16 this year. Find information and resources about this celebration below.

BookFLIX
In the “Celebrations” link, in the pairs 1-4 section you will find In the Month of Kislev, by Nina Jaffe paired with Hanukkah,by Trudi Strain Trucit.

Culturegrams
Use the search bar on the top right hand corner of the kids edition to find our more about this celebration, and how people in Israel celebrate it.

TeachingBooks.net
Search “Hanukkah” by subject in TeachingBooks to gain access to lesson plans, meet the author, author websites, author interviews and more for 46 different Hanukkah books. Amongst the 46 books, you will find resources for In the Month of Kislev the same book found in BookFLIX!

World Book Kids
Use the search bar to locate articles on Hanukkah and Judaism. In addition, there is a Hanukkah picture available to print.

Christmas
A civic holiday in many of the world’s nations, Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ on from December 24-25 each year. Find information and resources about how Christmas is celebrated both locally and worldwide below.

Alberta Source
Click Christmas and Easter for an account of a traditional Italian Christmas. Learn more about what Christmas was like in Fur Trade post around Alberta in Fur Trade Christmas. Wondering about a traditional Ukrainian Christmas meal? Learn more about The Meal at Ukrainian Christmas.

BookFLIX
In the Celebrations link, in the pairs 5-8 tab you will find The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, and Christmas by Trudi Strain Trucit.

Culturegrams
Use the search bar on the top right hand corner of the kids edition to find out more about Christmas around the world.

TeachingBooks.net
Search Christmas by subject and you will pull up 253 matching books with meet the author, lesson plans, author interviews and more. You will find resources for both The Night Before Christmas and Christmas from BookFLIX in this listing.

World Book Kids
Search “Christmas” in this database for a listing of articles on Christmas, Charles Dickens, Santa Claus, and more. In addition, there are three pictures related to Christmas located within the article or along the left hand side of the screen.

Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a week long celebration that honours African heritage from December 26-January 1 each year. Find information and resources about this celebration below.

BookFLIX
In the Celebrations link, in the pairs 5-8 tab you will find Seven Candles for Kwanzaa, by Andrea Davis Pinkney paired with Kwanzaa, by Trudi Strain Trucit.

TeachingBooks.net
Search Kwanzaa by subject and you will pull up 11 matching books with meet the author, lesson plans, author interviews and more. You will also find resources for Kwanzaa from BookFLIX in this listing.

World Book Kids
Search “Kwanzaa” in World Book Kids to find an article and picture that describes this week long celebration.

Chinese New Year
Known as the “Spring Festival” in China, this celebration is the start of the Chinese calendar year. This year Chinese New Year is on February 10, and 2013 is the year of the snake. Find information and resources about this celebration below.

BookFLIX
Again, check out the Celebrations link to read Sam and the Lucky Money, by Karen Chinn and Chinese New Year, by David E. Marx found in the pairs 5-8 tab.

Culturegrams
Search for China in the kids edition to find out more about this celebration in the “holidays” link along the left hand side of the screen.

TeachingBooks.Net
A subject search for Chinese New Year will garner 19 results in TeachingBooks.net. As luck would have it, this list includes Sam and the Lucky Money. Find links to Karen Chinn’s website, interviews with Karen Chinn, in addition to book guides and readings!

World Book Kids
Find one related article and picture when you search “Chinese New Year” in World Book Kids.

What are we celebrating? Grades 6-12
Diwali
Although Diwali was celebrated from November 13-17 this year I still wanted to include where to find information for this celebration nonetheless. Diwali is popularly known as the “festival of lights.” This five day Hindu festival is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji. Check out these databases for more information!

Culturegrams
Use the search bar on the top right hand corner of the world edition to find out more about the countries that celebrate Diwali. Alternately, search for a specific country like India to find out more about this celebration.

eLibrary
Find newspaper articles, pictures, magazines, audio/video, websites and more when you do a search “Diwali” in eLibrary.

World Book Student/World Book Advanced
Search “Diwali” in these World Book databases to find articles about Diwali, as well as Feasts & Festivals. In addition, find pictures that show the Diwali celebrations.

Hanukkah
Also known as the”Festival of Lights,” Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish celebration from December 8-16 this year. Find information and resources about this celebration below.

Culturegrams
Use the search bar on the top right hand corner of the world edition to find our more about this celebration, and how people in Israel celebrate Hanukkah.

eLibrary
Search “Hanukkah” in eLibrary to find links to newspapers articles, pictures, magazines, audio/video resources, websites and transcripts related to this celebration.

Grolier Online Passport
Learn more about the history of Hanukkah by searching the “Find it Fast” bar at the top of the Grolier Multimedia webpage.

TeachingBooks.net
Search “Hanukkah” by subject in TeachingBooks to gain access to lesson plans, meet the author, author websites, author interviews and more for 46 different Hanukkah books. Limit your search to grades 4-8 along the left-hand side of the screen to get a listing of resources for your students. Grade 8 seems to be the highest grade for resources in this area.

World Book Student/World Book Advanced
Find numerous articles related to Hanukkah when you search these databases, including articles on Judaism, Feasts & Festivals around the world, as well as celebrations in the month December.

Christmas
A civic holiday in many of the world’s nations, Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ on from December 24-25 each year. Find information and resources about how Christmas is celebrated both locally and worldwide below.

Canadian Encyclopedia
Search “Christmas” in this database and get a truly Canadian perspective on Christmas throughout history! From articles on Christmas in Canada, to Christmas music, to Christmas and the recession, this database will provide you with a truly Canadian Christmas experience. Click HERE to read an article entitled Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, Your Branches Green Delight Us to learn about how soldiers from The Loyal Edmonton Regiment celebrated Christmas in the barricades of Ortona, Italy on December 25, 1943.

Culturegrams
Use the search bar on the top right hand corner of the world edition to find out more about Christmas around the world.

eLibrary
Get a plethora of resources related to Christmas, including lyrics for more than 100 Christmas songs when you search this term in eLibrary. Check out the Literature tab along the top to access Christmas literature links.

Grolier Online Passport
Search “Christmas” in Grolier Multimedia to get a listing of articles related to all things Christmas, from Scrooge to Advent.

TeachingBooks.net
Search “Christmas” by subject, and then limit your search to grade 7-12 along the left-hand side of the screen to find 16 matching books with meet the author, lesson plans, author interviews and more. This listing includes two versions of Charles Dickins’ A Christmas Carol!

World Book Student/World Book Advanced
When you search “Christmas” in either of these databases you will get over 200 articles related to the topic from Yule, to Nutcracker, to Christmas during war time. In addition, this search will garner 16 pictures, and 2 music clips.

Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a week long celebration that honours African heritage from December 26-January 1 each year. Find information and resources about this celebration below.

eLibrary
Search “Kwanzaa” in eLibrary to find links to newspapers articles, pictures, magazines, audio/video resources, websites and transcripts related to this celebration.

World Book Student/World Book Advanced
Find and article and related picture that describes Kwanzaa celebrations when you search these databases.

Chinese New Year
Known as the “Spring Festival” in China, this celebration is the start of the Chinese calendar year. Celebrated on February 10 this year, 2012 is the year of the snake. Find information and resources about this celebration below.

eLibrary
Search “Chinese New Year” in eLibrary to find links to newspapers articles, pictures, magazines, audio/video resources, websites and transcripts related to this celebration.`Check out the Literature tab along the top to access a poem about Chinese New Year.

Grolier Online Passport
Find out about the history of the Chinese calendar and more when you search “Chinese New Year” in Grolier Multimedia.

TeachingBooks.net
Search “Chinese New Year” by subject in TeachingBooks to gain access to lesson plans, meet the author, author websites, author interviews and more for 19 different Chinese New Year books. Limit your search to grades 4-8 along the left-hand side of the screen to get a listing of resources for your students. Grade 8 seems to be the highest grade for resources in this area.

World Book Student/World Book Advanced
Gain access to an article about Chinese New Year, a picture of the celebrations as well as a table of important dates in the Chinese calendar when you search “Chinese New Year” in these databases.

 

Images: Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year

 

 

Are You Social Smart?

 

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has created a graphic novel, Social Smarts: Privacy, the Internet and You, to help young Canadians to better understand and navigate privacy issues in the online world.

 

This 12-page graphic novel is designed to appeal to tweens and younger teens. Developed with feedback from youth, it tells the story of a brother and sister who learn (sometimes the hard way) about the privacy risks related to social networking, mobile devices and texting, and online gaming. The graphic novel includes detailed black and white illustrations so it can be easily reproduced by educators and parents.

 

This resource has been placed in the grades 7-9 webpages of the DigiCitizenship Wiki. As well, while you’re there, be sure to check other related resources! If you have any questions contact Nicole directly or if there are any resources that you’d like to add to this Wiki, feel free to join.

 

By slitech

Extra! Extra! Check out News in Review!

 

LearnAlberta provides many resources and tools for students and teachers to utilize in the learning environment. Once such tool that is being highlighted today is CBC News in Review.

CBC News in Review is found in the Online Reference Centre webpage. It showcases video clips, teacher guides and documents available for use in the classroom. Topics range from:


This resource is updated on a regular basis. For instance, October videos are now found in the “New” section with some of the stories being:

Quebec Votes 2012

Quebec Premier Jean Charest called an election for September 4, 2012 hoping that voters would appreciate his handling of Quebec’s recent student protests, but the Parti Québécois under leader Pauline Marois were ready for battle. This News in Review story looks at the campaign, the controversies and the election outcome. (Length: 15:05)

Also find this story in the Government & Politics link

Lance Armstrong: Hero or Villain?

Lance Armstrong’s legacy of beating testicular cancer and winning an unprecedented seven Tour de France races has been on the line in recent years with persistent allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. This News in Review story explores the most recent of these allegations and Armstrong’s decision to give up the fight against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. (Length: 16:01)

Also find this story in the Sports link

The Search for the Franklin Expedition

It’s an important piece of Canadian history and a mystery that has stumped the world for more than 160 years: what happened to Sir John Franklin’s Arctic expedition and where are his ships? As this News in Review story discovers, this year a team of archaeologists from Parks Canada took another crack at solving this high-arctic mystery. (Length: 15:04)

Also find this story in the Canadian History link

Crisis in Syria

It was seventeen months into the violent struggle in Syria, but August of 2012 was the bloodiest month of the conflict so far. An estimated five thousand people lost their lives in a civil war with no end in sight. This News in Review story follows this continuing conflict, the latest salvos from both rebels and President Bashar al-Assad and recent developments on the UN stage. (Length: 18:17)

Also find this story in the Global Studies link

You can also check out downloadable resource guides HERE.

As you can see, there are a number of ways that teachers can use the CBC News in Review. Leave yourself a monthly reminder to check back within this resource to further enhance the learning opportunities in your classroom.

Language Learning at Your Fingertips!

Learning another language can be an exciting and challenging adventure for both students and teachers. One software program that is available for students to learn practical conversation skills is Mango Languages. This program uses a specific methodology, engaging interface, intuitive interactive tools and valuable cultural insights.

Learning a language should be fun, memorable and interactive! Mango Languages software is a great resource for students to practice their conversation skills. This software program is available through your local public library. All students need is their own public library card. On either the Stony Plain or Spruce Grove Library websites, students will need to go to the eResources tab and then pick the Language Learning Software category.

Once students set up their profile within Mango Languages, they can choose the language course they would like to study. As well, there are two levels of learning – Basic and Complete 2.0. Basic teachers simple, practical skills for basic conversations and takes only a few hours to complete. (You can stop at any point in the course. Everything will be saved under the students own profile.) The Complete 2.0 course teaches in-depth and comprehensive language and grammar skills.


 

What I like about Mango Languages is the ability to establish a profile, customization of the learning and building up on conversation skills which are, at times, most difficult to do within a classroom experience. Each of Mango’s lessons are created by native-speaking teachers bringing some important authenticity to the language being studied. Memory building and critical thinking exercises are interspersed between conversations giving some different interactive experiences for students.

I look forward to hearing your stories or students’ stories of their experiences with Mango Languages. With more than 30 languages and a newly released iPhone and Android app, this software program is sure to enrich students’ language learning experiences!

By slitech

CultureGrams – A Great Social Studies Resource

Did you know that CultureGrams provides information on all of the countries of the world recognized by the UN? That includes Tunisia for all you Grade 3 teachers! Did you know that our LearnAlberta – Online Reference Centre subscription includes a Kids Edition, a World Edition and a Provinces Edition?

What is CultureGrams? Two minute video

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Fast Facts:

1) Information is updated every 6 months and articles in the Kids and World Edition are written and reviewed by in-country consultants.

2) The Kids and World Edition include 5 cultural recipes for every country.

3)  The Photo Gallery and Slideshows help students to understand what everyday life looks like in the country. Showing a slideshow can be a great way to set up your unit of study. There is also a link to famous people in the Additional Features section.

4) The “Tools” box is a great place for your students to gain quick access to valuable information. Use the graphs and tables link to create a customizable table or graph comparing data from different countries, or from one country. Compare things like economy, electricity consumption, internet use, literacy, years of education, etc. What a fantastic way to link your mathematics and social studies curriculum! A quick tip for selecting more than one country and/or category – use the control button on a PC or the command button on a Mac. Also of interest in the Tools section is the World Time, Distance Calculator, and Currency Converter.

5) Another feature that may delight your students is the downloadable links at the bottom of every article. Check these out to hear the name of the country or hear the national anthem.

6) Teachers may want to check out the link at the very bottom of the screen called Teaching Activities PDF. Download this document to access 79 activities for using CultureGrams in the classroom. While these activities are aligned with the US curriculum, many are either general research (Country Bingo, Interviewing and Polling, etc.) or can be easily modified to accommodate Alberta learners.

More About the Provinces Edition:

The Provinces Edition includes 2 recipes for each province, however the recipes are only searchable one way. Access provincial recipes by clicking on the “recipes” link on the top bar of Provinces Edition. When you search in this location you will find a list of the provinces – select one for a listing of local recipes.

Also along the top bar of links you will find a Graphs and Tables link. Click this link to access ready-to-use tables that compare provincial data like population, literacy rate, high school graduation, average hours a week of television, etc. For customizable data create your own table or graph. Get your students to compare provincial literacy rate with average hours of television – I think that would cover the math and health curriculum!

The last link on the top bar that may be of interest is the flag gallery. Check this link out to see all of the provincial flags, or print out an outline for your students. Access the article pages for each province through the links provided on this page as well.

For more info:

Training Videos – introduction, overview, searching, content.

Teaching Activities – a .pdf containing 80 different K-12 activities

Online Reference Centre: 3 Trial Resources!

Some truly exciting things are occurring on the LearnAlberta Online Reference Centre webpage! Three new trial resources will be available free for teachers to access from now until December 15th. Below are each of the three titles and descriptions regarding these resources. As well, please let the ORC group know about your experiences with one or all of these resources by completing their survey.

 

 

1)      PowerKnowledge – Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science

Grades 1-6 – actually recommended for 3-6, however with the read aloud feature and topics this resource could be used with younger students

Use this resource to find factual information organized into three categories: earth and space science, life science, and physical science. Topics include earth cycles, energy and matter, ecosystems and biomes, rocks and minerals, landforms, water, weather and climate, animals, classification, endangered and extinct animals, life cycles, plants, habitats and ecosystems, green living, elements and periodic table, atoms and molecules, temperature and measurement, and much more. Listen feature, videos, glossary and web links are provided.

Click this link to complete the evaluation for PowerKnowledge – Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science

 

2)      Teen Health and Wellness

Grades 7-12

Use this database to find out more about diseases, drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, green living, grief and loss, mental health, sexuality and sexual health, nutrition and fitness, and much more. Videos, “ask Dr. Jan,” personal stories and hotlines are included. !

Click this link to complete the evaluation for Teen Health and Wellness

 

3)      TrueFlix

Grades 3-6

Use this resource to access videos and interactive non-fiction books organized according to the following categories: Ecosystems, Experiments, Extreme Nature, Human, Body, Space, Ancient Civilizations, Continents, and Disasters. Related Grolier Online articles, project ideas, quizzes and web links are provided.

Click this link to complete the evaluation of TrueFlix

 

So, go ahead, explore yourself or have your students explore these three new exciting and engaging resources!

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By slitech

Dive in and Discover some Learning!

 

In the past three years, Parkland School Division teachers have utilized the vast resources found within the Discovery Education Canada website. It has mainly been used for teachers to bring in relevant and authentic video, audio, pictorial and text-based resources into the classroom. Our hope over the next number of years is to harness the power of student-centered learning within the Discovery Education Canada environment. This means that teachers can assign individual or even groups of students a specific resource to view, to assess and to manipulate. This also means that students can easily access these resources and use them in their research and presentations. This student-centered approach allows both teachers and students more flexibility in how they consume and create the information that they are receiving.

 

As you can see via the latest tweet that I have sent out to PSD teachers (and a follow-up link within our employee newsletter), Discovery Education Canada has resources for all grade levels, specific Alberta curricular outcomes and current event items. This is an amazing and authentic resource found at our fingertips.

By slitech

2Learn PD opportunities

Check out the various webinars that 2Learn is hosting in October and November. Topics include: Augmented Reality in Education, Comic Generation Tools, Putting UDL Principles in Practice, Teaching with Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) Files, Teacher Created Adobe Acrobat Materials, Manipulating Adobe Acrobat Files For Use in the Classroom, Digital Graphic Organization Tools, Creating and Using Adobe Acrobat Forms for Assessment.

2Learn.ca Webinar: Augmented Reality in Education
October 10, 2012 (3:45 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.)
In this webinar, participants will be introduced to the theory and practice of Augmented Reality in education.  Participants will be introduced to exemplars of augmented reality that may be applied through the integration of computers, tablets and smartphones.
To Register: http://tinyurl.com/2LWebinar

2Learn.ca Webinar: Comic Generation Tools with 2Learn.ca
October 11, 2012 (3:45 – 4:30 p.m.)
It’s no secret that students love comics. There are a wide variety of comic creators freely available online. In this 2Learn.ca session, participants will discover the potential of using comic creation in their language arts program. Strategies for scripting, storyboarding, illustrating and publishing will be included.
To Register: http://tinyurl.com/2LWebinar

2Learn.ca Webinar: Putting UDL Principles into Practice
October 16, 2012 (3:45 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.)
In this session participants will be shown how they can support the principles for Universal Design for Learning and Differentiation in an online environment. We will explore how students can be engaged, represent their learning, and share their knowledge with online resources. Come and explore the use of online resources through a new lens of UDL and Differentiation.
To Register: http://tinyurl.com/2LWebinar

2Learn.ca Adobe Webinar #1: Teaching With Acrobat (PDF) Files
October 25, 2012 (3:45 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.)
The first in a series of four webinars about Adobe Acrobat, this introduction to Adobe Acrobat X Pro will provide provide participants with a foundational understanding of the portable document format and its uses for teachers.  This webinar is aimed at the teaching professional who has installed Adobe Acrobat X Pro or the Adobe Acrobat X Pro trial.
To Register: http://tinyurl.com/2LWebinar

2Learn.ca Adobe Webinar #2: Teacher Created Acrobat (PDF) Materials
October 30, 2012 (3:45 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.)
The second in the Acrobat Webinar Series from 2Learn.ca, participants will learn several ways in which they can create their own pdf documents and use them in a typical classroom setting.  This webinar is aimed at the teaching professional who has installed Adobe Acrobat X Pro or the Adobe Acrobat X Pro trial.
To Register: http://tinyurl.com/2LWebinar

2Learn.ca Adobe Webinar #3: Manipulating Acrobat (PDF) Files For Use In The Classroom
November 6, 2012 (3:45 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.)
Webinar 3 in the Acrobat Webinar Series from 2Learn.ca will equip participants with the skills to make changes to their pdf documents. Specifically, page manipulation, preparing for print and web output and constructing Acrobat Portfolios will all be covered. This webinar is aimed at the teaching professional who has installed Adobe Acrobat X Pro or the Adobe Acrobat X Pro trial.

To Register: http://tinyurl.com/2LWebinar

2Learn.ca Webinar: Digital Graphic Organization Tools
November 7, 2012 (3:45 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.)
Join 2Learn.ca as we share a wealth of digital graphic organization tool resources alongside with practical ways in which teachers can apply them into their classroom activities.
To Register: http://tinyurl.com/2LWebinar

2Learn.ca Adobe Webinar #4: Creating and Using Acrobat (PDF) Forms For Assessment
November 13, 2012 (3:45 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.)
Student assessment in the form of checklists and rubrics can be a collaborative effort using Acrobat.  Join 2Learn.ca for this fourth in the Acrobat Webinar Series to learn how to create and manage Adobe forms.  This webinar is aimed at the teaching professional who has installed Adobe Acrobat X Pro or the Adobe Acrobat X Pro trial.

To Register: http://tinyurl.com/2LWebinar

By slitech