If one is the master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has, at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things. – Vincent Van Gogh
This week we will begin a new adventure. Students will be given a unique topic, which they will investigate and build their knowledge of throughout the school year. During LiD activities, each child will build a personal portfolio containing items such as pictures, texts, artifacts, interviews, movies, etc. Near the end of the school year, students will share their journey with the class. For three of our students, this is a journey that continues from last year. They are retaining the topics they were given last year and will continue to grow their understanding of their topic, perhaps branching off in new directions.
Later this week, we will have our opening ceremony, and we are excited to get underway. The enthusiasm generated by three students who participated last year has cemented our confidence that this will be an exciting opportunity for all. More information on this Canadian-developed program can be found on the Learning in Depth website.
One Book to Connect the World • This October, our class will be participating in the Global Read Aloud. Over 600,000 students are signed up to participate. While we read a Global Read Aloud book last year, this will be our first time using technology to share our experience with other classrooms.
We will be reading the book Pax by Sara Pennypacker and connecting with students around the world using technology tools such as Skype and Twitter. We are excited to take part in our first every Mystery Skype, to meet a class we will be connecting with throughout the project. To quote the Global Read Aloud welcome letter, we are hopeful “this project will allow for our students to use technology tools in a meaningful way, as well as learn about other cultures, all while listening to a fantastic read aloud.”
If you would like more information about the Global Read Aloud, you can visit their website, or connect with us.
This month, Burnaby School District’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship team challenged us to think about relationships and communication. Using a number of their lesson ideas, that is exactly what Division 8 did. We brainstormed and discussed the qualities of positive and negative relationships, and how these qualities are the same and different when online. The read-aloud book The Seeds of Friendship by Michael Foreman gave us more ideas to consider. For our concluding activity, we joined our individual thoughts on What makes a friendship or relationship? in a Padlet that we would like to share with you.
SD41’s Learning Technolgies has gone live with their Digital Literacy & Citizenship site. Citizenship is woven throughout the new curriculum, and we are all responsible for learning and modelling positive citizenship both online and in-person. With a different theme each month, the new blog provides lesson ideas for the classroom as well as a home connection. This month we’ll be talking about relationships and communications. For parents, there is information on the popular app Snapchat. Check it out.
This December, we will be participating in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 7 – 13. Along with many other classes at Capitol Hill and students in over one-hundred eighty countries, we will spend one hour completing a coding tutorial.
The Hour of Code is organized, in part, by the non-profit
group Code.org. The group points out that “whatever field
our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.”
The students will do some blogging after the event to let you know how it went. We are excited to hear what they thought about the experience; it will be the first time many have coded. If you’d like to join us, or to volunteer with one of the other classes, please let us know. We can always use more volunteers.
Ache Brasil is a group who perform the traditional dances and songs of Brazil. They are awesome at gymnastics and martial arts and do everything with music and sounds. They also share facts about Brazil and use interesting instruments.The group is made up of cool relaxed people who encourage the audience to have fun while learning. You get to learn, dance, and wiggle. It is a perfect experience for you to listen to new instruments, to dance, and to enjoy! They are Capitol Hill approved!
– by Nolan and Roy
It is hard to believe September is almost over! Students and teachers are settling into new routines. We’ve made a few changes to our blog menus and look forward to adding ePortfolio links for this year’s students. Digital citizenship and blogging lessons will be starting this week. Paper blogging is one of our first lessons and is always a student favourite, especially when we read/act the comments.
This year we are excited to take part in our first Global Read Aloud. After scouring bookstores for a copy of Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s Fish in a Tree, we have located one! We are hoping to connect with other classrooms during the event and will be visiting the author’s blog to view her Q&A videos. This is a great opportunity for students to continue their development as writers as they connect with others in a moderated environment.
The end of the second term is quickly approaching. The last day before spring break is Friday, March 6. When school began, each student completed an art piece that included their top 3 goals for the academic year.
This is a good time to take another look at your goals, Hornets. Is it time to refocus? Or, are you on the right track?