Friday, 28 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 61: Sketchbook Pro at Keeler School

Grade 5 students at Keeler School using Sketchbook Pro in iPads with stylus pens to sketch photos of themselves.  These will be sent to their class pen pals.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 59: Wall Pops Dry Erase Spots

One of classroom teachers discovered these little gems. We are trying them out as a why for students to collaborate when when in the Learning Commons.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 58: Kindergarten & Pic Collage

At Chris Akkerman, our kindergarten students were learning how to use Pic Collage today. We had previously taken some photos of shapes and today we were adding text to our pictures. 

Monday, 24 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 57: Stopmotion Studio in the Learning Commons

We've had an meal worm observation station in our learning commons for a couple of months. Now it's time for the those creepy crawlies to change!

We documented part of the process with this stop motion video. 600 pictures and 4 or 5 hours later we ended up with the following video

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Friday, 21 November 2014

#YYCLC Day56: littleBits are taking over!

These littleBits are taking over our learning commons. Interest is building fast about these amazingly designed electronic circuit modules. 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 55: Wikiseat Project

Recently I was given a catalyst by #canADE colleague and friend Jared Nichol from Cold Lake High School in Northern Alberta. I'm trying to create interest in this project by having students interact with the this metal object. What do you think it is?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 54: Pulley Maker Station

Grade 4 students trying the Pulley Maker Station out for the first time. Great hands on learning challenge!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 53: Peer Assessment in the LC

Mrs. Schurig's grade 8 class spread all their Renaissance Timelines out in the Learning Commons and then walked through them giving each other written feedback. Yay for authentic formative assessment :)

Monday, 17 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 52: Gamers Club

Unofficial club of gamers meet between the graphic novels and the science fiction to game it up at lunch time in the Learning Commons.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Monday, 10 November 2014

Friday, 7 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 47: We're Hardcore with Arts Core

On Friday we teach Arts Core Education or "ACE". Pictured here grade 5 students explore fairytales through drama.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 46: Welcoming WordFest With Author Visits!

Willow Park Learning Commons welcomed Kenneth Oppel and Eric Walters during Calgary's Wordfest Festival. Our students enjoyed hands on writing workshops and amazingly engaging book talks. Pictured here | Kenneth Oppel setting the stage for his new "Boundless", historical fiction based on the Canadian Railway.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

#YYCLC Day45: The Beauty of Self Checkout

Here is funny story I'm glad I caught a picture of! As many of you know Rick Riordan's "Blood of Olympus" was recently released, this created quite a stir with Willow Park fans. Pictured here we have two friends sharing the pleasure of reading by using self checkout to their advantage - as one girl checks the book in - the other happily checks it out!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

#YYCLC Day44: Mockumentary Filmmaking

These students are getting makeup on to film their mockumentary which features Willow Park in some strange alternate reality/future.

Monday, 3 November 2014

#YYCLC Day 43: Book Club Reads

This week we have Karena Munroe and the Willow Park Learning Commons sharing some action photos from things happening in their learning Commons

After the kind of debate reserved for Canada Reads book club has decided to read "Between the Lines" next. It's written for YA by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer, it features Samantha's art and her story idea.