Thursday, 26 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 110: Kindergarten Collaboration

Keeler kindergarten students using stacking cups to accentuate the circles in our Learning Commons carpet.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 109: Lego Mindstorms and Collaboration

Students in grades 4 and 5 work collaboratively to choose a design and begin to build a Lego Mindstorm in the Keeler School Maker Club.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 108: Digital Literacy in Grade 2

Grade 2 students at Keeler School learning how to identify the different components of a web page, including the web address, banner, title, navigation bar and content.

Friday, 20 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 106: Light and Shadow Plays

Our Grade 4 classes have just completed an inquiry into light and shadow. They had to create a shadow play and learn how they cold effective tell a story using light and shadow. Our learning commons gave them a great place to practice and experiment. 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 105: Community Green Screen Project iMovie

This grade 2 class is creating Green Screen Video to talk about the different Canadian communities they have learned about in Social Studies. We used Do Ink Green Screen App on the iPad to record the video and then created the final video using iMovie on our iMacs.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 103: Learning about chairs

Classroom teacher, Mr Wobst, explaining the parts of a chair to his students.

We are involved a with the #wikiseat Project and recently won a scholarship for a class set of steel catalysts to build our own wikiseats. I am working with a Grade 5 class to design and build our own Wikiseat. The focus of the project is to build a chair that solves a problem for someone else. Learn more about our project on our blog -

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 102: New Lighting Studio

We just received a new lighting studio that we ordered from London Drugs. Looking forward to doing some stop motion with this!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

#YYCLC Day101: Find the Quiet Spot

The Learning Commons is hardly ever quiet! When recording your voice, it's important to find the right spot so the iPad can pick up your voice. This grade 3 student chose to sat in between two bookshelves! 

Monday, 9 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 100: Busy lunchtimes in the LC

At Chris Akkerman, the learning commons is often a busy place at lunchtimes. Today there various things happening - Lego maker stations, teachers planning, students editing an iMovie project on iPads, and doing online activities to name a few.

Friday, 6 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 99: STOP Animation

These grade 3/4 students taught themselves to use our stop animation app on the iPad over two recess periods. They have since taught most of their peers how to use it too.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 98: Gmail Lesson

Two grade 2 students working together to send their very first e-mail to their teacher. In three short days these students have gone from never using the computer to being able to log on and off, access their G-mail accounts and send mail.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 97: Collaboration in Action

Students from grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 working together on a variety of projects during morning recess.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 96: Coding 101

Our grade 5/6 classes took part in the Hour of Code this year and proudly display their certificates of completion in our LC. This grade 4 student is now working through the tutorial so he can add his certificate to the wall as well.

DC Series: Grade 3 - DC Videos

This year we tried taking a different approach to learning about digital citizenship. Rather than just work in website, play games and watch a video, I thought it would be more powerful to CREATE something based on what we learn from some of the activities. We decided we would make our own Digital Citizenship Series of videos.

With this particular grade 3 class, we started by deciding on a topic that the teacher wanted to explore (based on the needs of the classroom) and we collaboratively planned an inquiry together. The plan is shared the plan below.

We started by visiting and playing Zoe and Molly which the kids really enjoyed. This was our main source of research as we believe we could encourage our students to create their own understanding of what good digital citizenship looks like.

We focused our project on the importance of keeping our personal information private. We created and had students collaborate in a Google Doc to list down all the different things that need to kept private when working online.

Once we completed this list, we launched the task:

After launching task, we placed students in small groups that would focus on a particular topic. Groups would then come up with a sentence together that would send a message about the importance of keeping private information.

When we then worked through a series of lessons where students took photos that expressed the importance of keeping their information private. We used teacher examples (shown below) to model to students what good photos should look like. From there we created some success criteria for taking photos (see the task).


Once the photos were taken, students then imported into iMovie and created a video using their images. When images were all saved in Google Drive, students then imported into iMovie to order and create a story of 'images with words'. When played in succession, the words would tell a story and student would also record voice over add some sound.

Below are the videos that we created.

Monday, 2 February 2015

#YYCLC Day 95: Building Structures

Thanks to Dan Pye from the CBE Boys Program for sharing action photos from their learning commons, this week!

Our students really enjoy hands on projects. In the Learning Commons they are able to build structures with a variety of materials. This maker station challenged our students to build a tower out of tape and spaghetti. The tower needed to be able to support the weight of one marshmallow.