At Vanier, an ever growing number of students bring a personal device to school. In the Learning Commons we use those digital devices to increase the circulation of books, particularly among upper intermediate students.
This week we celebrated September by recognizing that “Each of Us is a Work of Art. Together We Are a Masterpiece.” We talked about how we all contribute to the learning community at Vanier and how each one of us makes valuable contributions. Continue reading
Students in the Learning Commons now have a new way to more easily find the books they love. Instead of organizing the intermediate fiction by author, the books are now arranged by genre – like in a book store.
The books have brightly coloured labels which makes them easy to identify and are grouped together. So if you like books about ghouls and zombies take a look at our SUPERNATURAL section.
Here’s a list of our new categories. Come check out our books about:
ADVENTURE: danger and challenges
ANIMALS: dogs, cats, elephants and gorillas
HISTORICAL: wars, ninjas and sinking ships
HUMOUR: diaries, laughs and giggles
REALISTIC: relationships, home and school, joy and sadness
SCI-FI and FANTASY: monsters, myths, mermaids and magic
SPORTS: pucks, balls and bats
SUSPENSE: mysteries and surprise endings
SUPERNATURAL: ghosts and vampires
Students can also use an iPad to electronically search the library catalogue to find their perfect book.
Yahoo! Another Learning Commons contest. Students in Grade three are invited to enter the draw to win one of 31 Geronimo Stilton books.
Vanier students and staff have been showing off their creative talents and making our hallways beautiful with some wonderful bulletin boards:
Students are asked to please return all materials back to the Learning Commons by the end of next week. But don’t worry there will still be lots to read….We will be having a free book giveaway the following week. There are lots of great books to choose from. So, please bring back your library books so you can participate in our FREE book giveaway!
Some Kindergarten to Grade 2 students created Avatars using the app IMadeFace. We also imported them into Doodle Buddy and turned our faces into Pirates.
The Learning Commons has been celebrating how much Georges Vanier students LOVE learning. We learned about QR Codes and used the iPads to scan Valentine’s hearts. The QR Codes linked to examples of student creations. Some divisions took a screenshot and blogged “Celebrating Learning”.
Strong Start Pre-School also joined in and the Love Bugs learned about caterpillars and made a Valentine’s butterfly. We had a full house and even had time to explore on the iPads.
Our Natural Disasters club for Divisions 7, 8 and 9 is almost finished our novel, ‘I Survived the Japanese Tsunami’ and we will be next be creating with clay to make our own tsunami iMovies. Division 4 has been trying out the ProCreate App. Students are importing their art into PicCollage App and adding their poems.
Did you know…?
Many students that bring their own devices to school are using the CardStar App to check out books from the Learning Commons. This is a free app that generates a bar code that can be read by the scanner on the Learning Commons computer. It works much like scanning a Starbucks card! The App uses the number on the front of the student’s planner. See Ms. Crosland if you would like help generating your own barcode.
Tip: Some students have taken a screen shot of the code so they do not have to open the App each time.