February 11

Using QR Codes to Celebrate Student Creations

Students celebrated their learning and the creations of their peers using QR codes.  There are a number of on-line ‘Quick Response’ Code generators available. I used Kaywa – select ‘Static’ for this free service.

Enter the URL of the destination website and click ‘Generate’. Then print the QR Code. Without adjustment, it will be 2″ by 2″.

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I glued the codes onto hearts by way of ‘We Love Learning’ and posted about a dozen or so about the Learning Commons. Following a discussion on Quick Response Codes, we reviewed how to use the free app QR Reader.

The codes directed students to student work on our Vanier on Video site. Students were delighted to see their own work as well as the creations of other students in the school. I often use QR Codes to help spread the word about activities in the Vanier LC: from a footnote on September Kindergarten letters, by Learning Commons doorways and near bulletin boards.

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January 3

A Learning Community

We began the leap from a traditional library model to a library learning commons in September 2012. Here’s a top 10 list of some of the most striking benefits of a Learning Commons that we have observed:

1. Physical  LC: The space is open and inviting with no divisive stacks. There is space to create, to read, to build and to collaborate. Check out our transformation here.

2. Virtual LC: We use social media and digital student portfolios to share work and maintain a website that directs staff and students to the virtual learning commons. Continue reading

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September 17

Create vs. Consume

Choosing apps for school iPads can be a transformational task that might encourage discussion on learning goals and school missions. There are many great apps available but there are a few things to consider.

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Begin by clarifying your vision for the use of the devices. What are your objectives and goals, the ‘why’. Look at apps that help you meet those goals.

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 7.39.19 AMLook for apps that are used to create rather than consume. Continue reading

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April 11

Parents, Join our Twitter Party! Share, Learn, Celebrate.

Twitter is not just for finding out what’s new with your favourite entertainer! At Vanier, staff and students use twitter to share our ideas, to learn from others and to celebrate our learning. Follow us on twitter @crosland_a @georgesvanier36  @VanierLC and join the party! Check with your child’s classroom teacher for their Twitter @name and explore another way to join in your child’s learning. Here are some tweets that have come up in the last few days.

Parents, join our Twitter party! from crosland_a
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February 20

Woo Hoo! Easier Access to the Intermediate Fiction

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.

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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.

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February 13

Picture Book of the Year, Blogging Castles, ‘Love’ Wall

Many primary classes have been reading the nominations for the Surrey School’s Picture Book of the Year. We hope to finish up the stories and complete our voting within the next two weeks. Check out all of the titles here on Teacher Librarian Emiline Downs’ webpage.

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Our “What Do You Love?” wall has filled up just in time for Valentine’s Day. Students and staff at Georges Vanier love lots of different things. I was so happy to see “I Love Reading”, “I Love KIndnessCounts”, and “I Love Learning”. We also love lots of sports, games, candy and most importantly, our families and the people who take care of us.

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Students also blogged their castle creations. Nicely done! 

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