December 11

Gathering S.T.E.A.M – Binary Code

This week in the Learning Commons, students got creative by blending Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

img_5123Some classes learned about Binary Code. Binary Code represents computer data using any two-symbol system, often 0 and 1. It is the language of computers. Students used guides to create strings of beads that show their initials in binary code. I used Perler Beads for this science and technology activity as these beads are easy to thread, create a ‘tube’ of code and are inexpensive to purchase.

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September 16

Each One of Us is a Work of Art, Together We Are a Masterpiece

Check out our school community building project. Students who came to the Learning Commons all contributed to a wonderful hall display. Our goal is to celebrate our differences and to recognize that all together we can create great things. Read on for instructions on how to create your own school Masterpiece.

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I painted the tree after school to give it time to dry.

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Coloured pencils were sorted into 6 shades. I drew around a couple of mugs and a small glass for circles.

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October 11

Geronimo Stilton Contest, Hallway Creativity

Students have been taking full advantage of the great new books available in the Learning Commons. More arriving regularly. Check out these Vanier LC Numbers.
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Yahoo! Another Learning Commons contest. Students in Grade three are invited to enter the draw to win one of 31 Geronimo Stilton books.
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Vanier students and staff have been showing off their creative talents and making our hallways beautiful with some wonderful bulletin boards:

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May 13

Division 8 iMovies – Natural Disasters Club

This year the ‘Natural Disasters Club’ meet over a three month period in the Georges Vanier Learning Commons. Three classes, about 75 students, participated from grades 3 – 5. The goal was to encourage reading using a high interest topic using fiction and non-fiction sources. Students blogged their ideas, created digital art, showed their learning through a variety of apps and web based programs, tweeted their progress and read, read, read. Students designed and created T Shirts to reflect on their learning and each made an iMovie Trailer to bring together the many facets of the project. We are appreciative of the My Class Needs and Fuel Your School programs for the support for this project.

Div 8 iMovies Natural Disasters Club from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

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January 30

Experts at Uploading and Ted Harrison Art

 

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 3.59.44 PMWhat Do You Love? Come on by the Learning Commons and add to our banner. So far we love the beach, basketball, reading, our families, BFFs and much more. See Ms. Crosland for a marker and help us to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Stay up to date with student learning by following @VanierLC on twitter. Here’s the link to our latest stories: http://storify.com/Crosland_a

Division 5 and 9 learned about the art of Ted Harrison and used the Pro-Create App to make their own digital creations in the style of the famous Canadian artist. Check out their work on the student blogs.

Strong Start Pre-school celebrated Chinese New Year in the Learning Commons with a 3D horse colouring activity, horse pictures and videos. Grade One and Two students are learning how to use screenshots, photo editing, the camera and dropbox to save and share their work. Check out their 45 second video.

Gr 1 and 2 create from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Grade 1 and 2 students in the Learning Commons at Georges Vanier Elementary create using Doodle Buddy, screen shot their work and upload to Dropbox independently.
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February 14

The Shadow Knows…

Check out this video! In the Learning Commons at Georges Vanier Elementary, students in Divisions 7, 8 and 9 are creating books about how much they like to read. We decided to use shadows for the book covers. Students cropped, oriented, saved and uploaded their pictures to their individual blogs.

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