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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January 10

Book of the Year, Imagine a day, Coding and Kindness

Lots of great things have been happening in the Learning Commons this week. Kindergarten to Grade 2 students have begun enjoying the nominations for the Surrey Schools’ Picture Book of the Year. Students used Balloon Stickie App to label images from the book.
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Ms. Dhaliwal and Mrs. Lutz’s classes worked on ‘Imagine A Day’ by Sarah Thompson. Students created their own imaginative ideas, designed a background using Color Effects App and added text using Pic Collage App. They blogged their fantastic creations.

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Many classes also experimented with coding and blogged a screen shot from the Hour of Code.

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And finally, #KindnessCounts. Students have been nominating their peers as recipients of the Kindness Counts Trophy. Accounts are tweeted in the student’s own words and photos are posted on the @VanierLC twitter account. Check out last week’s Kindness Stars on Storify.

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December 13

Hour of Code, Character and Setting, Friendship

What a great time students had experimenting with creating javascript computer code during International Hour of Code Week. 15 million students worldwide participated. Check out the tutorials here.

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Students in Division 10 talked about friendship and we read Chris Raschka’s Book ‘Yo! Yes?’ and created our own interpretation of the story. We tweeted out our video and Chris Raschka favourited our work!

Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka and Division 10 from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

While reading some great Christmas stories, we discussed how to determine character and setting. Some Grade 1 and 2 students contributed to a slideshare to show their learning.

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