January 31

Virtual Castles, AppSmashed Anti-Bullying Posters and #KindnessCounts

This week students have been showing their learning about castles and creating their own virtual structures, incorporating the defensive design features of medieval castles. We are using a free app called Castle Builder – Minecraft style – that allows the students to view their creations in 3D.


We have also begun our Pink Shirt Day promotions. Students in Ms. Dhaliwal’s and Mrs. Lutz’s class created graphics that they will be posting on their student blogs to help spread the word about Anti-Bullying. We created images in Chalkboard App and imported them into Comic Book App to add quotes and pizazz.


We also had our first #KindnessCounts nomination for a group of students. Check out our Storify of recent nominations.

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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.

Showing understanding of Character and Setting from crosland_a
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February 28

I Love this Book


In the Learning Commons, some classes are beginning to share the nominations for the Surrey School’s Picture Book of the Year. We have ten books to choose from. Students are judging the books on how engaging they find the story and the style of the illustrations. Watch this space to find out which book we finally select at Vanier.


Students in the Natural Disasters Club have been giving a lot of thought to their feelings about the devastation caused by Tsunamis. We used an online tool called TodaysMeet.com for students to list some words or phrases to express their feelings about the natural disaster. We organized our thoughts using the Keynote App and shared our learning on the student blogs.



Some Grade 1 and 2 students are continuing with our ‘Love your Learning’ theme and used the iPad camera, PicCollage, Balloon Stickie App and Dropbox to create mini posters that feature a book that they love to read. The best part is…this is independent work! From camera to importing to creating to exporting to uploading. Yahoo! The images were complied in iMovie and are posted on our Vanier on Video Vimeo channel athttps://vimeo.com/annacrosland/videos

I love this book from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

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February 19

iOrnament and Poetry creations

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Mrs. Rempel’s class used Pic Collage and ProCreate App to present their poetry. Students in Division 5 used DoodleBuddy and Comic Book App to create anti-bullying posters. Grade 2 and 3 used PicCollage to show their learning about QR codes. They posted their work to their student blogs.

Students used this great geometric design app to create art. They exported their work into photos and then uploaded to Dropbox. Great job!

iOrnament App Grade 1 and 2 create with geometry from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.


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November 19

Student Blogs

Students working in the Learning Commons have been sharing their learning on class blogs. Students have been researching about birds from books, apps, and on-line. We have been using the iPads to draw some colourful nests and illustrating stories. Students have also created anti-bullying slogans. Check the student blogs to see what we have been up to lately.

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October 20

Put Ups

The message from Division 7 is ‘Put Up, not Put Down’. In the Learning Commons we have been discussing the power of ‘Paying it Forward’ and how one small act of kindness can have a ripple effect. Students designed posters and kicked off their kindness campaign to help students understand the power of put ups. This was not a one time event and students will be encouraging others to join their project. Check out their blogs here

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