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eLearning Toolkit

Teaching adult ELL online is different from teaching face to face. How do you make it accessible? How do you communicate effectively? How do you keep students engaged? Find help with answering these questions and more in the eLearning Toolkit from Bow Valley College. This e-toolkit is for ELL instructors and course developers teaching in… Read more

Family Activities

Looking for some quick and easy family activities to do with your baby, toddler or preschooler? Don’t forget that Decoda has a lot of ideas and they’re available to download for free. Here are a few of them: 15 Minutes of Fun Let’s Play Together! STEAM Family Fun Tuning into Music What’s on My Plate?… Read more

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is this coming Saturday, March 24th. At 8:30 pm local time, switch off your lights for one hour. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, this annual event began as a way of drawing attention to the dangers of climate change. This year there is an additional focus on protecting nature and biodiversity. To… Read more

Helping End Racial Discrimination

Today is the International Day to End Racial Discrimination! This year’s theme is Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination. Below is one of the postcards from the UN More Than Meets The Eye: Let’s Fight Racism! Campaign. The campaign also includes suggestions for making classrooms a… Read more

Learning about Poetry

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. – Rita Dove World Poetry Day is tomorrow! It’s a good day to share the TED-Ed lesson on What makes a poem … a poem? Click here for the full lesson. Looking for ideas for teaching poetry? Take a look at 22 Way to Teach… Read more

Open Gate Garden

Today, we are pleased to welcome Nancy Taylor, the Literacy Outreach Coordinator of McBride, as a guest blogger. Her experience in helping create the Open Gate Garden shows agriculture literacy in practice at the community level. At first, the response to a community garden in McBride was “we have done that, been there” and “the… Read more

Evidence for Play

Play is important for children and their healthy development. What’s the recent evidence? The LEGO Foundation presented 3 white papers on that very topic in November 2017: Learning through Play: a review of the evidence Neuroscience and Learning through Play: a review of the evidence The Role of Play in Children’s Development: a review of… Read more

Pi Day

March 14th (3.14) is Pi Day, the annual celebration of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It’s the 30th year for this celebration. Here’s a short TED-Ed video with a few facts about pi: See the full lesson here. For the mathematically inclined, here’s some Pi Day fun: As Easy… Read more

Free Photos Online

When you want to use a picture but don’t have one of your own that’s quite right, where can you find images to download and use that are in the public domain or have a Creative Commons licence? In addition to Pixabay and Unsplash , you can try Reshot. Thanks to Richard Byrne of Free… Read more