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Screen-Free Week

Today is the start of Screen-Free Week!  Children, families, schools and communities are encouraged to unplug from digital entertainment and spend free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends. Looking for ideas to help children go screen-free? Here are some resources: 7 Parent-Tested Tips to Unplug and Play 101 Screen-Free… Read more

Urban Thinkscape

Urban Thinkscape is a project that creates opportunities for playful learning in public spaces with durable activities that encourage joyful interactions between children, parents, and caregivers. It is a collaborative effort that underlines the importance of informal playful learning. The following video tells the story of the first installation. Key lessons from the pilot project… Read more

Safety and Health of Young Workers

This coming Saturday, April 28th, is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year’s theme is Generation Safe & Healthy, with a focus on young workers. All workers can be injured at work, but young workers may be more at risk due to inexperience, lack of training, orientation and supervision, and hesitancy to… Read more

Free ESL Tutor Training

The English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program (ESLSAP) ended in 2014, but the ESLSAP tutor training resources continue to be available free online from Open School BC.  The resources are intended for anyone who is interested in working one-to-one with immigrants, helping them learn the English language. Here’s what’s available: ESLSAP Tutor Training… Read more

Social Media Wellness

Today’s students face a challenging paradox: the digital tools they need to complete their work are often the source of their biggest distractions. Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World offers strategies for talking about social media and promoting academic, social and physical wellness in students’ use of social… Read more

Education Week in BC

April 23rd to 27th is Education Week!

Copyright in Canada

Part of World Book and Copyright Day is increasing awareness of copyright and the protection it offers to creators of literary, dramatic, artistic and musical works. How can Canadian teachers use copyright-protected material in education? The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada has created some resources that offer guidance. Copyright Matters! has user-friendly information on… Read more

World Book and Copyright Day

Today is World Book and Copyright Day! This year’s theme, Reading, It’s My Right!, honours the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Books are at the intersection of some of the most essential human freedoms, primarily freedom of expression and freedom to publish. These are fragile freedoms.” — Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of… Read more

The Roots of STEM Success

Even before a child’s first birthday, she is capable of making inferences, drawing conclusions about cause and effect, and reasoning about the probability of events. These roots, which lay the groundwork for later abstract reasoning, must be encouraged through engagement and play in order for inherent tendencies to develop into lifelong STEM thinking skills. (The… Read more

Earth Day

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22nd. The 2018 theme is End Plastic Pollution. Plastic objects that we use once and discard, or single-use plastics, are a growing problem. To learn more about plastic pollution, its harmful effects and what can be done about it, read the Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit. And, to… Read more