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Dec 05, 2012 jjamison
Upcoming CEET Meets for December & January
  The Community of Expertise in Educational Technology (CEET) and LearnNowBC are pleased to offer more than 12 free and open online professional learning workshops (CEET Meets) this 2012/2013 school year.

CEET Meets use the LearnNowBC Moodle LMS platform. These "Professional Learning Potlucks" focus on the resources and skills needed to use a variety of technologies in the classroom and online.

PLUS, you can access ANY archived CEET Meet from this year or previous years, even if you didn't register
for it or participate. You just need to have registered for ANY past, present or future CEET Meet and you'll have access.

Click here to visit the CEET Moodle Meets page and register!

Upcoming CEET Meets for December & January:
  • Dec 7-12: The Secret Language of QRs
    This course is about how to use QR Codes to send messages so engaging that learners can't help but be drawn in. Keeping kids engaged in learning is one of the biggest challenges educators face, but QR codes could provide a solution. Why not leverage the "bring your own technology" trend and encourage the use of cell phones, iPods, laptops and tablets in the classroom? How about using QR codes to communicate with students in a new and creative way? Join this workshop for ideas to get you thinking about how to use QR codes to engage students, whether they are at the elementary, high school or university level.
  • Jan 18-23: Best Practices in Instructional Design
    The focus of this CEET Meet is investigating what current research offers teachers and others to develop effective online courses. Among the topics we will discuss are: defining what quality comprises in online learning; what are students' expectations of online learning; and what can teachers do to with moodle tools to promote quality in their virtual classrooms.

Click here to visit the CEET Moodle Meets page and register!

New ERAC District Services on LearnNowBC
  We've added three new services from ERAC to LearnNowBC:
  • Access Learning - Canada's leading provider of educational media is proud to offer instant on-demand access to over 3,500 full length and 20,000 clip level educational video programs. This web based program has award winning content accessible 24 hours a day 7 seven days a week. Educators can search, stream and download content that has been correlated to provincial curriculum.

  • Jobs People Do - At, they understand the issues students face when choosing their careers and post secondary education.They offer over 600 job videos, job profiles, a free resume builder, career quizzes, campus life advice, relevant student articles, contests, and much more...All in one place!

  • Learn360 is an interactive media-on-demand service for the K-12 education market, providing teachers and students the power to meet and exceed 21st century educational expectations across all curriculums. Through streaming video, audio and accompanying support materials, Learn360 supports web-based learning by providing an online collaborative environment where users can share information and ideas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Content is correlated to Common Core and Provincial standards, as well as 21st century learning initiatives, and can be further adapted to meet the demands of local school districts and individual teacher curricula.

For more information on what ERAC can offer your school , check out ERAC's information page today!

Text2Reader, January Edition
This coming January,Text2Reader comes in for a close-up on the issue of poverty, with a special focus on homelessness - because it's closer to home than many of us think. Students will explore first-hand what it's like to live on the streets in our fiction selection from Cristy Watson's Living Rough. We'll engage them in writing, research and discussion activities to explore this very real concern.

Our nonfiction selection highlights the plight of street dogs and gets students thinking in both creative and comparative terms about how life looks for a dog on the streets - and how it looks for a human being. Students will dust off their art supplies and let their imaginations run free as they further develop the storyline of our graphic text selection dealing with poverty and drug abuse.

And in Digital Nation, we'll examine the way the widening technology gulf between the haves and the have-nots is ultimately diminishing the equality and accessibility of information in North America.

There is no December edition of Text2Reader.  

Click here for more information on Text2Reader and to check out a complete free sample.

Open School BC & Royal BC Museum Survey
Open School BC (OSBC), a branch of the Ministry of Education, is working with the Royal BC Museum to develop a new five-year educational programming model for the museum, and a corollary business plan designed to support the implementation of the programming model.

As part of the project, we are issuing an online survey to teachers throughout the province, in order to solicit meaningful feedback that will help us develop an exemplary future programming model for teachers and students in BC.

For those of you who live a great distance from Victoria, there is still the opportunity for you to provide feedback on the future development of online resources that could be used in the classroom.

The survey will take an estimated 15-20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed here:

The survey will be open from Tuesday, Nov. 27 until Tuesday Dec. 11.

On behalf of Open School BC and the Royal BC Museum, thank you in advance for your participation; it is very much appreciated!

Holiday Tutoring Schedule
Our LiveTutors will be offline from December 21st until early January to visit family, make snow forts and otherwise enjoy a little Winter break.

ChargedUP for Math & Science and Success Checker are available 24/7 all through the holidays.

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