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June 5, 2018 – 9:03 pm | One Comment | 474 views

This year, I had the opportunity to work directly and almost daily with the online teaching team at LEARN. My job: to facilitate and guide (heaven help them!) the design, development and delivery of our …

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Articles by Sylwia Bielec

Sylwia Bielec is an instructional designer and pedagogical consultant at LEARN. Her expertise is in professional learning, reflective practice and informal/community learning. She also has a background in media production with students. She is the editor of the LEARN blog.

Cell Phones in the Classroom: Music education in the BYOD era

May 23, 2018 – 1:16 pm | Comments Off on Cell Phones in the Classroom: Music education in the BYOD era3,697 views

Guest post by musician Louise Campbell, Artist in Schools
I have a bias towards living life unplugged, especially when it comes to being in a classroom with a room full of students. Despite this preference, tech is …

STEAMing up Learning: Robotics heats up at Laval Senior

February 13, 2018 – 8:05 pm | Comments Off on STEAMing up Learning: Robotics heats up at Laval Senior457 views
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This is a guest post by SWLSB Science and Technology consultant Samuel Altarac.
How many times do we hear that math and science are boring and not creative? After witnessing the energy and imagination present at …

Who Needs Kindness? The role of kindness in schools

January 30, 2018 – 11:12 am | 10 Comments | 1,547 views

This is a guest post by Kathleen Murray, teacher, consultant and author of  Teach Kindness First. Teaching empathy: One conversation at a time. Read on to find out how you could win a copy of her …

Music, Memory and Making the Most of Earworms

January 17, 2018 – 11:02 am | Comments Off on Music, Memory and Making the Most of Earworms1,212 views

This is a guest post by music educator Louise Campbell.
Memory is trained less and less in our everyday lives, with major impacts on students’ ability to understand and master subject matter. Assuming there are basics …

Animals in School? Fostering empathy through civic engagement

October 10, 2017 – 1:39 pm | Comments Off on Animals in School? Fostering empathy through civic engagement1,158 views

A special guest post by Emelie Luciani from Engage Animal Welfare Education – engageanimal.org
The Grade 6 students at Nesbitt School were lining up for their turn to greet Athena and Sofia. Having done this activity …

Gaspé Makes: STEAM challenges at Eastern Shores School Board

May 3, 2017 – 11:57 am | One Comment | 916 views

In early April, a LEARN team composed of Chris Colley and Christine Truesdale visited three schools in the Gaspé to work with students and teachers on the Makerspace idea with our Open Creative Space model. …

Young Makers: STEAM Challenges in Grade One

April 26, 2017 – 12:33 pm | One Comment | 1,245 views

A few weeks ago, Chris Colley and I were at Edgewater Elementary School (LBPSB) to try our hand at Making with our youngest group ever – Grade One. Since the last school year, we have …

Getting Started with Makerspaces: LEARN’s STEAM challenges

April 5, 2017 – 2:33 pm | 4 Comments | 1,151 views

At LEARN we’ve been reflecting on how best to increase student engagement in school, as it has been closely linked with academic achievement and students’ perceptions of their ability to succeed. One of our initiatives …

Science Misconceptions: A new look on conceptual change

October 25, 2016 – 3:04 pm | One Comment | 1,635 views

This is a guest post by Guillaume Malenfant-Robichaud and Patrice Potvin from the Équipe de recherche en éducation scientifique et technologique [ÉREST] at UQAM.
It is well known by science educators that students come to school riddled with …

One Year Later: Passing thoughts of a newbie-flash-in-the-pan principal

June 2, 2016 – 9:53 pm | 2 Comments | 1,481 views

Three Little Lessons Learned – One Year Later
Special series by Neil MacIntosh – You can read his previous posts here, here and here.
After much procrastination, after fixing other things in the house that did not really …