Thursday, February 9, 2017

What's on in February?

Did you know that February is one of the two busiest months on our website?  Our Enjoy pages about Valentine’s Day and Halloween compete yearly for the most use by teachers and students.





St. Valentine’s Day - This popular Enjoy page is filled with resources about the history of St. Valentine’s Day, related literature, crafts, teacher-led activities and online interactives. The Interactive Folio of Romeo and Juliet is a perennial favourite.


Black History Month - Find great resources about Black History in Canada including videos and interactive timelines.  Learn about Viola Desmond, who will be the first Canadian woman to appear on the face of a Canadian banknote, the $10 bill.



Don’t miss out on our Special Editions.


At the Box Office - This has great activities and sites for film studies during the movie awards season.  You’ll find resources about movie-making, including techniques, tools and more.




And if you haven’t checked it out yet, take some time to look at our newest special edition about the Group of Seven, their unique style and connection to Canadian national identity.



Coming up soon, an updated special edition about sea ice.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Exploring the Group of Seven - Style, Influence and Canadian National Identity

In November 2016, a painting titled Mountain Forms, by Group of Seven member Lawren Harris, became the most expensive artwork ever to sell at a Canadian auction.


Macleans magazine reports that “of Canadian artwork sold in the last 50 years, six of the top 10 most expensive were Harrises, each having sold for more than two million dollars, according to the Canadian Art Sales Index. “He’s the cultural manifestation of what the Canadian soul is all about”.”
Framed by Fortune.  Macleans magazine, November 25, 2016



We wanted to explore the style of the Group of Seven and the influence their landscapes have had, not only on Canadian art, but on our sense of Canadian national identity.  This new Special Edition has resources about the Group of Seven as a unit as well as about the artists themselves.  You will also find resources and links that explore some of the actual places used for the artists’ landscapes.  Learn about the Group of Seven’s unique style and their success and influence in the Canadian and international art communities.  As always, we have included lesson plans in our Teacher Resources section and online interactives for students.

Visit our new Group of Seven Special Edition at:




Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays!

From the Team at The 2Learn.ca Education Society, we wish all educators a relaxing holiday season.  All the best in the new year as you return to class to continue inspiring and teaching the leaders and artists of tomorrow.

We’ll see you again in January when we share more great resources.  Happy Holidays!




Monday, November 28, 2016

An update to Special Editions about Fracking and Coal

Once again these energy and environmental topics are hot topics in the news.  We took a look at our Special Editions about fracking and coal and added some new resources to help you and your students understand these important issues.  These Special Editions will provide educators with teaching resources and students with valuable digital content. Great for Science, CTS and CTF.

Fracking
A study from the University of Calgary has investigated the connection between fracking and recent earthquakes in northern Alberta and BC.   The findings may be able to help the industry prevent future seismic activity.  You will find articles about the study in the Issues section of our Fracking Special Edition.  You will also find student interactives and explanations about fracking.




The Future of Coal
The Alberta provincial government and Canadian federal government have both recently announced plans to phase-out coal by 2030.



To find a collection of classroom resources about coal, coal mining, specific Alberta historical references and the environmental impact of coal, visit our Future of Coal Special Edition.

http://www.2learn.ca/specialedition/coal/default.aspx

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bullying Awareness Week: November 13-19

This week, the media is filled with videos and articles about Bullying Awareness Week.  The theme this year is “Stand Up! (to bullying)”. Before we mention 2Learn.ca's collection of resources, we’d like to share a powerful video that came out this week.  Molly Burke is a motivational speaker; she worked with CBC to create this video letter to her bullies.



Kids Help Phone defines bullying as “when someone uses their power to hurt, frighten, exclude, or insult someone. It is always done on purpose and is usually repeated.”

In planning for conversations about treating others fairly and respectfully in your classroom, you can use 2Learn.ca’s curated collection of resources as a place to start.  You will find links to bullying prevention organizations, teaching resources and student interactives.  We have included resources from a wide range of government, education and non-profit organizations.


To find resources and interactives specifically about cyberbullying, visit the links directly below the cover image in the Special Edition.  These links will lead you to student interactives about Cyberbullying in the Net Smart sections of our student sites.  There are also links to resources specifically for teachers and parents.   

Take a chance to look at these resources during Bullying Awareness Week.  You may not need them today, but you’ll know where to find them if you do. If you have a favourite bullying prevention resource, let us know and we'll add it.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Media Literacy Week: Let’s Get Making and Creating

Media Literacy Week is happening next week, October 31 - November 4.  As described on the website, Media Literacy Week is “co-led by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation [and] puts a spotlight on the importance of digital and media literacy as a key component in the education of children and young people.”  2Learn.ca has been a proud collaborator of this event for several years now.

The theme of Media Literacy Week this year is Makers and Creators, “celebrating the ways parents and teachers can help young people become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurial by embracing media production, remixing, maker and DIY culture and coding.”
To find more great resources about Media Literacy Week and this year’s theme, visit http://www.medialiteracyweek.ca/.

Several years ago, 2Learn.ca recognized the importance that was being placed on students’ ability to create content and be active learners in the classroom.  Coinciding with related work being done by our Provincial Team Teachers in schools across Alberta, we built the Create 2Learn.ca website, a collection of resources with recommended digital tools and tips for many kinds of “creating”, including videos, images, presentations and 3D printing.



The Create 2Learn.ca website also has a section filled with articles, tips and lessons specific to Makerspaces.

Take some time this week to check out all of the great resources on the Media Literacy Week page as well as the resources that we have here at 2Learn.ca/create.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Great Resources for Halloween + Forests

October is one of our favourite months; we get some of our highest website visits this month.  There are so many fantastic ideas to help your classroom learn cool things while celebrating the fall season. Here’s a quick reminder of some of our Halloween-themed sites.


Enjoy Halloween is a collection of resources that will help you take advantage of opportunities for spooky (and not-so-spooky) fun and learning.  You’ll find stories, poems, online interactives, math and science activities, arts and crafts and recipes for treats.


  Creepy, Crawly and Cool
For all those students who love to read and learn about animals, this collection of resources about bats and spiders includes videos, online stories in both fiction and non-fiction, and mythology.  Don’t miss the teacher resources to help get your students interested in the creepy and crawly.



This Enjoy page is for those older students who enjoy the current pop culture fascination with zombies.  There are resources for CTF and CTS students about costume and makeup.  There are also some sites and videos that take a look at cultural and scientific explanations for zombies. Teachers, be sure to check out the zombie-themed resources for teaching STEM subjects.



In addition, we created a new Special Edition this fall about Forests and Climate Change.  This site is filled with resources (videos, articles, lesson plans) that could be used in Science, CTF and CTS classrooms.

We hope that you find some of these resources helpful as you plan your classroom activities this October.