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About Nicole Lakusta

I am a Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator with Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I live to show the amazing connection that technologies can have in the learning and teaching environment for administrators, teachers and students. When not connected to the digital world, I can be found cheering my two children by rinks, courts, alleys, fields and poolsides.

Remote Learning: K-12 STEAM

Remote Learning can also include some engaging Science – Tech – Engineering – Art – Math lessons and activities.

  • 77 Simple STEM Activities for Families – curated collection offers a variety of activities.

  • Bee Bot Emulator – comes with a variety of mats, students just click on the left/right/up/down arrows + Go and watch where Bee Bot will go.

  • Code – have students learn computer science. Teachers register for free and create a class to invite students.

  • Codingville

  • Coding stories – https://www.elementari.io/

  • Everfi – Digital Wellness & Safety with Ignition (6-9) found within the catalog. Free for teachers to register and create a class.

  • FlipGrid – use to connect learners via your defined discussion prompts. Check out how to get started with Remote Learning on Flipgrid

  • NASA – resources for K-12.

  • Scratch – block-based coding lessons and activities for early and middle years students. Teachers can assign specific lessons with a specific link or copy/paste into GClassroom.

  • Tynker – curriculum (lessons, projects, etc.) and platform free for closed schools. Computer coding curriculum for grades K-8.

  • Virtual Code Clubs – in French and English by KidsCodeJeuneusse.

  • Wonderville: Free lessons (English)

  • Wonderville: Free lessons (French)
 

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Remote Learning: K-12 English Language Learners

Each of these resources opens up to large resource websites.

  • ELL resource page: Grande Erie webpage with lots of great ideas for activities at home for ELLs

  • Teaching ELLs online – Ideas to address teaching English Language Learners online

  • Breaking News English – Practice reading comprehension for 4 levels of reading for ELLS; Current events for ELLs.

  • Supporting ELL GSite – created by ERLC with programming, resources and materials.

  • Unite for Literacy – has ebooks for K-2’s that are read in human voice, captioned translations also included.
 

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Remote Learning: French

Resources for French Immersion and French as a Second Language.

GENERAL

LITERACY

NUMERACY

 

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Remote Learning: K-12 Music

A number of music organizations are showcasing a variety of music styles for K-12 students to experience and appreciate:

  • Berliner Philharmoniker – There are over 600 orchestral concerts in the Digital Concert Hall (must register by March 30 to access). Bonus videos from behind the scenes: documentaries on the history of the orchestra, portraits of conductors and orchestra members.

  • Chrome Music Lab – play with music through a variety of experiments.

  • Daily Motion – Watch Broadway Musicals online for FREE.

  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids – site gives students a great introduction to music history, the opportunity to hear and learn about the instruments of the orchestra, and tips on how to practice.

  • Drawing to Music lesson – 30-60 minutes, elementary-based

  • Edmonton Catholic Remote Learning Resources (Art and Drama): https://sites.google.com/ecsd.net/artanddrama/home

  • Edmonton Catholic Remote Learning Resources (Music): https://sites.google.com/ecsd.net/lsi-remote-learning/home/music

  • Incredibox – create your own hip-hop music, record it. Use the web version.

  • K-12 Music Resources – GSite

  • Metropolitan Opera – offering nightly open streams of performances.

  • Music Teachers – student projects, music technology links, quizzes, resources and information for all music teachers interested in using technology to enhance music instruction.

  • Seattle Symphony will continue sharing performances that provide strength, comfort and joy. The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone.

  • SmartMusic – web-based music education platform. Teachers have access to a library of music from which to create individualized assignments for every student. Free until June 30.

  • Songmaker – create your own music, basic.

  • The New York Philharmonic KidZone – packed with super funny games and activities, information about composers, performers, and instruments, and ideas for composition projects.

  • TrueFire Studios Extends Free Music Education Program to K–12 (guitar lessons)

  • Youtube Playlists – Musicians such as Diplo are bringing the concerts to you. In this Jam With Me playlist, you’ll have access to some of this week’s popular livestreams. Canada Together Playlist presented by TD.

 

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Remote Learning: PE, Health and Wellness

Staying at home doesn’t mean we can forget about taking care of our health and well being. Whether we must stay inside or use our backyard or go for a walk while #socialdistancing, there are a number of ideas below that can help you:

  • ADLC Digital Teacher Resources – includes content, assessments and answer keys. Teachers can select all or some of the material and decide how and when to use it. Free. Contact Partner Support team at 1-866-774-5333 or email info@adlc.ca.

  • AMA Virtual Youth Run Club: https://amayouthrunclub.com/

  • Be Fit For Life: http://befitforlife.ca/resources/warmingupforlife

  • BOKS Kids At Home: https://www.bokskids.ca/boks-at-home/

  • Chair Yoga Flow: https://www.purewow.com/wellness/chair-yoga-poses

  • Coronavirus Info – How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells. Students might start with the classic K/W/L chart: What do you know, or think you know, about this pandemic and its impact? What else do you want to know? Make a list of as many questions as you can on as many aspects of this outbreak and its effects and implications as you can think of, then choose one to investigate. What is known? What is still unknown?

  • Edpuzzle – introduce students to self-paced learning with interactive video lessons. It’s easy to add your own voice narration and questions! Find or create a video and then add in questions. Whether or not you have an account, check out the information on how to get started

  • Offline Activities – track how many sit-ups/jumping jacks you can do each day, track how long you can hold a plank, create a new dance move, count the steps to move between locations in your home, put items in bags to lift and see if you can add more items after a few days, invent a new sport, do some exercise move or march in place during commercial breaks or on the hour, play trashketball (wadded paper and use trash can for basket) and see how far you can move from the basket, go for a walk outside.

  • Peekapak – an award-winning, literacy-based social emotional learning (SEL) platform of stories, research-based lessons and interactive learning games.

  • Top Exercises for People Living With a Disability: https://products.activbody.com/top-exercises-for-people-living-with-a-disability/?redir=true

  • Walking Curriculum – 60 easy-to-use walking-focused activities are designed to engage students’ emotions and imaginations with their local natural and cultural communities, to broaden their awareness of the particularities of Place, and to evoke their sense of wonder in learning. Free Kindle download from Amazon.

  • Wanna Play a Game? 3 different Google Slides games – Connect4, Tic Tac Toe, Dots. Make your own copy and have some fun online with students.

 

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Remote Learning: K-12 Social Studies

There are many online opportunities for teachers and students to study geography, history and social studies. Check out a few of the curated resources below:

  • ADLC Digital Teacher Resources – includes content, assessments and answer keys. Teachers can select all or some of the material and decide how and when to use it. Free. Contact Partner Support team at 1-866-774-5333 or email info@adlc.ca.

  • BreakoutEDU – A collection of digital games that students can play at home. Just click on any game and start playing. Teachers click on the specific game and then link it within GClassroom for students to access.

  • Curriki – digital learning content divided into grades and subject areas. Can easily share with GClassroom.

  • Edpuzzle – introduce students to self-paced learning with interactive video lessons. It’s easy to add your own voice narration and questions! Find or create a video and then add in questions. Whether or not you have an account, check out the information on how to get started.

  • Edmonton Catholic Remote Learning resources: https://sites.google.com/ecsd.net/ecsdremotesocialstudies/home

  • FlipGrid – use to connect learners via your defined discussion prompts. Check out how to get started with Remote Learning on Flipgrid.

  • Geography maps/quizzes – https://online.seterra.com/en

  • Global Oneness Project – We believe that stories play a powerful role in education. Committed to the exploration of cultural, environmental, and social issues, we offer a rich library of multimedia stories comprised of award-winning films, photo essays, and articles. Companion curriculum and discussion guides are also available.

  • HippoCampus – explore 7000+ free videos in various subject areas.

  • Historica Canada – Watch 93 Heritage Minutes, listen to 10 Podcast Episodes, read over 20K articles, take 63 quizzes and explore 68 timelines.

  • IZZIT Current events lessons, teacher guides lessons-https://www.izzit.org/teachertools/

  • Khan Academy – does have self-paced, interactive content–exercises, videos and articles–for students in every grade and in most major subject areas. It is all free and non-commercial.

  • LearnAlberta – students must sign in to access resources. Username: _____, Password: _____ (Ensure that these are only made available directly to students/parents or in a password-protected environment).  The Online Reference Centre has Accent on Heritage (K-12), Accent Discovery French Beyond the Classroom, The Atlas of Canada (6-12), Britannica ImageQuest (3-12), Britannica School (K-12), Canada in Context (6-12), The Canadian Encyclopedia (5-12), CBC News in Review (7-12), Culturegrams (3-12), Curriculum Video on Demand (7-12), Dictionary of Canadian Biography (5-12). Early Canadian Online (9-12), Global Issues in Context (7-12), Gord Downie’s The Secret Path (5-12), Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada (5-12), Indigenous Peoples: North America (7-12), National Geographic Kids Virtual Library (K-6), PebbleGO Social Studies (K-3), Peel’s Prairie Provinces (6-12), War of 1812 Virtual Exhibition (7), World Book (K-2), World History in Context (7-12). Curriculum Mapping of these resources: Division I, Division II, Division III, Division IV. Also check out the T4T Courses tab.

  • National Film Board – NFB’s website offers a wide range of short- and feature-length films. From animation, and documentary to fiction, there’s a little something for everyone, for free, on their site.

  • Newsela –  differentiated reading resources. The fastest way to get access would be to have teachers each visit the coronavirus resource center, and click “Get instant access.”

  • Offline Activities – read about a historical event, interview family members about their memories of historical moments, write about the situation and how it affects people, go for a walk and create a map of your neighborhood, map your home, write your family history, write a letter to a family member/friend with questions about how people in their area are reacting to school being closed/COVID-19.

  • The Resource Hub at EPSB – download all of EPSB – created K-12 materials.

  • Ultimate Guide to Museums – virtual resources, elearning and online collections.

 

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Remote Learning: K-12 Sciences

No matter what grade level or topic, there are many online Science opportunities available for teachers and students. Below are some of the curated resources (some are specific to Alberta Teachers).

  • ADLC Digital Teacher Resources – includes content, assessments and answer keys. Teachers can select all or some of the material and decide how and when to use it. Free. Contact Partner Support team at 1-866-774-5333 or email info@adlc.ca.

  • Book Creator – Science Ideas.

  • BreakoutEDU – A collection of digital games that students can play at home. Just click on any game and start playing. Teachers click on the specific game and then link it within GClassroom for students to access.

  • Case Study Teaching in Science

  • Captain Planet Foundation – various grants for school gardens, PBL, etc.

  • CK-12 – various online resources such as Science grades K-5, Earth, Life, Physical, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Must Join as a Teacher for Free.

  • Chemistry simulations

  • Curriki – digital learning content divided into grades and subject areas. Can easily share with GClassroom.

  • Edpuzzle – create interactive video lessons when teachers register and fill out form.

  • Edmonton Catholic Remote Learning Resources: https://sites.google.com/ecsd.net/lsi-remote-learning/home/science

  • FlipGrid – use to connect learners via your defined discussion prompts. Check out how to get started with Remote Learning on Flipgrid.

  • GSuite Apps in Science – various examples.

  • Hands-on Science experiments – created by Praxis, aligned with AB curriculum

  • HippoCampus – explore 7000+ free videos in various subject areas.

  • Khan Academy – does have self-paced, interactive content–exercises, videos and articles–for students in every grade and in most major subject areas. It is all free and non-commercial.

  • LearnAlberta – students must sign in to access resources. Username: _____, Password: ______ (Ensure that these are only made available directly to students/parents or in a password-protected environment as they belong to your school division).  The Online Reference Centre has Curriculum Video on Demand (7-12), PebbleGoO Next Science (3-5), PebbleGO Science (K-3), PowerKnowledge – Earth and Space Science (1-6). PowerKnowledge – Life Science (1-6), PowerKnowledge – Physical Science (1-6), Science in Context (6-12), ScienceFLIX (4-9), TrueFlix (3-6). Curriculum Mapping of these resources: Division I, Division II, Division III, Division IV. Also check out the T4T Courses tab.

  • Let’s Talk Science – K-12 Science resources, STEM at Home, PD sessions, Career exploration contests in English and French.

  • Live Streams of Animals – youtube playlist of live cam streams of animals from around the world.

  • Mystery Science – online platform for K-5. Mini-lessons are digital and short (15-20 minutes).

  • National Film Board – NFB’s website offers a wide range of short- and feature-length films. From animation, and documentary to fiction, there’s a little something for everyone, for free, on their site.

  • Newsela –  differentiated reading resources. The fastest way to get access would be to have teachers each visit the coronavirus resource center, and click “Get instant access.”

  • Offline Activities – chart temperature and weather, observe cloud patterns, chart your sleep, experiment with which type of music you play that helps you clean your room or focus for studying, search the fridge for mold growth and help your family out by cleaning it out (with gloves), study patterns in plants by collecting leaves and doing rubbings with a crayon/pencil to observe details.

  • PhET – interactive simulations

  • Science Doctor – physics and some biology activities

  • Science Experiments that can be done at home

  • Science in Action – interactives

  • Science Friday – partners with teachers and scientists to create free activities, lessons and resources. (From preK-12).

  • Science Visualizations

  • Seneca online learning platform (choose USA).

  • The ChemCollective is a collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, tutorials, and concept tests.

  • The Resource Hub at EPSB – download all of EPSB – created K-12 materials.

  • Videoconference Events (archived)- Students can learn from experts around the world. Share an archived REPLAY link of the specific event to students (from the Telepresence Project GSheet) while adding specific questions or an activity (like using the “I Notice, I Wonder” Brainstorm on a GDoc or to respond within Flipgrid) to accompany the VC.

  • Videconference Events (live) – Students can join various live VC events that are streaming on YouTube by certain organizations. Exploring By The Seat is one such organization that has a variety of upcoming events that are listed on the site (no registration needed). Students will need this link to join every live event, head there when the event is about to start: https://www.youtube.com/c/Exploringbytheseatofyourpants/live

  • Virtual Labs

  • Wonderopolis – a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery. Every day, a new question is posed and explored. There are 2500+ Wonders of the Day and a mini quiz. Free. Teachers should Explore Wonders and do a Search. Links to the activity/lesson/exploration are easily shared with a class site/GClassroom.

  • YouTube Channels – Amoeba Sisters, Asap Science, Crash Course, Physics Girl, Sci Show, TED-Ed, We The Curious, Learn@Home or create your own as you have your own YouTube Channel in the GSuite for Edu platform.

 

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