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October 6, 2019

[L_OSBC_Announce] Great Bear

An item from the folks at Open School BC.

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Thank you,
Michael Cochrane
Open School BC
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Breaking news!
Over the next year, OSBC will be working with BC teachers to develop a series of Activity Plans for grades 10-12 students for the Great Bear Rainforest educational website<https://greatbearrainforesttrust.org/>!
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October 3, 2019

[L_OSBC_Announce] New! French Inclusion Website

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Michael Cochrane
Open School BC

Bonjour everyone,

I’m pleased to inform you that the French Inclusion website is now live!

https://mytrainingbc.ca/LIFT/

The Learning in French Together / L’inclusion en français pour tous (LIFT) website is a valuable resource with information on the role of inclusive education in all forms of K-12 French Education programming throughout the province of BC.
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September 27, 2019

[L_OSBC_Announce] ELF

An item from Open School BC.

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Michael Cochrane
Open School BC


Looking back while moving forward.

ELF – Early Learning Framework

As we continue to celebrate 100 years of distributed learning in British Columbia, Open School BC is pleased to introduce the new Early Learning Framework.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/early-learning/teach/early-learning-framework?keyword=Early&keyword=Learning&keyword=Framework

We are quite proud of the work we did, along with the Learning Division to help bring this to early childhood educators and parents across B.C.. The updated framework highlights all the changes in Early Learning in B.C. since the last framework was released in 2008. Although originally designed for professional development, this is a great resource for a new parent or a veteran instructor.

Open School BC was excited to have had many roles in various aspects of this development including document layout, graphics, illustrations, photography, organizing photo shoots, hosting and facilitating early planning sessions, managing the project as well as copy editing.


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May 31, 2019

[L_OSBC_Announce] Celebrating HMT

An item from the Open School BC that may be of interest to British Columbian or Canadian readers.

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Michael Cochrane
Open School BC

Open School BC celebrates the completion of the Heavy Mechanical Trades Apprenticeship Foundation/Level 1 learning resources

The sending of Line E to Crown Publications marks the end of a multi-year collaboration with Industry Training Authority (ITA) to develop Foundation/Level 1 learning resources for Heavy Mechanical Trades. Begun in 2012 with the revision of Lines A and C, the 10-line series of books comprises approximately 3,110 pages and 2,370 images (photos and technical drawings). OSBC worked closely with Heavy Mechanical instructors at several colleges and universities who acted as the writers and reviewers.

Thanks goes to the following: Solvig N. for her expertise with the initial stages of the project; the OSBC production team including Sharon B, Dennis E, Bev H, Nori S, and Farrah P; Janet B, and Sophia B-B for their supervisory support; Jennifer R, for her liaison with ITA; Shannon S for her administrative and art coordination support; Max Licht for the technical drawings; and Greg Aleknevicus and Keith Learmonth for editing. Special thanks to Dennis E as a key player in the development of these learning resources for his layout design, photography and technical drawing skills, and art coordination.

It is truly the end of an era.

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May 8, 2019

[L_OSBC_Announce] Celebrating 100 Years Of Distance Education

Note this announcement from a Canadian-based K-12 distance education program.

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Thank you,
Michael Cochrane
Open School BC


It is 2019 and Open School BC is celebrating a century of work in distributed learning.

Founded in 1919 as the British Columbia Correspondence Program, we first offered printed courses to students in rural settings. 100 years later, we offer online courses, educational services and resources for both public and independent schools, as well as the public sector. The delivery of educational materials may have changed, but our goal is still the same: supporting learners and teachers with high quality resources whether it’s in the classroom, at home or in the office.

Keeping pace with technological and societal shifts, distributed learning has evolved over the past century. As we showcase our history, we will look fondly at the events, images and stories that shaped our past… and reflecting on how we will meet the educational needs of British Columbians for the next 100 years.

We invite you to explore with us as we dip into the Open School BC archives. We’ll bring you stories and snippets from our history, and then share our evolution into the creative and skilled team that makes up the modern Open School BC. We’ll finish the year with a look to the future and share some of the exciting projects we have in development.

Here’s to another century of learning.
https://www.openschool.bc.ca

Thank you,
Michael Cochrane
Educational Services Support Manager
Open School BC
Education Resources and Services
Ministry of Education

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