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May 12, 2022

Making the most of Tech Week 2022!

An item for my Kiwi readers.

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Kia ora,

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takatini. 
My strength is not mine alone, it comes from the collective.  

We hope that the first couple of weeks of Term 2 have gone well for you and your school. Each term provides an opportunity to focus on new areas of learning for your ākonga and this term presents many with Tech Week, Matariki, and International Languages Week all just around the corner!

This month’s newsletter is slightly different than past editions, focusing on the exciting opportunities offered within the wider digital technology education community in Aotearoa and shining a spotlight on the up and coming GCSN initiatives that we can’t wait to share with you! Tech Week 2022 (16 May – 22 May) is just around the corner and showcases all that the digital technology sector of Aotearoa have to offer you and your school. During Tech Week GCSN will launch two new digital technology education opportunities for kaiako, schools, ākonga, and their whānau; Lunch Break – Learn & Create and new Digital Wellbeing modules.

We hope you find these opportunities inspiring and as exciting as we do!

Noho ora mai rā,

The GCSN Team

Cyberbullying: A new Digital Wellbeing module
Our latest set of digital wellbeing resources cover what cyberbullying is, how it manifests, and how it relates to the psychological principles of social identity theory. Focusing on how cyberbullying relates to the “us vs. them” mentality, the resources investigate how group norms play a large role in cyberbullying behaviours. Drawing on this analysis research-based solutions for combatting cyberbullying are offered.
Access these resources here!
The Digital Wellbeing modules are designed to support kaiako and whānau in ensuring students’ digital wellbeing remains high. The resources include slides for teachers’ professional development, information for whānau, and a self-directed module designed for teachers wanting to go through the material at their own pace and reflect on their teaching practice.
Tech Week 2022
16 May – 22 May
Pathways to Tech
Thursday 19 May, 12.50pm – 1.30pm (Virtual)

Hosted by Canterbury Tech, this session is aimed at secondary school students interested in pursuing a career in the tech industry. It provides insight into what a career in the the tech industry looks like from the perspectives of 3 young professionals based in Canterbury.

Demystifying Data Sovereignty for Nan & Koro
Monday 16 May, 6.00pm – 7.15pm (Virtual)

This discussion panel features Te Matarau members who are experts in Māori Data Sovereignty. It aims to explain the whats, whys, and importance of Māori Data Sovereignty so simply that Nan and Koro can understand, making it perfect for ākonga of all ages!

Filling the gap: Why improving diversity is key to NZ’s tech sector 
Monday 16 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm (Virtual)

Diversity is an issue across Aotearoa’s growing tech sector. This panel discussion will focus on challenges facing the industry, what needs to be done to bring more women into the sector, and how increasing racial diversity is being addressed across the sector.

Find more exciting Tech Week opportunities here
Coming up at GCSN!
Lunch Break – Learn & Create

In partnership with CORE and Cyclone, GCSN will be launching a series of webinars on the kaupapa of Hybrid Learning. Loosely based around establishing whanaungatanga in digital spaces these sessions will support you to utilise digital tools to create engaging digital outcomes for your ākonga.

The sessions will support ākonga to:

  • Be creative in Google
  • Integrate Google Suite to support quality teaching and learning
  • Build their confidence
  • Promote their creativity
  • Use iPads and online tools more effectively
New Digital Wellbeing modules

To complement our existing modules GCSN will launch two new sets of resources focusing on Video games and Technoference.

Focusing on the negative effect imposed on interpersonal relationships by the intrusive use of technology. This module will provide suggestions about creating healthy boundaries with devices.

Video games
Often considered dangerous, video games can also have positive outcomes for young people. This module will investigates both views and provide suggestions around practical controls that can be adopted to keep tamariki safe.

We can’t wait to share these opportunities with you soon!
Kōrero – A Learning City Christchurch Event
GCSN were proud to partner with the Spark Foundation to deliver a panel discussion event last Monday evening as part of Ōtautahi Learning Days, an Ako Ōtautahi Leaning City Christchurch festival. The wānanga was really well attended and featured an amazing group of panelists including – Elle Archer, Sina Cotter Tait, Kendal Flutely and Hori Te Ariki Mataki.
The panelists engaged us all in a thought provoking, insightful, challenging and solution-focused kōrero. They shared their expertise and personal experiences of inclusion, diversity and more importantly shared ideas about how businesses can prepare their organisation to attract and retain diverse rangatahi into careers in tech and engineering.
A special thanks to Kate from the Spark Foundation, Brianna our event organiser and of course, our amazing panelists.
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May 8, 2022

Anytime Learning | May 2022 Highlights

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The first of two items from edWeb.  This is their monthly newsletter.

Now Available On-Demand
View the recording and earn a CE certificate!
Support English Learners by Understanding and Using Assessments
Sponsored by Illuminate Education
Today’s schools are increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse, with students bringing a rich range of experiences and assets to the classroom. Providing equitable opportunities for English learners to participate fully in rigorous grade-level content begins with understanding where they are at in both their content and language mastery so that educators can build on those strengths.
Illuminate Education
Systems Leadership for Equity Part 1: Belonging and Support for Equity
Hosted by ERDI
Sponsored by ClassLink
In the fall of 2021, ERDI hosted a Thought Leadership Symposium on Systems Leadership for Equity where district and industry leaders and emeritus superintendents came together to address these issues, provide insight, and offer a way to frame conversations around equity, access, and diversity.
In Part 1, the panel discusses belonging and having courageous conversations. Belonging is the centerpiece of any education or formative experience. It gives us the “window” of opportunity we need to continue our equity work. In the current political climate, deep divisions have made “courageous conversation” difficult, but as educators, we are obligated to keep trying.
Systems Leadership for Equity Part 2: Stakeholder Engagement and Community Building
Hosted by ERDI
Sponsored by D2L
In the fall of 2021, ERDI hosted a Thought Leadership Symposium on Systems Leadership for Equity where district and industry leaders and emeritus superintendents came together to address these issues, provide insight, and offer a way to frame conversations around equity, access, and diversity.
In Part 2, the panel discusses hosting forums and opportunities for us to listen to the students, parents, and members of our school communities.
Why Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurial Women Rise to the Top
View this edWebinar to celebrate the launch of a new book, InnovateHERs: Why Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurial Women Rise to the Top. Kathy Hurley and Bobbi Kurshan, the authors, along with Lisa Schmucki, one of the women profiled in the book, offer insights from research on the entrepreneurial mindset. Kathy and Bobbi report on what they learned from their personal interviews with 27 of today’s global, top-performing women. The panel discusses how accomplished, purpose-driven, entrepreneurial women have blazed new trails and risen to the top of their professions around the world.
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May 2, 2022

CANeLearn April 2022 Newsletter

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A newsletter from this pan-Canadian e-learning organization that showed up on Friday.

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Welcome to the April CANeLearn News.

As the blossoms of Spring herald the warmer weather approaching, there are better days in store for educators.  Our curation of online articles offers some insight into our optimism, but they also speak to the need to constantly refine our focus and to reach out and learn from each other.

On that note, some upcoming learning opportunities from CANeLearn and our partners that might be of some interest include:

  • July 8 CANeLearn Leadership Summit  [online]
  • 20th Annual Digital Learning Symposium October 19-21 – Vancouver [hybrid]
  • OTESSA Second international conference May 16-20 [online] — Scroll for info

Note the shift of the annual DL symposium to October to align with the BC provincial Pro-D day.  Watch for a call for proposals coming soon!

Also, scroll down for links to resources and ideas to build into your practice now, or as you prepare for the next school year that is just around the corner!

April Digital Learning Symposium – Archives available

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Read, watch, listen

Blended Learning: Three Things to Stop, Improve and Start!

Blended learning is the future of education in a post-pandemic world. The third instalment of Stop, Improve, Start offers up bite-sized suggestions on how to make it work for everyone.

Read the full article here
Read the full series here

Classroom learning is back, but does that spell the end of digital learning? Here’s why it shouldn’t

Universities are welcoming international students back to campuses, but should that herald the end of digital learning?  No says the authors, the quality of education is now tied to the quality of hybrid in-person and online learning and is one of the three top factors international students consider when choosing a study destination.

Read the full article here

School decision-makers missed the mark with pandemic policies, say parents

Parents say the well-being of kids was not a priority for policymakers. Sixty-seven percent of those with children under age 18, up to 72 percent for six to 12-year-olds, said not given enough consideration was given to the well-being of children when making decisions during the pandemic.

Read the full article here

How student perceptions about online learning difficulty influenced satisfaction during Covid-19 responses

This study investigates the transition to online learning during Covid-19 to identify factors that influenced students’ satisfaction with the online learning environment. The study found that students’ experience with online learning can be negatively affected by information overload and perceived technical skill requirements.  Qualitative evidence suggests a lack of social interactions, class format, and ambiguous communication also affected perceived learning.

Read the full article here


Defining quality and online learning

Institutions are struggling to define online or digital learning for their students. Students need to know whether a course requires attendance on campus, whether they need to be online at a set time, and what kind, of course, it will be (fully online, blended/hybrid, etc.). Online learning has several well-established sets of quality assurance standards that were established prior to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, in general, these standards were totally ignored as institutions moved to emergency remote learning.

Read the full article here


The Digital versus Brick-and-Mortar Balancing Game

The blended campus required after two years of upheaval calls for out-of-the-box thinking about what to keep and what to discard from both digital and physical work and learning spaces. Technology leaders face critical decisions regarding workplace culture, physical classroom design, and traditional campus spaces.

Read more here



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How I adapted my teaching and landed on my feet when COVID turned classrooms upside down

A first-person account by a teacher in Alberta on how he and his colleagues used technology and ingenuity to stay connected with students with the pandemic forced all classes online.

Read the full article here

12 Golden Principles for Effectively Using Learning Technologies

  1. Good teaching may overcome a poor choice in the use of technology, but technology will never save bad teaching; usually, it makes it worse.
  2. Each medium has its own aesthetic.
  3. Educational technologies are flexible.
  4. Every medium has specific educational benefits and limitations.
  5. Multiple media are usually more effective than a single medium, but this has to be balanced with efficiency.
  6. Interaction is essential.
  7. Student numbers are critical.
  8. New technologies are not necessarily better than old ones.
  9. Teaching is a skilled discipline, with strong theory and research to support technology decision-making.
  10. To exploit fully the potential of technology, the teaching also needs to change.
  11. Teamwork is valuable – but expensive.
  12. Technology is not the issue.

    Read the full article here

While all school-aged children have been affected by the pandemic, it hasn’t been equal for everyone

While experts are still exploring just how these disruptions are changing the learning landscape, Professor Kathryn Underwood, from Ryerson’s School of Early Childhood Studies, notes that the pandemic experiences of disabled children have been mixed, with some children benefiting greatly from being at home and being online. But many children have also experienced extreme isolation, poor educational experiences, and a lack of access to services they are entitled.

Read the full article here


Pandemic Effects: Ableism, Exclusion, and Procedural Bias

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed social organizations and altered children’s worlds. The narrow focus of governments on the economy, childcare, and schooling does not reflect the scope of experiences of families and disabled children. We describe emerging findings of what the effects of the pandemic closures demonstrate about the social valuing of childhood, disability, and diverse family lives in early childhood education and care.

Read the full article here

Key Strategies for Engaging Students in Virtual Learning Environments

The student engagement and relationship-building strategies discussed in this report are based on the current practices of teachers working in virtual schools or programs. Their expertise is provided as a way to aid teachers and administrators of both traditional and nontraditional schools and districts that have teachers and school leaders who are developing their skills and abilities as virtual educators.

Read the full article here

Open/Technology in Education Society and Scholarship Association

Second international conference

Online – May 16-20, 2022

Theme: Critical Change

Transitions of Online Learning and Teaching

Addressing the New Inequities

Sustaining Positive Change



Link to:

Registration Information

Keynote Speakers and Invited Speakers



Resources for the Digital Classroom


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Stephen Downes: A Dozen Neat NASA Resources for Students and Teachers
NASA is a model of what other scientific agencies could do to advance interest and engagement in the field. This page points to a number of free NASA resources.

Stephen Downes: List of Educational YouTube Channels
Stephen has long argued that YouTube is one of the best learning applications out there. This post lists dozens and dozens of educational YouTube channels.


Check out these sites with updates shared previously… 

62 Educational Netflix Shows to Stream in Your Classroom
Students love watching videos and luckily there are a lot of education ones you can showcase in the classroom. Netflix has a wealth of documentaries and series to stream. List is organized by grade level.

Leveraging Tech Tools to Build Community in Your Classroom
Slideshow on the what, why, and how of community building.

Common Sense Selections for Learning
The Common Sense seal program recognizes outstanding media with an official seal for quality and impact. Common Sense Selections for Learning are best-in-class media resources and tools that facilitate great learning experiences for students and educators.

Best Digital Education Tools for Teachers to Teach Online
While there are tons of options out there in the form of apps, software, and programs, they are definitely not all created equally. Parents, teachers, or school districts looking for a better way to take on hybrid or home-based virtual education can improve classroom participation, information intake, and much more.

Kahoot Guide to Creating Engaging and Fun Learning Games
Kahoot is a game-based learning website that allows teachers and students to create, explore, and play a wide variety of educational games.

OER K-12 Resource List
Links to a variety of resources for elementary and secondary curriculum with icons indicating relevance to Canadian and Indigenous content as well as by subject matter.

Engagement Strategies for Hybrid & HyFlex courses
HyFlex combines the terms “hybrid” and “flexible.” Hybrid refers to teaching and learning that integrates face-to-face synchronous and online asynchronous learning experiences. HyFlex learning gives students flexibility and choice by allowing learners to choose their participation path for each class. This comprehensive resource is CC-BY-NC-SA licensed and provides suggestions and resources for utilizing hyflex-hybrid engagement activities in your online and/or classroom teaching.  Page seven offers examples of engagement strategies and resources as does page 27.

Beyond the Basics: Teaching with Zoom’s New Tools
If you’re stuck in a Zoom rut and tired of limiting your classes to basic video, screen sharing, and polls, Beyond the Basics is free online training from Contact North | Contact Nord’s e-Learning Training Facilitator.  Learn how to increase engagement and accessibility for all types of learners by:

  • Enabling live transcriptions for added accessibility
  • Using PowerPoint in a virtual background as a more immersive way to present
  • Using focus mode to help learners avoid distractions by only seeing the host’s webcam
  • Using immersive view for creative discussions
  • Setting up and using exit surveys for all types of feedback

The link above will take you to more information and a schedule of live training sessions.

What is a Padlet? Teachers’ Step by Step Guide
Padlet is an online bulletin board that teachers and students can use to collaborate, curate, and share digital content. The way Padlet works is simple and easy: users create padlets and add posts to them; others interact with publicly shared posts (e.g, through comments and reactions) or contribute by adding more resources. Posts can contain various types of digital content such as text, videos, audio recordings, screencasts, weblinks, graphs, images, GIFs, and many more. Check out this great guide from BCCampus.

WEBSITES you didn’t know you NEEDED to know!!

A collection of video resources of websites you did not know you need! This is the winner from Jen Giffen’s BlendEd BC Demo Slam

Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All
When we try to replicate classroom experiences in an online environment, it’s easy to think of video conferencing as our go-to tool for all sorts of learning objectives—and for good reason. Most of us have participated in a video conference at work or had a video chat with friends or family at some point. We like the idea of being able to see and hear our students while interacting with them in real-time just like we do when teaching face to face. But there are two key factors that make this approach problematic.

Teaching Online Resources
The online teaching experience involves pedagogical methods that can be very different from those that many instructors are accustomed to using in a face-to-face environment. Fostering self-directed learning in a digital environment, conceptualizing the learning goals and methods of assessments, requires learner-centered practices and intentional instructional design.  Includes resources providing foundational support for teaching online.

Frameworks, Tools, Resources
A directory of links to resources compiled by BCcampus. Updated frequently.

Information Directory: Blogs and Opinions, Books and Videos, News, Research and Reports
An information directory created to fill the need for Canadian-based information, specifically British Columbia, on open education; however, content from many English-speaking countries is included. This is an ongoing resource that is updated as information becomes available.

Embracing Ways of Knowing
BCcampus supported the co-creation of the OER Pulling Together: A Guide for the Indigenization of Post-secondary Institutions. These resources are designed to

  • Engage with varying audiences, including administration and educational leadership, teaching faculty, student services personnel, researchers, and instructional designers;
  • Include resources and considerations on meaningful and authentic engagement;
  • Supplement rather than replace training currently offered.

Conferencing Tools for teaching & learning: Best practices
Included are considerations for general etiquette, hosting virtual office hours, facilitating group work and presentations, lecturing, showing videos, hosting external presenters, and managing the space. Additionally, theoretical frameworks to support best practices when teaching online are provided.

A UK program of professional learning by and for teachers to support the pedagogy of blended learning. BlendEd helps teachers, school leaders, and other educators design effective teaching and learning that makes the most of digital technologies – in the classroom and from home, live and self-paced, in-person and online.

Creating and Using Rubrics for Assessment
Useful ideas for creating and using rubrics with guidelines for assessing a wide variety of activities, including e-portfolios, video and multimedia projects, teamwork, and research process.

Tips to Make Your LMS Content Accessible
While focused on Moodle, the information contained in this post can be applied to any LMS.

Designing for Accessibility (PDF posters) 
Includes tips for designing content for accessibility for special needs such as autism, dyslexia, users of screen readers, low vision, physical or motor disabilities, deaf or hard of hearing, and anxiety.

An Important Distance Learning Resource for Teachers, Students, and Parents

Wide Open School offers free learning activities for all grades. Students can browse activities related to various subjects including social studies, emotional wellbeing, reading and writing, math, arts, music, science, English language learning, digital citizenship, and more. Within each of these activities, you can search for materials by grade level or search label. You can for instance search for activities that include videos, worksheets, lessons, etc. Some of these activities offer free downloadable materials. You can also share them to Google Classroom.

Tools for Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning, or PBL, challenges students to design and engage in more authentic, extended, and complex learning. But while PBL is a trusted strategy for increasing student engagement and learning, it’s not easy to orchestrate. If you’re doing it right, students will be engaging in a variety of interest-driven projects all with various needs and on different schedules. So how do you manage it all? Tech can be a huge help. This list gathers some useful productivity and organization tools that can help both teachers and students keep track of, finish, and assess projects. There are also a few tools designed specifically for PBL, as well as plug-and-play PBL experiences. Learn about these tools here

Rough Guide for Spotting Bad Science

Being able to evaluate the evidence behind a scientific claim is important. Being able to recognize bad science reporting, or faults in scientific studies is equally important. Includes 12 points to help separate the science from the pseudoscience. Download the PDF here

ABC Learning Design 

Spreadsheet template to facilitate the collaborative design of learning scenarios. Check it out here

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The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a vision to be the leading voice in Canada for learner success in K-12 online and blended learning.  CANeLearn provides members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities..

CANeLearn promotes effective practice in online and blended learning; fosters community and facilitates interaction among online and blended learning educators; and connects educators to online and blended learning organizations.


April 21, 2022

MFNERC April E-News

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A newsletter from a Canadian organization that manages a K-12 online program.

Lighting the Fire 2022

MFNERC is proud to present this year’s Lighting the Fire Conference May 11–13, 2022, at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre in Winnipeg. Registration is open and filling up quickly. Claim your spot today! This year’s theme is Every Child Has a Gift: Nurturing Students with the Tools to Thrive.

Register Today

Youth Gathering 2022

We would like to thank everyone who attended. It’s always great when we can gather with youth, our future generations.

The theme was mamawi mino pimotehowin selotineh ahla soowa hodel wi’taya c’anka was’te kin omani mino miikana ji bimosaang or “walking the good path together.”

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First Annual MFNERC Career Fair

The Resource Centre hosted its first Career Fair. The virtual platform made for a great turnout from schools across Manitoba and 36 career booths. The day opened with leaders and directors offering prayers and words of encouragement. The students participated in interactive booth visits, contests, and career presentations.

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Gathering for Our Languages

Ki kiikidowininaand Maamawi’opiwin:
Our Language Our Identity

Join us at the Canad Inns Centre Club Regent in Winnipeg June 2-3, 2022 for the Manitoba Aboriginal Languages Strategy (MALS) Language Symposium. Registration is now open.

Registration Form

Workshop Abstract Form

Lighting the Fire Tradeshow

Tables are filling up quickly for the Lighting the Fire Tradeshow.

Reserve your table now to ensure your spot on the floor!

Employment Opportunities

Now accepting teacher applications for the upcoming MFNSS school year.

Please send your resume and employment applications to our new email for all MFNERC/MFNSS employment opportunities:

Copyright © 2022 MFNERC, All rights reserved.

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Winnipeg Toll Free: 1-866-319-4857 | Thompson Toll Free: 1-877-506-1568
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April 16, 2022

LEARN News | April 2022 – Spring Is Here!

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A newsletter from a Canadian-based K-12 e-learning program.

APRIL 2022



Upcoming Workshop

Parenting In the 21st Century: Navigating Social Media/Screen Time/Gaming 
Date: April 26, 2022
Time: 7-8 PM

In this webinar we will discuss what are the risks and benefits of kids’ use of digital devices and what is recommended depending on the age of the child.  We will focus on what parents can do to manage children’s and teen’s screen time behaviours and ways to promote a more healthy and safe engagement with social media and the internet.

Presented by Centre of Excellence for Mental Health
Zmira King Ph.D, Psychologist LBPSB, CEMH
& Carolyn Klein, M.A. Psychologist, LBPSB, CEMH



Revitalizing Schools & Communities


LEARN’s Provincial Resource Team (PRT) is hosting the
CLC VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2022 on April 27-29, 2022.

The conference will bring together CLC teams, school and community partners to engage in plenary discussions, workshops, and opportunities to network with colleagues. The conference is for CDAs, CLC Principals, SB reps, and their community partners. Each day participants will dive into the following topics:

Day 1:  Mental Health and Wellness
Day 2:  Equity – Diversity – Inclusion – Belonging
Day 3: CLC Development & Outreach


With You Through Exams!

Our spring session of LEARN tutoring is back as of April 4.
Elementary tutoring ends on June 9.
Secondary tutoring continues into the June exam period for exams scheduled between June 10 – 21.



Virtual Campus Success Stories



Powered by LEARN

LEARN’s Needs Assessment Survey was sent to all secondary schools in March and we look forward to hearing from new and old school partners across the province to plan how we can support online learning, both Real-Time and Self-Paced, for the 2022-2023 school year.

All requests for online learning support MUST come from the school or school board.



Practice! Practice! Practice!

Getting started on the review of concepts for your end-of-the-year evaluations? For students in Secondary, we provide self-tests for select courses. Write and rewrite these assessments multiple times. Feedback is instant.

  • Sec. 3 Math
  • Math CST 4
  • Physics
  • Science and the Environment
  • Science and Technology


Spoken Word – Authentic Performance Opportunities: Quebec Youth Slam and Open Mic

At LEARN, we love supporting the authentic spoken word performances of students. There are two optional ways for students to share their spoken word pieces with other students from across the province.

1. Quebec Youth Slam – Students in Secondary Cycle 1 and 2 are invited to participate in an online Slam Poetry competition scheduled for May 5 and 6, 2022. Teachers with students interested in participating in an online Slam should click on the link below. Space is limited. We look forward to announcing the top spoken word performers across Quebec’s English School Network.

2. Recorded “open mic” – Students are invited to share a recorded spoken word piece. LEARN will host an “open mic” featuring Elementary Cycle 3 and Secondary Cycle 1&2 performances in June.



Outdoor Education YouTube Playlist

To catch up on our Outdoor Education webinars visit our new Outdoor Education playlist on the LEARN YouTube Channel to hear directly from teachers about their experience working outdoors with their students:



Ed4Rec Networking Session and Poster Presentations

Join us to network and build relationships with other educators who are interested in bringing reconciliation with Indigenous communities into their schools and local communities. We will gather to share exciting projects that educators and youth participated in during this school year.

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Time: 3:00-4:15pm
Zoom Event




Jeudi 28 avril 2022:
B2 : SÉRIE LEARN – La ludopédagogie (Primaire – Secondaire)
Julie Paré, LEARN, Nancy Langlois, ESSB

B9 : COLLOQUE FLS EN MILIEU AUTOCHTONE – Lire le monde autochtone : les textes courants et littéraires à la Commission scolaire crie (Secondaire)
Sylwia Bielec, LEARN

D8 : SÉRIE LEARN – La compétence numérique en action : un seul site central (Primaire – Secondaire)
Craig Bullett, LEARN

Vendredi 29 avril 2022:
E8 : SÉRIE LEARN – Le Continuum de développement de la littératie (Préscolaire – Primaire – Secondaire)
Thomas Stenzel, LEARN et Monic Farrell, SWLSB

G8 : SÉRIE LEARN – L’apprentissage en plein air pour tous (Préscolaire – Primaire – Secondaire)
Chris Colley, LEARN, Carolyn Buteau, LEARN

H5 : SÉRIE LEARN – Les tableaux de choix (« choice boards »), synonymes de motivation et d’autonomie (Primaire – Secondaire)
Carolyn Buteau, LEARN et Chris Colley, LEARN



The Fundamentals of Preschool with ECE Expert and Professor Donna Skea

This will be added to the first session we held in February. Open to all invested in Preschool and Cycle 1 learners.

Tuesday, April 5th – Creating playful environments for students
Tuesday, May 3rd – Observing children during free-play
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm EST
Virtual zoom event

Please note:
Register once for both sessions. Recordings will be available after the webinar.

ZOOM link will be sent to those registered prior to the webinar



ScratchED Week: MEETUP Extravaganza!

Join The LEARN Ped Team for Scratch WEEK, a global celebration of Scratch.
We invite you to imagine, create, and share with others in our Scratch community!

When: Friday, May 20, 2022
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm EST
Virtual zoom event


$1500 School Grants

Applications for $1500 ArtistsInspire Schools Grants for the 2021-2022 school year are still open!

Check out these step-by-step videos for:

If you haven’t already done so, APPLY NOW to bring quality in-person and virtual Arts & Culture experiences with a Professional Artist to your English public elementary and secondary school.

To plan your ArtistsInspire experience, check out the ready-made workshops here:

Elementary School Workshop Catalogue:


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