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I was at the Hackspace last night and lots of interest in delivering equipment and co-operation for new content for learning in the community and in schools.

I often wonder if more message has to get out to those helpful folks about what problem based learning is tho'. before a bunch of 3d printers and hack tools show up.  Which comes first the chicken or the egg?

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This page seems to be the most unloved node in our #bcvlc chatter.  Should we plan a tweet up or commentary target time for this one.  I noted on the report card home that the primary students in my family were using Cybersmarts from AUS.. even though the ERAC licenses still include the excellent Canadian tool: http://www.bcerac.ca/agreements/mediasmarts-passport-to-the-internet.aspx

Maybe Passport is just too long for classroom realities.  Would Passport work as a parent / child activity.. or should it.  Forget Homework help.. what about home-inquiry? 

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Open source in schools is an important concept to manage investment in shifts for learning.  Edmedia included this talk on an Vancouver web open source learning project... being written for Alaska schools.... what about BC : http://thejibe.com/edmedia

would be cool to see a #bcvlc group watching this tech.
Edmedia
Edmedia
thejibe.com

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The American Library Association will be launching a new online hub for digital literacy support and training at their annual conference in Chicago. It looks like it will be a valuable resource for librarians, teachers, and anyone working with young people, consisting of both learning opportunities and an online community.

Check it out and let us know what you think!
Digital Learning Center
Digital Learning Center
digitallearn.org

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ERAC has posted the videos from their recent IT4K12 conference and there are many very good sessions to view. For this group, I'd particularly recommend "Building Online Learning Communities" from Lorri Fehr (District Principal, SD8) and Neil Stephenson (District Principal SD37). It provides a wonderful example of the use of Wordpress and Buddypress to connect schools. There's much to learn from their experiences.

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Tomorrow is #edcampwest in Vancouver, Victoria and online.  I wonder how many #bcvlc"ers will be there. Sign up for free and lurk or holler about disrupting ed.  Pls put out on your networks registrations still welcome

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If you're in YVR maybe make it to Maker Faire?  Especially the webmakers topic @Mozilla#Webmaker booth. Sunday 1-2 Webmaker wrkshop http://ow.ly/1WLTcG

If anyone has public links to their existing school Virtual Learning Commons, or district VLC, it would be great if you could share them here. It would be really helpful to get a sense of what is already being done at the school and district level, and what unique contribution a provincial VLC could make.

As well, even to hear about plans for upcoming VLCs would be useful.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Next week I will be spending 5 days advocating for audiobooks for print disabled Canadians.  Talking books are made with a simple amount of XML + some performance work + some middle tier media tech, is there a grade fit on digital literacy in BC Secondary for libravox type projects?  Drama class + comp sci + lit? and would we archive it?
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