Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Koha digital library system #169

Learning Commons Overdue notices go virtual

The Learning Commons Leader Madame Brownell was part of a pilot project this year to try out a new online system for tracking overdue books and check outs.  In a school the size of Edwards having overdue notices printed and sent home with each student was clearly onerous and wasteful.  With the new system not only are parents and students able to track books and due dates online, the paper trail was completely eliminated.

Up-cycled Hamburgers #168

Grade 2 French Immersion students gathered up all of the left over bits from many art projects this year and created delicious, sky-high, hamburgers.  There was even some raiding of the recycle bins going on.  Looks tasty grade 2.


Les hamburger de la classe de 3F on PhotoPeach

 




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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 1 
Date Submitted:          June, 2012
Leaders Involved:      2F


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Reusable school tote bags #167

Parent council was thinking green when they planned their fundraising this year.  They offered parents and staff École Edwards reusable totes.  They're pretty sharp looking and they sport our new school logo.




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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 1 
Date Submitted:          June, 2012
Leaders Involved:      2F


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Recycled Skate Park #166

There are many individual stories of student leaders generating innovative environmental projects at École Edwards.   One such project is an amazing collection of tech deck ramps built by a young man named Ethan in grade 2 - everything is constructed out of recycled cardboard!

Way to go Ethan!  Interview with the builder to follow, stay tuned.



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Friday, June 8, 2012

Meal Worms: #165

Meal Worm Study


Grade 3 students are caring for their very own meal worms as they study, observe and record behavior and stages of the life cycle.  The worms have been named, fed, and housed on the students' desks.  This is serious, engaging work.  The school is an interesting place, meal worms, painted lady butterfly larvae, red wigglers, all teaching our students the role creatures play on our planet and how to care for them.


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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 3 (1 class) 
Date Submitted:          June, 2012
Leaders Involved:      3Q


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Bird Feeders: #164

Bird Feeders


Grade 1 students built bird feeders to care for our feathered friends during the long winter months.  The design came from some unexpected collaboration with Mr. H., one of our custodians.  Leaders are everywhere at École Edwards and collaborating with experts and working the way one would in "the discipline" is what authentic learning is all about.



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Up-cycled Bottles: #162 - 163

Found Art Fish


Grade 4 students repurposed used water bottles as fish to use as decorations for the spring concert.  Are these not the sweetest most whimsical fish you have ever seen?!




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Up-cycled Cases: #161

Found Art Frames


Grade 2 students create works of art within old CD jewel cases for their Dad's on Father's day.




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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 2 (1 class)
Date Submitted:         June 2012
Leaders Involved:      2F


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E-cycle: Project #156 - 160

E-cycle week


During their drive to Change the World in 5 Minutes a Day grade 4 students put out a call to the entire school population to bring in old electronics that could be diverted from the city's landfill and recycled instead.  In the actual photo of the Airdrie landfill taken the week of the challenge, can you spot items that could have been re-used or recycled?  Maybe Airdrie residents will visit our blog, see how easy it is to be responsible, and make a change.

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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 4 (5 classes)
Date Submitted:         September 2012
Leaders Involved:      4M&D, 4L, 4Mac, 4H


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Digital Newsletters: #155

E-cycle week


During their drive to Change the World in 5 Minutes a Day grade 4 students put out a call to the entire school population to bring in old electronics that could be diverted from the city's landfill and recycled instead.  In the actual photo of the Airdrie landfill taken the week of the challenge, can you spot items that could have been re-used or recycled?  Maybe Airdrie residents will visit our blog, see how easy it is to be responsible, and make a change.

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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 4 (5 classes)
Date Submitted:         September 2012
Leaders Involved:      4M&D, 4L, 4Mac, 4H


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Star Logs: #154

Reading Star Logs


Each year the Learning Commons at Edwards hosts a Readers are Leaders reading week.  Students log the books they have read and we track our minutes read as an entire school.  The event is in it's third year and it runs pretty smoothly.

This year we shifted our thinking a bit.  This is another one of those small shift changes.  With that shift comes small subtle ways of changing how we do things to be more environmentally aware.  Below there are 2 photographs.  The first is of the original reading star log posted to the school website (this link will take you to that posting) for students to download, fill out and return to school.

The second photo is the revised version of that star log (our students read A LOT of books!).  What do you notice about the 2 different logs?

The best part about our small shift projects is that they often happened after the fact.  Someone had a look at how an event was rolling out and said hey, we can do better.  Let's make  small shift change.



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We are communicators.  In this case the Readers are Leaders Week had already begun, the star logs were already posted to the school website, and some students had already submitted completed stars to their teachers.  Did that stop Madame B.?  No way!  She heard the suggestion, posted a link to the environmentally friendly star logs, and carried on.  

Grade(s) Involved:     All
Date Submitted:         April 2012
Leaders Involved:      Madame B., Madame W.

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Clean-Up Follow-Up: #153

Clean Sweep follow-up


Our clean sweep was followed up by a project by Mr. Mac's grade 4 students who plotted the types of litter they found and how it was distributed across the playground.  The waste poster below was created so that as students found waste on the schoolyard, they plotted it with coloured pins to create awareness of where litter was of the greatest concern and where each piece of waste should have ended up.  It also allowed the students to discuss wind and other factors that move waste in our community.


This legend suggests where the waste should have been placed or recylced by students:



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We are critical thinkers.  It seems inevitable that some trash will end up in the schoolyard.  For Mr. Mac's class they not only picked up the trash but analysed where trash was the biggest problem and where it should have been placed.  Most of the items found were 100% recyclable.  By moving beyond trash collection to data analysis these students have the information they need to find real solutions to the problem of trash in the school yard.

Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 4 (1 class)
Date Submitted:         April, 2012
Leaders Involved:      4Mac

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Up-cycled Scraps: #152

Learning Commons building challenge


To celebrate our Scholastic Book Fair theme students were invited to create robots from found materials only.













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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 3 & 4 English (5 classes)
Date Submitted:         October 2011
Leaders Involved:      3/4G, 3D&K, 3L, 4Mac, 4H

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Up-cycled Lids: #147 - 151

Plastic lids as frames for art work


These stunning self-portraits are contained in a recycled frame.  If this collection of projects is to demonstrate environmental awareness it must also be mentioned that Edwards students are creators of beautiful works of art.  Bravo to the teachers who inspire them.







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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 3 & 4 English (5 classes)
Date Submitted:         October 2011
Leaders Involved:      3/4G, 3D&K, 3L, 4Mac, 4H

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Up-cycled Rolls: #145 - 146

Penguin Projects out of toilet rolls

Grade 1 students found a use for toilet paper rolls - they made penguins!



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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 1 (2 classes)
Date Submitted:         June 2012
Leaders Involved:      1W, 1K 

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Used Book Sale: #144

The Spring Fling Book Thing


Students at École Edwards donated used books for a huge school wide book sale.  Proceeds from the sale were divided evenly between new books for the school library and a local charity the students chose.




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Grade(s) Involved:     All
Date Submitted:         May 2012
Leaders Involved:      Madame Brownell (librarian)

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Digital Projects: #143

This virtual collection


Last year our GREEN Projects were well catalogued in an organized binder like this:


It included pages, and pages (lots of paper pages) of our projects, signatures, and photos.  It wasn't the physical binder that was the problem.  It wasn't even the issue of paper conservation, I mean come on, it's ok to put stuff on paper.  The real problem was that our students' environmental stewardship didn't have an authentic audience.  The binder was on a shelf.  This fabulous work cannot sit on a shelf!  It should be shouted out to Airdrie, to Alberta, to other schools wondering how they can make a difference.

And now, here on this blog, in the universe of the internet, our students' work will have the audience it deserves.  We hope for comments, feedback, support, encouragement.  We hope to inspire other schools to LEARN from our projects, to SUCCEED at implementing their own, and to LEAD others to environmental awareness and action.









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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 2 English and French
Date Submitted:         June 2012
Leaders Involved:      2F, 2J, 2L, 2K, 2L, 2S, 

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Musical: #136 - 142

The Green Machine Team . . . La machine verte


This year's year end musical production, presented by grade 2 students, is all about reducing, reusing and recycling.  Students are sending their message out to the community by singing, dancing, playing, and performing!







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Grade(s) Involved:     Grade 2 English and French (7 classes)
Date Submitted:         June 2012
Leaders Involved:      2F, 2J, 2L, 2K, 2L, 2S, 

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