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In the Loop – June 20, 2024

KEY RESOURCES IN LANGLEY

HONOURING TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

June is National Indigenous History Month
A reminder that June is National Indigenous History Month – below are some links to some fabulous Indigenous resources for teachers as they wrap up the school year as well as a link to a list of excellent indigenous books to choose from for your own summer reading.

  • National Indigenous History Month offers access to a learning portal with various Canadian resources to learn about Indigenous history, languages, cultures, and experiences. Much of the learning material was created or co-created by Indigenous Peoples.
  • 35 books to read for National Indigenous Month is a list of books by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors. A wonderful list with succinct summaries of each offering, it’s a great resource to help you choose some of your summer reading selections.

DISTRICT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
To see our full calendar of offerings, visit
www.thinklangley.com

Ensouling Our Schools 2023-2024 with Len Pierre | Think Langley On-Demand website
“Teach us love, compassion, and honour that we may heal the earth and heal each other.”
– Ojibwe Prayer

As part of the Langley School District’s continuing work around Truth and Reconciliation and Ensouling our Schools, over the last year, we had the good fortune of having Len Pierre provide us with an incredible speaker series that touched on topics such as reconciliation, embedding Indigenous cultural safety into our lives and schools, two-eyed seeing, and Indigenous teachings on wellness. This four-part series is a must-watch for any district staff and is available for all staff to access at any time through our Think Langley website (see link above).

Part 1: The Path to Reconciliation | Register

Part 2: Embedding Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility into Our Schools | Register

Part 3: Introduction to Two-Eyed Seeing: Indigenous Cultural Safety Practices | Register

Part 4: The Teachings of Wellness | Register

Provincial Pro-D Day | Friday October 25, 2024
While it may seem like a long way off, it is never too early to start thinking about options for the Provincial Pro-D Day next October.  The Langley School District will be hosting two Professional Development Conferences here in Langley on Friday October 25 – see below for more details:

  • NEW! Connecting the Pieces: The Early Years Conference | October 25, 2024 I Register
    Connecting the Pieces: Pre-K and Kindergarten Conference is our annual conference dedicated to professional development for kindergarten teachers and early childhood educators.
    Our workshop line-up includes local and internationally recognized experts selected to share their innovative and practical ideas for working with young learners. Featured Speaker Raffi!
  • Langley Middle School Literacy Conference | Save the Date | October 25, 2024
    We are excited to be hosting the first ever Langley Middle School Literacy Conference at Yorkson Creek Middle School on the Provincial Pro-D Day on Friday October 25!  This will be an opportunity for Middle school teachers from around the district to gather together and share best classroom practices, strategies, resources, supports and intervention strategies for middle school learners.  Our keynote speaker will be Robin Bright, Professor at the University of Lethbridge and author of “Sometimes Reading is Hard.”  Registration and more information will be released when schools reopen in September.

EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Register for the First Peoples Summer Learning Institute | Aug 27-29, 2024
Registration is now open until August 19 for the Learning First Peoples Summer Institute August 27-29 in downtown Vancouver. Coordinated by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association, the institute is designed to support educators to bring quality, authentic First Peoples teaching and learning into B.C. Classrooms. Email info@fnesc.ca if you have questions.
Workshops:

  • 27: English First Peoples Gr. 10-12 Teacher Resource Guide
  • 28: BC First Peoples 12 Teacher Resource Guide
  • 29, Math & Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guides

UBC Faculty of Education Pro-D Opportunities:

  • TELP (Transformative Educational Leadership program) | Start Date: October 2024 | Application Deadline: July 14, 2024
    Join the Transformational Educational Leadership Program (TELP) and be part of a community dedicated to driving significant changes in the educational system as they celebrate a decade of impactful leadership! TELP is a one-year, cohort-based program for K-12 professionals and those in related fields who are eager to lead system-wide educational transformations.
  • Assessment for Equity online program | Start Date: October 2024 | Application Deadline: September 15, 2024
    Discover the transformative power of assessment for learning (AFL) through a culturally diverse lens! This fully online program invites educators to explore how formative assessment principles transcend cultural boundaries. Gain insights into designing instructional strategies that truly connect with every learner in the multicultural classrooms.
  • Masters of Educational Technology Program | Start Date: January 2
    The Master of Educational Technology (MET) program equips professionals with the expertise to harness and understand digital learning technologies. This fully online graduate program offers a unique opportunity to study and engage in Technology-supported instruction and planning and management of learning technologies and eLearning. Design and development of digital learning technologies and environments will also be covered, as well as digital literacy and digital culture in formal and informal learning contexts.

UBC Bursaries available for French Language Educators this summer | More info
Bursaries are still available for teachers wanting to practice their French language skills this summer. UBC is offering in-person and online French Summer Institutes with three different options: one week, two weeks, or three weeks. Participants will take part in authentic Francophone experiences and will focus on conversation and culture.

French Summer Camps for Kids, Teens & Adults | Alliance Francaise Vancouver | Kids & Teens | Adults Summer camps are starting soon, with a new session every two weeks! Register your children now, there are still a few spots available. We also offer summer courses for adults in July and August, so take advantage of the summer to learn French!

CAfLN Alberta Conference 2024 – Assessment as Communication | Oct 3-5, 2024 | More info
This fall conference is taking place in Canmore, Alberta. The organizers are incredibly excited to be working with  Alberta Assessment Consortium (AAC) and the Calgary Regional Consortium (CRC)
The CAfLN Alberta Assessment Conference will draw from assessment experts nationwide! Engage with keynote speakers, including Damian Cooper, Lorna Earl, Ken O’Connor, and Katie White. Dive into breakout sessions, led by local and national classroom assessment experts, exploring diverse assessment topics including sessions on the conference theme ‘Assessment as Communication: Let’s Talk’.

Provincial Pro-D Day | Friday October 25, 2024
While it may seems like a long ways off, it is never too early to start thinking about options for the Provincial Pro-D Day next October.  There are a number of great opportunities for professional learning available in the fall – some where registration is already open, and others which would be to save the date and mark your calendars – see the options below:

  • 63rd Northwest Mathematics Conference – October 24-26, 2024 | Register
    The Northwest Mathematics Association will be hosting their annual conference in Whistler on October 24-26, 2024.  This year’s theme is “Landscapes for Learning Mathematics” and the organizing team has put together a very impressive list of presenters including Joanne Archibald, Howie Hua, Dr, Peter Liljedahl and Dr. Mariam Small. As well, the full schedule with over 90 breakout sessions is now up on their website and registration is now open.
  • Classrooms to Communities: Rooted in Relationship | Provincial Conference Oct 25-26, 2024 | More info
    Based in British Columbia, Canada, the C2C Education Network connects classrooms and communities across the province to grow collaboration, leadership and mentorship capacity for place-based education and environmental literacy. Join us in October for this transformative 2-day professional development event featuring engaging speakers, workshops, networking and celebrations on Friday, Oct. 25 and immersive, community-based field experiences around the Metro Vancouver region on Saturday, Oct. 26.

POPEY Presents: Matt Glover online writing series | More info
POPEY is presenting a learning opportunity for next year with their guest presenter Matt Glover, based on work from his newest book: How to Become a Better Writing Teacher: Supporting Engagement, Composition, and Quality in Student Writers. There’s a one-page overview, followed by four additional pages which each outline a detailed descriptor for all of the sessions. These four after-school sessions are FREE to BC primary educators and registration is now open!

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STAFF/STUDENTS/CLASSES

An Invitation to OTOSAN: A story about love beyond words | In Theatre February 2025 | More info
2024/25 educators and classes are invited to attend a captivating and enriching new theatre for young audiences show titled Otosan, playing in February 2025 at Gateway Theatre. This play is A Little Onion Puppet Co. production, created by Vancouver-based artists Shizuka Kai, Randi Edmundson, and Jess Amy Shead, and presented by Gateway Theatre. Join Shizu and her Otosan (father in Japanese), as they traverse through snowy landscapes and tackle challenges together, eventually learning how to communicate their love.

Best Buy Opportunity | Teen Tech for Tomorrow | Deadline June 28, 2024

  • Teen Tech Grants | More info
    Teen Tech Grants are available for Canadian public secondary schools to help introduce or improve tech for students from Grades 8 to 12 (2nd year Secondary to 1st year Cégep). All Teen Tech Grant recipients will receive grants of up to $10,000 and become members of our new Teen Tech Network, a national community of teens and schools who can collaborate on projects and compete for prizes and technology.
  • Teen Tech Teams | More info
    Our new Teen Tech Teams program will provide funding for high school level robotics teams for materials and equipment to attend a robotics competition in the 2024/25 season. We’re proud to partner with Alienware to provide each winning team with a $5,000 grant and one Alienware laptop by Dell.

TECH TIPS

Digital Year End File Clean-up. Teachers and students need to take some time to manage their files and download files from cloud spaces. This is an important yearend habit that will save students future frustrations when trying to find a file and will prepare teachers for a fresh digital start in September.

Student Images:

  • For Teacher Safety: To maintain FOIPPA protocols, teachers should not have student photos on their personal devices (eg. Phone). If you do have student photos on your device,  go through your phone and delete the student photos that are no longer needed. If there are student photos that are needed, upload them to the school Team. There should be no student photos on your device when you go to leave for summer (this is for your own safety!).

Microsoft Class Teams:

  • Students should save items from the Team into their OneDrive
  • Teacher: should remove students from the Class Team so they do not continue to communicate through over the summer when the teacher may not be seeing the communications
  • Teachers should archive the team:  Archiving a Class Team  (Web view)

Book Creator:

  • Students/Families at home: Should download on to their family device and Book Creator books their child created by a date set by the teacher. Downloading a Book Creator Book: Downloading a Book Creator Book  (Web view)
  • Teachers: Should tidy up their book creator libraries deleting practice books and student books once they have downloaded them at home.

OneDrive:

iPads:

  • Teachers (or student leaders monitored by teachers), could go through the iPads, deleting photos from the Photo app.

Design/ADST Competition grades 4-12. win a 3D printer:

  • We (SkilledTradesBC) would like to share an immersive hands-on Maker Mini Golf project on behalf of UBC’s Edith Lando Virtual Learning Centre and crafted by Nate Lott, a visionary Tech Ed teacher from School District 20 – Kootenay-Columbia. According to Nate, students will dive into the world of real-world problem-solving as they embark on creating their very own mini golf course. Participants will engage in planning a model of a mini golf course while honing essential trade-focused skills.
  • Once designs are complete, students will have a chance to showcase their work to the world and win a 3D printer for their classroom! Whether teachers guide students through a comprehensive slide set, or students tackle the project independently, the Maker Mini Golf project promises an exciting journey of learning and discovery.
    • Open to Grades 4-12 students. See attached poster and → visit the website for more details.
    • For more information about the project, please contact Nate Lott at nlott@sd20.bc.ca.
    • Submissions to win a 3D printer will be accepted up to June 30th, 2024 (this date is confirmed).

 

In the Loop – June 6, 2024

KEY RESOURCES IN LANGLEY

HONOURING TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

June is National Indigenous History Month | More info
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This is an important month for all of us to recognize and celebrate the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Canada.  The Government of Canada has an entire website devoted to Indigenous History Month which includes access to learning resources, information about the ongoing Reconciliation journey in Canada and information about National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.  You can access the website at the link above.

DISTRICT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
To see our full calendar of offerings, visit
www.thinklangley.com

The Teachings of Wellness with Len Pierre I Register
“Teach us love, compassion, and honour that we may heal the earth and heal each other.”
– Ojibwe Prayer

Join us for this phenomenal finale to Len Pierre’s four-part Ensouling Our Schools series. In this session, Len will guide us on an incredible journey through wellness from an Indigenous perspective. He will talk to us about the Seven Sacred Teachings, which he calls ‘internal medicine,’ and the Four Community Medicines that we each, as human beings, need access to. He will also speak about the Seven Grandfather Teachings, and how they can and should shape our day-to-day lives.

As you watch this incredible keynote address, please reflect on the following questions:

  1. How are Indigenous perspectives on wellness familiar to and different from your own familial or cultural perspectives?
  2. What can Indigenous perspectives offer our classrooms, schools, or district-wide initiatives today? How can they inform upon health, wellness, equity, inclusivity, diversity, reconciliation and sustainability?
  3. Will you do something different after this presentation?
  4. What are the limitations of Indigenous perspectives, and what are the limitations of our contemporary perspectives that are so rooted in colonial and corporate views of health and wellness?

Langley Middle School Literacy Conference | Save the Date | October 25, 2024
We are excited to be hosting the first ever Langley Middle School Literacy Conference at Yorkson Creek Middle School on the Provincial Pro-D Day on Friday October 25!  This will be an opportunity for Middle school teachers from around the district to gather together and share best classroom practices, strategies, resources, supports and intervention strategies for middle school learners.  Our keynote speaker will be Robin Bright, Professor at the University of Lethbridge and author of “Sometimes Reading is Hard.”  Registration and more information will be released when schools reopen in September.

EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

July French Courses for Adults | Register
There are various classes available of two classes for 2-3 hours a week. In beginners classes, students will learn the basics in French, such as how to spell and count, introduce yourself and give and ask for personal information. Some are geared for communication during travel, restaurants, transportation etc. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced classes.

Register for the First Peoples Summer Learning Institute | Aug 27-29, 2024
Registration is now open until August 19 for the Learning First Peoples Summer Institute August 27-29 in downtown Vancouver. Coordinated by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association, the institute is designed to support educators to bring quality, authentic First Peoples teaching and learning into B.C. Classrooms. Email info@fnesc.ca if you have questions.
Workshops:

    • Aug. 27: English First Peoples Gr. 10-12 Teacher Resource Guide
    • Aug. 28: BC First Peoples 12 Teacher Resource Guide
    • Aug. 29, Math & Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guides

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STAFF/STUDENTS/CLASSES

Summer Camps for Kids and Teens | Alliance Francaise Vancouver | Register
All Summer long, Alliance Francaise offers bi-weekly Morning intensive French classes and weekly Afternoon camp of French activities. The classes will be in the brand-new building 6161 Cambie Street for these popular Summer classes and camps!
During two weeks, children learn a complete level of French thanks to our teaching method!
Our teaching method has been adapted to their age and aims to foster participation through a dynamic approach that provides the student with a range of skills. The course is taught by French as a Second Language teachers that will help children learn and improve their French ability!

BC Summer Reading Club 2024 | More info
Summer Reading Club is almost here and your local library staff is ready to tell you all about it! Children of all ages – kids, teens and adults – are invited to explore the World of Curiosities this summer by joining Summer Reading Club. Your Langley libraries are excited to talk with your students about Summer Reading Club. Contact us to book a visit today! Please reach out to Muriel Arnason – Willowbrook Library by emailing Jacquelynne Garden- jgarden@fvrl.bc.ca or by calling us at 604-532-3590 to discuss options for a Summer Reading Club visit.

Screenagers for K to 5 School Edition | Register for Preview
This fall, we are very excited to launch a K-5 version of our first movie Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age, specifically for use in Elementary Schools and with elementary age students and their families. Register your interest to be the first to receive more information on this upcoming movie.
Recent data suggests that *42% of 10 year olds own a smartphone and these levels have been growing consistently since 2015. So many Elementary Schools have been asking for a version of Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age suitable for younger students and their families, which given the above data is not surprising. Smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and more devices are being given to children at ever younger ages and more is understood every day about the impacts of social media, internet use and screen time on the health and mental wellbeing of children.

LEARNING RESOURCES

National Indigenous History Month | Power Smart for Schools | More info
In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month. It’s a time to reflect and learn about the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
To help your class take part, we’re highlighting energy-related activities for K-12 students that incorporate Indigenous perspectives. By learning about Indigenous connections to the land and water, your students will develop their social awareness and responsibility for the natural environment.

Emergency Preparedness Program – Grades 4 to 8 | More info
The Ministry of Education has created a colourful and informative Master of Disaster classroom program that is aligned with the B.C. curriculum and teaches students the three steps to emergency preparedness. All program materials and shipping are free. Learn more about the program and how it can help students learn about topics like local hazards, how to make a home emergency plan, and what emergency supplies to put in a grab-and-go bag.

SPACESEDU YEAR END REMINDERS

SpacesEDU End of Year Frequently Asked Questions: Before signing off for a well-deserved summer vacation, all educators should be sure to review the SpacesEDU End of Year FAQ document. This document includes important details about archiving classes, updating emails for graduating students, and changing Space visibility settings – all key components to ensure a smooth transition before the break!

May Release: Interested in checking out what’s new in your account? We are excited about our recent updates and improvements as we continue to enhance your SpacesEDU experience! Read our May Release Notes to learn more. Additionally, we invite you to sign up for our May Release Webinar on June 3 at 1:15pm ET to gain firsthand knowledge and expert tips (sign up to join live or to receive the recording afterwards!).

Implementation Strategies for Teachers:

  • SpacesEDU End-of-Year Checklist (Webinar Recording)
  • Back-to-School Summit 2024
    • Join us virtually on August 20, 2024 for this FREE virtual event! Pick-and-choose from seven sessions to elevate your teaching practices in the new school year! Register here.

Celebrating & Wrapping Up!
Another school year has flown by! It’s hard to believe that your students will be moving into their next chapter. Take a moment to celebrate the work that went into making this school year a success!   When wrapping up your school year, using SpacesEDU is a great way to celebrate and reflect on the year:

Read our Partner Story highlighting School District 35 in Langley, British Columbia. Take a peek at how they use SpacesEDU to authentically integrate Core Competencies, while also keeping student reflection at the forefront.

In the Loop – May 30, 2024

KEY RESOURCES IN LANGLEY

HONOURING TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

June is National Indigenous History Month | More info
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This is an important month for all of us to recognize and celebrate the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Canada.  The Government of Canada has an entire website devoted to Indigenous History Month which includes access to learning resources, information about the ongoing Reconciliation journey in Canada and information about National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.  You can access the website at the link above.

The world’s first Digital Indigenous Sport Gallery | BC Sports Hall of Fame | More info
The world’s first fully immersive Digital Indigenous Sport Gallery is now live. The digital experience is now live for the world to experience with the 360-degree virtual reality tour of the gallery, featuring Indigenous athlete interviews, 3D captured artifacts, and additional interactive components.

4 Seasons of Indigenous Learning 2024-2025 Course | More info
The BC Outdoor Learning School in partnership with over 50 non-profit organizations, is offering this course to support participants in deepening their understanding of Indigenous history, knowledge and perspectives while strengthening connections with the local Land and supporting more respectful, reciprocal relationships.
This course, designed for school system staff, runs from October to May. All participants receive:

  1. Access to Self-paced Learning Modules (30 mins/month)
  2. Monthly Virtual Gatherings with Indigenous Presenters (1 hour/month)
  3. Access to the Presentation Recordings
  4. $25 towards excellent Indigenous Learning Resources
  5. A Certificate of Completion

DISTRICT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
To see our full calendar of offerings, visit
www.thinklangley.com

More Than Just Speech to Text and AAC: Technology for Digital Equity, Engagement, and Opportunity with Vicky Kidd I Register
Learn how to enhance your use of technology to plan and program for ALL students. This session looks at the technology competencies from BC’s Digital Literacy Framework and introduces two models for designing, implementing, and evaluating learning experiences. It is through creative and mindful integration of technology into our practice that we can support, equip, and inspire today’s and tomorrow’s students.

Langley Middle School Literacy Conference | Save the Date | October 25, 2024
We are excited to be hosting the first ever Langley Middle School Literacy Conference at Yorkson Creek Middle School on the Provincial Pro-D Day on Friday October 25!  This will be an opportunity for Middle school teachers from around the district to gather together and share best classroom practices, strategies, resources, supports and intervention strategies for middle school learners.  Our keynote speaker will be Robin Bright, Professor at the University of Lethbridge and author of “Sometimes Reading is Hard.”  Registration and more information will be released when schools reopen in September.

EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Register for the First Peoples Summer Learning Institute | Aug 27-29, 2024
Registration is now open until August 19 for the Learning First Peoples Summer Institute August 27-29 in downtown Vancouver. Coordinated by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association, the institute is designed to support educators to bring quality, authentic First Peoples teaching and learning into B.C. Classrooms. Email info@fnesc.ca if you have questions.
Workshops:

    • Aug. 27: English First Peoples Gr. 10-12 Teacher Resource Guide
    • Aug. 28: BC First Peoples 12 Teacher Resource Guide
    • Aug. 29, Math & Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guides

Literacy. Language and Learning Graduate Diploma – Vancouver Island University | More info
Vancouver Island University is offering teachers an online opportunity to upgrade their qualifications and expertise in current research-evidence practices in all areas involving supporting students’ literacy development at the K-12 level. Teachers can register for single courses (new courses starting July 2024) or they can enroll to complete the full program; a new cohort will also start July 2024. This Graduate Diploma offers the opportunity for teachers to ladder into a Master’s degree in Leadership or Special Education, if they wish. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

63rd Northwest Mathematics Conference – October 24-26, 2024 | Register
It is not too early to think about the Provincial Professional Day in October 2024!  The Northwest Mathematics Association will be hosting their annual conference in Whistler on October 24-26, 2024.  This year’s theme is “Landscapes for Learning Mathematics” and the organizing team has put together a very impressive list of presenters including Joanne Archibald, Howie Hua, Dr, Peter Liljedahl and Dr. Mariam Small. Registration is now open on their website.

Classrooms to Communities: Rooted in Relationship | Provincial Conference Oct 25-26, 2024 | More info
Based in British Columbia, Canada, the C2C Education Network connects classrooms and communities across the province to grow collaboration, leadership and mentorship capacity for place-based education and environmental literacy. Join us in October for this transformative 2-day professional development event featuring engaging speakers, workshops, networking and celebrations on Friday, Oct. 25 and immersive, community-based field experiences around the Metro Vancouver region on Saturday, Oct. 26.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STAFF/STUDENTS/CLASSES

“Sharing Stories” – Celebrating Arts Education | Thursday June 6 | More info
All Arts Educators from across the Langley School District are invited to gather and reflect on this past year and look ahead to next year. This is a ‘come when you can and stay as long as you can’ event for K-12 teachers from all art disciplines. The event takes place in the Theatre at Walnut Grove Secondary on Thursday June 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.  Please RSVP to Jill Steacy at jsteacy@sd35.bc.ca and please see the flyer below for more information.

Best Buy Teen Tech Grants | More info
Teen Tech Grants are available for Canadian public secondary schools to help introduce or improve tech for students from Grades 8 to 12.   All Teen Tech Grant recipients will receive grants of up to $10,000 and become members of Best Buy’s new Teen Tech Network, a national community of teens and schools who can collaborate on projects and compete for prizes and technology. For more information and how to apply, check out the link above.

Discovery Farm Tours at Academy Farms – K to 12 | More info
Academy Farms is a local and one-of-a-kind farm that has been operating in the Township of Langley since 2021. In addition to raising unique animals such as bison and water buffalo, the farm also takes great pride in their innovative, sustainable and modern approach to agriculture.  Academy Farms is now offering Discovery Farm Tours for classes at all grade levels – K to 12 – that is directly linked to the provincial curriculum. To learn more about the Tours and what is available as well as for information on the pre and post tour resources available to teachers, please check out the full Academy Farms brochure found at the link above.

PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL READINGS AND RESOURCES

Three Instructional Shifts to Facilitate Student-Led Learning | Article
This article from Catlin Tucker provides teachers with three simple strategies and instructional shifts which take some of the onus off teachers and shifts more of the responsibility for learning onto the students. By using these strategies to foster more student responsibility for learning, this also helps students build up their critical thinking and collaboration skills.

How Cell Phones are Killing Our Kids and What We Can Do About It | Article
This is a must read for all educators and parents!  Built off an interview with social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt, author of “The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness, the article focuses on Haidt’s research and the negative social and emotional impacts that providing cell phones to our youth at an extremely young age is having on our kids and society.

TECH TIPS

For families: Media Smarts, a Canadian company, has created a resource for families that schools could share: Family Guide to TikTok

AI Tool Report: Our Report: Meta and Google are in talks with major Hollywood studios to license their content to improve their AI video generation models, which can generate realistic scenes from text prompts.

Key Points:

  • Google announced its new AI video generation tool—Veo—during its Google I/O conference last week, and Meta has been working on its own AI video model—Emu—since last year.
  • Netflix and Disney don’t want to license their content but have “expressed interest” in some sort of collaboration, while Warner Brothers is willing “to license some of its content.”
  • This comes after Google and Meta’s rival, OpenAI, had discussions with Hollywood execs, back in February, about the potential integration of its text-to-video model, Sora.

Why you should care:There’s a growing concern among Hollywood studios about how AI companies might use (and have used) their creative work without permission—infringing copyright laws—which was exacerbated this week, when actress Scarlett Johansson accused OpenAI of copying her voice for its “Sky” voice assistant in ChatGPT.

Quick Bits

  • WhatsApp is testing an AI feature that enables users to generate a custom profile picture from a text description.
  • Elon Musk’s AI start-up, xAI, is nearing the close of its funding round which will value the company at over $24B.
  • Google’s AI Overview seems to be giving users inaccurate and dangerous responses.
  • Microsoft’s new AI weather forecast feature has improved capabilities that give users real-time forecasts and highly accurate cloud and precipitation maps.

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