- transcribe primary source documents online through the Library of Congress.
- transcribe to make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible through the Smithsonian's transcription centre.
- look at telescope images of distant galaxies and help to classify them by their shapes with Galaxy Zoo.
- map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to help people displaced or otherwise affected by disasters with Missing Maps.
- gather the best free digital resources to support learners that lack access to traditional education with The Rumie Project.
Are you interested in volunteering, but not sure how to fit another commitment into your busy schedule? Check out digital volunteerism! These organizations give you the opportunity to participate in meaningful digital volunteer opportunities on your own timeline, without ever leaving your home. Whether you are interested in history, science or humanitarianism, there's something for everyone:
Whether you're researching a class project, conducting an IB inquiry or working on your extended essay, we have curated resources to help you.
Begin with our Research Guides, found on the right-hand side of our WCHS Library site:
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When I talk to students about citations and attribution, most recognize the importance of citing sources of information. Many, however, don’t realize they also need to attribute images or photos.
This webpage from The Global Digital Citizen Foundation does a nice job of presenting the basics (with some video tutorials). It also provides a helpful sample of what an appropriate photo attribution looks like.
Another good source for images is Britannica ImageQuest, available through the Online Reference Centre (ORC). You'll find the ORC linked to the Find Resources tab above.
Britannica ImageQuest has over 3 000 000 copyright-friendly images for student use, and each image is accompanied by a copy-and-paste-ready attribution. All ORC resources have anywhere, anytime access, but you’ll need a username and password for access outside of school. You can find the username and password on p. 27 of your WCHS Student Handbook, or ask a Library Lady.
Are you struggling to understand recent political events south of our border? You're not alone. To help you make sense of it all, your WCHS Library has compiled a list of resources to help. Please note - the goal here is not to tell you what to think about the Trump presidency, but rather to help you with how to think about the Trump presidency.
Understanding the American System of Government
Canada and the USA are both democracies, but there are some important differences in how our respective nations govern themselves. If you need help understanding those differences and how they come into play, check out this helpful guide from the Parliament of Canada
What is an executive order? The CBC has a good overview of what executive orders are and how Trump is using them. This short video is also helpful.
Trying to anticipate what might come next? Pro/Con.org has a summary of where Trump stands on the issues.
Fake News! Alternative Facts! It can be hard to sort out truth from fiction. Check out the Snopes.com Donald Trump Archive as a starting point.
How Should Canada Respond to Trump?
Here's what some political correspondents are saying:
John Ibbitson: Trudeau must balance protecting Canada’s values and its jobs
Thomas Walkom: What Justin Trudeau could do to counter Donald Trump
Chantal Hébert: Trudeau has stumbled badly on Trump's travel ban
John Ivison: Trudeau’s heart was in the right place, but travel ban tweets may tweak Trump’s warped ego
What Can You Do?
You may be shocked and dismayed at what's happening south of the border. Here are some suggestions on how you can take action.
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If you're not doing so already, it's time to start harnessing technology for academic success. To make the most of your school year, here are some suggestions for free and easy tools & apps that every high school student should be using:
Tools for Collaboration
Use technology to make collaboration a breeze. Google apps are the obvious go-to...but did you know you have a CBE Google Account?
To find out your username, log into D2L. Click on your username in the top right corner, and go to notifications. You will see your CBE Google email under Email Address. Your password will be your regular CBE password, but be warned: Google has password complexity requirements. If your password is 'cat' (you know who you are!) you'll need to use the CBE password change tool to increase complexity. Make sure your pasword is a minimum of eight characters, with a combination of character types (letter, numbers, etc.).
Tools for Content Curation
With so much information available at our fingertips, we all need to become expert curators of content. Great tools to try include Diigo, Evernote, Scoop.it, or the ever-popular Pinterest. We all look for different things in a tool, so experiment with a few options to find the one that's best for you. Remember to check out the Chromestore for Chrome extensions for your favorite tools. It'll make researching a breeze.
Tools for Presentation
We'll let you in on a little secret: teachers are tired of PowerPoint presentations. Let your hard work stand out by using an alternative presentation tool. Prezi, Powtoons, or Animoto are all good places to start. Really, with so many free and easy Web 2.0 tools, the possibilities for easily creating professional-looking presentations are endless. Make this the year you step outside your PowerPoint comfort zone and try something new.
Tools for Time Management and Organization
First, we should all be using a calendar. Whether it's Google or your phone app, pick a digital calendar and use it. You're going to have a busy year, with lots of deadlines and commitments to keep track of. You could also try a time management app. MyHomework, 30/30 or toggl are all kind of neat, can be used across devices and are available for Apple and Android.
Evernote can be a great way to organize your files and documents in one easy location. It's also a good idea to have someplace to back up your documents. Emailing work back and forth between home and school is a pain, and glitch-prone. A better option is to store documents in a location that can be easily accessed from anywhere. Google and Dropbox are both great cloud-based options. You could also use your D2L locker.
Some Final Tips and Reminders...
Finally, remember that anything you create digitally lives on in perpetuity, and becomes part of your digital footprint. Make sure the tracks and artefacts you leave behind reflect you in the best possible light. Keep your comments thoughtful, clean and kind. Make your work intelligent, creative, accurate and ethical.
What are your go-to tools and apps? Let's start a conversation!
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