Embracing the Chaos

Embracing the Chaos

Sometimes we do things in life that in retrospect seem insightful. As we were heading into last summer and the construction on our school was about to begin, one of our teachers suggested that I buy t-shirts for our staff that say, “Embrace the chaos.”

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HTML5 Video Test

This post uses embedded HTML 5 video instead of our usual FlowPlayer video. Captions off can be set to display by default. Add default=”” to track element.

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Synergy Projects Blog – Submissions

SET-BC is in the process of upgrading the website. Until that process is completed, please email your submissions (text and images) to your SET-BC Service Coordinator. Thanks for your support!

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Our Path to Inclusion – Thus Far!

Our Path to Inclusion – Thus Far!

Small school with a big heart. That’s our motto. This encapsulates our school due to the countless hours teachers and support staff spend supporting students’ needs that go beyond the classroom. AD Rundle is an inner city middle school with a very diverse population.

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A Framework for Moving Forward Together

A Framework for Moving Forward Together

Prior to our Winter Break I was introduced to Forward Together: A School Leader’s Guide to Creating Inclusive Schools and the companion piece Forward Together: Helping Educators Unlock the Power of Students Who Learn Differently by the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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From Here to Inquiry

From Here to Inquiry

After collecting data from the DART (reading diagnostic), FSA, and various in-class assessments it was time to sit down and build our class profiles.

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Gold River Secondary

Gold River Secondary

We are located on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, and currently have a school population of 94 students. We provide the support and learning opportunities that enable our students to have the skills and capacity to succeed as students and to pursue their career plans.

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North Glenmore Elementary

North Glenmore Elementary

North Glenmore is a positive, respectful environment that encourages and supports all learners to achieve personal excellence. Our staff works as a cohesive, collaborative team to provide meaningful, differentiated experiences to meet the needs of the 21st century learner.

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Signal Hill Elementary

Signal Hill Elementary

Signal Hill Elementary School is a school of approximately 400 students and is located in Pemberton, British Columbia and honored to be located on the Traditional Territory of the St’at’yemc Nations. At Signal Hill students: use a Growth Mindset, value being connected to others, have ‘voice and choice’ in their learning & take ownership of learning.

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Lake Trail Middle

Lake Trail Middle

Lake Trail Middle School is a community school that values learning for all and is guided by the question “How can we make each child’s life better?”. We as a school community, are building a new school, and we are committed to continuing our rich, inviting, and engaging learning as we transition toward our new school in the fall of 2021.

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A.D. Rundle Middle

A.D. Rundle Middle

AD Rundle is a welcoming and inclusive school with a focus on student success. We are committed to empowering our community of life-long learners with the attitudes, skills and knowledge essential to contributing members of a global society through quality educational and social opportunities in a climate of trust, respect and support.

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R.L. Angus Elementary

R.L. Angus Elementary

R.L. Angus Elementary is a vibrant school, of approximately 140 students, with many opportunities provided to personalize learning for students. The school serves the residential areas of the town of Fort Nelson and all outlying areas serviced by our busses.

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Digital Tools to Support Project Based Learning

Digital Tools to Support Project Based Learning

Welcome to this self-directed course exploring Project Based Learning (PBL). This web-based course will highlight the evidence-based framework for PBL, and will also include implementation strategies and technology tools that can help support PBL in the classroom.

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Decisive Dacian

Decisive Dacian

Dacian is an accessibility activist and is passionate about raising awareness about this topic. He is involved in a Youth Leadership group through Community Living Victoria.

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Fayth Says

Fayth Says

Building Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) capacity within a school district is one of the many custom requests that can be made at SET-BC. At Rocky Mountain School in Elkford B.C.,…

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Using Poll Everywhere in the Classroom

Using Poll Everywhere in the Classroom

Poll Everywhere is an online tool that allows you to engage your class in a poll or survey, and collect results in real-time. It provides a platform for students to share their understandings, opinions, or ideas in an anonymous way, which can ensure that all students feel comfortable sharing and contributing in the classroom.

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Ruben uses TouchChat for Inclusion

Ruben uses TouchChat for Inclusion

Ruben is currently in Grade 7. He is a very happy and enthusiastic young man who loves stories and enjoys being amongst his peers. His determination and eagerness to learn has increased his stamina in a Grade 7 classroom.

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SET-BC Hosts the Children’s Low Vision Clinic

SET-BC Hosts the Children’s Low Vision Clinic

On November 22nd and 23rd, the SET-BC Provincial Centre was honoured to provide space for the Children’s Low Vision Project of B.C. Nineteen students from pre-K to Grade 12 received invaluable support from a dedicated team of professionals.

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Keeping up with Mac

Keeping up with Mac

It is almost impossible to keep up with Mac – a wonderfully capable and intelligent Grade 8 student attending Ballenas Secondary in Parksville. His use of an eye gaze system is truly inspiring!

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Project Based Learning in SD75

Project Based Learning in SD75

On October 5th, SD75 educators met to explore Project Based Learning and how it can be used to explore curricular content, teach 21st century skills and meet the diverse needs in their classrooms.

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Exploring Multiple Intelligences with Amy Block

Exploring Multiple Intelligences with Amy Block

On September 21st we hosted Amy Block as she facilitated a very interactive workshop that explored how to support students’ multiple intelligences in the classroom setting. It was a great start to another year of SET-BC Provincial Workshops!

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Literacy and Numeracy in SD60

Literacy and Numeracy in SD60

On September 24th, SET-BC has the wonderful opportunity to support SD60 educators as they explored how iOS accessibility features and apps could support the diverse literacy and numeracy needs of their students.

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September 2018 at SET-BC

September 2018 at SET-BC

What a busy start to our school year! SET-BC staff definitely hit the ground running this month with a program-wide meeting, numerous technology shipments, district and team service planning meetings, and facilitation of workshops.

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Technology to Support Executive Functioning

Technology to Support Executive Functioning

Many educators are looking to identify and support students who have difficulty with executive functioning. Our new self-directed web resource, Technology to Support Executive Functioning, is a great place to get started!

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SET-BC Services 2018-2019

SET-BC Services 2018-2019

Check out our SET-BC Quick Start Guide now updated for 2018-2019 – one-page guide to all our services and project deadlines! You can view this guide online or download a copy for printing.

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SD36 Support Staff Explores iPad Accessibility

SD36 Support Staff Explores iPad Accessibility

On a sunny day in early November 2017, SET-BC Tier 1 consultants, Carmen Cheung and Debby Lee, presented two 2-hour sessions entitled “Using a Range of Technologies as Tools to Teach to Diversity” and “Showing What They Know”.

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What Makes Squamish Special?

What Makes Squamish Special?

This past school year, grade 2 teacher Beth Smith and her class at Brackendale Elementary School participated in the SET-BC Synergy Project: Supporting the Communication Competency with Technology.

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Learn Where You Live

Learn Where You Live

At Cowichan Lake School in School District #79, classroom teacher, Lindsay Hartshorn believes in learning by doing, and in using the tools and options in your surrounding community to support educational goals.

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Supporting UDL in SD81

Supporting UDL in SD81

What can technology do for my students? This is the million-dollar question that educators around the world have been asking themselves, particularly since the advent of mobile technologies.

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Shining a Light on Inclusion in Fort Nelson

Shining a Light on Inclusion in Fort Nelson

As a Provincial Resource Program, SET-BC supports school districts, classrooms, and students in all corners of BC. In the northeastern corner, lies the northernmost classroom to receive services in the 2017-2018 school year – R.L. Angus Elementary, in Fort Nelson.

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Virtual District Partners Conference 2018

Virtual District Partners Conference 2018

This resource contains the recorded presentations from the Virtual District Partner Conference (VDPC) held on February 20 and 21, 2018. The recordings have been organized by strand: Inclusion, Technology, Complex…

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Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship is the norms of behaviour with regard to technology use.  It involves: having access to technology, being willing and able to use technology fairly, proficiently, and responsibly.  The concept of digital citizenship is complex and multi-faceted. 

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Video Modeling as an Instructional Strategy

Video Modeling as an Instructional Strategy

This self-directed course is designed to deepen participant’s understanding of Video Modeling as an instructional strategy. Whether you are a classroom teacher who is looking for another way to represent a concept or skill, or if you are a resource teacher looking for a mode of teaching ‘expected’ behaviours, this strategy has proven to be an effective method for all.

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What is a SET-BC Classroom-Based Solution?

What is a SET-BC Classroom-Based Solution?

Each spring, interested classroom teachers can apply to their district to be one of the classrooms to receive SET-BC service for the upcoming school year. Each district will set their own application deadlines and will decide which classrooms will receive CBS support.

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iApps to Support Learning

iApps to Support Learning

This resource contains various free and paid iApps that can be used to support learning in your classroom.  Each section focuses on one or two iApps. Included is a tutorial…

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G Suite for Education 2018

G Suite for Education 2018

G Suite for Education, formerly known as Google Apps for Education (GAFE), is a set of educational tools, or apps, available on Google Cloud. Apps are mini-programs that operate in…

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Chrome Extensions for Education 2018

Chrome Extensions for Education 2018

The Chrome extensions identified in this resource have been selected for the use of both educators and students to support the diverse needs of all learners. Each extension provides support…

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SET-BC Loan Bank and You

SET-BC Loan Bank and You

In this session we will look at resources available through the SET-BC Loan Bank including past and present projects (CNTP and SETdirect) as well as how to make the most…

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iPad Apps for Literacy

iPad Apps for Literacy

This resource will focus on ways iPads can be used to support student learning in literacy. A brief introduction into how apps such as Book Creator and Explain Everything can be…

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Beginner Implementation of AAC

Beginner Implementation of AAC

In this resource, you will discover the ways we communicate nonverbally. We will discuss how students with complex needs can use all five modes of AAC (with a strong focus…

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Read and Write for Google Chrome

Read and Write for Google Chrome

This resource will provide participants a chance to experiment with Texthelp’s Read and Write for Google Chrome. Read and Write is an extension that helps learners improve their reading, writing, studying…

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Office 365 to Support UDL

Office 365 to Support UDL

This resource will provide an overview of educational programs and learning tools available in Office 365 to support the three principles of Universal Design for Learning.

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Tools to Support Inclusion

Tools to Support Inclusion

This resource will consist of an overview of inclusion, the principles of Universal Design for Learning, as well low-tech and high-tech tools to support these frameworks in the classroom.

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SET-BC and Diversity Awareness

SET-BC and Diversity Awareness

SET BC and Diversity Awareness – SET-BC has evolved over the years from a Provincial Outreach Program that supports students with specific designated disabilities to one that supports the diverse…

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French Language features on the iPad

French Language features on the iPad

Technology, especially iPads, can be easily integrated into French language activities.  What follows are a series of tutorials that will help you change the language and region of your iPad…

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Complex Needs Technology Project (CNTP) 2017-2018

Complex Needs Technology Project (CNTP) 2017-2018

In its third year, the SET-BC Complex Needs Technology Project, opened its application period on November 1st. This very popular initiative provides district specialist teams with bundles of complex technologies to support student trials and assessments.

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SETdirect 2017-2018

SETdirect 2017-2018

We are pleased to support a second year of our SETdirect initiative. This provincially coordinated project offers simple technology bundles designed to support social inclusion for students with complex needs.

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A Taste of Technology

A Taste of Technology

SET-BC got off to a busy and early start this September presenting the first SET-BC workshop only six days into the start of the year.

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Accessible Books Tutorials and Templates

Accessible Books Tutorials and Templates

When creating accessible books to best support students with perceptual disabilities, there are various software applications to choose from. Here are some step-by-step tutorials, tips and ready-made templates for the…

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Assessment in BC Classrooms

Assessment in BC Classrooms

This resource was created to help teachers use a wide variety of assessment methods and tools to identify student learning needs and evaluate students’ progress toward meeting learning standards within…

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Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch

“Scratch for the Classroom” was one of the first applications the Grade 6/7 classroom at Glenbrooke Middle School in New Westminster leapt into with the 15 Chromebooks SET-BC loaned for their Tier 2 Classroom-based Solution.

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