What to do this Victoria Day weekend in Vancouver?

Canada celebrates Queen Victoria’s Birthday every year by making the third Monday in May an official holiday. The three-day weekend is known for being Canada’s unofficial Summer Kick Off! To keep the party going all weekend long, we’ve listed the best events in Vancouver for you.

1- Castle Fun Park

Feel like taking a short trip out of the city? This Fraser Valley hot spot is definitely the place to go if you want to have a good time. With over 200 arcade games, from old school Pac-Man to cutting-edge virtual-reality games, it’s impossible to get bored!

When: Every day, 10:00 AM to Midnight.

Where: 36165 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford.

2- Victoria Day at Victoria Park

Why not celebrate Queen Victoria at a park named after her majesty! This year you can look forward to supporting the ‘Child Poverty Then and Now’ events happening at the park. Free entertainment available.

When: May 21, 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Where: 1425 Victoria Drive.

3- Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

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Two days packed with comedy and mayhem from local and global artists! Kid’s art lessons will be part of the fun.

When: May 20 to 21, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Where: Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse.

4- Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

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Only 35 minutes away from Vancouver with public transportation, you’ll find one of North America’s longest running rodeos. Discover your inner cowboy or cowgirl with competitions, food and live entertainment for fans of all ages.

When: May 19 to 22

Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 6050 176th St., Surrey.

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What to do this Victoria Day weekend in Toronto?

Three days off to enjoy and explore the city? It’s possible! To celebrate this long weekend in honour of Queen Victoria, we’ve selected the greatest events you could attend without spending one penny.

1. Rib & Craft Beer Fest

Wake up your taste, it is BBQ time! Imagine the aroma of slow-roasted goodness in the heart of the city. Let’s grill out at The Rib festival, FREE admission!

When: May 18 to 21, 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square

2. Artfest Toronto

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If you’re passionate about painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft or live music, then this event is for you! Canada’s top artists will be featured and you can enjoy it for free!

When: May 20 to 22, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Where: Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill Street

3. Culinary Ontario Festival

Queen Victoria is not the only reason to celebrate this weekend. Have you heard about the province’s 150th anniversary? Let’s honourOntario by participating in this free gourmet festival. It will highlight Ontario’s diverse culinary culture, and there will be a variety of activities and entertainment. Everybody is welcome!

When: May 19 to 22, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West

4. Victoria Day Fireworks

Celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday with a dazzling display of pyrotechnics designed to impress you. A colourful event, that’s free to watch!

When: May 22 at 10:00 PM (come earlier, TTC transportation will be crowded!)

Where: Ashbridges Bay Park

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5 Ways to Teach How the Brain Learns

A conversation with Ramona Persaud on episode 80 of the 10-Minute Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Ramona Persaud @ramonap director of the film, Grey Matters, talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns.

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In today’s show, Ramona Persaud gives five tips directly related to how the brain learns:

  • Understanding stress and the brain
  • Relating knowledge to prior knowledge
  • How the brain changes
  • Thoughts on teaching for mastery
  • The proper place of memorization

I hope you enjoy this episode with Ramona Persaud!

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Ramona Persaud is an independent documentary filmmaker and founder of Change the Lens Productions. Change the Lens Productions specializes in social issue documentaries that are both entertaining and thought-provoking, nudging viewers to examine their life, their perspective, and their overall world view in the context of the stories they’ve just viewed.

GREY MATTERS is Persaud’s second film; the first, IT’S A DIFFERENT WORLD, explores the world of autism through the eyes of three autistic children.

The documentary Grey Matters is based on the book “The Brain Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools” by Dr. Mariale Hardiman. The documentary offers practical, “use right now” information for teachers, that are based on research.

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Building Your School and Personal Brand

A conversation with Trish Rubin on episode 79 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast

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Today Trish Rubin @trishrubin teaches us the basics of building your school and personal brand. Enter the book giveaway to win a copy of the book, BrandED, that she co-authored with Eric Sheninger.

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In today’s show, Trish Rubin discusses what you need to know about school and personal branding:

  • Defining brand as it relates to education
  • The risks of brand myopia in schools
  • The reason we need to change how we communicate
  • The aspects of building a brand
  • Individual teacher brand

I hope you enjoy this episode with Trish Rubin!

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Trish Rubin is an lifetime educator and a “second act” entrepreneur who consults education and business organizations in improved brand communication. She teaches Marketing and Brand Management at CUNY/Baruch College in NYC and consults in K-16 educational professional development and across business, agencies and nonprofit organizations.

With Eric Sheninger, she has co-authored the first complete guide to using brand/marketing as tools for empowering schools in a digital/ social media age.

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A Stress Free Plan for Closing Out Your Classroom

A conversation with Angela Watson on episode 78 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Angela Watson @angela_watson teaches us a stress-free plan for closing out your classroom. See also her 5 Summer Secrets for a Stress free Fall video series.

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In today’s show, Angela Watson talks about the best way to close down your classroom at the end of the school year:

  • Why taking things down too soon can cause behavior problems
  • How to have students help without chaos
  • A simple system for getting the work done
  • Ending the school year with less stress
  • What you should have students do

I hope you enjoy this episode with Angela Watson!

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Angela Watson is National Board Certified Teacher currently working as an instructional coach and educational consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She has published four books for teachers and has maintained The Cornerstone For Teachers blog since 2003.

Angela is the creator of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club an online professional development program that has supported teachers with productivity in over 10,000 schools. Her Sunday podcast called Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers is entering its 6th season, providing motivation and encouragement to teachers on a weekly basis.

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Breakout EDU Digital is Awesome (and Free) #breakoutedu

A conversation with Mari Venturino on episode 77 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Today Mari Venturino @MsVenturino talks about breakout edu digital for edtech tool Tuesday. These challenges are free! (And perfect activities for team building at the end of the school year.) Learn about the challenges and advantages of breakout edu digital. Have fun!

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In today’s show, Mari Venturino talks about Breakout EDU digital:

  • Explaining what breakout edu digital is
  • What it teaches
  • The challenges teachers have with it
  • How to use it in the classroom
  • Some examples of the most popular breakout edu games

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Mari Venturino is a 7th-grade science and AVID teacher and Blended Learning Specialist at Mar Vista Academy in San Diego, CA. She is a Google For Education Certified Trainer and Innovator, a Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2, and is Leading Edge Certified in Online and Blended Instruction.

Mari was awarded the CUE Outstanding Emerging Teacher of the Year in 2017. She is the co-founder of Breakout EDU Digital.

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Help Kids Learn to Code with Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop

How kids can explore and create in STEM with ease

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This week has been genius week in eighth-grade keyboarding! We’ve finished our portfolios and it is time to celebrate. We have 3d printing, robot making, and all kinds of building going on. But today, I’m writing about one of my favorite tools for teaching coding quickly, Dash and Dot. Scroll down to enter the giveaway contest!

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These Wonder Workshop robots make it easy to learn to code in my STEM lab.

This is a sponsored blog post by Wonder Workshop. I only recommend products or services that I use and like. See full disclosures at the bottom of this post. 

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Out of the Box Coding with Kids

So, out of all of the items I had available, Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop were the ONLY ones which I didn’t have to help my students figure out. I literally took the Wonder Pack and handed it to my students to open and start using. I said,

“Here are two robots, Dash and Dot, there are apps on the store you can use and there are a lot of attachments and cool things, go for it. Show me what you can do.”

In moments they were driving the robots, adding attachments and playing the xylophone. I’ve used Dash and Dot before but they have something new, the catapult.

I was fascinated by the catapult and they struggled a little. I didn’t intervene, I just said,

“I wonder if you all are hard working enough to figure out the catapult.”

It took longer, but soon they were throwing things across the room. (In a good, non-hurtful way, of course.)

Cool Lesson Plans to Help Kids Learn to Code

I’ve been using Dash and Dot for over two years now with kids of all ages. I often point them to the Dash and Dot curriculum page to figure out what they can do with them.

I have the Dash and Dot Wonder Pack in my classroom. It comes with lots of accessories and attachments. (Even some Lego extensions.) We're hosting a giveaway contest! Scroll down to enter!

I have the Dash and Dot Wonder Pack in my classroom. It comes with lots of accessories and attachments. (Even some Lego extensions.) We’re hosting a giveaway contest! Scroll down to enter!

For example, it was rainy one day and a student asked what Dot could do. He found out how to program Dot to play Hot Potato. Then, as they played, he enjoyed changing the speed and timing to make the game different each time. We ended up with ten kids at break programming and playing their own “high tech” version of the low tech hot potato game. So much fun!

Get Lesson Plans. So, while I often like to approach learning from a genius hour/ maker space / tinkering approach, there are some awesome lessons https://teachers.makewonder.com/lessons you can do in the classroom. 

Why Do We Help Kids Learn to Code?

As I’ve shared before, coding is an important skill for students to learn. We want our students to think computationally. I don’t want students playing games – I want them to MAKE games. I don’t want students using apps, I want them MAKING apps. Likewise, I want student making, creating, and melding their environment. While I use dash and dot with older students and they love them, these cute toy robots are targeted to K-5 students.

I believe these robots make an excellent addition to:

  • Classroom maker space
  • Summer camps and robotics experiences
  • Summer enrichment
  • STEM labs, STEAM labs, and FAB labs
  • Any elementary classroom
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During innovation week (the first week of school), I had students figuring out and teaching everything they could learn about Dash and Dot. I’ve been using these robots to introduce coding to all ages for the last two years. They are simple to use out of the box.

Apps for Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop

There are many apps you can use to program the Dash and Dot which include:

  • Wonder App –  This is the basic app to control Dash and Dot.  Students can program, drive, and do other things with the wonder app. This is usually the first app they get.One of the favorite things my students do is take a phone and put it on the smartphone app and Facetime with it. They used another phone to drive Dash. We hook up the phone that is Facetiming with Dash back on my big board. So, the students can literally drive Dash around the school and say hello to people and talk via Facetime. It was their own virtual presence! We had lots of conversations after they hit on this. And they were just tinkering. They go much deeper into programming with this basic app.
  • Blockly – If students have used Scratch, Blockly will be very simple. This is our favorite coding app. You can do simple things with it, but you’d be surprised at the advanced things older kids will figure out.
  • Xylo – This app lets Dash play the xylophone. Musically inclined students enjoy this.
  • Path – This app is a little more advanced but students learn about sensors and events by using this tool. For example, you can have students teach the robot to follow a path, but to move and go around obstacles. We talk about “self-driving” cars when using this app. You can get into some pretty advanced concepts in a simple way. While you might not want to use the “big words” like control flow and algorithm design, students don’t need to know the words to do these things.
  • Go – This app help students get started with Dash and Dot and teaches them how to play. While my older students start with the Wonder App, when using these with younger kids, you’d probably want to start with Go.

Dash and Dot Wonder Pack Giveaway Contest

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So, if you want to make coding a dash, get the robots Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop. Here’s the link to their teacher portal to learn more.

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