Our goal with these resources is to highlight both great educational tools, as well as LEARN's awesome teachers and tutors. We hope that some of these gems will help make learning @ home productive and fun. This is also a great opportunity to feature some of the dedicated Quebec educators who continue to make a difference every day. And these... are some of their favourites!
"One resource I really value is Crash Course. Having access to high-quality, high-interest videos has saved me a great deal of time in course development and has increased student engagement while helping build meaningful and memorable learning. Crash Course offers a magnitude of relatively short (10-12 minutes), informative and entertaining videos on a wide range of subjects such as: Artificial Intelligence, Business, Ecology, Chemistry, World History, Physics, and many more. Beyond their Psychology videos (which my students love!), I have also incorporated videos from their modules on Entrepreneurship and Study Skills into my WOTP classes. And for younger students, there is Crash Course Kids, which is its own channel with tons of animated (3-4 minutes) educational videos on topics ranging from food chains to space science and just about everything in between."
Dr Steve Rossy: PhET Interactive Simulations
LEARN Tutor/Teacher: Dr Steve Rossy • Secondary 5 Math SN & Precalculus • Secondary 5 Physics
"This incredible resource deserves a second mention! In Physics class, my students were able to demonstrate refraction and verify virtual measurements using Snell’s Law in the Bending Light simulation. They were also able to clearly show total internal reflection and calculate the critical angle. In Math class, we went on a virtual Trig Tour, where we visualized and matched remarkable points on the unit circle to their respective sin, cos or tan graphs, in either degrees or radians. The resources on this site have been amazingly engaging for my students! I too would recommend that you visit and explore the other useful PhET simulations."
Louise Outland: #MissionFLS
LEARN Tutor/Teacher: Louise Outland • FLS Specialist, All Levels • Pedagogical Consultant & DEFL-DALF Trainer • Marathoner & grand-maman
"If I had to pick my favourite FLS resource (and I do have many!), it would have to be the #Missionfls series for secondary students: #Missionfls Secondary 1 & #Missionfls Secondary 2. This resource is useful because it is authentic and reflects why we learn languages. #Missionfls enables a learner to use French in real life situations. This resource is also a source of motivation for those who think they do not have what it takes to communicate in French. While the links I have shared are for high school students, parents are also able to use them. All you need to do is select a challenge (aka Mission) and do it! In order to get better in a language, it's important to take linguistic risks. These wonderful and easy challenges will not only be proof that you CAN communicate in French... they will also motivate you to keep on learning. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I helped to create them ;)"
Audrey McLaren: GeoGebra
LEARN Teacher: Audrey McLaren • Secondary V Math Specialist
"My favourite resource is GeoGebra. I started using this awesome tool with my SN5 students by creating interactive activities to investigate math concepts, such as conics tracing and vector decomposition. Now, my students also use it independently to deepen their own understanding. One student created this summary of the exponential function, another student used it to show her solution to an optimization problem, and here's a team's creative project for the end of year. Teachers can also create a series of consecutive activities for their students to do during class, such as this two-part activity about drawing an ellipse. All activities can be uploaded and shared, and everything is completely free."
Jordan Kent: New York Times Learning Network & Grammar Bytes!
LEARN Tutor/Teacher: Jordan Kent • Secondary ELA, Outdoor Ed & Media
"If there is one resource that I really appreciate, it’s The Learning Network from The New York Times. Using the skillful writing and high-quality photography of the Times, the lessons and resources prove to be rich and full of unique stories. If you’re looking for writing prompts, full units, or just great writing examples from students, this needs to be a website you explore. It’s also a fantastic resource for other courses like contemporary world.
If grammar has you down, my go-to recommendation is Grammar Bytes! It covers all the basics with quick exercises using a fun, cheeky tone. Grammar for high school students is all about discovering where there are areas that need improvement. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Some students struggle with commas and others confuse who and whom. A resource like this is perfect for working on those few areas of concern and great for self-directed learning."
Peggy Drolet: Desmos Graphing Calculator
LEARN Teacher: Peggy Drolet • Secondary 4 Math Specialist
"My students love the Desmos Graphing Calculator! This free resource allows learners to graph functions, plot data, evaluate equations and much more. But I recommend it because students have the ability to explore functions in the Math Cycle 2 programs. They are able to visualize and interpret what will happen to a basic polynomial function when parameters a, b, h and k are introduced. Seeing what happens to the basic function allows them to describe the effect of changing parameters. Take a look at this valuable resource in action. Here are a couple of topics to explore further: Greatest Integer Function and Second Degree Polynomial Function (in vertex form). But it doesn't stop there... check it out!"
Clifford Tam: ABC Science Education
LEARN Tutor/Teacher: Clifford Tam • Secondary Math & Science, all levels
"A resource has to stand out for its ease of use, accessibility and ability to provide a fun way for students to review a topic. ABC Science Education provides interactive flash games to help students who are either seeing a topic for the first time or reviewing before a test. I've used this site with my students to reinforce topics such as the properties of acid, bases and salts, as well as to learn about the history of how our atom came to be. Fun for everyone!"
Nancy Langlois: Journal de Montréal en 5 minutes
LEARN Tutor/Teacher: Nancy Langlois • Secondary FLS, all levels
"One of my go-to resources for students is the Journal de Montréal en 5 minutes. This site provides short, topical, nonfiction texts. It can help you become aware of news events and you can search to choose from previous articles or areas of interest. I suggest you try to answer the following questions while you read: Qui? Quoi? Quand? Comment? Pourquoi? If you decide to answer in writing, you can use a free spelling and grammar checker such as Scribens or BonPatron to find and edit your mistakes! One recent article that I really liked gave advice on how to set up the optimal home work space: Travailler de la maison de la bonne façon.”
Kerry Cule: PhET Labs
LEARN Teacher: Kerry Cule • Secondary 4 Science and the Environment • Secondary 5 Chemistry
"My recommended resource is the Concentration simulation on the PhET Interactive Simulations website. It can help you to better understand the concept of molar concentration and the relationship between concentration, number of moles, and volume. Also you can explore to see how evaporation and dilution impact the concentration of a solution. Take a look, and while you're there, check out the other elementary and secondary math and science simulations!"
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