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David Spencer's Education Paragon is a free educational resource portal helping David Spencer's secondary school students, their parents and teaching colleagues with understanding, designing, applying and delivering assessment, curriculum, educational resources, evaluation and literacy skills accurately and effectively. This wiki features educational resources for Indigenous Aboriginal education, field trips for educators, law and justice education, music education and outdoor, environmental and experiential education. Since our web site launch on September 27, 2006, online site statistics and web rankings indicate there are currently 1,888 pages and 20,185,651 page views using 7.85 Gig of bandwidth per month. Pages are written, edited, published and hosted by Brampton, Ontario, Canada based educator David Spencer. On social media, you may find David as @DavidSpencerEdu on Twitter, as DavidSpencerdotca on Linkedin.com and DavidSpencer on Prezi. Please send your accolades, feedback and resource suggestions to David Spencer. Share on social media with the hashtag #EducationParagon. Thank you for visiting. You may contact David Spencer here.

The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Writing Resources

  1. Assignment Calculator from Dalhousie University. Don't leave your research until the last minute. Use the Assignment Calculator to get control of your time and organize your tasks.
  2. Documenting sources for an essay. "An essay presents an argument, and arguments require evidence. Scholarly practice requires writers to note the source of any evidence which is not common knowledge (any point which is specific or which depends upon expert interpretation). Historical and literary critiques cite original documents (sometimes referred to as primary evidence) as well as the works of other scholars or authorities (secondary evidence). In either case, accurate documentation is essential. The failure to acknowledge borrowed ideas is plagiarism, a serious academic offence."
    Source: http://extend.unb.ca/wss/mlatext.htm
  3. 10 Tips on Writing the Living Webby Mark Bernstein]"Some parts of the web are finished, unchanging creations – as polished and as fixed as books or posters. But many parts change all the time. Writing for the Living Web is a tremendous challenge" says Mark Bernstein.
  4. Resources for Documenting Sources in the Disciplines from The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University.
  5. Writing Resources from the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University
  6. You Quote It. You Note it.Resource from the Vaughan Memorial Library

Videos About Writing Skills

  1. "Top Ten Writing Rules From Famous Writers" by Kim McLaughlin of Lyra Communications