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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about IdeaPark

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What is IdeaPark?

IdeaPark, developed by Let’s Talk Science, is a collection of free educator resources, planning tools and professional learning opportunities to support having a skills based, co-constructed, learning environment through STEM for your early years to Grade 3 classroom. Registering on IdeaPark grants you free access to

  • exclusive resources that support young children’s development as critical thinkers and problem solvers; and
  • your own personal planning space to organize your favourite educator resources to enhance your daily planning
  • a list of upcoming professional learning opportunities being offered across Canada

What is the purpose of IdeaPark?

IdeaPark supports educators to develop young children’s language, inquiry, problem solving, critical thinking, numeracy and teamwork skills, while building on their natural curiosity about the world around them.

IdeaPark educator resources were developed by Let’s Talk Science, a national charitable organization committed to inspiring and empowering Canadian youth to develop the skills and competencies they need to participate and thrive in an ever changing world. To accomplish this, Let’s Talk Science offers a comprehensive suite of STEM-based programs to support youth, educators and volunteers across Canada.

How will the IdeaPark educator resources help enhance my students learning experience?

Once registered and logged in you can search hundreds of skill-based, integrated, cross-curricular resources including Investigations, Explorations and supporting resources such as Learning Strategies, Backgrounders, Skill Look Fors, etc. to assist you in your daily planning. Through these resources, IdeaPark provides you with illustrative examples of how you can provide an inquiry-based, problem-solving and co-constructed learning environment where your students are given the opportunity to explore and investigate the world around them by asking questions, making predictions, observations and comparisons as well as communicate their findings.

What types of resources are available on the educator resources database?

IdeaPark educator resources offer access to hundreds of integrated resources, including:

  • Explorations
  • Investigations
  • Skill Look-Fors
  • Learning Strategies
  • Backgrounders
  • Exemplars
  • Videos
  • Books
  • Songs
  • Pictures

These resources are also categorized by various interest areas including: Seasonal Change, Machines & Mechanisms, Living Things, Environment & Community, Properties of Materials, and Structures & Stability.

Are IdeaPark educator resources aligned to jurisdictional curricula?

Yes. The Explorations and Investigations support the skills of inquiry, problem solving and the “big ideas/concepts” represented within provincial/territorial curriculum documents. IdeaPark educator resources are continually developed as a cross-curricular resource that supports science and technology curriculum as well as numeracy, literacy, personal and social development, and the arts.

Do IdeaPark educator resources support differentiated instruction?

Yes, IdeaPark is designed to help you differentiate students' learning experiences based on their interests, strengths and areas of growth. You can search the educator resources database using multiple search options, creating a myriad of Explorations and Investigations with supporting resources. Choose relevant resources to save in your planning space allowing you to organize and create your own groups based on your students’ needs.

What types of professional learning opportunities are available for educators?

Lets’ Talk Science offers a variety of professional learning opportunities for Kindergarten to Grade 12 educators throughout the year, from workshops to full day Summer Institutes. These professional learning sessions bring together educators to discuss and explore effective early learning practices with fresh ideas and creative approaches. Professional Learning opportunities are regularly updated with links to online registration for your convenience.

Can I access IdeaPark educator resources on my mobile phone or tablet?

Yes, IdeaPark has been designed and optimized for use on various platforms and mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Who do I contact for technical support?

Please contact us with any technical issues.