Blogs as Digital Portfolios in AMDSB 2017-2018

Welcome back to another exciting school year in #AMDSBLearns! All of the information, instructions and forms you need to start blogging with your students for the 2017-2018 school year are included here! Be sure to read through the entire Google Doc carefully. If you have any further questions, please leave a comment below, or send me an email! @LeighCassell

June #AMDSBKidsChat: Reflection

It’s June! We’ve had a wonderful year with students across #AMDSBLearns who have engaged in our monthly #AMDSBKidsChat. Now it’s time to reflect on your school year!  There are no videos this month as all of the questions are based around the growth that you’ve experienced this year. Take some time to reflect as a class, and by yourself. We can’t wait to read your reflections from the 2016-2017 school year!

Join us as we #Reflect during our next #AMDSBkidschat on June 19th from 10AM-11AM. #AMDSBKidsChat is a great place for students to connect with their peers, creatively share ideas, improve literacy skills by communicating and collaborating with others, and develop citizenship and character. Everything you need to get started can be found here!  Answer the questions ahead of time, and join us to share your ideas and learn with other K-12 students throughout #AMDSBLearns!


Q1. What is something new you learned this year, and how might you use that learning in the future?

Q2. If you could change one thing that happened this year, what would it be?

Q3. In what area do you feel you made your biggest improvements? Why?

Q4. What have been some of the challenges you faced this year?

Q5.  What is something you taught your teacher or classmates this year?

Q6. If you could choose what YOU wanted to learn next year, what would you choose?

Q7. If you could describe 2016/17 in one word, what word would you choose? Why?

If you have any questions or ideas you’d like to share, please leave a comment below!

Fun Year End Project: Kids Needed!

Beginning in January 2017 A Kids’ Guide to Canada launched and caught the attention of thousands of excited Canadian teachers, principals, superintendents, directors, trustees, and parents. 

With over a quarter of a million dollars of support from educational organizations, small businesses, and the Canadian Government, this teacher-led initiative is inviting every K-8 teacher and class in Canada to investigate, honour, and introduce the land and people of their neighbourhood community to the children of Canada, and to help build a new era of “understanding, empathy, respect” in the process. (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Call to Action 63.3)

Kids are invited to help create Canada’s first ever multi-lingual, multi-cultural interactive guide to Canada created by kids, for kids. 

The project takes place in 3 parts, with a focus on students creating artifacts that will be shared on an interactive map hosted by ESRI to create Canada’s first ever multilingual multi-cultural interactive guide to Canada. The second and third parts of the project are voluntary, and include students learning about cross-cultural communication, digital safety and citizenship, and finally engaging in cross-Canada connections to pursue deeper learning using the Digital Human Library.

With report cards right around the corner, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a fun year end project to look forward to in June? Why not end the year in celebration by sharing your neighbourhood, land and people with the children of Canada? Join us!!!

Here is a sample of artifacts kids are making to share with kids across Canada:

To learn more about A Kids’ Guide to Canada, and to register for the project, please visit our AKGTC website. You can also follow us on Twitter @akgtCanada