Be the Change, Take the Challenge Project for Secondary

Be the Change, Take the Challenge Project is global collaborative project for students that will start in September 2017 and finish in April 2018. The project is open to high school students and teachers from all over the world who believe in the power of global connections.Your students need to have communicative competence in English as all the assignments and communication will be conducted in English only.

Be the Change, Take the Challenge Project will emphasize learning activities that are long- term, interdisciplinary, and student-centered and the use of project- based and connections-based learning.


The objective of this project is for high school students and teachers to make international connections with peers and experts from all over the world and to improve their problem solving skills. As we all encounter problems every single day, it is important to know how to solve both easy and  complex problems. In this project, we aim to show our students how to define problems, how to generate evaluate, select and implement solutions. We believe that this skill will be one of the most important ones in the future workplaces.

Upon completion of this project, students will:

• develop an understanding of problem solving

• identify the skills to participate in problem solving

• better understand the SDG ( Sustainable Development Goals) and the challenges in achieving it

• improve their writing, speaking and ICT skills

• meet international students and become a part of a global community

• participate in thought provoking Skype conversations and self –reflection activities that challenge students to investigate global problems

• become competent users of ICT tools in education

• gain a factual knowledge on global problems

• learn to express themselves online

• be challenged to share the information they learn

For more information, please visit the project website: Be the Change, Take the Challenge or contact Barbara Anna Zielonka.

Post contributed by Barbara Anna Zielonka


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


May #AMDSBKidsChat: Unity

Join us as we discuss #Unity during our next #AMDSBkidschat on May 17th 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! Watch the video(s), answer the questions ahead of time, and join us to share your ideas and learn with other K-12 students throughout #AMDSBLearns!

Unity through Team Building (P/J)

Unity is Strength (P/J/I)

Unity is Strength (J/I/S)


1.  What is unity?

2.  In what ways are you different from your friends? How are you similar?

3.  Why are your family/ friends important to you?

4.  Why is it important to work together?

5.  If you had the power to change anything in the world, what would you change, and who would you want on your team?      Why?

6.  How do we show unity in the classroom? school?

7.  How do you show unity in your community?


Additional Activities:

We encourage you and your students to take part in A Kids’ Guide to Canada – Un guide du Canada. Join us in creating Canada’s first ever multi-lingual, multi-cultural interactive guide to Canada created by kids and for kids to mark Canada’s 150+. Learn more by visiting A Kids’ Guide to Canada or contact me!