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

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


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!