Planning for September?

 

EQAO is over, report cards are in, and the year is winding down! I’ve been talking with lots of teachers in AMDSB who are already thinking about their plans for next September.

Digital Portfolios

If you are considering digital portfolios for your students in the fall, I would encourage you to request a Class Blog now (unless you already have one), and connect with the Lead Teacher in your school to help you get set up before you leave for the summer! Student blogs are requested through your TRA in the fall once class lists have been finalized. As always, if you have any questions anytime about integrating blogs as digital portfolios, please contact me!

Twitter 

Are you interested in integrating Twitter into your classroom program next year? Why not join our #AMDSBKidsChat to start?  Everything you need to get started can be found here! The summer is the perfect time to set up your class account, and familiarize yourself with the platform. Check out the hashtags #AMDSBLearns and #AMDSBKidsChat to see what teachers and kids have been talking about this year.

Our final chat of the year is scheduled for Monday June 19th from 10-11AM. Join us as we #Reflect 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. Follow the hashtag as an observer, or join in! Answer the questions ahead of time, and connect with us to share your ideas and learn with other K-12 students throughout #AMDSBLearns!

Digital Citizenship

Lisa Bruce and I have been writing the Digital Citizenship Guidebook for AMDSB this year. The Guidebook includes information about privacy and safety, social media in the classroom, guidelines for teaching with technology, learning management systems, digital portfolios, copyright and attribution…, as well as a framework for integrating digital citizenship teaching and learning into your classroom program. Our goal is to share this resource with schools beginning in the fall supported by in-school PD. Stay tuned!

Computational Thinking/ Coding/ Robotics

This year I have had the privilege of working with 9 teachers in AMDSB to develop a resource to support the integration of computational thinking skills through coding. Once approved, our goal is to share this resource with schools in the fall supported by PD.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a place to start this summer, our team recommends visiting Code.org and working through their free courses (Note: These are the same courses your students would complete). If you register, you can track your progress. There are entry points for all levels of learners and the activities are really engaging. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me! Watch for more information coming in the fall…

New Technologies available in AMDSB… Coming Soon!

AMDSB has purchased a number of new technologies that will be available on loan through the Media Centre in the fall. Once everything has been catalogued, I will post information on the AMDSB EdTech blog detailing what you are able to borrow for your students!

A few things get excited about for K-12 include: virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics (yes, we even have robots for kids in Kindergarten!), drones, circuits, and more!

As always, please leave a comment below with your questions, comments and ideas! I’d love to hear from you…

 

If we don’t connect before you leave for summer holidays, have a wonderful (and well-deserved) break!

Leigh Cassell

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!

Questions:

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!

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)

Questions:

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!