Chrome Sign In

For students having trouble signing into Chrome with their DSBN account, enter this address directly into the Chrome address bar and you should be able to sign in properly:

chrome://chrome-signin

Why sign into Chrome?

It will sync your bookmarks and Chrome extensions so wherever you are logged into Chrome (other classes, at home, on your laptop) everything will be sync’d.

OCTE Annual Conference 2017


Reposted from an email from OCTE…

OCTE Annual Conference 2017 – May 11th to 13th at the Hilton Meadowvale in Mississauga 
 
Early Bird Deadline is this Friday April 28th!
OCTE Members should please register by this Friday to be eligible for the special price of $395 (including HST).  
Please note that you should receive a conference registration confirmation email to the address you indicated at the end of registration.
 
 
Click here to book hotel reservations at our special OCTE hotel rates (not included in conference registration pricing).
 
OCTE Conference Elementary Workshop – Saturday May 13th at the Hilton Meadowvale in Mississauga
 
Our elementary workshop is nearly sold out (only 18 spaces left!).  Please click here to register for the day (only $100!).  Click here for the Elementary Day Agenda.  
 
OCTE Annual General Meeting & Executive Nominations
 
We will be hosting our AGM at the conference on Friday May 12th at 3:15pm.  Nominations are now open for the following positions on the OCTE Executive: Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair – Secondary, Vice Chair – Elementary.  Our updated OCTE Constitution includes role descriptions (refer to Page 7).  
 
Click here to submit a nomination form to join the OCTE Executive.   Nominations are due by Friday May 12th at 7:30am and speeches will take place that day between 12:00pm – 1:10pm.
Thank you and looking forward to seeing you at the conference in just over two weeks!

Dave Lewis
Chair of OCTE
lewisd@hdsb.ca

Program or Website for Creating a 3D Gamified Literacy Test Prep Environment?

I’ve received a request from an English teacher who has an excellent idea for a program for her students. Here is her request:

I have an idea and am looking for a program to make it happen. I want to create a 3D virtual world that I can use to gamify lit test prep. I want to be able to embed challenges – or links to bring them out of the world to complete tasks. I would ideally like them to have an avatar that can wander around and find the challenges that are hidden throughout the world, and want to add layers of badges / points, etc. as well as mastery learning. I have the idea in my head, but might you know of a good program I can use to create it. Ideally there will be minimum programming as I know limited HTML but would prefer something that does the coding for me. I am happy to pay for the program, but if there is a free one that would be great too.
I can figure out how to make it happen with 2D but would ideally like 3D.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. 🙂

Continue reading “Program or Website for Creating a 3D Gamified Literacy Test Prep Environment?”

Tell Me About Yourself! (Student Assignment)

Many months ago I bookmarked a blog post entitled “What I want my teachers to know about me” with the intent of adapting the concept for my own classes.

In the original post, the teacher (@Allanahk) had each of her students create a slide in response to “five things my new teacher needs to know about me”. As much as I loved the idea, I wanted my students to have more privacy with this assignment so they’d be more likely to share.  So instead, I created a master template in Google Slides that each student would use, with the following prompts: Continue reading “Tell Me About Yourself! (Student Assignment)”

How to Save URLs in a Project Folder

This video will show you how to save URLs into your project folder. This is necessary when creating and submitting projects that use assets from the Internet.

Always give credit where it is due!

Computer Science Teacher Survey

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is developing a new licensure assessment for entry-level Computer Science teachers (in the US). A licensure assessment is used to determine whether teacher candidates demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge and/or skills to enter their profession.

ETS convened a national advisory committee (NAC) of Computer Science teachers, teacher-educators, and representatives of computer science organizations in order to determine which knowledge and/or skills are important for the beginning Computer Science teacher to possess in order to practice safely and effectively.  During this NAC meeting, members were asked to consider what Computer Science teachers (at the secondary level) are expected to know at the time of entry into the profession (e.g., the first day or month on the job).

The survey that follows is their attempt to verify the domain of knowledge and/or skills that were identified at the NAC meeting.  The entire survey should only take about 20 minutes to complete.

Click here to access the survey.

start.ca – Awesome Internet Provider

“Effective February 1, 2017, your internet service pricing will go down by $10.00 per month and your speed will increase from 30 Mbps download to 40 Mbps download with 10 Mbps upload.”
 
How many times have Rogers or Cogeco sent you an email like that?!!
 
I’ve been a very happy customer of this company’s since I switched to them. The few times I’ve had technical problems their customer service was fantastic, and their prices are much better then Cogeco’s or Rogers’.
 
https://www.start.ca/. If you subscribe, please tell them I sent you so I get a referral bonus. You won’t regret switching to them and your wallet will thank you.

Email Lists

Following are the email lists I have set up for teachers in Ontario. If you are a member of one of these email lists, please see the guidelines below.

Technological Education (Secondary)

Other

Mail List Guidelines

  • Always use a relevant subject line for the topic.
  • When changing topics, change the subject line.
  • When replying to a digest format email, reply using the provided web link so the subject line stays the same.
  • Please be mindful that you are replying to everyone on the mail list. Keep the emails supportive in nature and professional.
  • Do not attach documents. Instead, upload the document to your Google Drive account and share from there.

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