Discussion Forum Instructions

Each student needs to provide at least one comment and two replies and/or questions.

Try not to repeat what others have said or asked (so do this assignment early!).

If someone already has two comments then comment on someone else. If you really want to comment, then just comment on one extra person. When the assignment is complete everyone should have at least two replies and/or questions on their comment.

The assignment is marked out of 9 — 3 marks for your initial comment and 6 for your two (or more) responses to others. I will be marking for spelling, grammar, relevancy, and appropriateness. Keep all responses friendly and supportive.

Land Acknowledgement

We will begin this course by acknowledging that we are meeting on aboriginal land that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning.

As settlers, we’re grateful for the opportunity to meet here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land – for thousands of years.

Long before today, as we gather here, there have been aboriginal peoples who have been the stewards of this place.

In particular, we acknowledge – the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa and Haudenosaunee peoples.

We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions of Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and our province and country as a whole.

As settlers, this recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities, and in particular to bring justice for murdered and missing indigenous women and girls across our country.

[Credit to https://ofl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017.05.31-Traditional-Territory-Acknowledgement-in-Ont.pdf]

Adding Your Signature in Outlook (Web)

Click on the gear icon.


Choose “Mail” under Your App Settings.


Choose “Email signature” under Layout.


Enter your signature and choose the options that you want. Click Save.


If you don’t choose to automatically insert your signature you can always add it manually.

PowerApps Setup for DoL

Step 1 – Search for PowerApps in Chrome

Step 2 – Click on the Top Link

Step 3 – Sign In (Be sure you are currently logged into your DSBN account)

Step 4 – Change Country and Uncheck Email (Spam!) Option

…then “Start My Trial”

Step 5 – Click on Apps

Step 6 – Click on “Org Apps”

Student Support

I can always be contacted via email (please see email protocol) or through my “contact me” form or through the Remind service app (preferred).

Remember that I want you to pass, so please take advantage of the communication tools available to you to reach out to me any time you have a question.

Tools

Throughout the course we will be using various tools to help our learning:
  • Portable Apps
    • Chrome
    • Notepad++
  • Lastpass
  • Diigo (social bookmarking)
  • Google Drive
  • Google Takeout
  • Google Sites (the NEW Google Sites)
  • Google Keep
  • Gmail
  • Twitter
  • Dropbox

Google20 Days

“Google20” days are loosely modeled after Google’s philosophy of allowing their programmers and engineers to use one day per week to work on a “pet project” not related to their job. It is a hugely successful program that has resulted in many products at Google (like Gmail!).

While brainstorming how this might look in our class, we have come up with our own philosophy of how our “Google20” days should work:

  • You must have a mark of at least 70%.
  • You must work on something “productive”, i.e. no games, social media (chat, Twitter, Facebook) , etc.:
    • You may work on classwork for another class (math homework, anyone?!!).
    • You may work on personal projects such as hobbies, drawing, artwork, photography, independent research, programming, etc.
    • You may even continue working on projects related to this class!

Ultimately, the goal of our Google20 days is for you to be productive at something that moves your life forward in a positive way, doing something that you want to do.

At the beginning of each of these days we will ask you to fill in this form so you know what your plan is and eventually for me to measure how successful this program is.

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