Computer Studies and Computer Technology Curriculum Refresh – Preliminary Research

Many of you have likely heard that the Ministry of Education has announced that they want to update the curriculum [link] as well as “improve coding and computational skills for all students as part of their plan to create jobs, grow our economy, and help people in their everyday lives” [link].

In anticipation of this, ACSE (Association for Computer Studies Educators) would like to start collecting some preliminary feedback to form our input to the Ministry of Education for when they formally announce the process.

You will find the form for your input here.

Some comments about the form:

  • The information is being used to advise ACSE (http://www.acse.net) on their recommendations to the Ministry of Education on the review of the Computer Studies (ICS2O, ICS3C, ICS3U, ICS4C, ICS4U) and Computer Technology (TEJ2O, TEJ3E, TEJ3M, TEJ4E, TEJ4M) curriculum documents.
  • Your personal information (name and email address) will be kept confidential and will not be included in the aggregate data that we compile.
  • You’ll see that we are asking about K-8, even though there isn’t a K-8 CS-related curriculum. This is intended to gather teachers’ thoughts on whether or not CS (or Computational Thinking) should be formally addressed in K-8.
  • Please understand that the intent of this research is to gather some initial feedback. It is not being gathered as a specific request by the Ministry of Education or because a new curriculum cycle For Computer Studies or Technological Education has been announced.
  • If you want to submit feedback in multiple areas or provide multiple comments, you can use the form more than once. This would be preferable to including multiple paragraphs as one response.

We’re not putting a hard deadline on this form at this time, but we’d probably like to start aggregating the results in about a month, so around the end of November. If you could provide a response by that time it would be appreciated.

BDSS – New House System and Day 1 Alternative Schedule

From Mr Miller:

We will be creating a colour house system with our students this year. We will be dividing students into 16 colour-named groups (houses) with approximately 32 students, and 2-3 teachers, per group. The purpose of the groups is to grow our school spirit, and provide a means by which to facilitate intramurals, competitions, collaborative work and connections with students in an exciting and meaningful way. The system was suggested and designed based on feedback from students and staff on what could be done to make our school better.

To promote this system, and allow houses to have time together, we will be running an alternate schedule on the first day:

  • Period one 9:15am – 10:00am
  • Break 10:00am – 10:10am
  • Period two 10:10am – 10:55am
  • Break 10:55am – 11:05am
  • Period three 11:05am- 11:50am
  • Lunch 11:50am – 12:50pm
  • Period four 12:50pm – 1:40pm
  • Assembly and House time 1:40 – 3:25pm (with a break after the assembly, and before houses assemble)

Course Evaluation Form

Students, the end of school is near! Before you leave, please do your best to fill in the course evaluation. I take your submissions very seriously, as your feedback gets used to make my courses better for future students.

As a convenience, I am also embedding the form here:

ETFO Online AQs for Teachers – Summer 2017

I’ve gathered up all the ETFO online AQs listed on the OTF PD Calendar  that are being offered this summer. Please let me know if there are any omissions or mistakes.

 

AML EULAs in Plain English

I recently had the pleasure of being in the audience for a presentation from Carol Arcus, Vice-President, The Association for Media Literacy (AML).

AML has many amazing resources for teachers at both their website and their YouTube channel.

One of the highlights for me was their “EULA Project”, where they have taken many social media end-user licence agreements and converted them to plain English posters that can be displayed in your classroom for your students, all for free.

Here’s an example, posted in low-res only (see the link below for full-sized PDFs):

Snapchat EULA
Snapchat EULA in Plain English

To see AML’s EULA Project in its entirety, visit http://www.aml.ca/i-agree/ where you can download PDF versions of each EULA poster.

(Also see http://www.aml.ca/agency-and-privacy/ for additional information about this project.)