Learning Skills and Work Habits

Responsibility

The student:

  • fulfils responsibilities and commitments within the learning environment;
  • completes and submits class work, homework, and assignments according to agreed-upon timelines;
  • takes responsibility for and manages own behaviour.

Organization

The student:

  • devises and follows a plan and process for completing work and tasks;
  • establishes priorities and manages time to complete tasks and achieve goals;
  • identifies, gathers, evaluates, and uses information, technology, and resources to complete tasks.

Independent Work

The student:

  • independently monitors, assesses, and revises plans to complete tasks and meet goals;
  • uses class time appropriately to complete tasks;
  • follows instructions with minimal supervision.

Collaboration

The student:

  • accepts various roles and an equitable share of work in a group;
  • responds positively to the ideas, opinions, values, and traditions of others;
  • builds healthy peer-to-peer relationships through personal and media-assisted interactions;
  • works with others to resolve conflicts and build consensus to achieve group goals;
  • shares information, resources, and expertise and promotes critical thinking to solve problems and make decisions.

Initiative

The student:

  • looks for and acts on new ideas and opportunities for learning;
  • demonstrates the capacity for innovation and a willingness to take risks
    demonstrates curiosity and interest in learning;
  • approaches new tasks with a positive attitude;
  • recognizes and advocates appropriately for the rights of self and others.

Self-regulation

The student:

  • sets own individual goals and monitors progress towards achieving them;
  • seeks clarification or assistance when needed;
  • assesses and reflects critically on own strengths, needs, and interests;
  • identifies learning opportunities, choices, and strategies to meet personal needs and achieve goals;
  • perseveres and makes an effort when responding to challenges.

Student Self Assessment

A self-assessment Google Doc can be found at http://goo.gl/EbMHz.
A self-assessment form can be found at http://goo.gl/jyuJi. [teacher link]
Ask your instructor which to use.

 

Website Review Template

This is the template I use in Google Docs for student website reviews.


Find a good educational web page related to <Topic Name>.

Which keyword(s) did you use at the search engine? (record below)

  • URL:
  • Title:
  • Keyword(s) Used:

Write a 100-150 word review of the web page.  Concepts that could be considered when reviewing your website are:

  • suitability to the class,
  • aesthetics of the site,
  • the educational value of the site, and
  • the overall organization of the site.

Write your review below. After it is complete, share it with two of your peers for checking of grammar and spelling. Fix any mistakes found. Record the names of your peers as comments here and here.


The Title of the Web Page — http://www.nameofsite.com

<intro goes here>

<body of review goes here (100-250 words)>

<summary of review goes here>

Keytag Instructions (SketchUp)

This page is for the SketchUp instructions. Click here for the Tinkercad instructions.


We are going to make personalized keytags using SketchUp, which can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.sketchup.com/download.

Download the template from here and remember where you saved it!

Double-click on the downloaded file to open it.

Choose the top top template (“Simple Template – Feet and Inches”) when SketchUp starts.

Insert your name, with a height of 16 mm and an extrusion height of 2 mm. When inserting, try to insert it close to one of the corners of the blank rectangle (not directly into the keytag itself).

  • Tools > 3D Text
  • Height: 16mm
  • Extrusion: 2mm

Size your text (using the Scale tool “S”) your name to the approximate size of the rectangle.

Make a copy (Ctrl-C) of your name and paste it (Ctrl-V) near the keytag. The Orbit tool “O” will be your best friend when doing this! (hint: Shift-O lets you pan the screen)

Move “M” the text down to the rectangle in the keytag.

Once you are are confident your model is correct, delete the original rectangle so you are only left with the keytag.

Save your keytag in your M drive with a filename similar to:

  • Full Name – Name of School – Keytag Text.skp (where Keytag Text is the actual text on the Keytag if it is different than your name).

Example:

  • Britney Smith – Senator Gibson – Leafs.skp

Once you have saved your  SKP file with the proper filename, export it as an STL file using the File ► Export STL… menu. If you do not have this menu, follow these instructions to install it.

To submit your STL file for printing, look for the assignment in Google Classroom.

Reminder Service

Remind.com is a service that I will use to send email and text notifications to students and parents.

To subscribe, please follow the directions in the relevant document:

Introducing Yourself

Students, look for the assignment on Google Classroom.

Teachers, see my blog post about this assignment here.

Contact Me

Where Can You Find Me?

Beamsville District Secondary School, 3rd wing (back of the school), 2nd floor. The address is:

4317 Central Avenue
Beamsville, ON
L0R 1B0

Semester 1

Pd 1 – TEJ3M/4M Computer Engineering Technology
Pd 2 – TEJ2O Computer Technology
Pd 3 – prep period
Pd 4 – Co-op

All classes are in room 3-209.

Semester 2

Pd 1 – ICS3C/3U/4C/4U Computer Science
Pd 2 – prep period
Pd 3 – BTT1O ICT In Business
Pd 4 – TGJ2O/3M/4M Communications Technology

All classes are in room 3-209.

Contacting Me

There are a number of options for you to contact me.

  1. You can email me directly at pbeens@gmail.com,
  2. Leave me a message (voice or text) at (716) 299-8526, or
  3. Fill in this form.
 

Affinity Designer Tutorials

This is a work in progress…

  1. Affinity Designer 1.5 Overview (marketing video) (difficulty: n/a)
  2. The A to Z of Affinity Designer (“This A to Z list breaks down all the tools and panels, including some useful functions and features. It includes links to Affinity’s official short video tips and descriptions of what each tool can do to help you become acquainted with this program.”)
  3. Affinity Designer Tutorial: The Basics (overview video) (difficulty: 0)
  4. Basic Eyes (very basic) (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  5. 3D Cube (very basic) (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  6. Ketchup for Blood Book Cover (blog w/ video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  7. Fish in a Bubble  (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  8. Shopping Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  9. Gear Head Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  10. Artistic Text (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  11. Metal Text (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  12. Glossy Sphere (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  13. Flat Clock Design (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  14. Fire Text Effect (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  15. Wood Text with Reflection and Shadow (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  16. Pumpkin Carriage (text tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  17. Water Drops (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  18. Water Dispersion Effect (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  19. Flat Design Birthday Cake (text tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  20. Let’s make BB8 (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  21. Captain America Shield (video tutorial) (difficulty: 4)
  22. Festive Christmas Fireplace (video tutorial) (difficulty: 4)
  23. Bunny Cupcake (speed art) (difficulty: 4)
  24. Cute Rooster (text tutorial) (difficulty: 5)
  25. Python Trace (video tutorial) (difficulty: 5)
  26. Making Galaxy (video tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)
  27. Dog Sketch Tracing | Part 2 (video tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)
  28. Lighthouse (text tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)

For the 2016-2017 BTT1O students, you must do a minimum of 8 tutorials, with no more than one “very basic” tutorial. The two that are mandatory are:

  1. Python Trace
  2. Cute Rooster

There are many additional AD tutorials at tutsplus.com and frankentoon.com.

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.)