Important Update from Remind.com!

If you are a teacher using the Remind service you need to read this! You will have to share this information with your students.

We’re sorry to write with a disappointing update. As you might remember from this summer, Rogers Canada was planning to charge Remind a fee that made it impossible for us to continue supporting text messaging for anyone with a Rogers wireless plan. Now, Bell Canada has decided to charge Remind a similar fee as well.

Please read on for all the important details—we promise to keep this as short as we can.

What’s happening?
To offer our text messaging service free of charge, Remind has always paid for each text that users receive or send. Now, Rogers and Bell are charging us additional fees intended for companies that send spam over their networks. Remind messages aren’t spam, but our efforts to resolve the issue with the telecoms haven’t been successful.

As a result, the Rogers and Bell fees increase our costs of supporting SMS in Canada to at least 25X our current cost. This isn’t financially feasible for us to support, and it’s forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone who has a wireless plan on the Rogers and Bell networks.

How will this affect you?
Beginning January 28, 2019, people in your classes who normally get Remind texts will no longer receive your messages if they have wireless plans with Rogers, Bell, or their respective subsidiaries.

What can you do?
To make sure people in your classes continue receiving your messages, encourage them to download the mobile app or enable email notifications. Our team’s also working hard on a solution that allows your classes to continue to use Remind by text, and we’ll share more details with you before January 28.

In the meantime, we’ll keep fighting to make sure Canadian educators, students, and parents have access to effective communication. To do this, we need your help: If using Remind has made a positive impact in your classroom, at your school, or anywhere in between, please ask Rogers and Bell to reverse the fee here: www.remind.com/canada-carrier-fees

We’re very grateful for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon with an update.

Sincerely,
The Remind team

2018 OCTE Survey

(posted on behalf of OCTE)
This is a last call to help complete the 2018 Technological Education Survey before you leave for summer!
Thank you to all of you who participated in last year’s Technological Education Teacher survey!  We have used the results of the survey to move a number of new OCTE initiatives forward and to develop an OCTE Multi-Year Plan 2018 – 2021.
Here is a link to last year’s Technological Education Research Report.
We have once again partnered with the Ministry of Education to continue this research, inform our new and ongoing OCTE initiatives and to create a baseline of data to measure improvements.  We are asking for your help and your voice once again to complete this year’s Technological Education survey, which should take about 10 minutes to complete.
We appreciate your help in sharing this with other Technological Education teachers who are not here at the conference.
Thank you very much!  Your feedback allows us to keep OCTE relevant and addressing your current needs.
Dave Lewis
Chair of OCTE

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”

Learning Goals Checklist

The following teacher-developed checklist contains criteria for writing effective learning goals, and can be used to guide the development of learning goals.

Content

  • identifies what is to be learned
  • linked to the overall and specific expectations to be addressed
  • connected to a big idea
  • identifies incremental steps to build student knowledge and skills

Language

  • uses clear, concise language
  • uses language that is student-friendly and grade-appropriate
  • uses verbs that describe specific and observable actions
  • stated from a student’s perspective (e.g., “We are learning to …)

Example Learning Goals

  • We are learning to make healthier personal food choices by using information on food labels.
  • We are learning to rework a piece using feedback from our teacher and classmates.
  • We are learning to create and perform phrases that explore two or more elements of dance.
  • I will be able to use descriptive words, phrases, and expressions to clearly describe a scene or situation.
  • I can Identify and describe common controls used in graphical user interfaces.
  • I can use buttons, labels, and text fields when designing graphical user interfaces.
(from ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING VIDEO SERIES Learning Goals and Success Criteria Viewing Guide)

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.

 

3-209 Lab Bookings

Room 3209 is available for bookings period two this semester. Please contact me via email to book.

Please, no food or drink for students visiting the class. Ask the students to push in all chairs when leaving and take any garbage with them. Do not let them disconnect any of the mice or keyboards (they must stay plugged in the back).

Please have enough work for the students so they aren’t playing games. If they are finished their daily assignment, please have an additional assignment ready for them.

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 – BTT1O/1K ICT In Business
Pd 2 – prep period
Pd 3 – TEJ3E/3M/4M Computer Engineering Technology
Pd 4 – TGJ2O/2K/3M/4M Communications Technology

All classes are in room 3-209.

Semester 2

Pd ? – ICS3C/3U/4C/4U Computer Science
Pd ? – prep period
Pd ? – TEJ2O Computer Technology
Pd ? – SHSM Admin

All classes are in room 3-209.

Contacting Me

  1. You can email me directly at pbeens@gmail.com or peter.beens@dsbn.org, or
  2. Fill in this form and I’ll get back to you!