“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.
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.
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)
Sprowt.ca is pleased to offer our Video Scholarship Contest, giving students in Niagara an opportunity to win some cash. Each year, PenFinancial Credit Union gives away $4,000 in scholarships to local students.
All students have to do is submit a video (under two minutes in length) outlining why they’re passionate about their chosen program of study. In other words, “what do you want to be when you grow up and why”? Details for the Sprowt Video Scholarship Contest can be found here!
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. 🙂