3-209 Lab Bookings

Room 3209 is available for bookings period three and four 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.

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)

PenFinancial Video Scholarship Contest

null

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!

null

Chrome Sign In

For students having trouble signing into Chrome with their DSBN account, enter this address directly into the Chrome address bar and you should be able to sign in properly:

chrome://chrome-signin

Why sign into Chrome?

It will sync your bookmarks and Chrome extensions so wherever you are logged into Chrome (other classes, at home, on your laptop) everything will be sync’d.

Instructions for Supply Teacher

Instructions for the supply teacher can be found at http://goo.gl/zY4RpC. Note that this document is only accessible to DSBN staff.

Instructions for the students are found in their Google Classroom accounts.

The Students Know I Hate IE!
Student artwork

Program or Website for Creating a 3D Gamified Literacy Test Prep Environment?

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. 🙂

Continue reading “Program or Website for Creating a 3D Gamified Literacy Test Prep Environment?”

BDSS Maker Club

Mission Statement

The BDSS Maker Club is a student-led club focused on providing students with time, space, knowledge, and equipment to design and make things.

The purpose of weekly meetings is to:

  • Equip students with skills to make, create, and design;
  • Provide time, space and resources to student to create, make, and design;
  • Provide guidance, supervision, and instruction to do the above; and
  • Allow students to pursue individual interests for all of the above activities.

Meetings: The club will meet Tuesdays or Wednesdays in room 3-209 (Mr. Beens’ class) unless otherwise announced (see calendar below). Students will need to arrange for transportation home at 4:30. Continue reading “BDSS Maker Club”