Moving Up

Aug 15, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Be Responsible, Communicate

You have got to love the buzz of students getting their first school laptop – it is infectious. This time of year has to be one of my favourites. The sound the kids make when they get to open their computers for the first time is still priceless.

Ford Family Portraits: Mr. Isaiah Early

This year we further refined our “role out” strategy. We have always tried to give our new year 7 students as much support as possible but this year we are trying to go that extra mile. Things kicked off on Friday afternoon with a keynote speech from the secondary principal on how technology is influencing our world. The students then took their laptops home for the weekend to explore. As the new week started up we organized a Year 7 Tech Conference. During this conference students worked in groups through a series of activities lead by various members of the teaching and admin staff.  The sessions during the day were structured for focus on the Approaches to Learning from the MYP programme. Students explored:

  • Responsibility – Digital Safety
  • Organization – OneNote & The Portal
  • Communication – Blogs
  • Organization – Dyknow & Veracross
  • Responsibilty – Ethical Use
  • Organization – Outlook
  • Organization – Backing Up

This is a similar structure to what we ran last year but the extra bit we are focusing on this year is the continued support we will provide the students. During House Room (home room for most) the teachers will be focusing on specific issues every fortnight. These sessions will mostly relate to how students organize themselves electronically and learning to lead a balanced life.  We will be using resources from Common Sense Media, Manic Time, Netsmartz (and many more of course) to help ensure that our new middle school students are supported as they progress through the year.

climb up the wall (cc)
Things have started up well. Let’s hope we can keep things going.

 

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