Friday, July 10, 2009

Cops for Kids Safety Programs

What a great idea!
I have taught a fair number of classes on this topic: safety.

Safety at home, school, in the neighbourhood, and on-line. Safety in the event of fire, or lockdowns are generally taught.

I think it admirable. I do not understand why I was phoned at home to help pay for it, in a cold call solicitation, since our tax dollars ought to be supporting such a program.

I have done a fair amount of writing on bullying ( Bullying Resources), too. This is something that must be dealt with by educators and all stakeholders. It is amazing that things like Breakfast Programs and safety programs are not integrated into regular curriculum.

That being so, however, we must continue to protect our children.

Cops for kids safety

"The program stresses the importance of teachers and parents properly educating the children in these valuable and critical life skills. The modules are designed for appropriate grade levels and will cover the pertinent categories on safety in a fun, interactive program learned at school and followed up at home.

Together with the teacher and the parent, the Cops for Kids Safety program takes the children through real life skill situations. It provides a resource for teachers and police officers to use in schools and a opportunity for families at home to make sure their children understand the principles of safety in all aspects of their lives."

View Brochure (325 KB pdf)

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Shakespeare in the schools

Bringing the classics to life for students. It is important we teach children about classic literature. Often teachers show videos in school. I question the practice myself. I think we cannot replace books with a video. Copyright laws are clear on this, too.

Maybe on a June afternoon, when the kids are antsy, but I think it far better to create movies WITH students. Much more interesting and educational.
Jordyn & Pauley's Project

Elementary School Art

The Arts

A few years ago we created a number of multimedia presentations! Our core French teacher, M. Gagnon, helped students create a display of plasticene Aliens. The staff created an Art Show. We wrote the melody after we wrote the words. We created an SK Reading buddies guide(I created a pdf file of the information.) Student created some PowerPoint projects on Superheroes.

In 2001, students wrote letters of appreciation to our Peacekeepers serving overseas. CO1 Dennis Irwin, our penpal sent us photos of his experiences. I created an iMovie. Students wrote to him and he wrote them back.

Charlie helped us create some music dedicated to our Peacekeepers. We wrote some songs. Did a lot of singing, too!

Theatre games

Principles of technology with students: Jilks, 2008

Friday, July 3, 2009

Five Principles of Design

When designing a poster, web page, or any graphic using technology, there are guidelines for students to follow.

Designing using a computer has changed styles and preferences.
Choosing a font is as important as colour.
A serif is important in text. For a title you want to have no serif. The serif belongs in the test, as it leads you to read on. 
1. It is important to note the proximity of text. Be consistent in your work. All titles with one font.
2. How you align the text is important. Centreing may or may not be better. It depends upon your focus.
3. Be care of the colours you choose. For those who are colour blind, or colour deficient (e.g., cannot differentiate browns and greens), or those with scotopic vision, all have an impact of what we can and cannot see.
4. Repetition of the colour, fonts, images and themes lets the reader know where they are in the document. Visual cues help us understand the topic and influence what we see.
5. You must understand your target audience. If it is a formal piece, then the font should differ and an informal fun piece can use the more casual fonts. Comic sans, for example. 

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Creating a poster

Here are some guidelines for students.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

10 Reasons For Swearing

1. It pleases my teacher so much.
2. It proves that I have self-control.
3. It’s a fine mark of manliness/feminity.
4. It indicates how clearly my mind operates.
5. It makes my conversation so pleasing to my grandmother.
6. It leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind as to my peer group.
7. It impresses potential employers that I have more than an ordinary vocabulary.
8. It’s an unmistakable sign of culture and refinement.
9. It tells my classmates that I’m a strong leader and good role model.
10. It’s my way of honouring my spiritual beliefs.
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