Welcome!

 

Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s),

I would like to welcome you to a new school year that promises to be filled with excitement and challenges.  My name is Vince LeBlanc and I will be your child’s teacher for Math and Core French.  This is a transitional year for students coming into grade 7.  The challenges and opportunities that lay ahead are sure to keep everyone busy. 

As you are well aware by now, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development introduced a pilot project two years ago that featured the use of technology in four schools throughout the province.  The focus was with the Math curriculum.  The study of the Project was yearlong and was a deemed a success.

I was excited at the opportunity to be part of this Project as I had recently completed my Master’s degree with a focus in technology.  I am looking forward to implementing the skills and knowledge I have learned from this program into the classroom.  Due to the success of the iPads in the classroom, the decision has been made to continue with the project for a third year. 


The devices will be used in all courses. Prior to receiving the iPads, students will undergo extensive digital citizenship and device training.  They will be exposed to the do’s and don’ts of using a device for educational purposes. 

Prior to grade 7, students have received some technology instruction and have used some programs and applications to produce documents, projects, presentations, and to communicate.  Students will have an opportunity to further build upon these skills. 

Due to the nature of the Project and the ever increasing popularity of social media, I will be using a platform called “Edmodo” to communicate with my students and parent(s) / guardian(s).  Its interface and features are quite similar to “Facebook” but without a public domain.  The site is user friendly and is only accessible to group members.  I will be signing up students with an account in the coming weeks. Once signed up, you, as a parent / guardian can also join my groups.  All you have to do is go to “https://www.edmodo.com/”, click on “I’m a Parent”, type in the code that your child gives you for the groups that they’re in and other information it may be asking.  You will then be able to send and receive messages, and access information and documents from the site.  The site will especially be beneficial to students who are absent, as it will host content from classes missed.  It is also a communication tool between all parties.  Students will definitely benefit from using Edmodo as they will be able to send and receive messages from their teacher at any time.  Students will not be able to communicate with each other, and all messages sent to groups must be reviewed by the teacher prior to posting.  I encourage you to join and stay connected. 

Khan Academy is another website that we’ll be using this year.  The site has gained popularity over the last few years due to its extensive video library explaining every possible Math concept and also providing a web-based exercise system that generates problems for students based on skill level and performance.  The great thing about videos is that students can play and rewind them as often as they like.  It’s like having a private tutor at their disposal.  Accounts for students will be created and they will receive instruction during orientation on how to best use the site.  I encourage you to visit the following link (https://www.khanacademy.org/about) for more information about Khan Academy.  I also encourage you to join Khan Academy, as a parent, (https://www.khanacademy.org/) and to start exploring its potential with your child.

If you or your child has a mobile device, you can download the Apps for both Edmodo and Khan Academy, and stay connected.  The iPads will also come with Apps already downloaded on them.  These will be educational in nature and will become part of every student’s daily classroom experiences. 

There is an open house Thursday, Sept. 10, 2014 from 7 – 8pm.  If you have any questions about what you just read or anything else, I’ll be happy to address them at that time.  Looking forward to meeting and speaking with you soon.

 

V. LeBlanc

Grade 7

CK

 

This year, we will be using a social media platform to communicate and to exchange ideas, documents, assignments, and projects. The site is called "Edmodo". In the next few weeks, you will be introduced to "Edmodo" through a series of tutorials to get you familiarized with the site.

"Khan Academy" is another site that will be used frequently during and outside of Math class. The site contains numerous videos and exercises linked to our Math curriculum and will be part of a project during the year.


For the next month or so, if you have a device that can connect to the school internet, you are encouraged to bring it to class. You will be using your devices to access websites for various classes. If you do not own a device, you will be able to use a laptop when convenient.

My goal is to go as paperless as possible. Although technology can certainly help in accomplishing your goals, it DOES NOT replace hard work. As students, you will be expected to plan, organize, cooperate, collaborate, inquire, question, share, explore, and create with the help of technology.
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