Selfie Digital Citizenship

In the Learning Commons, some students have been learning about Selfies. We have been discussing Digitial Citizenship and T.H.I.N.K. – Before you post, Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?

We talked about appropraite and inappropriate times to take Selfies. As a follow-up we made our own selfies using our own selfie in Doodle Buddy App and tracing and then removing the background. Students were pleasantly surprised to see how much their art work looked like them.

Core Competencies and Digital Citizenship: Screen time

Here’s a handy list of book titles that can help launch discussions about keeping a healthy balance when it comes to screen time. Linked images and extension activities. Synopsis provided by the publishers. Read more for Indigenous connections.

Dot’s a spunky little girl well versed in electronic devices. Dot knows a lot. She knows how to tap . . . to swipe . . . to share . . . and she pays little attention to anything else, until one day Dot sets off on an interactive adventure with the world surrounding her. Dot’s tech-savvy expertise, mingled with her resourceful imagination, proves Dot really does know lots and lots. Ironically, there is a little video series to accompany the book.


After the star of this story gets her brother’s hand-me-down camera-phone and a quick lesson in the “selfie,” there is no stopping her! Until, that is, it’s time to call it a day. Turns out, camera-phones and kids alike need to recharge their batteries! Here’s a great ‘Selfie’ Digital Citizenship follow up activity.

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Healthy Habits, Sharing Learning and Toontastic

This week in the Vanier Learning Commons, many classes have been talking about staying healthy and washing your hands. We shared some videos and read ‘Sick Simon’ by Dan Krall. Simon comes to school when he is sick and makes all of his friends sick too!

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We enjoyed watching our video showing all of our Picture Book of the Year images that many students had made. We talked about how we were able to export our work and upload it to last weeks newsletter and now anyone in the world can see what we have created.

Mr. Dhaliwal’s class have been working on writing stories. They created storyboards and scripts in class and then we worked together in the Learning Commons using Toontastic App to create these wonderful story videos. Great job!