Happy to announce that Dr. Kearney will be joining North Peace and Bert Bowes in implementing PaperCut for next school year.
Our regional service will be upgraded from a 100Mb connection to a 1Gb connection by March 13th. Great news for the communities serviced by our RNC in the North!
Brian Campbell and I have been working for the last few weeks and I’m happy to say that the new SD60 International Education Website is up and running. A few translations of applications and some more info on home stay and hosting to come. Have a look! http://www.prn.bc.ca/int/
Happy to hear that 12 teachers at Prespatou School are taking part in the Blossom on-line learning Smartboard courses
Mrs Gonzales’ and Mrs Pope’s grade 4/5 class is on Edublogs! http://kgonzales.edublogs.org/
They are using lab time writing with wallwisher and will be working on adding comments to their blog.
Bert Bowes has been upgraded to a 100Mbps fibre connection
Energeticcity recently posted a story about School District 60 kids and stats on FSA, class size, and Provincial Exams.
I’d like Energeticcity to reference where they are getting their results from as they are mixing various reports which may represent different years however no referencing makes their assertions difficult to verify or refute and paints an unclear picture for members of our community. From the article,
In the FSA Student Achievement report School District 60 ranks higher than the provincial average with grade 4 students in reading and numeracy, SD 60 ranks lower in writing. In grade 7 students, the district ranks higher in reading, but lower than the provincial average in writing and numeracy.
Which year are you looking at in that statement? Here’s my synopsis of the February 2010 FSA with SD60 and Provincial results along with the reports and links to where you can find them. These reports show that SD60 students are equal to or higher in all areas in reading, writing, and numeracy except for grade 7 numeracy for students meeting or exceeding expectations on the FSA.
2010 FSA Results for Grade 4 – % of Students Meeting or Exceeding
Reading: 68% SD60 / 68% Province – 0% difference
Writing: 81% SD60 / 69% Province – +12% SD60
Numeracy: 67% SD60 / 63% Province- + 4% SD60
2010 FSA Results for Grade 7 – % of Students Meeting or Exceeding
Reading: 65% SD60 / 65% Province – 0% difference
Writing: 78% SD60 / 68% Province – + 10% SD60
Numeracy: 56% SD60 / 63% Province – +7% Province
taken June 29, 2010 from
Spent a little time with Brian Campbell today setting up www.prn.bc.ca/careers/ which will host info on Careers, AVID, and International Education
Very proud to come and do some video of six grade 4 students from Charlie Lake school who entered and won a BC Hydro PowerSmart contest for a radio spot. The students worked with their teacher, Linda Haugen, during their grade 3 year to plan, write, and produce their commercial entry.
This week they had the opportunity to record the following spot at the MooseFM studios in Fort St John. Way to go guys!
I was often concerned about switching from an older thin client to a fat client around the power consumption difference. Looking at the signature line from Computers for Schools though I feel pretty good about it all of the sudden!
Transfering 100 computers from business to schools extends their useful life, often by double and is the equivilant of:
* Electricity to power 30 homes for a year
* A reduction in CO2 emissions of 1,469 metric tons
* Removing 13 cars from the road per year
* The weight of 9 refrigerators of primary material savings
* 9 pounds of toxic materials
Along with the reuse of a still capable computer we can apply power saving features from our LanREV software to save even more power!
We received 15 computers to replace Teacher-Librarian thin clients from CFS and they were immaculate and all Dell GX280s with at least 512Mb of ram and a windows xp pro license. For a low cost of $50 each! (The thin clients won’t support the new library system which will be implementing over the next two years.)
Time for a serious look at CFS http://www.cfsbc.ca/
Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong. Be prepared everyday to try and do some good.
-Sir Nicholas Winton
Occasionally I get the chance to work with our great inclusion and LA Teachers on the odd technology project here and there. I much prefer working on something with them than my usual roll of telling them that we have to pay for software we want to put on computers.
I was doing a video for Dr. K today of the PISP team helping with a student and their inclusion into the school community. They were providing her with an adapted iPod to make it easier for her to use and play some music they had on her SetBC machine. Even had a Wii to show kids that they could play together. On the iPod, I thought of our Spectrum server with the podcast capture and suggested that we have some of her tag students, who do the “Lame Joke of the Day” in Mrs. Gunn’s class, do some recordings for her. The recordings get put on an internal server and iTunes on the SetBC computer syncs with them and the iPod.
I’ve setup an account in spectrum, setup the computer and will revisit with Mrs. Blair and some of Mrs. Gunn’s students in the future.
I was explaining that on the scale of difficulty this is on the easy end of things. No really, it is! Looking forward to helping out on this some more.
Really enjoyed doing a Smartboard session with Central today. I saw lots of lights turning on with regards to technology and education. I’m sure they’ll make good use of the gift as well.
Happy to have had a chance to demo a smartboard and document camera to the TS staff and two of the Dr. Kearney staff. Look for more coming to interested schools.
Are you interested?
In my usual way I asked the staff over at NPSS to respond to a test email, but asked that if they had comments about the service interruption to please put them in Haiku format. Points for effort, but not all follow the Haiku that I know.
went to get my Email
no mail made my day real bad
but now I feel glad
It was frustrating
communication loss to
the outside world missed
Life as we know it
stops when mail is here and gone
must talk face to face
There once was an internet junkie
Who worked it online like a monkey
His ears they burned
As comments they spurned
That calm little internet junkie
(is that about me?)
Dependence is not quite as
great as we think it.
I’d like to welcome, Simon Lavoie, our new computer support worker to the district. Simon will be starting with us on November 17th in the shop and will eventually be attached to Ecole Central as their point CSW.