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Google email, docs and sites is now available for you to use. This collection of tools is really quite useful as it will allow you to collaborate on notes, contacting your teachers and just helping you stay organized this year. Here are the details for accessing your Google CAT Pickering accounts:
Students access the Google Site by pointing their browser to the appropriate link:
They will log in following this standard:
[note: use the names as they appear in PowerSchool with no spaces]
Password: same password that students use to log into their laptops, PowerSchool and Moodle.
My students are what some members of society call "Digital Natives." My students have grown up with game controllers in their hands and computers in their classrooms and living rooms and/or bedrooms. They communicate via text faster than most of us "non-natives" can type on a traditional keyboard. They are multi-taskers able to study, investigate new music and entertainment trends and communicate using various tools simultaneously. I learn from them every day.
Here is what they don't do so well - they often lack the ability to use technology to make themselves better students. They lack a strong understanding of how to save themselves time by managing their digital lives in a more organized manner. Many students don't understand the basic concepts of bookmarking and search methodology that make up so much of how to use computers and the web as sophisticated research tools. Organizing files on their computers is often not a strong point. They often can use digital tools - but fail to manage or control how those tools work.
My students come by their ignorance and lack of skill honestly - none of them have ever been taught HOW to use tools they use socially for professional or academic excellence. We adults often assume that the "digital natives" understand boolean searches and file organization as a natural part of being born into "generation digital." When students get training and exposure and possess a good understanding of how these tools can affect their grades, they run with them and far exceed their teachers. We're going to work on these skills over the next few weeks.
Here are some links we'll be using:
PHYS. ED. DAY
AM - Thursdays - 1
PM - Thursdays - 7
PM - Mondays - 7