Monday, 30 April 2012

Hi Tech, Hi Touch

I have had a number of discussions with a number of people this week around technology and its potential pitfalls. For the record, although as of late I have become almost addicted to finding better more meaningful ways technology can be used to help our children learn, I subscribe to two overriding values. One, our children’s safety is paramount, and two, we need to proceed cautiously into how we use technology in order that we don’t estrange ourselves from one another or the idea of community. A motto we have unofficially adopted at Youlearn to support this idea is: together we learn, together we grow.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Fun at the Musical

This year I have ad the privilege of participating in Oliver Elementary School’s “Aladdin” musical. The cast has been rehearsing since January. My roles are a townsperson and Prince Dahdu Rahn Rahn. Much to my delight, as a prince I enter, brandish a sword and wave it about. I have learned a lot about what goes into a production. I think that the cast has shown great talent. My favourite song is “Prince Ali”. I am looking forward to next year’s musical. Thank you to Mr. Safek, Mrs. Martine, Mrs. Kunz and Mr. Eaton for making it possible for me to have the opportunity to be involved in this musical.

~ Kelan (grade 4)

Monday, 16 April 2012

An Epic Blog

I went straight to Blogger and created a profile followed by a blog. I'm quite excited knowing that my blog will grow and grow. I found creating a blog was quite easy, compared to lots of other things I do daily on the computer. I feel happy that now I have my own blog. I learned that making a blog is quite easy. Anyone can do it. I also learned that I have a You-Learn account for Google. My address for my blog is:

~ Johnny (grade 5)

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Connected Learning

Since October, Youlearn has continued to explore the myriad of ways in which our students and school would benefit from centralizing our services around a Google Apps for Education platform. Along the way, a number of administrators, teachers, secretaries, students and parents have been using the accounts they have been assigned and exploring the possibilities. As we move closer and closer toward reaching a critical mass and switching the manner in which our K-9 programs our offered, one thing is clear. Those who are fronting our school’s charge feel one and the same: we will more easily and meaningfully be able to connect.

~ Will

Monday, 2 April 2012

More to Do

A number of students and parents attended the school feedback meeting on March 16. At the meeting, issues such as community, technology, feedback, learning resources and our school’s structure were discussed. Most people expressed that it was good to meet, and that we should do so more often. The notes from the meeting will be kept in Oliver for those who may be interested and used from now until June to continue improving our school. We’re lucky to have such an involved, supportive group of students and parents at Youlearn. Thanks to everyone for your contributions and words of wisdom.
~ Will