We will continue to provide a balance of exceptional academics, arts and athletics. CDS will lead in outdoor educational experiences and environmental citizenship across all grades and offer a balanced approach to technology.
What is Digital Citizenship? How is this addressed in school? What should I do as a parent? Digital Citizenship is the concept of developing foundational habits of mind to use technology safely, responsibly and ethically, while still leveraging the benefits of collaborating and communicating in a globally connected world.
The Breakout EDU immersive learning games platform was introduced to the CDS faculty this past June at our custom Google Apps for Education professional development summit. It consists of a combination of physical and digital puzzle elements that must be solved in a race against the clock. Players are challenged to open the locked Breakout EDU box using their powers of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
On Monday morning, we were very excited to introduce our first Senior School Breakout Week to the students in assembly. This will take place from October 2-5, 2017, and is an excellent opportunity to break out of the classroom doors and take our educational journey to all sorts of exciting places.
On Saturday, February 11th, three CDS Robotics teams travelled to St. Michael’s College School in Toronto to compete in our second and final VEX tournament of the year. Out of a substantial number of competitors from schools across the GTA, the CDS Cyclones are proud of our impressive standings!
Sheldon Rose, Director of Technology and Creativity
While laptops are certainly the star of the show in the modern classroom, there are a multitude of peripheral devices and software platforms that have become invaluable assistants to the individual learner at CDS. Technology with balance means considering and applying the most appropriate digital hardware or software for the tasks at hand - and there are many fantastic learning solutions to be selected from and benefited from.
On Tuesday this week, 27 Middle School girls took part in a six-hour coding marathon where they worked in teams of three to create a video game. They had to incorporate the theme of gravity into this programming task, which resulted in a lot of references to Bugs Bunny, outer space and falling objects.
This week, 151,339 Hour of Code events are taking place around the world, and thanks to our Technology Integration Specialist Lara Gee and new Associate Junior School teacher Annie Dearden, 280 Junior School students at CDS participated in one of them!
One of our eight Guiding Principles is to raise social and global awareness. As well, one of the goals of our new long range plan is to build and engage our community. This year, CDS is developing a partnership with Habitat for Humanity both to do projects locally in the GTA, as well as nationally next June in the Yukon.
Earlier this month as part of our fall Outdoor Ed trip series, Grade 7 students travelled North to an exciting new destination – Killarney Provincial Park. This three-day trip was planned to be a cross-curricular outdoor education trip, which included experiences from the Geography, History, Art, Science and Physical Education curriculum delivered by subject teachers fortunate enough to go along.
In September, several Senior School students took part in the Temagami Experience, an expanded version of previous years' canoeing adventure. This year, the program allowed students the opportunity to choose from different activities including a wilderness canoe trip, yoga and mindfulness classes, en plein air art lessons and a writer's workshop. Students could choose from a range of activities and experiences. Read on for a point of view from both Mckenna Ryan and Julia Garbe, Grade 12 students.