Digital Digest

GECDSB Teachers are Digital Learners!

Digital Responsibility Policy and Regulations

Wondering about GECDSB digital responsibility guidelines?

Click the links below to explore the digital responsibility policies and regulations.

Digital Responsibility Policy

Digital Responsibility Regulations

PSA with students from Gore Hill PS
Some of the links below are housed on the GECDSB staff intranet, so you may be prompted to log in with your Office365 account.

Office 365 Tips and Tricks

Using Office 365 can be a great way to collaborate with colleagues and with your students. Need a bit of a refresher from the Kelly and Bruno Digital Learning session this spring? Office 365 tips and tricks links can be found on the O365 Staff Intranet Help Page.

School Webmasters check out the instructional videos on our Office 365 Video channel.

There is also a fantastic free email subscription guide to everything you want to know about Office 365. Sign up at for helpful daily tips.

Microsoft also has a great number of resources to tap into for the O365 learner. Check out some of the Microsoft Instructional options from the links below.

How Do I?

Ever wondered how to log into the GECDSB guest network? How to change your voice mail message? How to access forms?

Check out the How Do I? section of the Staff Intranet.

Also be sure to check out the quick links drop down menu on the Staff Intranet Home page.

This is your quick access to Tess, Webstock, BookIt and many more commonly visited sites.

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Digital Dilemmas

In the classroom teachers may run into some common digital dilemmas. Here are some scenarios and resources which may help.

Teacher Dilemma #1

My students are constantly forgetting their passwords! As a teacher, how can I give students ownership over resetting their own passwords?

Lead students through setting up their password reset questions at school. Then, the students will be able to reset their own password from any device, at home or at school.

Teacher Dilemma #2

My students do not seem concerned about sharing their passwords with their friends.

How do I help them see that this privacy no-no can cause some big issues as time goes by?

Initiate a discussion around some of the points found in the Privacy Bootcamp Powerpoint created by the Digital Learning Team teachers.

Teacher Dilemma #3

My secondary students are not seeing the importance of fair use and copyright. How can I introduce the concept in a way that will make sense to them?

Show the students the Importance of Copyright Powerpoint created by the Digital Learning Team.

Teacher Dilemma #4

I want to email my entire class, but I don't want to type in every name! Is there a faster, more efficient way?

Using DIstribution lists makes emailing groups easy. Click here for step by step instructions to help you send your students a group email.

Find resources to address these, and other common classroom digital dilemmas, on the Digital Learning Resources page.

Opportunities for Summer Professional Development

This summer consider joining in an online webinar or two from the comfort of your own home. Many organizations offer free online professional development options for teachers. One good option is During the month of July many interesting Webinars are offered including Healthy Socials, Digital Citizenship, SmartPhone Apps and much more!

Twitter is also a great way to stay connected and develop a rich professional learning network.

Perhaps a road trip is more to your liking? Consider joining educators in an interactive Microsoft Camp 21 on July 7/8. Whether you're a tech novice or expert, this event is designed for K-12 educators who are passionate about empowering learning through technology. Click here to register.