Digital Literacy NewsLetter

October 2014

Are you looking for ideas to integrate technology in your classroom?

I am here to help you! My name is Aimee Ford and I am the Digital Literacy Resource Teacher for the schools in the Central Area. I can help you with integrating digital technology into the learning and instruction in your classroom. You can email me to arrange a visit to your school. We can discuss how digital literacy tools can help you meet learning expectations, engage students and practise 21st learning skills. I am also able to co-plan and co-teach digital literacy lessons with you.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Media Smarts is an extremely informative and helpful website for teachers teaching or are interested in issues in Media Literacy. From the latest research in media and children to lessons plans it is worthwhile to visit the website and sign-up for their newsletter. This month they have gathered resources together for cyber security and digital citizenship. I would recommend reading the blog How Young Canadians Get Their Online Media to find out the results of the latest survey on young Canadians use of online media. It would be a great discussion topic with students. Another great resource to find out more about the digital life of students is the book It's Complicated by Danah Boyd.


Digital Citizenship Workshops

If you are interested in me coming to your class to talk about responsible digital citizenship you can send me an email and we can arrange a visit.

Apps of the Month

DOGO News

DOGO News is a kid friendly online newspaper suitable for students in Junior and Intermediate grades. The subjects cover a range of interests from sports, the environment and entertainment. The articles often include an accompanying video, infographics, key vocabulary, comprehension questions and critical thinking challenges. Teachers are able to sign up for a weekly newsletter. The website also provides book and movie reviews. There is some advertising but it is not intrusive.

Remember to Forward Your Gmail

DEADLINE: November 3rd

I just wanted to alert you to the fact that the window for forwarding your Google Apps for Education email (@gapps.yrdsb.ca) to your YRDSB Outlook (@yrdsb.ca) is now open. It will close on November 3, 2014.

As those of you who have used Google Apps for Education over the past year know, it is incredibly useful to have notifications shared with you. Of course, if you find there are too many notifications, you can take a look at http://goo.gl/shTlSz.

Here is a link to the system memo: http://goo.gl/9xhh8l

Here is a link directly to the instructions for forwarding your GAFE email: http://bit.ly/yrdsbgmail

Google+ as your PLN

Google+ a is the social media platform available through your YRDSB GAFE account. There are several Google+ communities where teachers are sharing ideas, best practises and learning from each other. Your first step to access these communities is to set up your Google+ profile.

Recommended Google+ communities with links* :


  • YRDSB Leaders and Learners : YRDSB teachers sharing ideas and supporting each other in integrating educational technology including Google Apps and various applications
  • YRDSB Français d'immersion : a network of French Immersion teachers
  • YRDSB EcoSchools: a community to support school's on their quest to become certified EcoSchools
  • GEG Ontario: a network of teacher across Ontario using GAFE in their schools and classrooms


* these links only work if you have signed into GAFE and have a Google+ profile

Registration is Still Open for YRDSB Edtech Camp

YRDSB EdTech Camp is a one ­day conference for YRDSB teachers, leaders and support staff to come together and gain practical insights into how to use Google Apps in their work and learning. Google Apps for Education are the powerful cloud based tools that make anytime, anywhere, real­time collaboration a reality. World class keynote speakers Tanya Avrith, Holly Clark and other Google Certified Teachers will supplement sessions offered by YRDSB teachers who have been using Google Apps in their classes. Sessions will be offered on a wide variety of topics at various levels of expertise.


Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m. ­ 5:00 p.m.

Location: Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning

Cost: $25.00 for YRDSB employees


This conference is open to all YRDSB teachers, leaders and support staff. Teachers who find themselves the "technology go­ to person" in their school or those who would like to learn ways to improve collaboration amongst their staff and students will find this conference the most valuable.


For more information please visit http://bit.ly/yrdsbedtechcamp.

This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) event.

We recommend participants bring a laptop to optimize your experience!

Digital Literacy Resource Links

Contact Me

Aimee Ford

Digital Literacy Resource Teacher

YRDSB Central Area

Google Educator