As part of this stream, project teams will be exploring innovative ways to support communication.

“The communication competency encompasses the set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media.”

SD22 - BX Elementary

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School Garden Newscast
Our school is just starting a school garden and we have a broad range of place-based, cross-curricular learning opportunities at our fingertips (e.g. life cycles, composting, maths, water cycle, foods). We will be exploring opportunities to research and share our learning using digital tools with
the school and community in form of a regular “Garden Newscast” in assemblies and on our schoolwebsite.

SD22 - Vernon Secondary School

Woodwork DD (Document and Display)
To create an avenue for students to document the process of building projects in the woodshop. This would include the whole scope, from initial ideation to final product. Also, start to build a location on the web that students can share their accomplishments with other students, parents and the community at large. At the same time building a database of project ideas for future woodworking students.

SD43 - Baker Drive Elementary

Core Competency Candids
My students have wondered “if the Core Competencies are about students’ development, and are assessed by students, where are the STUDENT voices in system level conversations about the Core Competencies?” They want to be “Core Competency Ambassadors” and share the good/bad/ugly parts
of their Core Competency Development, as well as answering questions from educators from around the province in a series called “Core Competency Candids”

SD48 - Mamquam Elementary

Every Tool Has a Place
Students will investigate the interconnectedness between traditional Aboriginal technologies and place. They will use a Social Studies inquiry-based process (e.g., ask questions, gather information, make inferences and draw conclusions) to research how “We shape our tools. And then our tools shape us” (Marshall McLuhan). Students will create digital diaries to reflect on their learning throughout the inquiry project and will produce a short video demonstrating their technology being used for its intended purpose. Emphasis will be placed on oral communication, rather than written output. Students will use an oral storytelling process to communicate their knowledge of curriculum content and synthesis of research information.

SD60 - Duncan Cran Elementary

The Creative Writing Project
With technology support, students will plan, write, edit, and publish a personal creative writing piece. Their final published works will take the form of a narrated animation or live action film. We will be able to plan our ideas using the Expanding Expression Tool, Adrienne Gear’s Writing powers, Lori Jamison Rog’s Writer’s Workshop, and the 6 Writing Traits. All students will have equal opportunity to accomplish curricular goals with the supports of Notability, Pages, Explain Everything, and the Voice-to-Text feature on the iPads. Students can create a narrated animated story, either a picture book or a video, or they can create a live-action video of their story. Providing students with a variety of means of representing their ideas will facilitate student self-advocacy by allowing students to access their preferred learning style in demonstrating learning.

SD60 - Margaret Ma Murray Community School

Communication Station: Newscast
Students will use technology to explore the world around them by developing and communicating information and experiences through the use of digital media applications. They will be creating a newscast program, once a month, that correlates with current events taking place in the school, community, and the world. Students will explore journalism and marketing through research and interviews that will help them develop skills in oral language, writing, and determining importance and relevance of information. Students will be introduced to, and develop their expertise in, various applications such as Explain Everything, Do Ink, and I movie, in order to create a presentation that will require capturing and editing footage. The use of technology will help to support a UDL model and provide access for each student to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. This will also broaden their ability to consider diverse perspectives and achieve consensus within a group. Students will work together to create plans, make decisions, and achieve their goals. Students will also have the opportunity to explore and develop topics related to school events, school studies, and personal interests that will provide an engaging demonstration of their knowledge.

SD100 - Squamish Montessori Elementary

Building Futures: The Building of SMES – a Documentary
SMES has been in the process of building a new purpose- built school which includes 50 daycare spaces and a multipurpose community room, for several years. Documenting this process from a child led perspective – from the building of the school, to the fundraising, to the furnishing of the school and the adopting of a new set of mission, vision and values – would connect the students to this magnificent undertaking in a very meaningful way, helping them make sense of their new learning environment and to grow an awareness and appreciation for the village rallying to support them in their learning endeavours. Through the compiling and editing of data and footage collected, the students will produce a documentary on the new school build, which will be presented to the larger school community at an end of year celebration. This will help connect our entire school community to the building process, so that they can see how their vision of a new school materialized and what that has meant to the students who will now have a new space to call home.