By Tamara Daly
Our web-based Parents’ Survey is still live. In it we ask targeted questions to gather opinions about the school, its events, the role of SAC, and ideas about the use of technology in the classroom. Your feedback is very important and your answers are completely anonymous. The survey should take no more than 3 minutes to complete (we promise!). Your responses will help our on-going efforts to gather a wide range of opinions and ideas to support the school community. Thank you for participating.
Please access the on-line survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CDGRJLB.
Shortly, we will conduct a complimentary survey of the teachers to ask about their technology needs. We look forward to reporting on both surveys’ results by March.
The remainder of this month’s column is dedicated to basic and computing science resources.
Ted Talks playlist for kids site is a cool place to watch videos and talks about interesting and sometimes amazing topics that are geared to children (although adults will certainly enjoy them too): http://www.ted.com/playlists/86/for_kids.html.
If there is an interest in space in your family, then the Hubble Telescope website will surely delight you: http://hubblesite.org/
If there is an interest in computing amongst your household members, there is a new organization – Code for Kids – that hosts events to teach computer programming to 7 – 13 year olds. The aim is to teach kids “…who are eager to learn more about what goes into the creation of video games, websites, and other programs.” You can register to get on their mailing list to be notified when events are planned for Toronto: http://codeforkids.ca/collections/toronto
As always, we are happy to hear from you. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop one of us at the playground. 2013 SAC Members: Nicole Barnett, George Bazios, Anne Clifton, Rod Clifton, Tamara Daly, Meg French, Andrea Keech, Nick Lamacchia, Mark Schrutt, Sarah Smith, Astrid Van Den Broek