iPad/iPhone App of the Week – GETCA app

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Teachers!! Use the GETCA app to help plan your convention (Feb. 28 and March 1). This app can be used to find sessions and add them to your “favourites”. You can also give feedback on the sessions you attend…if you include your name, you can win a prize.

App Support is available here.

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MESSAGE FROM THE ADMIN TEAM – POWERSCHOOL

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Hello Parents and Students,

As you may know, we unfortunately lost data from our PowerSchool data base toward the end of last semester. This data included student course marks.  We were able to restore the data to a backup server and we finished the semester using that server.  The grades have now been uploaded to the regular PowerSchool server (https://powerschool.ecsd.net) and they are accurate. The only drawback is that when you click on a mark, you will not see a complete history of scores that produced the final grade. If you wish to find out individual assessment (assignments/tests) scores, please contact the teacher directly.

It is great to know that students and parents are checking PowerSchool regularly…we thank you for your support and apologize for any inconvenience caused by this unfortunate data loss.

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Hello AOB students.

As you may have noticed on your PowerSchool accounts you have all been placed in an Advisor Counselor Holding Bin. This is not an error nor is it a class that you should be attending right now.

This Advisor Counselor Holding Bin simply indicates who your Teacher Advisor will be this year and every year until you graduate.

Next Thursday, February 21 between Block 4 and Block 5 we will be having our first Teacher Advisor meeting. Every student in the building has been assigned to a teacher in the building and this first meeting will simply be to meet your Advisor and all the other students in your Advisee Group.

If you are unsure of whom your Advisor is please check your PowerSchool account or look for the posters around the school indicating who your Advisor is and what room you will be meeting them in on Thursday.

Furthermore, if you have any questions please feel free to ask any of your current teachers.

Thanks You!!

Alex Buttigieg

Teacher, Graduation Coach

iPad app of the week – Skitch

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Skitch is an app, made by Evernote, that allows you to write, draw and add pictures to photos, web pages and maps. It is so easy to easy and has tons of educational value. Rather than explain the things that you can do with Skitch, I will show you some creations.

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This photo was taken at a recent PD session. With a few additions from Skitch, the photo takes on more personality…wouldn’t you agree? It also allows some lame attempts of humour.

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I love the fact that you can fuzz things out to protect privacy. This is a great feature for school use.

Web pages
This is the site which we were introduced to at the PD session. Using Skitch, I can show how to use the web tool.

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Maps
Skitch is easy to use with maps to show locations and to give directions.

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All of your Skitch notes can be saved within the application and can be accessed on a computer. You can also save your Skitch photos to your Camera Roll on your iPad.