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Published June 14, 2016 | Multidisciplinary

Discover Some Rainy Day Suggestions with a Glass in One Hand and a Keyboard Nearby

The end of a semester is a time that is very demanding. Sometimes our neurons have a bit of trouble lining up in a row. Many months along the away were devoted to preparation, planning, teaching, helping students to learn, marking, attending all sorts of meetings, along with a few unexpected events… Not always easy!

Summer gives us the opportunity to recharge our batteries and reconnect our neurons, through “optional” reading, among other things. The summer is also an opportunity to renew with some aspects of our teaching that we may not have had the time to explore in the last few months.

It’s with this in mind that I am inviting you to visit 2 web sites during rainy days over the course of the summer. These will go well with a glass of juice or wine in one hand, and a keyboard under the other.

CyberSelf.ca

What is an on-line reputation? How do you recognize cyberbullying? How do you prevent identity theft? These are the type of questions that CyberSelf.ca addresses. The site was designed first and foremost to inform college students and to provide them with tools when utilizing social media and communicating on-line.

A screen capture of the CyberSelf.ca homepage

A glance at the Cyberbullying page from the CyberSelf.ca web site

However, if you teach Science, Social Science, Philosophy or French, the web site will probably be of particular interest to you since its content can be a starting point for situational cases, pedagogical activities or sensitivity training that can be attached to the objectives or competencies within your discipline or your program. To learn more about CyberSelf.ca, I invite you to read an article that was written on the subject on Profweb in March 2016 and to visit the site itself!

The ICTProfile.ca Web Space

When they arrive at college, many students still have gaps in their informational skills:

  • Properly defining a research topic
  • Evaluating the validity and the trustworthiness of their sources
  • Analysing information
  • Summarizing information

Plagiarism is a particularly important topic of concern for the colleges. Students must also learn to:

  • Present their documents (cite their sources, write a mediagraphy)
  • Better manage their electronic files
  • Use social media properly

The ICTProfile.ca web space is part of a special frameworks subsection on Profweb that is veritable mine full of resources to help support the mastery of the skills in the ICT Profile for College Students If you don’t have time to explore all of it, you can gradually get acquainted with the ICT Profile for College Students and the ICTProfile.ca web space. I propose that you watch the following 5 short videos that are about a minute and a half each (in French only at this time).

Huguette Dupont on the ICT Profile (Why is there an ICT Profile for College Students?)

In this brief capsule, Huguette Dupont provides elements of the answer to the following questions about the ICT Profile for students: Why was the ICT Profile for College Students created?  How do you integrate the skills from the ICT Profile into programs of study? Are there resources available to help you get started?

Duration : 1 minute 27 seconds

Article and pages where this capsule appears:

Integrate the ICT Profile into Your Teaching

This capsule identifies some opportunities for you to integrate the ICT Profile into your teaching.

Duration: 1 minute 41 seconds

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Integrate the ICT Profile into a Course

Christine Veilleux, a Teacher at Cégep Limoilou, speaks of how she used the ICT Profile for College Students in a “Springboard to a DEC” course.

Duration: 1 minute 7 seconds

Pages related to this capsule: 

The College-level Resources Offered in the ICTProfile.ca Space

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This capsule (in French) gives an overview of the college-level resources offered in the ICTProfile.ca web space.

Duration: 1 minute 20 seconds

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How to Navigate the ICT Profile Space

This capsule provides a brief overview of the structure and content offered in the ICTProfile.ca web space: related Real Life Stories, lesson plans, tutorials for students, etc.

  • Related Real Life Stories
  • Lesson plans
  • Tutorials for students
  • etc.

Duration: 1 minute 19 seconds

Page where this capsule appears:

To learn more, feel free to contact the IT-Representative at your college.

Have a great summer!

About the Author

Nicole Perreault She began her college career as a Psychology Teacher and Education Advisor at Collège André-Grasset. She was then the Director of APOP and the CLIC newsletter before becoming an Education Advisor at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit. Since 2005, she is pleased to be the Community Manager for the Réseau des REPTIC (IT Representatives Network) which brings together ICT Education Advisors from across the college network. She has written numerous articles and given many workshops on the pedagogical use of technology. Their integration within the context of student success is a subject that she finds particularly interesting.

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