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Tech Talk: Modern Eco-Citizens

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Modern Eco-Citizens: Using apps for environmental education

 

By Ania Czupajlo
Art Director, Principal Connections

Although Earth Day only appears once on the calendar, discussions and projects on environmental stewardship should be continued throughout the year and included in all subjects. Apps are a great way to get students interested in wildlife, water conservation, composting, clean eating, climate change, recycling and the overall world around them. They can help teach our students how to become exemplary eco-citizens. Here are some of the apps that will help guide your students in their role of becoming environmental stewards.

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Embracing Stewardship

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Embracing Stewardship

Deirdre Kinsella Biss

 

By Deirdre Kinsella Biss
Editor, Principal Connections

With the release of the latest issue of Principal Connections, Editor Deirdre Kinsella Biss provides a sneak preview of what you can expect in our magazine this month.


We are all stewards of God. As such, we must care for all of God’s creations. As environmentalists, we must look after the earth. As people of faith, we must look after each other. As Catholic school leaders and community members, we must build healthy living environments that encourage us and all entrusted in our care to flourish, learn, and love. Stewardship promotes spiritual and moral formation and sets the table for the development and growth of responsible global citizens.

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Lessons from Eco Club

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Lessons from Eco Club

By: Lorna McGillis, Vice-Principal, St. Anthony, Port Hope

Our rapidly changing environment prompts us to stop and think, and indeed take stock of how we live on our planet. We are called to respond and to adopt new ways of living as Pope Francis highlights in his encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.

The response to this call by our school’s Eco Club members has been one that exhibits understanding, commitment and an embodiment of stewardship that lends hope that the future of our Earth is in capable and caring hands.

Speaking about her reasons for joining the Eco Club one student explains, “I wanted to be a part of something, to help out here at school and I wanted to increase my understanding of things like recycling and keeping the Earth clean.”

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Lent 2017

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Celebrating the season of Lent 2017

By Stephanie Zakhem

“Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive. – from Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2017.

With the start of Lent today, CPCO would like to provide calendar resources and other Lenten materials for Principals and Vice-Principals.

  • Ash Wednesday: March 1, 2017
  • Palm Sunday: April 9, 2017
  • Holy Week: April 9 – 15, 2017
  • Holy Thursday: April 13, 2017
  • Good Friday: April 14, 2017
  • Easter Sunday: April 16, 2017 

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Ed-tech trends of 2017

Ed-tech trends of 2017

By Stephanie Zakhem

What can we expect in the new year in regards to tech trends? As educators, we live in a fast-paced world, one where we have limited time. CPCO has put together a list of resources that are sure to help you navigate through this year with ease.

  1. Makerspaces: Makerspaces started to emerge in 2016. They are a place in which people with shared interests can gather to work on projects, while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge.
  2. Blended learning: This is an education program that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. In other words, it applies the practice of using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students.
  3. Sketchnotes: These are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-drawn typography, shapes, and visual elements like arrows, boxes and lines.

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