Category Archives: Computers

Creating History Polls

We are preparing for the end of our first learning cycle in History on New France and British North America (BNA). Each student will be going through their notes and the textbook and coming up with seven (7) questions on EACH of the three main groups: the French, First Nations, and the British (notice they start with capitals – proper nouns).

Your questions should consider the following:

  • Lifestyle, roles of men and women, diet
  • Religion / Beliefs
  • Relationships, alliances and enemies
  • Economy: jobs, Mercantilism, etc…
  • Location and Population
  • Wars & treaties
  • Politics, hierarchy, crime & punishment
  • Other: be creative!

These polls will be created in Google Drive using “Forms” and should be mainly multiple choice, although short answer is also okay.


  1. 21 mandatory questions
    1. 7 on the British
    2. 7 on the French
    3. 7 on the First Nations
    4. Bonus questions can be “would you rather” type questions.
  2. Questions must be written in complete sentences.
  3. Questions must reference either your notes, the movie, or the text book – type it into the help text area of the poll question.
  4. The mandatory questions must cover one of the categories listed above.

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Logging into Google Drive through the WRDSB portal

You now have 30G of storage available on Google Drive. Google Drive is what we call, “cloud storage” or an “intranet.” It works just like an external hard drive. You can save your files to it, and access it from any computer with only a user name and a password.  Here’s how:

  1. Type in “” into the address bar.
  2. Type in your school username and password (PAL login – the same as logging into the Window’s side of the computer).
  3. This is like your “My Documents” on the computer. You can click the red “create button” to add folders (or other cool functions like polls, which we will talk about later).

WRDSB Google drive screen cap

  1. The upload button is the  red arrow beside the create button.
    • If you are using Chrome as your browser, you can upload entire folders at once.
    • You can also drag and drop here.
  2. Sharing: click on the file or folder you wish to share, then click the head icon at the top, and enter in their email address.
    • NOTE: Everybody with a WRDSB email is already in your contacts list!
  3. Files shared with you will show up in the “Shared with me area.
    • You can add shared files to “My Drive” by selecting them and then clicking “Add to my drive” button at the top.


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Learn to Code

This lesson will introduce the concept of Computer Science and explain what a Computer Scientist does. It will also give students an opportunity to assume the role of a computer scientist. By the end of the activity, each student will have a take-home reminder of what he or she learned. You may be tempted to skip teaching young children the vocabulary words that are associated with the lessons that follow, but presenting them in a fun and playful light now is far more productive than waiting for more advanced opportunities.

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