Division 4 is working toward a LEARNING CONFERENCE that all students will be presenting at in our classroom in the final week of school. Each student is preparing an IGNITE TALK on a topic of his/her choice. This is an opportunity to become an expert in a topic, learn something new, and refine our writing, communication and thinking skills.

ignite tasks


***You must complete at least one evaluation of one of the sources you are using: SOURCE evaluation form



Ignite Talk Organizer #1

Examples of good topics:


  • The aerodynamics of a humming bird
  • Life lessons from Harry Potter
  • Physics of skating in hockey 
  • Overcoming challenges: the life of LeBron 
  • Will artificial life lead to human extinction? 
  • How will robots change the world? 
  • How to code video games 


Jaden Animal communication (science)
Daniel Is life possible on other planets? Are we alone? (science)
Maria How can we help people with Down Syndrome (science/PHed)
Alivia The perseverance of Jackie Robinson (PHed/Social Studies)
Abhishek The dangers of artificial intelligence: Is Stephen Hawking right that A.I. will lead to human extinction? (Science)
Markus Harmless things that could kill you (PHed/Science)
 Matteo  The dangers and life cycles of stars (Science)
 Kaitlyn  Lessons learned from Harry Potter (PHed)
 Ayden  How to figure skate (Science/PHed)
 Ryla  The backboard story of Lebron (PHed/Social Studies)
 Michael  The past and future iPhone (Science)
 Didar  Do fidget spinners work?
 Jadon  Blackholes and whiteholes
 Jacob  Why Artificial Intelligence will take over the world
 Tyler  How to stay on a diet
 Kriselle  How do cameras work?
 Isaiah  How kids’ television can teach you life lessons
 Ryan  The physics and evolution of skates
 Serena  How machines are changing the world
 Aichen  What is the most important organ in the body?
 Karon  Saving bottlenose dolphins
 Aubrey  The beaver created Canada
 Lily  The evolution of rock and roll


Ignite Talk Organizer #2

Math Bee Fundraiser 

From Tuesday, May 9 to Monday, May 15, division four students are participating in the annual RCG math bee. The purpose is to challenge yourself to increase the number of multiplication problems you can randomly complete between now and next Monday. 

#criticalthinking #bcelection17


Slide02Division 4 students are working hard at thinking about how good thinkers make decisions. Good thinkers use critical thinking habits of mind and routines, such as developing criteria, to make good decisions. Imagine how much better we would all vote if we exercised such strategies instead of voting on emotions, preference or whatever the “popular people of the day” think?

Consumer Review 

Division 4 has completed their consumer reviews of three computing options that Mr. Woelders was looking into to replace his aged laptop. After careful analysis of the criteria and researching the options, the students overwhelmingly recommend the MacBook Air 13″ as the best option for a teaching professional. 

“MacBook Air is light so you can carry it around different places. All the apps that are useful for teaching are available. The battery life is very long – 12 hours – and the wifi connectivity is strong. Apps are faster to open.” (Thomas) 

“If you already have the 9.7″ iPad Pro, you should get the MacBook Air. It has a good amount of memory for the price, is durable and portable. It is the best value of performance for price.” (Jacob) 

“The MacBook works well with all apps, while the iPad Pro does not. Also, the MacBook Air allows you to have multiple documents open on the screen at once. It is also very durable.” (Ryan) 

“The iPad Pro is a better choice because it is easier to use. You get the Apple Pencil and it can do all the basic things you need it to do. It’s screen is very bright and easier to see because it is much higher resolution.” (Ayden) 

“The iPad Pro has the highest resolution of any of the choices. The MacBook Air is the poorest screen of any of the choices.” (Ryla) 

“The MacBook Air is a better choice because you can open two of the same apps at once. You can’t do that on an iPad Pro. The charge on the MacBook Air is also very good at 12 hours per charge.” (Jalen) 

“The MacBook Air is cheap because you don’t need a lot of memory. You can save most of your documents on the cloud online.” (Jaden) 

“The Dell option isn’t a very good one. The reviews claim that it overheats and doesn’t have a good battery charge compared to the Apple options which last much longer.” (Daniel) 

“There are some cons to the MacBook Air, like a crappy screen. But it’s just the better choice in general, especially because of its long battery charge.” (Lily) 

“The iPad Pro screen can only tilt one way or lie flat. You don’t need the extra pixels for what you want to use it for. A MacBook Air can run just about any app.” (Matteo) 

MY DECISION: Purchase a MacBook Air 13

I have decided to follow the advice of my students. They developed good criteria, demonstrated expert knowledge after researching the options, and presented compelling arguments. Here’s a summary of their thinking: 

  • I already have a 9.7″ iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and keyboard, so a larger one is redundant – that said, an iPad Pro is an essential tool for any educator say my students! 
  • A lot of heavy lifting (PowerPoint presentations, film editing, editing and writing textbooks or lessons, using specialized marking/assessment and editing software) isn’t easily done on an iPad yet, or the apps don’t work 
  • I usually have multiple documents open in the same app (i.e. Dragging and dropping slides from an old presentation into a new one, or consolidating multiple presentations into one) and you can’t do this on an iPad Pro 
  • The screen resolution and size on a MacBook Air is “crappy” according to students. But, we are not doing a lot of gaming or HDMI viewing on this, and the screen isn’t much different in size compared to the other options. Also, a 15″ screen costs at least $1000 more and it isn’t much bigger. You can buy a small (22″-27″) HDMI tv for $150-$300 if you want to work with a bigger screen at home or in the office. 
  • The durability, portability, lightness and excellent battery charge life make the MacBook Air a good multipurpose machine for everything most people who aren’t photographers, engineers, architects, or graphic artists need it to do.  

Which computer should I get?

In the world we live in, there are a lot of choices when it comes to work and school technology. Most people choose based on their own preference of what they think is trendy or cool, not on what is the best value or performance. Some people are loyal to a brand, like Apple or Samsung, but don’t actually look into which machine offers a better quality product.

I have a dilemma that I need your help with. My work computer (Apple MacBook Pro 15″) has come to the end of its life. I have three options to replace it with:

  • OPTION #1: Dell Latitude 5285
  • OPTION #2: Apple iPad Pro 12.7″ with Apple Pencil & Apple Keyboard
  • OPTION #3: Apple MacBook Air 13″

Now, while some people might choose based on coolness or trendiness, good thinkers use criteria and knowledge to make good decisions.

So here’s the task class… You guys get to help me decide. You decide the criteria. You do the research. And you will come to a consensus to help me make the decision… Let’s face it, these are the kinds of everyday decisions adults make. They require knowledge, thinking skills, math and research skills to find out who to trust for advice.

Here’s what I need my machines for:

  • online blogging & website creation
  • note taking at meetings and conferences
  • basic photo and PDF editing
  • creating and editing short movies (using apps like iMovie)
  • drawing and sketching diagrams and illustrations
  • teaching math and science (using apps like Explain Everything)
  • editing/feedback of student work
  • create graphic organizers and documents for students
  • textbook writing & editing
  • show films to audiences
  • create high-quality slideshow presentations for large audiences

***I should add, that I already have a iPad Pro 1 9.7″ with an Apple Pencil.

Here’s the criteria our class thinks I should consider when making my decision? 

  • good screen and graphics quality
  • portable/light and durable/strong quality
  • long battery life and good charging capacity
  • large storage capacity for video and photos
  • value for the price
  • accessories
  • can run apps that I need and websites efficiently
  • decent screen size so you can have multiple apps open
  • not too complicated to use

The class then edited and ranked the criteria in order of how important they should be in making our decision.

1.     can do all/most of the things I need it to do efficiently
2.     large storage capacity for video and photos
3.     long battery life and good charging capacity
4.     portable/light and durable/strong quality
5.     good screen and graphics quality
6.     accessories: ports for projection (HDMI; video)
7.     value for the price
8.     not too complicated to use
9.     decent screen size so you can have multiple apps open

Here’s some initial thinking from students using the criteria and some knowledge they gained about the options:

We will synthesize all our research and come to a consensus next class!