PIXTON Comics for Ontario Schools (like BitStrips)

The Ministry is pleased to announce that Pixton Comics has been licensed for use by all publicly funded schools across the province. Similar to Bitstrips, Pixton is an online comic creation tool that serves as a digital storytelling tool for students.

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Highlights

  • Students and teachers can make comic strips, storyboards, character maps, and more.
  • Presets include 3000 backgrounds, 2000 props, 700 characters, 300 poses and expressions.
  • Teachers can access a library of lesson plans and activity templates for all subject areas.

Access*

Go to Pixton.com/on (English) or Pixton.com/on/fr (French) for an overview. To register, click “Try Pixton Now” and follow the onscreen instructions.

Student Accounts

You can add your students by one of two methods:

  1. Input a list of usernames and passwords. The “auto-complete” function makes username and password generation quick and easy.
  2. Share your group-specific Activation Link with students. Students choose their own usernames and passwords.

Support

Click the (?) button at the bottom right corner of Pixton to open the Help Centre.

† CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN THE ENGLISH VERSION ONLY.
* IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A PIXTON ACCOUNT THAT’S LINKED TO YOUR OFFICIAL EMAIL ADDRESS, SIMPLY LOG INTO IT AND YOU (AND ANY ACTIVE STUDENTS) WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ADDED TO THE ONTARIO LICENSE. IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY PAYING FOR PIXTON, YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION BEFORE YOU CAN JOIN THE ONTARIO LICENSE. INTEGRATION WITH D2L IS COMING SOON.

Essay Contest for grades 4-12 – Deadline Oct 20, 2016

ESSAY CONTEST

RULES:

CURRENT ENTRY DEADLINE:  Extended to October 20th, 2016

  • Students must be in school (public, private or home school) in the United States or Canada.
  • Students can enter on their own or have a parent or teacher make their entry.
  • All entries must be in English and be the original work of the student.
  • Open to students in grades 4-12.
  • You can write on any appropriate subject (No pro-violence, pro drugs, etc.)
  • Essays should be between 100 and 250 words (words such as “a”, “an” or “the” are not counted). However, essays should not be over 300 words.
  • Essays must be non-fiction (no short stories or essays written as if you are a historical figure).
  • Do not double-space your entry.
  • Be sure to use proper capitalization.
  • If you attend a detention center or adolescent treatment facility, you can just put your last initial for your last name. In all other cases, please put your complete first and last name.

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Polar Expressions Poetry (Nov 14) & Short Story (Dec 5) Contests

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Student Contests

Now announcing our 11th annual student contests for Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

2016/2017 National Student Contests

Poetry Deadline: November 14, 2016
Short-Story Deadline: December 5, 2016


Each year we hold two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Over $9,000 is awarded in cash prizes to schools and students who participate!

There is no entry fee and no obligation to purchase anything.

Educators may wish to use one or both of these contests as a project in coordination with their English curriculum or students may enter on their own (though school information must be provided so we can verify they are a student and keep the contest fair).

Information packages, including entry forms are sent to schools across the country in September. Educators may directly request a copy of this information package or a complimentary copy of one of our collections from a previous contest by sending us an information request.

The top group of entrants in each contest (approx. 25-45%) will receive the opportunity to be published in a soft-cover, keepsake collection to be released in early June of each year. Schools that send in at least five complete entries per contest will automatically receive one free copy of any collection containing their student(s) work. We gave away more than $10,000 worth of these books to schools in our last contests!


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Pandora’s Collective – Annual Poetry Contest – Jan 15, 2017

PANDORA’S COLLECTIVE – ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST 

We accept submissions by email & Paypal or by regular mail & cheque.  
To view the winners of our last contest please click here.
Deadline: January 15, 2017
Winners announced February 15, 2017

Entry Fees: 

  • Adults – $5/poem (or 5 poems for $20)
  • Teens (14 to 19) – $4/poem (or 5 poems for $16)
  • Children (13 and under) – $3/poem (or 5 poems for $12)

Prizes: 

  • Adults – 1st: $100 & publication, 2nd: $50 & publication, 3rd: publication.
  • Teens – 1st: $75 & publication,  2nd: $35 & publication, 3rd: publication.
  • Children – 1st: $40 & publication, 2nd: $20 & publication, 3rd: publication. 
 

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Ultra Short Poem Contest – (Oct 30 deadline)

  • Open to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada only
  • First Prize $100 – Second Prize $75 – Third Prize $50 – Fourth Prize $25
  • Plus 36 Judge’s Choice Award
  • All Prize Winning Poems to be published in a chapbook anthology.
  • Every winner will receive one free copy of the book.

Rules and Guidelines:

  • Poems are to be no longer than 8 lines and no more than 8 words on a line.
  • Spaces between the stanzas count as lines.
  • Poem title & space between the title and body of the poem  do not count as lines.
  • All themes and styles welcome.
  • Poems to be typed one poem per page,  either Times New Roman or Arial #12 Font
    on white letter size paper (8 ½ x 11).
  • Poems submitted may be previously published, but no previous contest winning poems please.

Blind Judging:

No author ID to be anywhere on the same page as the poem, front or back. Include a separate cover page with author name, complete mailing address, including apt.# and postal code, tel. number  and e-mail if possible and poem titles) or first line(s) if no poem title(s).

Contest Deadline:

  • Submissions to be postmarked  on or before October 30, 2016
  • Contest Entry Fee:  $10 for up to 5 poems
  • Additional poems $2 each
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet.

Send submissions with payment to

The Ontario Poetry Society,
#710 -65 Spring Garden Ave.,
Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9
Encl a #10 s.a.s.e. for the winners list
and you will also receive a $1 coupon to be used for a future T.O.P.S. contest
Contest results will be posted on our website at www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca

Contest Judge is George Swede

Anti-Bullying: The Validation Project

Founded in January 2013 by teen Valerie Weisler, The Validation Project is an international organization committed to uniting teenagers worldwide to use their unique talents to make their positive mark on the world.

They give teens:

  • volunteering opportunities according to their interests

  • leadership resources

  • connections with mentors in their desired field

  • recommendation for college

  • community service hours

  • proof that your age is not a barrier to make a mark

In addition to working with more than five thousand young people one-on-one, we also unite all our Validators through international campaigns. Our teens use their leadership skills and talents to implement ways to raise awareness and make an impact for a specific cause they’re passionate about. To date, we’ve raised $40,000 worth of items for people in need and raised awareness of 

  • domestic violence

  • bullying

  • homelessness

  • special needs 

  • advocating for equality

WHAT’S UP WITH US

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