Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Hunger Games Novel Study: Post Reading Activity (Book Cover)


You have completed the novel and now the publisher has asked you to come up with a revised cover for the novel for a new edition they are printing next year.

They want a cover that will appeal to young people for high school study and they need your help.


You will design a new novel cover that will include the following elements:
  • One (possibly more) dominant image (they must be copyright friendly or copyright free) You can also draw (or take a photo) of your own image which you can import to the layout software you will use. Consider an image that captures on of the major themes of the novel. 
  • The author's name
  • The name of the book
  • Your name in small print in the bottom left hand corner: Cover design by (your name)
  1. In designing your cover, consider what important events happen in the novel and what themes were explored. What image(s) could possibly help represent or symbolize one or more of those events and themes. The themes we explored were: Dystopia Society, Survival (and Alliances) and Violence in Reality Television. 
  2. Remember, your images have to be copyright friendly or copyright free. If you are not sure how to find images that are copyright friendly or copyright free, check with another student or your teacher. Make sure to indicate to your teacher where you got the image and save the direct link to the image. This is a good site to use to search for images for class assignments. 
  3. You can use the two novel covers of the book that we have in class as examples and as a guide.
  4. You will use the software, Canva to complete the design. Click here to access Canva and create an account, sign up with your Google account. 
  5. There is an example that you can look at that was completed in Canva. Click here to see an example for the assignment.
  6. When you have completed your book cover in Canva, show it to some other students for feedback, then make final revisions.
  7. Let your teacher know when the book cover is complete, and make sure you share it for final assessment
  8. Click here and complete the online response activity arguing why you think your book cover should be the one the book publisher selects. 

The final product shows strong signs of creativity and overall effort.
The cover design effectively helps someone determine what the novel might be about.
The overall design of the novel cover would most likely appeal to a lot of younger people.
The image(s) is a relevant choice and is copyright friendly/free.
There are no spelling mistakes and all the elements are included.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Students Awarded $1000 for Safe Grad

High school students at Blackville School participated once again in the Safe Grad Initiative sponsored by Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL) in cooperative with the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The students created an awareness video called "Seconds," and it was recognized with a $1000 prize to help fund Safe Grad activities.

The video explores how drinking can have tragic consequences during an evening that was anticipated to be a fun-filled experience. The narration in the video is presented without any dialogue. The video features two local paramedics and Blackville School alumni, Alisha Brophy and Kaylon Vickers.

The students who produced the video are Noah Donovan, Amber Walls, Samuel Keenan and Olivia Buggie.

Capturing, Creating and Sharing Sounds

The students in Digital Production 120 created sound effects or captured different sounds as part of one of their assignments for the Digital Audio Unit.

Seventeen of the sounds were uploaded to the FreeSound site where they are shared with anyone who wants to use them.

There were lots of vehicle sounds and also some neat sound effects, including an elevator, punching and "squishy gore."

You can check them out by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BBT Students Complete Introductory Coding Course

Grade 10 Broad Based Technology students with
 their Certificates of Completion
Grade 10 students in Broad-Based Technology at Blackville School recently completed an Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science Course.

The 20-hour online course covers core computer science and programming concepts. It is offered through

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Creating and Sharing Sounds

Students in Digital Production 120 created sound effects or captured natural sounds for an assignment in the Digital Audio Unit. Many of the sounds were uploaded and shared on FreeSound, a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. You can create a free account on FreeSound and browse, download and share sounds. Many students have used FreeSound to find sounds for different assignments, so they had an opportunity to have their sounds uploaded and shared. Click here to check out their sounds.