Information Communication Technology SHSM (ICT)


The Specialist High Skills Major is a program that gives students a focus in their senior high school years that leads to all post-secondary destinations (apprenticeship, college, university, and work). A student must take 2 Grade 11 and 2 Grade 12 courses in a specialized area, and a co-operative education course. It also involves contextualized units in Math and English where the focus is in the specific sector.

For all other SHSM program in Halton - check out the Halton Pathways website.

Q107 Morning Show host Ryan Parker Visits

Q107 Morning Show Host Ryan Parker visited Mr. Stark's Communications Technology class.

Mr. Parker shared his life experiences with the class; including his outlook on the Radio Industry, the importance of networking, and how he managed to secure a job at Q107.

Mr. Parker had the class in stitches with his stories, including a story about meeting Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and showed a hilarious Youtube video he made with Q107 to promote the Toronto Police Canine Unit.

Mr. Parker answered student's questions and added at the end of his presentation that anyone could contact him at Q107 using social media or email if they thought of further questions regarding his work.

Second Camera Assistant Joe Frechette Visits

Former Acton District High School student Joe Frechette came to the Communications Technology class room at ADHS to talk about his experiences in college and the Toronto Film Industry. Joe graduated from Acton and attended Confederation College in ThunderBay for Film Studies. When he finished college he started working as a Craft Service Person for I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) After working on set for a year at this job, he was given the opportunity to join the Technicians Union where he was paid to train to become a Second Camera Assistant. Joe over the last 8 years has worked on numerous Film and Television shows and shared these experiences with the class. Thank you Joe,

Order of Canada recepient Brian Robertson meets with an ADHS ICT SHSM Student

Dylan had the opportunity to meet Order of Canada recepient Brian Robertson, former president of the Music Recording Industry of Canada, founder of CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) and executive producer for the JUNO Awards just to name a few of his life achievements. They discussed Brian`s life and he gave words of wisdom to follow as Dylan chooses his post secondary school and begin his future careers. Dylan found it encouraging and inspiring to meet and talk to Brian.

Escarpment Sound Recording Studio

Comm Tech and ICT SHSM students took a day trip to Escarpment Sound Studios in Bellwood ON to learn about audio production. Students learned first-hand from Brian Hewson about the acoustic dynamics of rooms, microphone placement, multi-track recording, and mixing.

Students also recorded 4 songs within the 6 hours they were at the studio. Including an original song which incorporated the musical talents of many of the ICT SHSM students.

CBC Fieldtrip

Acton Communications focus (ICT) SHSM students toured the Toronto Broadcast Center facilities. Students met a variety of Production staff including Producers, Directors and Technicians in both Radio and Television.

Many people at CBC Toronto were responsible for the success of this trip. Special thanks to Joe Mahoney at CBC radio for making this trip a possibility.

The interactive presentation Alex gave to the ICT SHSM students and Ms. Dugas' Music class was very entertaining. Alex explained the course offerings at Metal Works Institute, famous projects Alumni from MWI are now working on, and his own experiences in the Entertainment Industry. Alex mentioned that one of Acton District School's graduates that also graduated from Metal Works is currently working at Spotify in L.A.

To find out more about Metal Works Institute check out their website.

PHOTOGRAPHER Nik Milner in to discuss life as a Rock n Roll photographer, and show a few Photoshop tips and tricks

Students had a chance to ask questions of Acton's Nik Milner regarding best practices as a freelancer, and how life was as a Rock n Roll photographer. Always a great visit.

Special guest PIXAR/SHERIDAN

Stephen Barnes Visits and discusses working on Bugs Life, Toy Story 2, and Monster's Inc.

Mr. Stark’s Communications Technology Class and ICT SHSM students had the pleasure of listening to former Pixar Animator and current Sheridan Animation Professor Stephen Barnes. Stephen talked to the class about the importance of networking, not giving up on your dreams, his experiences working at Pixar, and the Sheridan Animation Curriculum from first year to fourth year. Stephen shared examples of his work from Toy Story 2, Monsters INC, A Bug’s Life, and the short film Gerri’s Game. He also shared the driving book that started his quest to become an animator. Students asked many poignant questions and had the chance after class to inquire further about their interests in animation.

Find out more about Sheridan's Animation program.

Acton students were taken on the first ever student tour of the extensive facilities at Christie Digital (an Audio Visual Manufacturer). Students saw first hand, research and development in action.

One of the highlights included the multi-projector car display, in which a grey model of a car had details projected on it. The amazing part is when the turntable the car was on was rotated the image flawlessly stayed on the shape.

Student also experienced the “silent “room where researchers measure the amount of noise a projector makes to insure it conforms to CSA and International standards.

Finally students donned lab coats, safety glasses, hair nets, and shoe covers to enter the assembly area for Video Tiles, Projectors, and Audio systems. Here students had a chance to see products being prototyped, assembled and tested.

Students were impressed with by the touch sensitive video tile wall that the staff used to keep tabs of the progress of their project completion.

When this part of the tour was over, students returned to the conference room. Here they were shown various examples of Christie Digital products in action; including the display used at center ice at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. This was an amazing experience for Acton students. Thank you to Christina at C.M.E., for arranging the tour. Thank you to Chris at Christie Digital, for allowing us to be the first group of students to experience their facilities.

FInd out more about Christie Digital.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Toronto Broadcast Centre

James and Ryan met with members of CBC's Metro Morning staff and toured the Radio and Television facilities experiencing various stages of Radio and Television production. They watched the Metro Morning Crew as they broadcast their show, sat in on pre-production meetings for the next day, talked with Radio Sportscaster Joe Cummings and TV Sports on air personality Signa Butler in the editing room as she prepped a segment for a show with her editor.

Special thank you to Bridget O'Toole and Joe Mahoney at CBC Radio for making this happen for our students.

Below is a photograph of our bearcats with Metro Morning Sportscaster Joe Cummings.

Sheep Dog Animation Studio

Students in the Acton ICT SHSM travelled to Kitchener, Ontario in May, for 2 days of portfolio building and advanced instruction in 2D and Stop Motion Animation.

Students learned how to build Maquettes or animation sculptures using clay and styrofoam and then were given advanced lessons in using Dragon Frame the software used by Aardman Productions for Shawn the Sheep. Students created outstanding models that they were allowed to keep at the end of this 2 day excursion.

Find out more about Sheepdog Animation Studios.

Class visit by local renowned photographer Nik Milner.

Mr. Stark's Comm Tech/Yearbook class was visited by photographer Nik Milner. Nik shared insight into starting out as a photographer and stories that related to being a Rock n Roll photographer in England.

Nik also showed the class examples of the versatility of his work and some of his treasured photographic equipment.

Check out Nik Milner's Photography on his website.

This is one of my favourites.