Generation XC Television
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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:
- Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
- Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
- Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
- DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
- DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
- Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)
Generation XC Television Show
Generation XC was a television program created and produced by educator and community building specialist David Spencer. The program aired on Rogers Community Television cable channel 10 from 1988 to 1989.
As Executive Producer, David Spencer oversaw a production crew of 6 plus 31 teen volunteers who ranged in age from 11 to 21 and attended schools run by the Peel Board of Education and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic Board of Education. We used the Rogers Community Television studios located on Hansen Road in Brampton.
The Generation XC TV show proposal was written with input from Linda Galen (now retired Principal from Louise Arbour Secondary School). Our Generation XC logo was created by a student from North Park Secondary School. Our theme song was written by two Brampton based 17 year old students. Our TV Show Producer was Don Simmons a grade 8 French teacher from Sir John A Macdonald Sr. School. Michael Decsi of Rogers Community Television Brampton was our Director. See Michael's current work in IMDB: Internet Movie Database.
The team of teachers and students tackled a number of tough issues facing youth including suicide and depression, school dropping out and managing your finances. Our first guest on our first show in 1988 was Tony Pontes who spoke about the value of Co-operative education. Mr. Pontes was VP of Central Peel Secondary at the time. He was the Director of Education for the Peel District School Board from 2010 to 2017.
Students who worked as talent in Generation XC were very excited when they were recognized on the bus and at shopping malls. A number of Generation XC students pursued post-secondary studies in television production, music, drama, English and media.