Example of the "Say Dez!" approved B.D.E. Curriculum
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M.T.O. APPROVED BEGINNER'S DRIVER EDUCATION B.D.E.) CURRICULUM
The M.T.O. approved Beginners Driver Education Curriculum (B.D.E.) Curriculum by "Say Dez!" consists of the following:
- 20 hours of class room training of eight (8) modules of 2 1/2 hours each
- 10 hours of in-car training
- 10 hours of independent home study which requires the students to access various links on the internet.
The "Home link" has all the other connecting links within it to complete the homework. The home study or "Home link" consists of two (2) observation lessons prior to being in the car, then four (4) independent home research projects while the course is being taught.
Added to this is the Auto$mart website of Natural Resources Canada. Its five (5) videos pose several questions. These questions can be answered only by watching the videos. The questions must be answered and handed in with the rest of the homework. The student must hand all of the homework in before finishing the course.
As for you, the driving school operator, you must place the completed homework into the students' files. The students on their home computers or library computers via the Internet do the homework, a.k.a. "Home link". Some students may own wireless Internet devices such as iPods, iPhones, iPads and/or similar devices which may be used to access the "Home link".
The "Say Dez!" B.D.E. Curriculum is based upon the "ntsa international" Today's Driver Manual. This is the updated version of the Propulsion textbook.
Each of the eight (8) lessons have topics regarding:
- Information Materials & Resources
- PowerPoint presentations for each lesson
- Teaching Strategies for the in-class instructor
Each of the eight (8) lessons have short multiple choice questions. (These must also be placed in the students' folders.)
The lessons are laid out in such a manner that it requires no training if you have experienced teaching the "Roadworthy" criteria in your classes.
Course Outline for the Beginner Driver Education Curriculum
The eight (8) lessons cover the following topics:
- Rules & Regulations
- Highway Traffic System
- Administrative Laws
- Traffic Control Devices
- Physical Health
- Physical Health
- Social Factors and Influence
- Alcohol & Drugs
- Basics & Vehicle Knowledge
- Know Your Car
- Urban Roads & Parking
- City Driving
- City Parking
- Rural Roads & Expressways
- Laws of Physics
- Laws of Physics
- Stopping Distances
- Safety Technology
- New Technologies
- Adversities & Emergencies
- Light Conditions
- Weather Conditions
- Road Conditions
- Traffic - Sharing the Road
- Vehicle - Mechanical Emergencies
- Emergency Vehicles
The package comes in ten (10) three (3) ring binders, one (1) for each of the eight (8) lessons, plus two (2) for the in-class instructor's use. Included in the package are videos freely available from various sources, plus some from the internet.
There are two (2) videos that you should obtain, and probably may have in your present video library. They are the “Laws of Physics” and “Stopping Distances". If you do not have them, you should purchase them from "ntsa international"at 1 . 866 . 475 . 1999. They will also sell you the text books, if you are not using a version of it already.
For other details contact me after 7:00 p.m. during the week on my cell phone at: 905 . 379 . 9339 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Dez Miklós