TextHelp’s Read&Write for Google Chrome

Letting go of Kurzweil and Dragon Naturally Speaking and embracing web-based Read&Write...it can be done, but not without a few (minor) hiccups, as is usually the case when implementing any new technology on a large scale. My Board purchased TextHelp's Read&Write Chrome extension (Premium) as a comprehensive assistive technology solution for our students this year. … Continue reading TextHelp’s Read&Write for Google Chrome

digital Human Library and WalkInto: A New Idea in the Production and Consumption of Virtual Field Trips for Education

Everyone has a story to tell. Why not use the power and diversity of WalkInto and publish your story in an engaging, interactive and personal way? WalkInto is an online platform for photographers using Google Street View for publishing commercial virtual tours, to exponentially increase the marketability of their beautiful work. WalkInto can be used … Continue reading digital Human Library and WalkInto: A New Idea in the Production and Consumption of Virtual Field Trips for Education

Washington State University Tech-Ed Conference, Oct. 1-2, 2015: Using Google Street View and WalkInto as a Medium for Virtual Field Trips

Over the past 2 days, I have had the amazing opportunity to learn from leading researchers in the field of Educational Technology at the Washington State University Tech-Ed Conference. What a beautiful conference and campus, and the people were inviting, engaging and all-around great folks. The invited speakers and paper presenters provoked thought and discussion … Continue reading Washington State University Tech-Ed Conference, Oct. 1-2, 2015: Using Google Street View and WalkInto as a Medium for Virtual Field Trips

Ctl Education Chromebook Training for Teachers

The teachers in my Board acquired Chromebooks (namely CTL Education Chromebooks) at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, as part of a plan to move towards and embrace web-based computing and Google Apps for Education. We also have Chromebooks for our students, and these will be in their hands very soon. This is a … Continue reading Ctl Education Chromebook Training for Teachers

Dave Ruch: The Largest Online Gathering of K-5 Classrooms

Dave Ruch is a dedicated and talented performer and teacher artist from Buffalo, NY. However, geography is a non-issue if you'd like to have Dave entertain and educate the students in your classroom. All that's required is an Internet connection, laptop or other device that is hooked up to a projector/SmartBoard, and you'll have yourself a … Continue reading Dave Ruch: The Largest Online Gathering of K-5 Classrooms

NECDSB Google Collaborative Inquiry Project

As part of my school board's Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) funding, I was tasked with developing and executing a research project. Based on this article on the ISTE website, and the work of Leigh Zeitz, an associate professor of instructional technology at the University of Northern Iowa, I worked to modify the concept presented … Continue reading NECDSB Google Collaborative Inquiry Project

Grade 5 Science: Human Organ Systems and Dissecting Frogs

I cut the top of my thumb yesterday slicing up a lime for shrimp skewers on the BBQ. This morning, I went to open a new band-aid and, for some reason, the band-aid had frogs on it. This reminded me of an event Science Timmins facilitated as a culminating activity for my Grade 5 science … Continue reading Grade 5 Science: Human Organ Systems and Dissecting Frogs

digital Human Library and professional artist Omari Newton

Omari Newton is in the digital Human Library! Montreal-born artist Omari Newton is a professional actor, writer, Slam poet and MC whose work can be found on television, film, stage or radio. Omari's work in television and film includes playing Lucas Ingram in the Showcase series Continuum, Larry Summers in the Spike series Blue Mountain State … Continue reading digital Human Library and professional artist Omari Newton

Kayaking the Amazon River with Tarran and Olie! A Google Hangout on Air Adventure

A Grade 5/6 class at St. Patrick's School in Cobalt, Ontario participated in a Live on Air Google Hangout with two explorers on Thursday, June 11th. Tarran and Olie were in Lima, Peru, and have since embarked on an epic journey that will have them kayaking the Amazon River! The students had the chance to … Continue reading Kayaking the Amazon River with Tarran and Olie! A Google Hangout on Air Adventure

Making Thinking Visible with the Shadow Puppet App in K-2

A couple of months ago, I was asked to present to Kindergarten teachers about how to use the Shadow Puppet EDU app for iPad and iPhone, and how students can use this tool to make their thinking visible in an interactive, engaging and intuitive way. The Shadow Puppet app allows students to create videos, presentations … Continue reading Making Thinking Visible with the Shadow Puppet App in K-2