Google Collaborative Writing: Playwrights in Vancouver, BC and Timmins, ON Connect on a Google Doc

A couple of years ago, Google Docs commemorated National Novel Writing Month by inviting authors Edan Lepucki, Tope Folarin, and Mike Curato to participate in a short story challenge. The three writers were tasked with writing a short story...on the same Doc...in three different locations...in real time. The beauty of Google Docs of course is … Continue reading Google Collaborative Writing: Playwrights in Vancouver, BC and Timmins, ON Connect on a Google Doc

Cold calls to collaborations, and other tales of connected learning

I'm a big fan of the cold call. More often than not, in my experience, the people I have reached out to in the world of education have reciprocated to the point where some pretty great things have happened. Transformative, even. There was that time I cold-tweeted Dr. Leigh Zeitz of the University of Northern Iowa … Continue reading Cold calls to collaborations, and other tales of connected learning

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

Producing Digital Content: A Story told in Emaze

During my Learning Technologies: Selection, Design, and Application course, we were asked to produce a digital story about the types of digital content we have worked on thus far, as a type of reflection of our journey with various online media technologies. Since embedding an Emaze presentation doesn't work on WordPress.com (I was only able … Continue reading Producing Digital Content: A Story told in Emaze

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

Taking the Google Certified Educator exams: Gmail

As part of my board's plan to actively prepare students to succeed in 21st century learning environments, I had suggested that our Ed Tech Champs, as well as a few other key players in NeCDSB's migration to Google Apps for Education, become Google Certified Educators. In the end, we decided that this would be a … Continue reading Taking the Google Certified Educator exams: Gmail

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

Google Slides Presentation: Indigenous Math Games

My students learned how to play two different Aboriginal math games (more can be found here).  They had fun playing Throw Sticks and Stick Dice, games originating with the Apaches in the Southwest United States and the Pomo Indians of California, respectively. During large celebrations that would last about four days, nations would get together … Continue reading Google Slides Presentation: Indigenous Math Games