Take the Sharing Pledge! (and get a certificate!)

(In my tweet I accidentally referred to this as a “slides” add on. It’s really a Sheets add on) There’s a lot to do as a teacher! My goodness, does the work pile up! The demands on teachers have been increasing in the past decades and there’s such a need to modify and develop new material to meet the needs of our current students, but it can be a nightmare! Here’s…

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CourseHelp.ca gets a reboot

My new update for CourseHelp.ca has gone live. It was quite a bit of work moving over all the content from the previous Google Sites site. Since nothing is automated, I had to create a new page for each resource on the site. I think it still all came together fairly quickly and I’m pleased with the simple and clean appearance of it. The last site contained different sections for video…

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Listening to the Naysayers: Wisdom from the other side (Part 2)

4. “People are just interested in trends that are new and shiny.” Here’s an important one to take to heart. We in Ed Tech have a tendency to get excited about new possibilities when new technology comes out. We can sometimes let our interest in technology get ahead of the pedagogy, and that’s not good for students. I remember when Google Glass came out and various Ed Tech individuals were…

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Listening to the Naysayers: Wisdom from the other side (Part 1)

Sometimes I wish to roll my eyes at the naysayers who say that we shouldn’t be using technology in classrooms, or maybe just grab their shoulders and shake them. But, no worries, I refrain. It can be frustrating to work with those who don’t want to change. It seems, however, that I need to be a bit more patient. It isn’t always fear of change that motivates the hesitations to…

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À la rescousse! New French resources on coursehelp.ca

It’s sometimes forgotten that Ontario has four school systems, English Public, English Catholic, French Public and French Catholic. Now, the issue of whether or not that’s an efficient system aside, they each contain students that deserve our very best and we’re all in this together. Starting with ECOO’s Bring IT Together conference this year, I’ve noticed more of a welcoming attitude to the small French boards in Ontario. This year’s…

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A solution to my theme-design struggles – The Moosonee Theme Pack

Over the past two and a half years in this job, I’ve been struggling with trying to help teachers as well as other eLearning Contacts with course theme design, but it’s a tough go. It’s really hard!  I’m comfortable with graphic design and I was able to figure out most of the stuff myself, but it’s not easy to pass along, even with a teaching degree! In my position as…

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Do we really need to care about student “engagement”?

Do we busy teachers really need to concern ourselves with ‘student engagement’? Is entertaining our students, keeping them happy, and pandering to their elementary interests really our job? Well, it’s not exactly like that, but yes, engagement is our job. But why, some might add, do we need to focus on making the learning ‘engaging’ if that’s not what they will find in the workplace or postsecondary school? They are…

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OSSEMOOC Evening EdTech Discussions

I tried my first OSSEMOOC evening discussion today. If you’re not aware of what that is, it’s Ontario School and System Leaders Edtech MOOC (the C stands for ‘Community’ rather than course). I’ve been meaning to check it out for half a year now and I finally did. I totally found it really worth it! I talk to people about Digital Learning all the time. It’s my job. A lot…

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Have a look at the new Socrative 2.0

Socrative.com may have been around for a while now, but if you haven’t had a look at it recently or tried out their Socrative 2.0, it’s definitely worth a look. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a web-based student-response system that essentially replaces ‘Clickers’. They have iOS and Android apps, but I find the new web-based interface excellent and not worth the bother of app installation and then it’s…

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