Monday, February 19, 2018

Google Docs and Drive Add-ons for CC0 images

​Check out Joyce Valenza's suggestions for beautiful pics!​

If you use Google Docs and Slides to create and communicate, you may be interested in how easy it now is to incorporate free, copyright-friendly images into your projects without having to leave your document to search for them. I was surprised to discover my very favorite image portals were available in the form of add-ons.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

EASY stop-motion animation with Google Slides

Google Slides
 a powerful animation tool

With a few steps and some creativity, Google Slides can become a powerful animation tool that most students -- little to big -- can wield.


 post you'll see ...

  • how to create stop motion animation with Google Slides
  • how students can present it to each other (or a larger audience online)
  • how it can be used in the classroom
  • some cool example animations

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Evolution Of The Desk - YouTube

​lus ├ža change...
things have really changed, and we can't imagine how we would survive without them! This is a good video to show students, teachers and parents to illustrate the this evolution.

"Evolution of the Desk" is an initiative borne out of the Harvard Innovation Lab. The goal is to illustrate the impact that technology has had on our lives over the last 35 years. A cluttered desk, complete with a rolodex, a file cabinet, and a fax machine, transforms into a much cleaner, simpler surface consisting of only a laptop and a mobile phone. Of course, some things in life - like the sun - are everlasting, so the shades persist throughout the years.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Reading Tip of the Day

​Add a widget to your blog​

​ere is an easy way to add fresh content to your blog without having to remember to make a daily post. ​Reading Rockets offers a variety of widgets - I like the "reading tip of the day" which comes with some printables for teachers to try with their students.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Using Crowd Annotation to Close-Read the World

park side conversations that complement the main text

Crowd annotation, made possible through our digital connectivity, has the potential to alter that. The margins of an online text or piece of media can be filled with insightful conversation by a community of readers, in a public space, often sparking side conversations that are complementary to the main text.

Sometimes, these margin conversations lead readers to other documents, fulfilling in many ways the promise of the "web" of information that we share together, as a learning community.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Stop Motion Animation with Google Slides

 creative and fun way to
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ell a new story
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One easy tool to use for this is Google Slides. Many times we think of Slides as just a program for creating multimedia presentations. However, with just a few tricks you and your students can actually use Google Slides to make stop motion movies.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

The True Size of Any Country

​ow big is Africa really? (or any other country)


​o just how big is the UK superimposed on Vancouver Island? ​"The True Size" will show you.


​rom the website:

t is hard to represent our spherical world on flat piece of paper. Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its own set of problems. 
This app was created
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to help
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teachers show their students just how big the world actually is.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pen Name Generator anyone?

​What's in a name? ​

​So let's face it - sometimes you need some fun names to write a story, or to create an alter ego, ​or to come up with a fun pseudonym. The Name Generator takes a number of personalized details (favourite car, your first pet, etc.) and spins out names for Romance novels, Fantasy stories or crime dramas. Give it a try. (At the bottom of the results page are a whole set of name generators for special occasions: bands, babies, Rappers, poems, etc.)


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Blog, App or Name Generator

​Panabee for the win!​

​Check out
This cute little tool helps you to keep your original idea alive, by providing suggestions that are closely linked to your first choice. It uses the range of methods such as suffixes, phonemes, and prefixes to name a few, in order come up with alternative name suggestions that usually end up being even better.


Monday, September 18, 2017

"Landing pages, overlays and sticky bars"

 bluffer's guide to "tech talk"

From CBC's Sunday Edition:

Language is a living thing, and over the last decade or so, technology has been one of the main drivers of change in the English language. [...] ​The new radio doc by our in-house expert on all things cyber, high-tech, and ahead of the curve gives us a handy bluffer's guide to Tech Talk.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Mercury Reader - Web Reading made easy

​"​Clear the clutter from your articles"

​Busy webpages don't lend themselves to an easy read. And so, I'm a fan of the Safari Reader View option that cleans up a web page for reading. However, I often using Chrome (especially when I visit links in Gmail) and I used to use the "Readability" bookmarklet - my problem: it is no longer working. After a bit of googling around, I've started using the Mercury Reader Chrome extension. Great solution to my problem!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Resources for teachers - Book Creator

ee how Book Creator can be used in any subject.

​Everything you wanted to know about Book Creator - webinars, help docs, lesson ideas and project suggestions. 


Monday, May 15, 2017

Google Apps for All Kinds of Things

​ and more!​

Browse these slideshows for great technology integration ideas:
My passion is demonstrating how the effective use of technology in the classroom can strengthen pedagogy and increase student engagement. Professional development topics include: technopedagogy, digital citizenship, 21st century skills, Critical thinking, GSuite and a broad range of contemporary applications, social media and mobile technologies.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Online Slideshow Maker with Music

​Mini-music videos the easy way with Picovico​
Create a free account, upload your pics and get a slick, professional looking video slide show - with music!

Here's an example: 

"Picovico is a marvelous platform for you to create loads of different kinds videos. And by different kinds, we mean, you can explore your creativity and just make anything you want. This simple tool lets you seamlessly convert photos into videos without so much as having to open any complicated software. You just upload your photos, put captions, choose some music, and that's it, you're done. Your video is made."


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to Make a Newspaper Blackout Poem on the iPad

​igh-tech update for an old trick

​Austin Kleon explains how to make Blackout Poems using an iPad. ​

Even though I still prefer the old analog way, there are times (mostly on the bus or out on the porch or lying in bed) when I don't have a newspaper and a marker in front of me, so I've been experimenting with making them on my iPad.

Here's how I do it, if you want to play along…


​You could use any drawing program that lets you import from the camera roll. While a stylus is a fancy touch, your finger will work just fine too.​