Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Iceberg Finder - Newfoundland

​Tracking Giants​

When it comes to viewing icebergs, this is one of the best places in the world.
 From May to August, these 10,000-year-old glacial giants are visible from many points along the northern and eastern coasts, especially on clear, sunny days. They come in every shape and size, with colours from snow-white to deepest aquamarine. Despite their arrival from the Arctic every spring, and their disappearance only months later, our awe of them remains new, year after year.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Infographics Made Simple

 your thinking!​

Infographics (a clipped compound of "information" and "graphics") are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly.
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They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends (Source: Wikipedia)


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

 on a journey!

​Explore the world and try to guess where you are. Challenge yourself or compete against others.
Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world. From the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City.

Read this post for more info:


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Free templates for Powerpoint and Google Slides

hemes for presentations 

​Looking for
​to help you communicate
 your ideas in your presentations
all styles from playful and creative to formal and business presentations.
emplates are completely customizable and easy-to-edit.
​Check it out!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Listen and create ambient sounds easily

A World Made of

Listen to relaxing music, ambient atmospheres and astonishing sound effects. Just click on an image to start chilling. If you want, you can even create your own atmospheric sound mix, online and for free. Every audio template can be easily edited for your own needs.


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
​ t​
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

How big is Africa really? (or any other country)


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

F​rom the website:
"I​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 to help 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.