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
​ ​
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.​


Friday, January 13, 2017

Self-Marking Quiz with Google Forms

​Helping students achieve mastery​

​Nathanael Powell ​gives a very clear overview of how to use the new self-marking quiz feature in Google forms. He offers good suggestions on how to use the tool, ways to avoid privacy issues and strategies for tracking student improvement over time. Take a look!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Creating Readers: Informational Text

​Infotext - Sites and Apps​

​Be a better reader by getting in some good practice - here are some sites and apps to give students appropriate articles at their reading level. 


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Stage App: Turn Your iPad into an Interactive Document Camera

isplay and annotate student work

​"​The perfect app for turning your iPad into a presentation tool is Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera. It lets users switch from a white board, image background, and camera all while writing on the screen.


Bloxels: design and play

 innovative way to create games and characters

​Litlgeeks reviews the  Bloxels Video Game Builder set, calling it  "
a ​
creative, innovative way to create games and characters."  Bloxels comes with "pixel" trays
​ that allow the user​
 create characters and levels.  (Read the full review and see video demo on the site.)


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Creative Ways of using Google Slides

Re-imagine the power of student projects

Listen to Jeffrey Bradbury explain how to get creative with Google Slides:

"We have all sat through BORING PowerPoint presentations… right?  In this session, we are going to learn how to use Google Presentations in a more creative and collaborative format than you have ever imagined! Learn how you can use Google Presentations in ways OTHER than the traditional slide show and reimagine the power of student projects...."

Saturday, June 18, 2016

5 Google Apps Templates for Kindergarten

Use Google Apps with younger grades

"Google Classroom makes it easier to use Google Apps with younger grades. Create a copy of the templates below, adjust the title and make tweaks to the template to suit your learning objective. In Google Classroom create an assignment and click on the Google Drive icon to add the template. Change the default from "Students can view the file" to "Make a copy for each student."

Alice Keeler has so many great ideas, it's hard to keep up! Check her site for many more useful tweaks.