January 18, 2012

18 Jan

With the capstone deadline ‘quickly’ approaching, I’ve been neglecting my goal of providing weekly blog entries.  The end is in sight but a lot of work to be done!!

I have to take us back to a site, 2Learn, that I know we’ve all visited but I’m wondering how many of us (myself included!) have taken the time to really check out all of the great work they have put together?  2Learn has a bunch of great interactives for all the grade levels – Kindergarten, grades 1 & 2, grades 3 to 6, grades 7 to 9 and senior high.  For each level/grade, they have broken down the interactives into the core subjects (with the exception of the Kindergarten link) and a few optional classes.  Have a look at the following:


In the area of assistive technology, I was a recent winner of a ‘TalkTrac’ from the Technomania conference that Aroga (out of Edmonton) put on last September in Calgary.  This is a neat little device that a student would wear on his/her wrist which would help them communicate with others.  For those students who are very introverted, the device can be used to support them in their endeavor to communicate with others.  Check out the following video to get a quick overview of what it can do –  We’re looking at putting this device in the hands of one of our students to see how effective it is.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this piece of technology.

From Richard Byrne’s site –, Richard shares a neat site for modeling math at the elementary and junior high levels – Thinking Blocks.  His critique regarding the site:

Thinking Blocks (  is a nice site for elementary and middle school mathematics teachers. Thinking Blocks provides interactive templates in which students use brightly colored blocks to model and solve problems. As students work through the problems they are provided with feedback as to whether or not they are using the correct sequence to solve each problem. There are templates and problems for addition, multiplication, fractions, and ratios. You can also develop your own problems using the modeling tool.

2Learn also puts out a monthly publication “Vantage” that promotes links with a focus in one of the four core subjects.  As well, they provide information regarding video conferencing opportunities for schools to participate in.  To subscribe, go to  It is well worth subscribing to!!

This month’s links focused on science.  They included:

Kindergarten:  Where in the World?  Help Mama Mirabelle’s animal friends get home. She’ll give you some hints to help you out.

Grade One:  Sid the Science Kid: I Sense  See if you can match the item with your different senses.

Grade Two:  Exploring Butterflies!  Play some online butterfly games with Rosa. You will learn about their habitats and the effects of climate change on these delicate creatures.

Grade Three:  Fetch! Venubix Challenge  Draw a habitat in which the imaginary animal, the venubix, could survive, given the characteristics that are outlined. You can save your drawing to your computer.

Grade Four:  Physics of Sounds (Fossweb)  This interactive activity helps teach students about how sound travels through different materials.

Grade Five:  Mixtures and Solutions (FossWeb)  In this interactive activity, learn more about the chemical properties of some everyday objects.

Grade Six:  Youthlink: CSI Kids  This is a great interactive from Youthlink – you get to be the detective. “Think you have what it takes to be a crime scene detective? Learn about crime scene investigation and test your skills.”

Grade Seven:  PBS Nova: Illuminating Photosynthesis  “This interactive feature takes a look at the oxygen/carbon dioxide cycle and at the process of photosynthesis. Also included are a few puzzlers with answers that may surprise you”

Grade Eight:  Nature Missions – ecosystems  The Montreal Biodome has created an interactive exhibit called Ecosystems. The exhibit features virtual visits to a variety of ecosystems where you will identify living organisms native to that ecosystem.

Grade Nine:  The Interactive Universe   Enjoy this virtual journey through space as you explore the planets in our galaxy, as well as distant galaxies, asteroids and dying stars.

Grade Ten:  On Fire (Virtual Fire Lab)  This is a safe, virtual experiment to play with matches and learn about combustion.

Grade Eleven:  How Vaccines are Made  In this interactive activity, explore how vaccines are made.

Grade Twelve – Crossing the Divide: How Neurons Talk to Each Other  This user directed, narrated animation describes how a reward pathway in the brain can be controlled by different neuro-transmitters.

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