March 9, 2014

09 Mar

Here is a link for those teachers just getting into the profession.  LiveBinder has been around for a while now.  I think the LiveBinder would be an ideal tool for students to create their own e-Portfolios.  Anyways, here is the link to a binder focused on Classroom and Behavior Management

Yet another social media tool has sprung and I think that this one does have potential.  ( –  Celly brings the power of mobile social networking and knowledge discovery to everyday life in a private and secure way. Classmates, coworkers, and teammates can use social building blocks called “cells” for everyday collaboration, knowledge sharing, and group communication on any device.  The ‘cells’ are private to the members who sign up (your students and parents) so it takes the place of Twitter.  What’s nice is it isn’t public to the world like Twitter is.  Features include:

  • join by text in seconds
  • unlimited members
  • group messaging with moderation
  • multiple-choice polling
  • scheduled reminders
  • track feeds automatically
  • link networks together
  • phone numbers are kept private
  • works on any phone with text messaging (SMS), Android app, web and email

Add to Celly, another of the newest social media site – Pheed (  This site has the following reviews:

Labeled by Forbes as ‘the new Twitter,’ Mashable as ‘the next social craze,’ and Huffington Post ‘the next generation of social media.’ Fortune listed Pheed as ‘The #1 Social Network to Watch in 2013’ and Business Insider ‘the social media company of the year.’

Vantage (Learn Alberta resource that you can subscribe to!) for February 2014 provided grade specific link with a art theme.  Check out this link for these sites. (VANTAGE Feb 2014 ART theme)

Here is a listing of sites that might provide some tools sites to use in your classroom:

From Pete MacKay (, he offered the following items to check out:

  • What is this Raspberry Pi? The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. It will be better to link to the FAQ page so you can learn more – it’s quite an intriguing little device! The URL:
  • “For ideas about how to channel your math degree into a fulfilling and lucrative career, check out this list of 10 large and growing U.S.-based companies that employ math majors.”  The URL:
  • La Presse+ is available on the iPad Newsstand at no cost. The three years and $40-million investment in the research and development of the product has resulted in a stunningly beautiful and easy-to-navigate product.  The paper can be automatically downloaded overnight and articles can be saved to a personal space. This would be tremendously useful in French language and FSL classes. Teachers and students may read more about the product in English and the app is available on the App Store.  The URL:
  • Here’s a 15 minute clip of Jim Henson demonstrating puppetry techniques that are simple and entertaining. The article states that he made this just before joining Sesame Street but you can see some of his iconic design in this early work.  The URL:
  • A list of 50 animation tools will offer something for everyone.  The URL:
  • Here is a collection of resources and lesson plans about organ donation. Starting with the Interactive Body, students can learn about the different types of transplantation. Teachers can find the lesson plans in the Educator Resources menu.  The URL:
  • Infographics are all the rage these days but as students and teachers are enthusiastically assembling them, here are a few things to keep in mind when sourcing the data used.  The URL:
  • Google Apps for Education is taking schools by storm. With its cloud-based suite of functional apps, teachers can start at the Learning Center to learn more about how to use the tools, join a community of Google-users, find training and even become certified as a Qualified Individual or Trainer themselves. If you’re looking for a starting point to utilize this tool for your own classroom, this is a good one to bookmark.  The URL:
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