Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pete MacKay resources

Here are links that Pete MacKay has offered lately from his site:

  • Kahoots, a no-charge service that helps teachers create and play quizzes, discussions or even surveys using any device with a web browser. The URL:
  • WordSift isn’t just another tag cloud generator. It’s a visualization tool that can be easily manipulated, sorting and emphasizing words in a piece of text. The URL:
  • – Students connect their note-taking to their Google Drives. The notes are synchronized to the timeline of the video and then synched to Google Drive for easy access and sharing. The URL:
  • Insect Generator – A fun interactive that asks students to create their own insect by choosing head, abdomen, thorax and wings from a variety of insect models. The URL:
  • Practice Tests – a no-cost practice test, flashcard and classroom assessment. The URL:
  • Computation Castle –  a fun math interactive to teach students to use fractions to save characters in a medieval setting. The URL:
  • Next Vista For Learning provides a library of free videos made by and for teachers and students everywhere. All content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution. The URL:
  • History Channel (Flash) site explains itself: “Take a journey through the vastness of time and space, where you will experience spectacular scenery as you learn the facts about red-hot planets, distant galaxies, dying stars and killer asteroids.”  The URL:
  • Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum in Ottawa. The URL:
  • Zooniverse project: Condor Watch. The URL:
  • Wellcome Library collections – This vast collection contains historical images from Tibetan Buddhist paintings, ancient Sanskrit manuscripts written on palm leaves, beautifully illuminated Persian books and much more. Much of the collection is available in high or low resolution for educational use either by permission or by Creative Commons licensing. “Whether it’s medicine or magic, the sacred or the profane, science or satire – you’ll find more than you expect.” This is probably more useful for the secondary level students. Preview for use by younger students, just to be safe. The URL:
  • 100,000 stars – a galactic perspective from Google’s Chrome Experiments. 100,000 stars is a tour of the closest stars to our own Sun. It’s completely interactive.  The URL:
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


May is just around the corner!

As always, when the school year comes to close, things tend to get busy.  With the transition of the school district over to Google email (from MS Exchange), just finishing a Moodle for Administrators through Remote Learning and all the other shoes that I wear, the year continues on at light speed!

Looking for a ‘mind mapping’ tool that integrates nicely for Google Drive?  Try out ‘Coggle’ (!  It’s free and every map you make, it will save to your Google Drive.  If you’ve worked with any mind map tool before, Coggle will be very easy for you to use.

If you haven’t visited Khanacademy lately, you should.  Like all the great tools out there, this site continues to evolve.  The ‘coaching’ program has changed – for the better.  Check out the following two links and have a look for yourself:

Being that we’re going fully Google, you should check out the following link which takes you to where one can get certification.  If you want to take advantage of what the Google tools have to offer, this would be an avenue to put you on the right track:

In my work with Palliser’s ‘Academic Wrap Around’ iniative, we’re always looking for assistive technology to assist the students in their academic pursuits.  One area that comes up often at the text-to-speech (TTS) programs.  Besides taking advantage of the iPad ‘accessibility’ features and the chromebook’s ‘Natural Reader’ (which is also available for the iPad), the following sites offer alternatives for TTS:

Digital citizenship is an ongoing area that I’m always looking for additional resources.  See the following link –  MediaSmarts has been around for a while and they just keep evolving.  Check the site out!

The iPadagogy Wheel (that was created by Paul Hopkin’s education consultancy) offers teachers the visual to use for determining the apps used to fulfill the various levels of Bloom’s taxonomy –,

In Palliser, we’ve been using the Lego Mindstorm Robotic kits for a number of years now.  They are really great for providing students with ‘critical problem solving’ skills.  At $350 per kit, they tend to be a little pricey.  Orbotix has come out with the ‘Sphero’ ( which has a much more manageable price.  For a box of ten, they cost $60/ball.  They are not as functional of the Mindstorm robotics but students can program/code the ball to navigate a course – thus leading them into the area of coding which has become a big player in the education area as of lately.  If you want to look even further, check out the NAO Robots –

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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Uncategorized