Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Khan Academy Resource

"The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.  We are complementing Salman's ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World. "

This website contains an extensive video library: 1800+ Videos in Math, Science, History & Finance, as well as talks and interviews, exercise, and test prep for SAT's.

The videos are available free without logging in; however, users must create a free account to complete exercises and veiw your progress. Be sure to check this resource out!

Teacher Syndicate Resource

The Teacher Syndicate has just been updated!
Browse and download for FREE:

* The world's biggest education digital library with over 100,000 e-books
* 100's of free innovative lessons for all classes
* 100's of 1:1 computer resources
* New resources added weekly
* A free weekly newsletter listing all updates for that week

Also check out the specials from our education supplies warehouse!

Sharing too much on Facebook could cost you - Globe & Mail Article

Sharing too much on Facebook could cost you

Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 6:30AM EDT
Last updated Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 8:30AM EDT

This is a great article worth reading about how to protect yourself and your identity in Facebook and online.  Lots of good reminders!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Resource - CrowdVoice

CROWDVOICE - Tracking Voices of Protest

CrowdVoice brings together the global community with the topics you care about and want to follow. CrowdVoice is user-powered - the submitted information is chosen and approved by the community. Instead of checking news, video and social networking sites for updates on the issues that matter to you, get your fix in one place and join the crowd by adding information or approving what others already submitted.

CrowdVoice is a project by, an independent grassroots digital network that leverages the power of new media to facilitate our struggle against oppression in the Middle East and North Africa. We're driven by our passion for civil engagement, freedom of speech, and employing innovative solutions to pervasive and persistent human problems.

Crowded Voice - Voices in Protest

Interactive Folio and Study Guide: Romeo and Juliet

Interactive Folio and Study Guide: Romeo and Juliet

"Here you’ll find quite simply the most interactive and sophisticated version of Romeo and Juliet ever created: use it as a study guide and teaching tool. Read the play, read its English source texts, read critical materials on the play, explore Shakespeare's vocabulary, and experience a full range of multi-media associated with the play. "
Interactive Folio & Study Guide - Romeo and Juliet

A new tool for Internet Searching: SortFix

Here's a great new tool for  Watch the following clip for a little demo of how it works.  This could be particularly effective with our middle school students, but useful for all of us who often get search results we don't want. 

Youtube - SortFix Search Engine Animation

Sort Fix graphically facilitates search and demonstrates thinking about search refinement.  A behind-the- scenes algorithm scans results to identify and present significant keywords.  Searchers can grab (or remove) these words from their search baskets to refine their searches and create better queries.  A dictionary basket is available to compensate for new vocabulary.

I'm definately adding this to my list of search engines!  Check it out!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Chalk Talk e-newsletter: 08 Oct. 2010

"Chalk Talk is a weekly e-newsletter produced for Canadian educators by CoEd Communications Inc., available at no charge by subscription. Chalk Talk contains a treasure trove of timely articles, facts and figures, and features information on free, quality, curriculum-based teaching resources that teachers can use to create interesting and topical lesson plans on a variety of subjects from Canadian History, the Environment, Social Trends and Human Rights, to Literacy and Numeracy. Current and past issues of Chalk Talk are posted to this site."

Check out their Featured Resources List for great websites!

New Environmental Resource

Green Ideas Network

"Green Ideas Network has enthusiastic "green experts" to provide advice, tips and key information on all environmental topics. We take pride in focusing on solutions that can make our homes and communities healthier and greener. Green Ideas Network wants to be your centre for sustainable living.  Join us now and be part of the solution! "

DEAR - An upcoming event

National School Library Day is Monday, October 25th, 2010

In recognition of this, and of course to encourage reading as a daily activity in own our lives and the lives of our students, our school is participating in D.E.A.R., Drop Everything And Read.

Time: 12:00pm (right after lunch) - 12:20pm

We would ask that everyone participate; both students & staff alike.  Enjoy 20 minutes of reading and all the adventure that it brings.  

FYI: The library will be open before school and during lunch to allow students to sign out materials.

For more information go to

Reading really is a beautiful thing