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Friday, February 21, 2014


Here is what we made together.  Use this when you make your POWTOON:

___ use transitions for every slide
___ use background music
___ story has a beginning, middle and an end
___ choose a strategy to solve conflict
___ use pictures to show characters' feelings
___ use words to match what is happening in the slide
___ use capitals and punctuations when needed
___ use at least 1 text effect
___  use  at least 1 different background
___ use at least 5 props
___ use at least 6 frames
___ words are spelled correctly
____ use at least 2 animated characters

Here are exemplars:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fillable PDFs

Adobe Acrobat is hands down one of the most fully featured when it comes to manipulating fillable PDFs.  It is not free though so I hunted down one that is free.  I found PDFEscape!  I used it to make a fillable PDF for making a Success Criteria.  Here is a sample of that clickable pdf:

The PDF can be clicked and hopefully, students enjoy following the criteria more. 

Conflict Resolution Script

Hey, Grade 3's! I am sooo excited that we are now writing our script for our conflict resolution Powtoon!  With the help of Ms. Schock and Ms. Rusnov, you will be writing about this:

Conflict is when two or more people disagree on something and are not getting along.
Choose one of the situations below and think of a way to solve the conflict in a non violent way. Remember to choose from the “Positive Ways to Handle Conflict” list that we talked about.

1.) It is recess and grade 5 students go to where you made a snow fort. A lot of them come and they tell you and your friends to go away. You think you should not go as you made the fort.  What do you do?

2.) Your class starts to line up for Media Literacy class happening at the library.  One of your classmates say you are butting in the line.  You think you were there first.  What do you do?

3.) You are with your friend at home on a playdate.  You have a Wii and you want to play Mario Cart.   At the same time, your friend wants to play Just Dance.  You only a short time to play before your friend goes home.  What do you do?

4.) You are playing on the Adventure Playground and somebody pushes you and you get hurt.  When you tell the student about it, the student says there was no pushing.  What do you do?

5.) While you were at lunch, one of your classmates, Jamila, sits beside you.  Jamila usually sits at another spot.  Today, there was no other seat available. One of your friends come late and insists that the seat beside you is his.  He begins to ask Jamila to get out of his regular seat. Jamila says she will not move. They start to have an argument.  What do you do?



(Conflict is when two or more people disagree on something and are not getting along.)

Walk Away  - walk away from the person who you are about to start a fight with

Get Help - Ask an adult for help with how to solve your disagreement

Take Turns - someone has a turn to do something first and then the other gets a chance

Share - you can do the playing together; if you have something give it to the other person first

Apologizing - say sorry and you can also say "I did not mean to do it."

Talk About It - Settle down, calm down and then talk about your conflict

Distract or Postponing - try to make the person think of something else or do something else

Use Chance - use a coin, do rock, paper, scissors or sticks that way everybody gets the same possible chance of getting their turn


You will use the situation and solution you chose to come up with a simple animated video using Powtoon.  Your Powtoon should have at least 6 frames showing the problem and how you chose to solve it using the solutions we talked about.

Success Criteria "Stop The Violence On TV!" Poster

Hello Grade 1s. Here is what we made for our success criteria when making your posters: 

___ have “Stop the Violence on TV!”
___ picture has to show things that we do not want on TV
___ clear picture of TV
___ clear pictures
___ clip photo to remove background

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cereal Box Template

Here is a cereal box template which you can use with Microsoft Word to put in your text, drawings and graphics.

Here is the Success Criteria we made together:
(download clickable pdf)
FRONT has:
___ original cereal name
___ original company name
___ slogas (catchy phrase)

SIDE has:
___ ingredients
___ nutrition Facts
___ barcode

BACK has:
___ games or activity or information about a famous person
___ prizes or toy
___ website

___ has to have neat writing
___ colouring is solid, no scribbling, is inside the lines 
___ use at least one colour to show feelings 
(red: strong, yellow:happy, blue: relaxed, orange: hungry)
___ drawing has outline

Monday, February 10, 2014

Violence and Its Impact

Here's a vid that makes adults aware of the issues faced when kids are exposed to violence in media:

"Stop the Violence on TV" exemplars

The grade 1s and I had fun making exemplars for their "Stop The Violence on TV" poster.  Soon, they will be making their own.  Here are the exemplars:

Minds on "Conflict Resolution"

Let's brainstorm on how to solve conflicts non-violently.  Here's a Padlet to do that:

Friday, February 7, 2014

Copy Account

Here's COPY, a cloud service, it gives you 15 GB and another 5 if you use my referral link. I get 5 if you do that.

Sign up for Copy using this referral link and both you and Erich Shih will earn an extra 5 GBs of free storage!

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Integrating Tech in The Classroom Workshop

Just gave a mini workshop to beginning teachers at TDSB WR01 family of schools. It was a fast and furious 45 minutes where we browsed through a few apps both on the website and on the iPads.  Looking back at it, I realize there was really no time for Q&As which I usually enjoy in workshops I give.  I enjoyed it and I hope the teachers did too!  I also had the opportunity to meet a teacher librarian who co presented with me! Nice working with you, Marla!

I was another learning experience for me!  Here is the newsletter that accompanied the workshop:

Here is the accompanying PREZI:

I gave teachers trial accounts for POWTOON.   Accounts are live for a few weeks. Here it is:

username: bteacher1
password: bteacher1

You can use bteacher1  to bteacher5 .  Just change the last number.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Grade 1/2 split class is currently exploring GarageBand on the iPad.  No. 1 challenge we are facing is having no external microphone for the iPad as well as a quiet recording space. We will prevail though. :)

They are creating a simple beat and writing a simple script for creating a radio ad about Healthy Eating.

Pic Collage Adventure #2

Here is my second adventure with Pic Collage. This time it's with the grade 1 making posters with the No Violence on TV theme. Final products soon.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Exploring Powtoon

Powtoon is really a great web app! Here are some Grade 3s exploring the app in preparation for creating their simple animated video on Conflict Resolution:

Grade 2 Cereal boxes

Here are some grade 2s designing their boxes. Real ones are used for inspiration:

Stay tuned for the final ones. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Symbaloo User Guide

Here's a quick guide on how to use Symbaloo - have all of your favourite websites on one page!

Symabaloo User Guide

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Young Canadians in A Wired World survey 2014

I found a very interesting infographic from Media Smarts that shows how much young Canadians are exposed to and use media in their lives.  One startling discovery:

I believe thus that it is a challenge for teachers, now more than ever, to harness the power of the mainstream to teach character and values.

Here is the full infographic which I first saw on Classpace:

Young Canadians in a Wired World

Saturday, February 1, 2014

BBC Starship

We've talked about math websites that offer interactive games:  ABCYA, Mathletics and Sumdog.  Here is another one that suits younger students:

10 iPhone Apps that Help Young Kids With Math | Babysitting

Looking for other Math Apps for Young Students? Here are some:

10 iPhone Apps that Help Young Kids With Math | Babysitting:

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This has been reblogged from Mario Addesa (  He has a rich resource for Teachers on his blogspot.  Check it out!