Screencasting Tools

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Richard Byrne at FreeTech4Teachers has recently updated his Favourite Tools for Screencasting.  Since my favourite – Screencast-o-matic – is on the list, and I’ve been making some new screencasts lately, this seems an opportune time to share this.  I still only use the free version of Screencast-o-matic and it does everything I need it to do.  But even if you felt the need to upgrade, it’s only $15 a year.  A bargain as things go for this kind of subscription.  I have never tried either of his other recommendations.  If you try them and like them please do report back and I can include it in a future posting.

USGS: Ideas for Teaching Topographic Maps

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USGS Topographic Map Lessons.  I’m so excited about this one. I love being in the Library but I am still a geography – and map – geek. This set of fully online lessons basically amounts to an introductory course on understanding topographic maps.  Granted it’s based on US Topo Maps, but the ideas are transferable.  Drop by the Library where I am home to a great collection of Canadian Topo Maps – we work with them with the Grade 9 Geo classes later in the year.  I even have a few fabulous US maps from my time at grad school in the US.  Reminder that you can access all things Canadian, and related to digital map resources, at the GeoGratis site, into which Toporama has been relocated.  Thanks to my friend Richard Byrne at FreeTech4Teachers for pointing me in this direction.



Pixton is a relatively new online comics generator.  If you’re serious about wanting your students to be using comics – or get them creating their own graphic works – Pixton looks like it’s heads and shoulders above the rest of what I’ve seen out there.  Start a 7 day free trial and play around.  At $6 per month it’s far less expensive than any other paid comic service I’m aware of.  And best of all, it’s a Canadian start-up.

QR Codes for Data Collection

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I love using QR codes and make good use of them.  They save the environmental expense of having to print off lots of little bits of paper for people to take home.  They save the annoyance of getting home and having to process all those little bits of paper you’ve collected along the way.  Check out this little blurb, and short video, from my favourite EdTech guy, Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers, to learn how you might make use of QR codes in your classroom and/or at school events.

Hot Docs: Experience the Festival Anywhere

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Hot Docs is the largest documentary film festival in North America. To celebrate its 2016 edition, explore a selection of last year’s standout films — available to rent for just 99¢ each for a limited time. Can’t make it to the fest? We’ve got two of this year’s notable selections, Tempest Storm and Aim for the Roses, available now. Discover one of these amazing true stories today.