PD Opportunities

From The Ontario Library Association:

OTF has just released a listing of online webinars for Professional Learning.  They are free of charge and led by exemplary teachers from across Ontario.  The offerings cover a broad range of topics from Digital Storytelling, Financial Literacy to Workplace Issues.  Visit this website to view their offerings:  http://www.otffeo.on.ca/english/events/?page_id=372 . These webinars fill up fast so register soon!

NFB: Learning Through Empathy

(Screenshot from NFB e-mail)

Bullying damages lives; compassion is a teachable skill. Our Learning through Empathy playlist comprises an array of must-see films—new releases, bestsellers and award winners—touching upon sensitive topics such as homophobia, racism and domestic violence.

Buy these titles on DVD or DTO, or use your CAMPUS subscription for access to a vast collection of NFB films and pedagogical tools.

Selections available for both elementary and secondary levels.

Timeline JS

TimelineJS

Create interactive timelines that are intuitive and easy to use. I love the clean layout of information, and I see great potential for organizing and sharing facts on obscure or trendy topics. Info can be harvested from a variety of places: Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more. Simply organize your data into a google spreadsheet, upload to the Timeline generator, and embed on your website. Seems easy enough!

Visit the site to read more and view example timelines.

(US) History Here App

“HISTORY Here is an interactive guide to thousands of historic locations across the United States. The easy-to-use interface, photos, video and dynamic maps bring history to life anywhere in the country. Whether you’re on vacation or just running errands, the app makes it simple and fun to get the facts on the history hidden all around you, including amazing architecture, museums, battlefields, monuments, famous homes and much more!”  The app is free, so give it a try!  Visit itunes for more info….

Climb Three of the World’s Highest Peaks on Google Street View

What’s surprising about Everest Base Camp is the color. It’s a flinty, gray place littered with shards of Himalayan sandstone and shale. Here and there appears a vivid green pool of alpine water. And then there’s the red, blue and green prayer flags hung by Himalayans to blow blessings in the wind.

Google Street View’s latest project, the World’s Highest Peaks, takes us to Everest and two other mountains included in the Seven Summits—the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.

Learn more at Open Culture.

Skype in the Classroom: Group Video Calls

A couple of weeks ago, Skype announced they are now allowing educators free access to their group video calling. This would mean that in a call with multiple users, you would be able to see the video feed of all the participants. Previously, this feature had been restricted to premium users who pay for the service. (From Powerful Learning Press)

Learn more…  Free group video calling good for 12 months from the time you sign up.  Sign up and get access to lesson plans and other ideas for using Skype in the Classroom.

Copyright Matters

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From The TeacherList: As you may or may not be aware, Canadian copyright legislation was updated recently.  The Council of Ministers of Education also updated and released the 3rd Edition of their publication, “Copyright Matters!”  From the introduction: “This booklet gives teachers user-friendly information on copyright law, covering items from the Canadian Copyright Act and its regulations, contractual and tariff arrangements with copyright collectives, and court decisions.”  You can download your own pdf copy at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada website.

The URL is:  http://www.cmec.ca/140/Programs-and-Initiatives/Copyright/Copyright-Matters-/index.html

For further information on Canadian copyright, be sure to check out 2Learn.ca.  On part of this site, Your Digital Presence, which has an entire section on Copyright and Ownership.  It was just updated to reflect the current changes.

WISC-Online

Wisc-Online is a digital library of Web-based learning resources called “learning objects.”
The digital library of objects has been developed primarily by faculty from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and produced by multimedia technicians who create the learning objects.
These are really quite interesting.  A collection of online, interactive lessons (called learning objects), games and quizzes on a variety of subject areas.