My ADE 2015 Institute Showcase 1-in-3


ADE 2015 Institute Showcase 1-in-3

Sharing Your One Best Thing in 3 Minutes or Less Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute to welcome in the new ADE Class of 2015. As I've mentioned in previous posts, the professional development experiences organized by Apple for the ADE Community are second to none. Not only was I thrilled to hear that my application was accepted to atten...


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Unmasking Education’s Biggest Buzzword


Unmasking Education's Biggest Buzzword - Ignite Session OAME 2015

From the OAME 2015 Ignite Session Humber College - Toronto, Ontario Friday May 8th, 2015 Earlier this month, I participated in my first ever Ignite Session at the OAME 2015 Annual Conference. If you've never watched an Ignite Session, they are essentially short talks where the speaker has exactly 5 minutes to get their point across. Seems pretty simple, but they also throw in this twist that yo...


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Check Out @Knowledgehook’s FREE Gameshow Assessment Tool!


Knowledgehook Gameshow Free Online Assessment Tool Gamified

A Free Gamified Clicker Tool With Ready-Made Content! Knowledgehook’s Gameshow Beta Tool is a FREE Gamified Online Assessment Tool that does more than what Google Forms, Socrative and Kahoot can do by pushing the bar up with level-up experience (XP) points as well as FREE content teachers can use to run ready-made gameshows or customize their own! While this is just the beta version, I am impr...


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Join the Circle! #OAMEchat During @OAME2015


OAMEchat 2015 Twitter Chat Graphic

Join the Discussion During The OAME Annual Conference! A couple weeks ago, Jim Pai tossed out the idea of creating a Twitter Chat that will run in the style of #slowmathchat by Michael Fenton. A group of Ontario Math Educators including Jon Orr, Matthew Oldridge, Amy Lin, Mary Bourassa and myself jumped on-board. If you are unfamiliar with #slowmathchat, be sure to check out Michael Fenton's p...


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EQAO Guidelines Allow Use of @Desmos Test Mode App


Desmos Test Mode is EQAO Compliant and Approved

New iPad App Compliant With Ontario Grade 9 Math Standardized Test Rules Recently, I came across a post by Carl Hooker explaining how the Eanes Independent School District managed to get Desmos Test Mode approved for students writing the Texas State math tests (also check out Cathy Yenca's post here). I'll be honest and say I never really read too deeply into these posts until I heard from Jon ...


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Let’s Make An Online Assessment Tool That Rocks!


Let's Make an Online Assessment Tool That Rocks!

Back in January, with only a few days until semester 2 was set to begin, I was lucky to have come across a post by Jon Orr and a new idea he was going to implement to improve the assessment process in his classroom based on Alice Keeler's original work around Levelling Up and Awarding Badges. I was quickly convinced that what Jon was aiming to do with his Google Sheet Skill Evidence Record could...


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We Can Teach By Talking, But Are They Listening?


We Can Teach By Talking, But Are They Listening?

A few weeks back, I was reading a book called Teaching Minds (Kindle/Hardcover/Paperback or Audible Audiobook) by Roger Schank and really enjoyed it. As a Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University after his faculty experience at Stanford and then Yale, he is known for the quote: There are only two things wrong with the education system - What we teach; and, How we teach...


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How to Hack an HTML 5 iBooks Author Widget


How to Hack iBooks Author HTML 5 Widgets

Creating Your Own Interactive Content WITHOUT Bookry https://youtu.be/qd6Dxuw72zE Many educators using iPads as a tool in their classrooms are turning to iBooks Author to create interactive multi-touch books that bring life and enjoyment to learning. iBooks Author is filled with many great tools and widgets to embed photos, video, self-assessment tools, and many others to load teachers up wit...


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Explain Everything Angle & Triangle Journey (Part 2)


Explain Everything Math Learning Journey - Opposite Angles & Interior/Exterior Triangle Angles

Kicking It Up A Notch With Visual Angle Proofs Yesterday, I posted about my first attempt at creating an Explain Everything Math Learning Journey by providing students with an Explain Everything Project File with some questions intended to have them discover some angle theorems. We began the journey today and I hope that we will have some video footage to share in the coming days. The stu...


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Explain Everything Math Learning Journey


Explain Everything Math Learning Journey - Exploring Geometry and Angles

Exploring Geometry By Discovering Angle Relationships *Wed Apr 8, 2015* - The Explain Everything Project File has been updated to correct an error. The Geometry portion of the grade 9 applied course is one that I have always struggled to make meaningful for my students. The curriculum has students exploring angle theorems, but really never goes deep enough for finding these angles to be...


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