Due to COVID-19, schools across Ontario have closed. Teachers have been offered limited direction as to how their time should best be spent. The four suggestions offered here will aid educators in streamlining their time away from the building, with the aim of suiting educator and student needs both in-class and online. Education workers following … Continue reading Ontario Teachers: Suggestions for your Time Away from the Classroom
Did you know that Ontario College of Teachers members have access to thousands of free eBooks delivered right to their door, or ready for instant download through their web browser? This helpful guide, including visual gifs, will have you accessing your professional texts in no time!
One thing that few people realize is that not every picture on the internet is fair game for teacher use. At the end of the day, will you face legal reprimands for using a picture you downloaded from someone's website? Probably not. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to stick to using legal images. … Continue reading Pixabay: Royalty Free Stock Photos for Teachers and Professionals
Twine 2 is a piece of software that allows you to create Choose Our Way tales. In our last parts you learned about palm stories, familiarized yourself with the basics of choose our way tales, and then learned how to write basic choose our way tales. Now we'll look at how to digitize those tales using Twine 2. … Continue reading Using Twine 2 to Create Chooseable Path Stories
Portable Apps can be installed without admin access. They can be installed to any computer, USB, or network drive without having to gain administrative approval first. If you find yourself using a computer that has restricted access to installing programs, yet you need a tool for a specific purpose, there's no need to give up and move … Continue reading The Best Portable Apps for Teachers
CommonSense.education https://www.commonsense.org/education/ The various drop-down menus offer a wealth of Digital Literacy knowledge. Under “Teaching Strategies” you can find helpful tips for bringing coding, multimedia digital storytelling, and more to your classroom. It also has a section on how to deal with digital distractions in our modern classrooms. Uses: This website offers a plethora of … Continue reading Digital Tools – Further Reading
Limiting digital tools to a top ten list leaves many great tools overlooked. There are always more useful tools that have a place in the classroom. Add your favourites to the comment section below. Inklewriter https://writer.inklestudios.com/ Learn More: Mr. Barltrop's Tutorial Inklewriter is the most straightforward Choose Your Own Adventure writer that currently exists. From the moment … Continue reading More Digitial Tools for Classrooms
Pixton https://www.pixton.com/on Learn More: Mr. Barltrop’s Tutorial Pixton is a graphic novel creation tool that allows students to choose from a library of characters, backgrounds, props, expressions, and poses. Students can create endless permutations on the characters, allowing them to express themselves as they see fit. Uses: By exploring the wide variety of lesson plans in … Continue reading Top Ten Digital Tools for Classrooms (2018)