Top 5 Posts + Survey: ICT suggestions will start again in January 2014.. Have a great winter break!

Yet another term is coming to an end. I’m pleased to share that we now have over 425 teachers and administrators subscribed via weekly e-mail updates to the ICT blog. I’d like to take a moment to thank you ALL for your continued support! As per usual, the blog is going on a short hiatus for the winter holidays, but it will be back in early January 2014. I hope you all have a very relaxing winter break!

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In wrapping up this term, I’d like to get YOUR feedback on the ICT Blog. What did you like? Is there anything you’d like to see more of? Less?

Please click here for the link to my anonymous ICT Blog 2013-2014 survey. If you have five minutes, it will help ensure that the blog is most relevant to your needs. Thank you!

Last but not least, I’d like to present my personal top 5 favorite ICT suggestions of the 2013-2014 school year:

  1. Pinterest allows you to curate web resources in a single place. Instead of providing paper handouts to your students, give them the link to your Pintrest account with your board(s). The neat part is that you can also add, remove, update links after the class is over. Pinterest is both easy to navigate and visually appealing. I love it!
  2. Creative Commons Search: With the ever increasing amount of digital resources our there, I think it’s important to educate ourselves and our students about fair use and copyrights. That’s why this resource takes the #2 spot. Think of this site as a master hub for searching for copyright free images, sounds, and videos. This site makes it easy to find stuff!
  3. Twitter is where I go to receive resources and on-going professional development in “bite sized” doses throughout the school year. I use Twitter to follow like minded educators who are interested in the same topics as me. This group of people is called my Personal Learning Network, or PLN for short. I actually don’t use Twitter for personal use, only work.
  4. Edmodo is actively being used by many FGA teachers and students in the Quebec English school boards. Edmodo can either be used to network with other teachers or as a platform for a class website. Edmodo works on Mac, PC, and mobile devices.
  5. Explain Everything I’m still a huge fan of this iPad/Android app which enables teachers to create their own teaching capsules. It takes a minimal amount of time to get effective results, no need to film yourself either. I think it’s an essential tool for “Flipping the Classroom” or to answer student questions remotely. I’ve also created a video tutorial that explains how to use it in more detail.

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