Month: March 2014

Free online photos

My new favourite place to get free photo’s is

Search any type of image you want. You can check the licensing on the pictures – some pictures you can use freely but with others you need to give credit to the image provider.

I searched “Free” and this is the image I selected

The artist asked me to paste this photo credit at the bottom of my blog.

photo credit: <a href=””>h.koppdelaney</a&gt; via <a href=””>photopin</a&gt; <a href=””>cc</a&gt;


Trip with a Stranger – Random Act of Kindness

My friend Durston made a great blog post about a trip with a stranger. Many people are hesitant to pick up a stranger or even talk to a stranger! Picking up hitch hikers and strangers used to way more common. Same with casual conversations – when you step into an elevator people seem nervous and avoid eye contact in hopes of a peaceful ride – why is that?

Here is Durton’s blog post:

        This weekend I went back to Moose Jaw for a little breather and to see my friends to try and relieve a little bit of stress that I have been feeling lately from school.  Today I woke up and saw my mom and sister for lunch where we talked about school and the future.  The two stresses that have been flooding my mind lately.  I left Moose Jaw and about 5 minutes out I passed by a hitchhiker standing on the side of the road thumb up.  I drove by mindlessly thinking about school and the stresses I have for the next couple weeks.  As I drove by I thought, “I should have picked that guy up.”  So the next pass over I hit I made a U turn and I went back and picked him up.
When I pulled over you could tell on his face he was relieved and grateful that I had pulled over which instantly made me feel good.  He got in the car said thanks and announced his name to me, “Chris”. At first I just said I’m heading to Regina and I hope that is fine and he was appreciative and said yeah man any little way helps.

We begin talking and I find out he decided 4 days ago to go across Canada and try and make it to the east coast.  Friends and Family don’t know what he is doing.  The only one who knows is his girlfriend of 7 years who is supporting him 100% in his journey.  He was in Canmore, Alberta hiking and snowshoeing, but due to avalanches and bears coming out of hibernation he said it just didn’t seem worth it right now and he’ll go back in July.  For now he is just living for the moment as he has nothing but a backpack and an optimistic attitude.  He filled me in that he travelled 250km last night and rewarded himself by sleeping in a motel. 
After I picked him up the stress about school melted away due to his positive attitude towards life.  He asked me about my dreams for travel and when I told them he really encouraged me to go through.  He told me about the 8 people that picked me up before him and that this was his life experience before applying for his dreams to become an RCMP.
  This guy was a positive energy that I think I needed at this stressful point in my life.  He was grateful and his stories just restored my faith that there is goodness in the world still.  I enjoyed this guy’s company and drove him all the way Balgonie.  He is doing a great thing for his life and when I dropped him off at the side of the highway we took a picture exchange information, but I couldn’t help but be jealous of his carefree attitude and the experience he was gonna have over the next month or two.



Use Padlet and Do Not Fret


I made this on! It is a brief overview of a trip I took in 2011 showcases what cities I visited.

Padlet is great because it is very versatile. I had my doubts at first but then I started thinking about times in internship that I could have used this. It is great for moving pictures around – for example if you wanted to do a demo with your class about sorting objects into certain categories you could do that without printing images off. Students can also use it to create posters instead of creating something they will throw out after.

Screenshot 2014-04-17 22.24.07 (2) Here you can see in our seminar it is being explained that you could use it in a science class to categorize animals into their different kingdoms. You could organize them in many ways! They could be organized by colour, size, or where they live.




Screenshot 2014-04-18 20.08.58 (2) I also like that you can save your work in a large variety of formats!!

New Resources!!!

As a new teacher I am always wondering about finding new resources!!!!

From an ECMP355 online seminar I have been able to add some to my tool kit!!!

Image  Here you can create amazing videos with a very easy formatting for you and students. It is similar to iMovie An insane version of paint is how I like to this of this one, it has elements of photoshop but it is free! Lets you create wonderful and beautiful charts easily for free! Helps you to create infographics, share and get results in 3 easy steps, but no design experience required. you can create music for all the things in your life, for free! I find it to be similar to GarageBand Graph functions, plot tables of data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, and much more for free! between creation and entertainment, Incredibox invite
you to become the conductor of a group of human beatbox related to pinterest but aimed for teachers and students. Very cool! Worth checking out. Can be great for 3 way conferences.



Stop! Blog time!

My Mentor(Jabiz Raisdana) for my ECMP355 is located in Singapore and I had a great time reading his students blogs today.Its is nice being able to read and give feedback to them even though we have a 14 hour difference.

During my internship I had students use to blog with.

The class in Singapore uses

Both are great ways to blog!

It appears the students are doing a blog challenge where each day they blog they have a different topic to write about it, which is a great idea, I often struggle thinking about what to blog about each week but if you give students prompts it make it much easier for them to write.


I have a few friends who are programming engineers and the thought of coding has always blown me away.

One of my friends Jason Wist recently got to help out at Ladies Learning Code. He had a great time getting others to learn HTML/CSS and got put in a video.

Here is the Video:


Ladies Learning Code is a series of workshops throughout Canada. This was the first event in Regina and the video is what people thought about it!

If you want to learn more and find workshops in your area at you can take a tour around this website:

My friends Jason and Patrick volunteered their time to help out and the space they used was at iQMetrix in Regina. I have a few friends who work and have done work place experience at at iQMetrix and love it.

For more info:
facebook page:
facebook group:…

It is always great to see progression and empowerment in Saskatchewan!

Twitter Trends… as a writting prompt!?

How have I not thought of this before! I found this on the DS106 assignment page.
You create a story or poem by using the trends on your twitter account.
The only thing I find that could be bad about this is if there were any negative/offensive trends. Controversial is always fine and good to have in middle years and high school classrooms but not negative items.
Here are my current trends:

Phil Jackson and Auburn have been arguing about basketball for hours!! Back and forth…. back and forth!!! They cannot seem to find a common ground. They agreed to disagree for the moment because Teen wolf was on T.V – not their favourite show but they strangely found it to be very addicting.  They realized they had a common love for T.V and film. Maybe they could settle their difference about basketball because they had so much in common.  The news came on after Teen Wolf and they were devastated. All this shocking news about the Ukraine and Crimea was really upsetting for them because they have family who knows people who are over in the Ukraine.

The story could go on and on but you get the picture. I think this would be a really cool activity for students in grade 6 and up.  If students do not know what one of the trends they have easy access to look it up. It is also a buy in because it will be current news that will likely interest them and have lots of pop culture embedded into it.

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Professional Development

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Sir Ken Robinson speak. I have heard him speak via YouTube many times throughout my university career on TED talks but it was really great to hear him answer some questions and speak directly to schools in Saskatoon.

A few main things that have stuck with me from this event were:

If students are disengaged they may seem bored and not be learning. You can’t change students so you need to change the way you are teaching. You have to give students a ‘buy-in’ and help them feel motivated to learn/work.

Not every student plans on going to post secondary. There are also many different types of schools not just university. Sometimes you need to prepare students for the work force and get them through school and not just push and teach for university.

There was also another amazing speaker that I have never heard of before- Pasi Sahlberg! I found it fascinating the differences better different education systems. He has been involved with The Finnish school system.

I have also thought that it is important to have humour and a light hearted attitude while teaching and in life in general. Something that has always stood out to me in Sir Ken Robinsons presentations and now also Pasi Shalberg’s presentation is the use of humour. When they talk it is not only informative it is extremely enjoyable. I have always felt that middle years students appreciate humour, kind heart, and positive attitude.

Here is the Program from the event and a YouTube clip of one of Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talks


One colour at a time

For my TechTask for my ECMP355 class I decided to choose assignments from DS 106. There are so many cool ideas for visual assignments and I often find myself playing around with different picture apps and things similar to photoshop. I think this would be a great site to allow students to use for different projects. It gives them lots of ideas and choice and allows them to be creative and let their personalities shine through. I find students often get stuck for ideas and once they have a prompt they get right into it.

The first assignment I completed was all called “Focus on One Colour”. The assignment asked you to take a picture and make it black and white, but keep one colour. I used to always want a camera with this setting one it that you can just keep a certain hue and the rest of the photo will turn black and white. There are often poster sales at the University that have images like this.

One app you can use is called Color Splash. This app is able to make a pretty cool looking pictures!

I decided to take a picture of gingerbread that I made over the holidays. I first decided I wanted to pick pink as my main focus colour. This made me think of a breast cancer awareness ad campaign. I often see pictures that are black and with with pink in them on billboards, flyers, magazines etc that are aiming their focus on breast cancer.

The next colour I chose was blue.  This made me think of your ‘typical gender stereotyped’ baby shower invitation for a boy. That was the first thing that came to mind when I first saw the image.