Sunday, 25 May 2014

Todays Meet

Todays Meet - Talk ~ Listen

Embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in real time

Online discussion similar to twitter but you set up a room and invite others to participate in the conversation. Your message can only be 140 characters

Overwhelmed with your Email!

Near Pod

Engage your audience by having them follow along with your presentation -The presenter controls the screen 

You need to set up an account which you can do for free! If you have a google account you can use your google account to login to Near Pod.

Once you login in you can create a presentation, join a presentation, check out your library.

You can create a presentation from scratch or upload (PDF or PPT) a presentation you have already created.

You can add an activity to your presentation:

1. Poll - the presenter controls when the respondents answer the question
2. Quiz - the respondents can answer the question at their own pace
3. Draw
4. Open Ended Question

You can add content from the web, pictures, you tube videos, twitter stream

The Reports show you the responses to the quiz, poll etc.

You can send a homework assignment by email

Students or audience need to have an electronic device to join the presentation - however they do not have to have an account 

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Todd Whitaker

What Great Principals Do Differently Todd Whitaker

  1. People not programs determine the quality of a school
  2. Have clarity about who they are, what they do, and how other's perceive them
  3. Take responsibility
  4. Create a positive atmosphere
  5. Treat others with respect
  6. Understanding of the Power of Praise
  7. Consistently Filter out the negatives that don't matter and share a positive attitude
  8. Apply a range of strategies 
  9. Hire the best teachers
  10. Understand the dynamics of change
  11. Focus on behaviour before beliefs
  12. Loyal to their students, teachers and school
  13. Ask themselves: What will my best teachers think of this
  14. Ask themselves: who is most comfortable and who is least comfortable with each decision they make
  15. Sensitive to teacher's needs 
  16. Make the most of valuable resources
  17. Make it cool to care
  18. Work hard to keep their relationships in good repair 
  19. Take steps to improve or remove negative and ineffective staff members
  20. Establish clear expectations at the start of the year and follow them consistently as the year progresses

What Makes a Great School Leader? | Edutopia

What Makes a Great School Leader? | Edutopia

This article highlights Emotional Intelligence EQ has the third quality of an effective leader!

So how do you improve your emotional awareness:

Check out this article

Social Emotional Learning

Above and Beyond showcases 4 C's

Above and Beyond

This you tube video showcases the 4C's essential for 21st century learning

Created through collaboration by members of Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the talented folks at FableVision, Above & Beyond is a story about what is possible when communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity take center stage in schools and transform learning opportunities for all kids.Visit, and for more info.

Above and Beyond has been adapted into a children's book, entitled Going Places. Written by Paul Reynolds and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, the book was published by Antheneum Books for Young Readers in 2014. To get more info on the book: 

Hello Sign - Google App

Google App: Hello Sign

This is an app you can use to electronically add your signature to a document.

HelloSign takes paper out of the equation. You'll never need to print, sign and scan documents again! It is legally binding and takes less than a minute.

Three main features

  1. Sign and send documents
  2. Request Signatures
  3. Reusable Documents

What does an administrator have to sign that this tool can help with:
Expense sheets
Report Cards
Excursion Forms
Cheque Requsitions
 Approval Forms for spending
Assembly Certificates

The document can be a PDF, Google Documents

Friday, 16 May 2014

Never Give Up Jason McElwain

Teaching about differences, having perseverance and making a difference in another person's life! Great motivational clip reinforcing Education for All! Brings tears to my eyes to think that the coach made a boys dream come true with one simple act!  We have a lot of power to influence students and to make a difference in the lives of our students. It is easy to get bogged down in paperwork, curriculum expectations and timelines leading to stress and frustrations! That is a good time to watch a video like this one to bring perspective back into your life! We need to stop and remind ourselves why did we become educators/administrators?

Teaching Empathy/ Perspective

Great You Tube video for reminding you to put things in perspective. Think about mitigating factors. Show to students to teach empathy "putting yourself in the shoes of another person." I could see students creating a video that shows themselves thinking about perspectives of their peers, community members, teammates, teacher, principal etc.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

National Film Board

Here is another website that is free for teachers. Access to videos great for social studies


I was reminded tonight about a website that is an excellent tool for inquiry learning: VROC.

VROC stands for Virtural Researcher on Call and as the name suggests teachers and students can access experts on demand. 

Experts on Demand: Students can talk to experts in real time through video conferencing. For this you need to sign-up but it is free!

Videos: There are also inspiring videos for students to watch.