Category Archives: Professional

This category of recommendations is for teachers, parents, and all others who are interested in education.

Cannabis Talk Kit

As cannabis legalization approaches here in Canada and is already legalized in some states, parents (and teachers?) may find these resources helpful. From the site: “Cannabis—legal or otherwise—is a hot topic. Parents who provide their kids with balanced information about the effects associated with cannabis (often called marijuana) can help them make informed decisions. It’s more important than ever for parents to protect their kids’ health and development by addressing this issue early and often.” Download your talk-kit here.

The URL: https://www.drugfreekidscanada.org/

TOSDR – Terms of Service; Didn’t Read

Terms of Service are daunting and it’s commonly understood that no one reads them. My friend, Scott McMillan, told me about this site the other day. TOSDR is a a user rights initiative to rate and label website terms & privacy policies, from very good Class A to very bad Class E. From the site: “Terms of service are often too long to read, but it’s important to understand what’s in them. Your rights online depend on them. We hope that our ratings can help you get informed about your rights.”

You’ll see some familiar sites rated here and then you’ll notice that there are many that haven’t been rated yet. This is because they don’t yet have enough data to apply a fair rating. Find out how you can help contribute your input on the site.

The URL: http://tosdr.org/

Malala Yousefzai

Malala became an honorary citizen of my country today. She is very well known among my students for her story and messages of freedom, equality and opportunity for young people. Her strength of character as a role model is admirable. There are many resources available online to facilitate discussion about children’s rights to education and well-being and there is a Hulu-streamed documentary about Malala if you have access to that. To get started you might have a look at this Time Magazine timeline about Malala’s journey.

The URL: http://poy.time.com/2012/12/19/interactive-timeline-malala-yousafzai/

Doodle 4 Google – Canada 150

This one is generally for the Canadians. Doodle 4 Google Canada is a national contest for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for Google.ca homepage for a day. If you haven’t heard, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this summer and the winning doodle will be featured on the Google Canada homepage for 24 hours. The winning student will also receive a $10,000 university scholarship, a Google Chromebook, and a $10,000 technology award for their current school along with a trip to the final event on June 13, 2017.

See the link below for entry details.

The URL: https://doodles.google.ca/d4g/