Category Archives: Professional

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

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.

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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 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.

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Adobe Apps Coming to Chromebook

As announced this week, Adobe is releasing newly updated Android apps will be optimized for Google Chromebooks, and will be available in the next couple of weeks. This is significant in districts like my own, where ChromeBooks are the dominant device for student and teacher work. You can find out more at the link below.

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steamI started hearing about STEAM this fall and was delighted to realize that the ‘A’ was intentional. Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Math… Sounds like a good collaboration to author and scientist Adam Ruben, who explores the addition of Arts to a previously exclusive club. Thanks to Gary McFarlane for retweeting this article.

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Growth Mindset Clips for Young Students

mojoI got this link from the Twitter feed of my pal Sid de Haan. From the site: “Introduce your students to the idea of a Growth Mindset. The simple idea that your brain is like a muscle is proven to have profound impact on learning!
Watch the video with students – they’ll love the story and identify with Mojo’s struggle. The video ends with a question, leading right into a class discussion.”

It seemed a bit contrived but when I watched it a second time, I have to wonder, “Are our young students hearing these messages enough?” They’re not just propping kids’ egos up on clouds but giving them substance to think about. What do you think? There are five short clips in this collection.

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