Culture Unplugged

Edmonton teacher, Corey Lee, suggested this site quite some time ago and it got lost in the shuffle. is a grassroots collection of new media stories told by global citizens. From the site: “In brief, Culture Unplugged, by and for global community of conscious storytellers, culture explorers and world citizens to reflect on issues and life experiences in contemporary world – a new media studio focused on producing as well as promoting socially & spiritually sensitive stories/films that does not merely express but pulsate to energize, enchant, enlighten, engage or embrace the humanity in us all.”

Given the content of socially conscious storytelling and film, please take the time to preview any content that you plan to use in your classrooms.

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Nix The [Math] Tricks

nixthetrixBack in January, I recommended a site that talked about shortcuts and thinking about a few math concepts in a different way. My thanks goes out to Edmonton teacher, Stephanie Gower, who offered me some conversation and a look at another resource that addresses why math shortcuts out of context can be troublesome. Nix the Tricks is a no-cost download pdf book that looks at common math tricks and remedies for teaching them in class. At first glance, the site uses phrases like ‘buy the book’ but know that the download is a Creative Commons licenced, no-cost one.

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Windyty’s incredible wind pattern map

windytyMy pal, Des, told me about Windyty. From the site: “Windyty is a mesmerizing, searchable, interactive map of wind patterns around the world. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it’s packed with information: You can search for a specific location, zoom in and out to see granular details, toggle along a timeline to see past and future wind patterns, and expand to see detailed weather forecasts. Prepare to settle in—you’re going to be playing with this thing for a while.”

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Google Doc Anagram Game

Here’s a fun game I thought up the other day that I call the Google Doc Anagram Game. I realized that my Google Apps for Education docs display the first letters of 7 student names as they open the document which naturally made me think of anagrams…

1. Create a list of letters of your students’ first names. I used a text document and did all three of my daily classes.

2. Use an Anagram Generator to create a list of possible anagrams. This one allows you to set a minimum of 7 letter words (



3. Pick a good one and write it on the board before the students arrive. And hope they all attend that day.

4. Share a document with the class and challenge them to recreate the anagram on the board by opening the Google doc in the right order.


It’s a fun way to get settled into class and to build a little collaboration in the room.


SimpleWashEducators and parents often worry about the content of teen social media accounts, spurring many conversations around digital citizenship, digital footprints and online behaviour. I caught wind of the SimpleWash site on a chat show this week. Essentially, it scrapes through a person’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, tagging content compared with a list of objectionable vocabulary. I’m suggesting it as a next-step for students, especially our upcoming graduating classes, as they begin post-secondary studies, new jobs and entering adulthood. It offers a chance for users to see their online presence from another point of view – and an opportunity to tidy things up.

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