Iris The Dragon – no-cost resources

iris2I heard from Gayle Glass from Iris The Dragon, a mental health wellness education and advocacy group the other day. She wanted to let me know that their series of illustrated books, featuring Iris, will be made available at no cost for a short time. To get your complimentary downloads among other mental health resources and supports, visit the site today.

The URL: http://www.iristhedragon.com/

Dynamic Periodic Table

ptableMy brother, Brian, shared this Dynamic Periodic Table site with me last week. There’s an arm’s length long list of reasons why this interactive periodic table is different from other ones but basically, it’s a true web application that requires no images, Flash or other gimmicks. Click around and explore the different settings. Be sure to check the “About” page for a better explanation of this tool that I’ve been able to provide here.

The URL: http://www.ptable.com

Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

almanacScoff if you will but the Old Farmer’s Almanac is very proud of its prediction for the snowy weather we’ve had this week in Alberta. During a radio interview, I learned of the children’s version website of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. You’ll find games, activities and plenty of information related to history, outdoors, calendars, sky watching and of course, the weather. There’s also a YouTube channel.

The URL: http://www.almanac4kids.com

Finally! Themes for your Google Forms

formthemesWell, it’s time to get started on year 17 of The Teacher List! Thanks for coming back and if you signed up over the summer, I hope you’ll enjoy the coming year of one-a-day useful, free sites. The first one of this season is a no-brainer. Last week, Google finally announced the ability to create and customize themes for your Google Forms. Now, in addition to the high-end function of your form, you get to make it look — spiffy!

The URL: http://googledrive.blogspot.nl/2014/09/custom-forms-themes.html

How to Erase Yourself from the Internet

eraseThis one comes from my pal, Des King. From the site: “If your growing weariness of being constantly tethered to the internet has become overwhelming, it might be time to scrub yourself from the social media sphere altogether. Here’s how you can become a ghost on the Internet, by tracking down and eliminating your digital past.”


The URL: http://gizmodo.com/how-to-erase-yourself-from-the-internet-1456270634

And with that, I wrap up year #16 of TheTeacherList.ca! Thanks for coming along on the ride – I’ll start up again after Labour Day. I’ve reached another closure as well – my time on secondment with 2Learn.ca has come to an end. I’m returning to my district to a CTS department head role and will be teaching in my old favorite area – CommTech and Design Studies. I had a great time and learned a lot with 2Learn.ca and look forward now to putting into play all the fantastic tools and practices I’ve been working with. Have a great summer and we’ll chat again in a couple of months!
-Pete

Thingaverse 3D Printing Files and OpenSCAD

thingaverseMy pal, Theresa Paltzat, found this site for those who are building their makerspaces with 3D printers. From the site: “MakerBot’s Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world’s largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience. In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.”

When I was playing around with the site, I discovered another component – a no-cost product called OpenSCAD for creating solid 3D CAD objects.
It is no-cost software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X. It appears that the two sites work very well together. I’d love to make that dinosaur business card on the front page!

The URL: http://www.thingiverse.com/
The Bonus URL: http://www.openscad.org/