Canadian Apps


I went looking for an application uniquely Canada in the Apple App Store.  It was about the War of 1812 so I started poking around and, what happens often more than I care to admit, I got sidetracked.  I’ve always searched by title or concept but was so pleased when I saw this menu in iTunes.

Made in Canada, you say?  Pitty.  (my apologies to a certain tea company)

I followed the link and found this wonderful brightly red web page.

It should come as no surprise.  There are great computer science schools in the country graduating smart programmers; there are lots of media companies and they thrive on reaching their audience in this way; there are great startups located throughout the country.

So, now firmly sidetracked, I started poking around and was very pleased to note that some of the applications that I already have installed are from the Canadian collection.  Ever the educator, I poked around in the education category.  With all the applications available, there are good reasons to make sure that you’re focusing on Canadian content – the spelling, the actual images of the currency, the museums that are uniquely Canadian…

I would encourage you to poke around yourself.  In a great connected world, it’s sometimes difficult, or maybe even necessary, to know where your apps come from.  As a Canadian though, you might just feel a little proud of what was developed right here.

And, of course, what teacher’s toolkit would be complete without this one?

Taking Care of Christmas


It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting down to do some reading.  I turn on CMT for some background music and I hear a song oddly familiar and yet different!

It’s a remix of Randy Bachman’s “Taking Care of Business” – only this time in duet with Beverley Mahood.  Very nicely done.  I wonder if it’s on YouTube so that I can enjoy the entire song…  Yep!

But there’s more.

In addition to enjoying it on YouTube, you can download a high quality version from iTunes for $0.99.  Why do that?

The proceeds from the download go to the Corus Feeds Kids initiative.

What a great way to get some new music for your library and for a good cause at this time of year.

I’ve got my copy.  Why don’t you help this great cause?