National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month where “we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada.”

I had a request from a teacher for resources and offered a couple of excellent resources for her that I’m including below. She had reached out for support at her district and was told to “Google it; there’s lot out there.” Indeed there is, but contemporary educators are complete aware that the choice of resources is more challenging than ever. Things that are “Google-able” aren’t always appropriate and not always an easy fit to Curriculum expectations.

I suggested checking out these resources to see if they were a fit.

Kids’ Stop

At this federal website, there is a section devoted to sharing resources for students.


In Ontario, we are fortunate to have a huge collection of subject associations. Many of them host conferences and provide original resources for use in the Ontario classroom. The FNMIEAO provides such resources.

Student Resources

Freely available on the web, you’ll find this Student Guide.

At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a curated collection of videos.

There is also a Teacher Section to the website that requires registration and promises additional resources.

You can follow this subject association online at FNMIEAO.

Student Vote 2019

Well, it happened yesterday. The Prime Minister visited the Governor General and asked to have the legislature dissolved. As I write this, the 2019 Election isn’t the lead story on the local newspaper. I hope that I’m not going to be reading an opinion piece about how disengaged the public is when the newspaper didn’t see fit to have it as the lead news story of the day.

Hopefully, soon!

Anyway, we’ll be going to the polls on October 21.

In education, it’s also a perfect opportunity to engage students in the election process and, in the larger sense, an understanding of how government works in Canada.

A wonderful opportunity exists for all Canadian schools in Student Vote Canada.

Opportunities and resources abound here. Two sections devoted to elementary and secondary schools feature comprehensive resources for the classroom. These resources include video, PDF, and editable documents in these categories

  • The Basics
  • Information Literacy
  • Federal Elections

There are no shortage of resources and ideas for the classroom.

You also have the opportunity to register your school and have your students engage in the Student Vote itself held the week before the Election. The process doesn’t stop with the Election as there are also activities post Election.

Here’s your call to action today.

ISTE 2019 Resources

The “I” in ISTE stands for International but it isn’t necessarily Ontario friendly in terms of its timing!  Schools are still in session in Ontario so, for the large part, the only Ontarians that are in attendance in Philadelphia are centrally assigned people and exhibitors.

So, the next best thing is to follow the hashtag on Twitter, right?  There are three that are important to follow…

The actual #ISTE2019 hashtag is pretty good if you’re there or you’re looking for selfies of people that are or invitations to special events and promotions.  For the rest of us, #NOTATISTE and/or @NOTATISTE19 are really good hashtags to follow.

There is another resource that you might find really helpful.

@pgeorge, @shighley, & @livebinders are curating resources into a Livebinder and making them available to all.

Welcome to our fun journey of capturing ISTE for those who can’t be there and for those that are there but can’t see everything! 

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Just like actually being at a big conference like this, the collection can be pretty overwhelming.  But, unlike going to the conference and attending the sessions that you can, they’re all archived there for current and future enjoyment.

Olympic Resources

The Sochi Olympics are on!

There have been some interesting Olympic activities over the weekend.  The Opening Ceremonies were so interesting and of course, hockey has been wonderful to watch.  The most painful to watch for me has been the moguls.

In a post “Look for it” in January, I had shared that the Canadian Olympic Committee would be posting and updating classroom resources for use throughout the games.

They have come through as promised.

Whether you’re looking for ways to dress up your classroom or looking for ideas for fitness and well-being, the site has you covered.  In particular, download and print the Teacher’s Guide for ideas.

I particularly enjoyed the section dealing with individual athlete profiles.  Given the Gold-Silver finish of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters on the weekend, it certainly was compulsory research to find out made them so successful.  Having students create their own Olympic profile modelled after this would be interesting.

If you’re looking for a way to track the efforts of Canadians at the Olympics, this is definitely the place to go.

Mobile Learnist

Earlier, I had written to express my thoughts about Learnist.  The post “What does Learnist for PD Mean?” gets into just how this powerful tool can work as a bookmarking, sharing, collaborating, reading, and curating tool.  There is a trend right now to not only bookmark a link to a resource along with a description but to also include an image to the resource so that you get an even better idea of where the link will take you.  When time is important, there’s nothing worse than chasing a link that might not be useful for you.

Learnist is perfect for this when you’re looking for educational resources specifically.

Through the web, you log in with your Facebook account to authenticate and away you go to use it in all its functionality.

It gets even better with the release of an iPad application.  During my morning reading, it’s where I turn to specifically look for educational resources and I’m never disappointed.

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Of course, no interface to a database of resources would be complete without a search feature.  The search field in the top right corner lets you search everywhere for a specific keyword.  It’s amazing where the searching takes you.  And, it’s all good educational stuff.  If you’re a casual browser, use the category buttons at the top to zero in on a particular concept and then swipe your way through the readings.  Find an article; find a board; comment on the sources; follow the board – all the functionality that you have come to enjoy with the web interface is available through the iPad.

Learnist would be nothing without the ability to share your findings without other educators.  Send it to those who could use it via SMS or Email (does anyone use email anymore?) or to the masses via Facebook or Twitter.

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If you have an account, hopefully, you’re building your own portal to links and information.  Tapping the head icon on the corner takes you to your resources.

Learnist understands that sharing is so important so you’ll get the opportunity to review those folks who have great Learnist boards that you’re following and those who have elected to follow you.

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In a world where you might be on a computer one minute, a laptop the next, or a mobile device following that, it’s so comforting to know that you have the ability to access everything that you’ve made part of your digital lifestyle.  Learnist for the iPad takes access to its resources to your device.  If you’re using an iPad for educational reading/research, you’ve got to grab this one.