War of 1812 Floor Map


On Friday, Heidi Siwak posted one of those blog posts that:

  • showed how so much technology could be incorporated into lesson – plus ideas for extensions;
  • led to a terrific resource that needs to be shared.

It’s this terrific resource that I’m going to highlight here.  I think many could enjoy it.

It’s a giant War of 1812 map and made possible for loan from Canadian Geographic from here.

At dimensions of 10.7m x 7.9m, you’ll really need to measure twice before ordering!

The floor map actually comes as part of a kit.  The rest of the kit includes a trunk full of goodies.

  • Teacher’s guide (this will also be e-mailed to you upon the completion of your reservation)
  • Information on the War of 1812
  • Hard copies of all activities.
  • All required materials for 10 activities (see activities below)
  • Media kit (this will also be e-mailed to you upon the completion of your reservation)
  • A hard copy of a press release and background information
  • A list of suggested ways to get media attention

I can think of many classrooms that would be excited to have this resource made available.  In addition to the resources that come with the kit, there are a selection of activities available in PDF format made available to inspire right now.

This looks like the perfect resource for the topic and Heidi’s post provides wonderful further inspiration.  Check it out now.  But, don’t limit your visit to just this Floor Map.  There are a number of other resources that could nicely find a purpose in your classroom.

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?