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Stoodle: A Collaborative Whiteboard

I'm a big fan of student collaboration and so when I see tools that allow that collaboration to happen in different ways then that's a good thing. Stoodle is not a new app (it's just new to me) as it has been around in it's current form since 2014. There are two things that I like about this. Firstly, when it was developed, two of the main developers were high school students and the third was a freshman at Stanford. Secondly, its simplicity make it easy to use (not to mention that it works on multiple platforms since it is web based). this video):
Check out my video to see how easily it works (for more of a tutorial you can watch
When I tested it out all of the features seemed to work on most devices. I did notice that importing media on an iPad didn't seem to go so well but no problems on a laptop or Chromebook. You can try out the shared whiteboard I used in the above video at this link or go to and start your own. So try this out and s…

New Class Pet - Sphero +SPRK

Shout out to Mrs. Brooks, Grade 6 teacher at St. Bernard's Catholic Elementary School, for allowing us to share her blog post. NEW Class Pet The students were introduced to our school's adorable addition which has lit up our lives since we met yesterday.  There were "oohs" and "aahs" when he (?) performed a trick or listened to commands.  The kids spent the better part of the morning chasing him around the gym, picking him up and carrying him around. He has lots of energy for about 60 minutes but then needs a nap to "recharge".   
The kids want him to become our class pet even though he belongs to the whole school. They're even thinking of teaching him some new tricks like delivering attendance to the office.
His name is *Sphero® and we met at a Tech Summit hosted by our neighbouring high school, FJ Brennan.
*I am in no way affiliated with the Sphero® company or founders and am not being compensated for this post.  I'm just blogging the obse…

Canadian Geographic Challenge

What better way to gear up for an exciting year and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with your students than by participating in the Canadian Geographic Challenge?
Here are four reasons why teachers across Canada like participating in the Challenge. Choice: You can select from three different methods on how they want to give students the quiz. You can let students take the test online, project questions on a screen, or download. Flexible timelines: We understand that you have busy schedules. This is why we let you select when to give students the quiz for both the classroom and school level. You can do one question a day, a round a week or take the test all at once. Just remember that teachers have until March 1, 2017 to name their school winner. Inspiring questions: All questions are written by Canadian geography teachers and cover a broad range of geography topics to inspire students and show them just how diverse the subject really is. Student Recognition: The Challenge offers teachers…