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Engaging Students With Minecraft

Looking to engage your students?  Check out how Ms. Soumis and Ms. Mencarelli-Sobhi are leveraging Minecraft as a vehicle for learning at Catholic Central High School




Students in their NBE class were asked to get into groups to research about a nearby Indigenous reserve.  They learned about the living conditions of their counterparts in relation to their own city and the amenities provided for them there.  Students were asked to use Minecraft to re-create their specific reserve from an undeveloped patch of land using the building materials provided in Minecraft.


Reflecting upon the learning experience, Ms. Soumis shared that after trial and error the accounts were not able to be linked due to not having an Xbox account, thereby making it quite difficult to build the entire reserve, even as a group.

In the future, they will have each student focus on a specific structure such as a longhouse, or a sweat lodge, and more accurately display the features located inside and outside of the s…

Students were buzzing with excitement at St. Joseph's Elementary

Kindergarten students in Mme. Pearn & Mme. Bondy's class were buzzing with excitement as they recently engaged in a student inquiry focused on bees.

Check out what caused all the excitement as Mme. Pearn describes the activities that took place in their classroom:


Augmented Reality It all started when a Bee was flying in the classroom.  Some children were scared while others explained how bees help our environment. We continued a discussion and inquiry about Bees.

The children were asked “Qu'est que vous savez?” (What do you know?) As well as “Qu’-est que vous voulez savoir?” (What do you want to know?)

During our investigation, we invited Mrs. Clement to come in and use virtual reality to investigate with iPads and virtual reality goggles.
Build Your Own BeehiveWe continued our learning in the class with different centres for the children to explore.  They used loose parts to create their own beehives. Included were flowers, bee erasers, and wooden hexagon shapes.








Google Hangouts - Connecting Students in different cities

Looking to expand discussion outside of your classroom walls?

That's exactly what students from Mrs. DaSilva's Grade 12 religion Class did as they debated if and when dress codes are biased with a Grade 12 Philosophy class from London, Ontario.



Mrs. Sobhi, In-School Support Teacher at Catholic Central High School, describes the lesson as follows:
The students were introduced to the topic “When are dress codes Biased?” The pre Hangout lesson focused on how regulating dress codes can be necessary to promote health and safety, but at other times, dress codes unfairly target the appearance of certain groups of people. The teaching ideas below were designed to help students explore how dress codes can be biased and what dress standards in schools should be.

Students were introduced to the topic and watched the videoAmaiya Zafar from the Secret Lives of Muslims. Then, students read the following excerpt from the Elle article Serena Williams's Tennis Outfits Defy the Sexist, Racis…

Team Drives name change

Googleis renaming Team Drives toShared Drives

Why it’s changingThis change will not impact Team Drives functionality; it is simply a name change. Google's users have told them that they use Team Drives for a lot more than sharing within teams, so “shared drives” makes it easier for users to understand how they could use them.


When it's changing The rollout will begin on May 31, 2019 and is expected to be complete by June 6, 2019.

Avoid double-booking rooms in Calendar

Rooms will no longer accept two Calendar events that overlap in time.  Previously, if an event was created directly on a room’s calendar by someone with manage permissions for the resource, the room would accept this meeting even if another event had already added this room for that same time period.  Now, if the room has already accepted another meeting, creating a new event at the same time directly on the room’s calendar will result in a room decline of this conflicting meeting.Click for details

Three new features in Sheets

What’s changing  Three new features that will help you clean up and work with your data in Sheets. These features are: 
Remove duplicates Trim whitespace Compatible spreadsheet shortcuts Click for details





GMAIL: Edit subject line when forwarding and/or replying to an email

Wish you could edit the subject line when forwarding or replying to an email?  



Follow these simple steps to see just how easy it is to do:

1. Open your Gmail
2. Click reply or forward
3. Click the triangle beside the name of the person you are sending the email to 




4. Click Edit subject from the drop-down menu and the edit window will open up

Holy Cross kicks off Education Week with a Community Lunch & Learn

Holy Cross kicks off Education Week with a technology-focused Lunch & Learn.  After picking up a lunch bag, parents and visitors were invited to spend their lunch hour visiting stations that included Dash Robots, Cue Robots, Makey Makey, Ozobots and Scratch Coding.






Students from JK-Grade 6 invited visitors to try their hand at coding and manipulating the various devices.






Grade 6 students engaged visitors as they shared the culminating activity from their Flight Unit.  







a Google a day

Looking to help your students improve their online searching skills? 
With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. 
Check out Google A Day Classroom challenges and help your students put their search skills to the test, and to get your classroom engaged and excited about using technology to discover the world around them.

Become an Apple Distinguished Educators.

If you are using Apple products to transform teaching in your classroom?   Then this is for you.
Learn how to become an ADE

Edit Microsoft Office files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Did you know you can now edit Microsoft Office files in G Suite without converting them from their native format?


This isBIG NEWSfor corporate users that are required to use Microsoft Office but want the flexibility to share and collaborate on files with their colleagues.

With Office editing, you can now edit, comment, and collaborate on Microsoft Office files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This feature brings the collaboration benefits of G Suite to Office files while streamlining workflows by eliminating the need to convert file types.
How to get started:In Google Drive, double-click your Office file. This will open a preview of the file. At the top, click Open in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides. From here, you can edit, share, view version history, collaborate in real-time with others, and more. All changes you make will be saved to the original Office file. Additional details: The following Office file types are supported:  Word files: .doc, .docx, .dot Excel files: .xls, .xlsx…

Global Day of Design

The 2019 Global Day of Design will be held on May 6th!


Last year over 100,000 students from four different continents participated in the second annual Global Day of Design. The hashtag went viral as students and teachers shared and launched their creative projects all day long around the globe. This year, we are doing it again, and we can’t wait to see what students design, build, and make! For more details visit John Spencer's blog @ http://www.spencerauthor.com/gdd2019/

How to quickly switch search engines

Did you know you can use alternate search engines without changing your default search engine?
In the Chrome Browser you can add different search engines and quickly toggle between them by editing the Keywords for them in your search engine list. 
Right click on your Omnibar and click Edit search engines...
Look for the DuckDuckGo entry and select it The middle column enter a short and memorable keyword, like du for instance Click