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Resource Bank: The Classroom Tourist 0

Posted on January 16, 2015 by Allison Dyjach
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Just some of the wide variety of topics that are addressed on theclassroomtourist.net

Do you ever wish that you could take a week off to tour around schools and explore everyone else’s classrooms? Gather new ideas for seating plans, anchor charts, and bulletin boards? Well, the Limestone District School Board has made that (almost) possible! The Classroom Tourist (www.theclassroomtourist.net) blog is a relatively new project started by the Limestone District School Board K-12 Program Team, which features blog posts filled with innovative ideas and advice for Primary-Junior educators. The group travels throughout the LDSB to interview teachers or teaching teams and literally acts as a tourist in their classroom. They take pictures, ask many questions, and learn all about some of the teacher’s favourite teaching techniques and classroom setups. Also, the site is set up to easily search for tours based on a large set of tags, so you can find classrooms that specifically highlight math resources, new ways to create success criteria, and more.

If you are ever feeling a lack of inspiration or want to try a new classroom setup but don’t know where to begin, I highly recommend going on a few “tours,” they are sure to get the gears moving again.

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Announcify: Tech Apps for Accommodation 0

Posted on November 26, 2011 by Natasha
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Great news…Yesterday I stumbled upon* a tool for students of all ages!
(*as seen on LifeHacker.com/5856460)

Announcify is a great little extension for Google Chrome and Android Devices and it works like this:  (a) transfers any website to a text page, (b) zooms in and highlights, (c) reads the text aloud.

<<note: While testing this extension, I ran into one problem…occasionally it will read aloud the html code from the webpage.>>

Ideas for Tomorrow

  • Announcify listening center (all you need is a laptop & some headphones)
  • Have students create websites then listen back to what they wrote
  • Upload tasks/quiz/tests for accommodation
Sounds great! …Hook me up
  1. Download Google Chrome for WIN or MAC
  2. Visit the Announcify extension on the Chrome Web Store
  3. Download and enable the Announcify productivity extension

Please share how you are using Announcify as an educational tech tool in your classroom…post a comment below.

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Icebreaker 1

Posted on October 11, 2011 by Natasha

Let’s start by getting to know each other a little better….

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photo: N.Dunn

My name is Natasha Dunn and I am one of the co-founders of Rookie Teacher[dot]ca.  I am a recent graduate from the Faculty of Education at Brock University.  I am an OCT Certified Teacher for the Junior-Intermediate divisions; with experience in Grade 7 (teaching Language, Math, and Geography) and Grade 6 (teaching the core subjects).  I have a passion for teaching and outdoor education using summer camp foundations, technology, and Tribes in the classroom.  I have over 10 years of summer camp experience working with children and families in Muskoka Ontario.  Find me on Twitter @yoMsDunn or visit my website MsDunnOnline.net.

Andrew

photo: Travis Allison, Subtlevox Photography

My name is Andrew Blake and I am the other co-founder of Rookie Teacher[dot]ca. I completed my teacher education training at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario.  I’m an Elementary Teacher with qualifications in Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions as well as FSL. Currently I teach Grade 3 at a mid sized rural elementary school in SW Ontario. I also have taught Junior-Intermediate Core French, the Arts and  Intermediate French Immersion. Prior to that I worked at summer camp for 7 years and taught first aid and beginner horseback riding lessons.  Find me on Twitter @ABlakeTeach.

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