So, I’m a classroom teacher — but I’ve also taught online each summer for the past six years, first in French (!) and then mathematics. Before that, I tutored students online through our government online chat/whiteboarding system. And I’ve been working in a 1:1 environment for 25 years. While not… Continue Reading #remotelearning bona fides

You can’t tell what’s going to happen but it looks like many schools may experience some closures over the next few weeks or months, and so folks are considering how you can have students continue to learn while at home. I’m actually on March Break — and I’m catching up… Continue Reading #remotelearning Introduction

So this is the end of a very busy four day week; next week I’ll get back to the fun IT stuff! I had a meeting last night where one of the participants couldn’t physically attend so we used Microsoft Teams to bring him in digitally. Now, the host of… Continue Reading You don’t know what you don’t know. Part 2

(another quick thought because it’s been another 14 hour day) Twice in the past two days I’ve had users of Office365 respond with “What? I didn’t know Office365 had its own YouTube!” If you are an Office365 user, visit http://www.office.com and sign in with your credentials. Hit ALL APPS —… Continue Reading You don’t know what you don’t know

One of the things I enjoyed doing in my role as “Edtech guy” was putting up hints & tips in the faculty washrooms — “Learning in the Loo”. One of my most favorite discoveries for that was The World’s Most Dangerous Writing App (WMDWA): https://www.squibler.io/writing-prompt-generator . When I made my… Continue Reading The World’s Most Dangerous Writing App

Putting a (hash)tag on something really helps to find it later, along with everything else with that tag on it. There appears to be no way to tag photos in Windows10 Photos App (which is otherwise a really slick photo app!) and a colleague asked how he could tag his… Continue Reading Tagging Pictures (& other files) in Windows

Microsoft has this fun little app called Your Phone on Windows 10; it connects your computer (desktop/laptop/Surface) with your phone and adds some functionality that comes in handy. While I have it on both my school laptop and home desktop, it’s on the the home desktop that I use most… Continue Reading Your Phone. On your computer.

Screen recording is something I do A LOT … when you’re a math teacher and students want solutions, it’s easy to open up OneNote and write out the solution or work through a Desmos graphing or a Graspable Math solution, giving a spoken step-by-step as I go. Now, what I’d… Continue Reading Screen Recording made easy