The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around
the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies
can be used to improve learning. The 2008 conference theme is "Amplifying Possibilities". This year's conference begins with a pre-conference keynote the week of
October 13, 2008. The following two weeks, October 20-24 and October
27-31, forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog
(this website) for participants to download and view. Live Events in
the form of three "Fireside Chats" and a culminating "When Night Falls"
event will be announced. Everyone is encouraged to participate in both
live events during the conference as well as asynchronous
conversations. ~ K12 Online Conference
Posted by Jane on 10/8/08; 4:10:18 PM from the dept -
"This free, beta site is a useful photo editing service. No registration
or login is necessary. Edited pictures are saved on the computer and
are not public for viewing. Use this site to create montaged images,
resize photos for emailing or use on wikis, etc, or simply because your
camera files are too big to store." Teachers First
"TeachersFirst Edge Review: For ANY technology user -- an EASY way to
try making your own online content for the first time! At this site,
students get practice using Google Maps' satellite technology and
user-created hints to locate a place from a Place spotting "quiz" as
pictured with a Google map. A world map below the "quiz" location image
allows them to explore the globe and zoom in to pinpoint the location
shown in the "quiz" map. Students use hints to narrow their search
area. Be aware, MOST of the hints are in English, but there are a few
in other world languages."
The Boolify Project was created to help teach users how to build better searches.
"Boolify makes it easier to for students to understand their web search
by illustrating the logic of their search, and by showing them how each
change to their search instantly changes their results." - Boolify
"Each "Jelly" is a math learning object drawn from the new BC Pilot Math
program. They are animations, games, workbooks, interactive activities
and Concept Capsules you can use in the classroom and/or provide to
On Tuesday March 4th, 2008 David Michayluk's grade 6 class from Jack Hulland Elementary will be blasting off into space. This 12 hour simulated space mission has been designed to have students experience what it is like to be part of a shuttle crew or work in mission control.
On Mission Day, our astronauts will lift off into space to experience the wonder of space exploration while carrying out many of the functions most astronauts do. They will exercise, conduct experiments, keep journals and much more under the guidance of the Mission Control team.
We invite participation from other classes and interested members of the public. You can simply observe throughout the day , or interact with the students by either asking questions or joining the discussion area. Educational links will be posted on the website to help organize space activities surrounding this activity. Join us and see just how possible and wonderful simulations can be.
To join us in our journey please aim your web browser at:
On Saturday, February 9, 26 dog teams will leave Fairbanks, Alaska for Whitehorse, Yukon in the 25th annual running of the Yukon Quest 1000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.
Now students and teachers can participate in some quests of their own by visiting our Student Yukon Quest web site. The site features a number of activities:.
1. Reading Quest - student teams race the mushers to Whitehorse. This activity is designed to help teachers set up a Reading Quest within their school or in their own classroom.
2. Writing Quest- students respond to Quest-themed scenarios. Teachers are encouraged to submit other scenarios they or their students create.
3. Math Quest - students create and provide solutions for their own Quest math problems that teachers post to the site.
4. Musher Message Board - students can this section to send a message of encouragement to their musher and to discuss their progress on the trail with other students.
5. Weather Tracking Activity - students graph the weather for a race checkpoint.
You must be a member of the site in order to post a response to a writing scenario or to add to the math question bank. You need a valid email address to join. Teachers who would like to use the site with their entire class can contact Cam Good @ TAL who can assist you with the registrations.
Additional educational resources packages are available. Contact Cathi Dunham for more information.
To join our site and follow the dogs please aim your web browser at:
MIT moved 1800 of their courses and resources online a couple of years back. Now they have added a section for High School students and teachers.
Check out videos of competitions at MIT like the Solar Decathlon. Ever
see a bullet smash through a rose dipped in nitrogen? Check out the
Strobe Project Laboratory. Studying for the Physics AP exam? Watch an
MIT professor explain pendulums by swinging across his classroom.
We had an earthquake in the Yukon this morning. I'll bet our colleagues in Mayo, Pelly Crossing and Carmacks felt it. That is if anyone can feel anything in Pelly this morning where it was reported to be -51ºC)
You can get some info on this local quake here. And they have some good information on earthquakes here. And the CBC has an article here.
Sometimes students can have a hard time visualizing just how big ior small something is. Universcale is a Nikon flash site that provides a comparative scale of known objects from 10^-15 meter up to 10^27 meter.
My thanks to Rick @ ITSS for the link.
Posted by Cam on 1/30/08; 9:22:05 AM from the Resources dept -
January has been an insanely busy for everyone here at Technology Assisted Learning. I have been neglecting this blog. I would love to blame it on frozen blog posts (click the picture to see today's weather - look for the wind chill - leaving me to wonder how those daisies are surviving) but the reality has been a lack of time.
I now have a backlog of 18 items in my del.icio.us blogme tag. Feel free to browse through all the things I was hoping to write about.
Posted by Cam on 1/28/08; 2:13:09 PM from the Yukon dept -
Animoto is another fun online tool. This one specializes in creating unique slideshows using your pictures set to music. It will hook right in to your Flickr accound (and a number of other photo sharing sites as well) or you can upload images. There is a reasonable library of licensed music, and you can also upload student created Garageband tunes. The site requires registration and you are limited to 30 second videos with the free account. below you'll find my test video using some pictures I have in Flickr from the Space Shuttle projects.
Posted by Cam on 1/15/08; 12:40:56 PM from the Fun, Resources, Yukon dept -
Darby Newnham and Jill Potter at Elijah Smith Elementary have an interesting project on the go this year.
Welcome to Mr. Newnham's Grade Three online student story library!
Students have been practicing writing strategies and building their
skills to become master authors by the end of the school year. This
website not only allows the student to work on the mechanics of story
writing, but also helps the student to become a fluent reader. Best of
all, we get to share our creations with friends and family!
So take a minute from your busy day to go and listen to a student read. Then be sure to leave a comment. I know they'll be thrilled to hear from you.
Posted by Cam on 12/12/07; 9:57:16 AM from the Yukon dept -
Merriam-Webster announced the winner of their word of the year yesterday and all I can say is ... w00t.
Merriam-Webster President John Morse said "w00t" reflected
the growing use of numeric keyboards to type words. "People look for self-evident numeral-letter substitutions:
0 for O; 3 for E; 7 for T; and 4 for A," he said. "This is
simply a different and more efficient way of representing the
Now I realize that this might upset some people. I mean, how can it be a word - its got zeros in it. I see it as evidence that the our language is alive and doing well. All languages change and evolve. For an entertaining and illuminative spin on this, take a look at this presentation done by Erin McKean, editor-in-chief of U.S. Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, at Pop!Tech.
Posted by Cam on 12/12/07; 9:12:33 AM from the Fun, News dept -
I was disappointed to learn that I'd missed the voting deadline for Merriam-Webster's 2007 Word of the Year contest. Past winners have included blog (2004), integrity (2005) and truthiness (2006). You can still view the list of candidates and the winner will be announced later this month. I have my fingers crossed for:
w00t(interjection) : an interjection expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word "yay" w00t! I won the contest!
Posted by Cam on 12/11/07; 11:50:29 AM from the Fun dept -