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Math Teacher + Librarian = Amazing Partnership

desmosI remember the words of a teacher of mine encouraging the class to “never under-estimate the power of networking.” It’s really just another way of communicating and sharing knowledge. The business world has its power lunches. Librarians have symposiums, conferences and webinars to name a few useful ways to network. I have been trying to combine the two with interesting results.

At a recent lunch with a math colleague, we got to talking about some of our favourite online tools and how we could help each other to spread the word. A great find should always be shared! I will now regularly ask the rest of our staff to make suggestions. The best ones will be added to the Library webpage as “useful links“ such as this one. I can think of so many students who will love to learn more about math at the library while exploring Desmos!

Desmos a free online tool that works as it was meant to and more. Basically, we are talking about a free, online graphing calculator. You can find the calculator here:

Desmos is so much more than just a calculator. It allows you to explore “beautiful, free math.“ Set up an account and get started! Many sites provide classroom activities.
There are:

pokemonIdeas for Creative Art (like this picture) by Sean Grecco

Daily Desmos

A .pdf User Guide

Many YouTube videos like this one which shows the Desmos iPad app.

Free ChromeBook App is available here

If your students are not sure where to start, why not let them try Des-Man – the new face of graphing?

Desmos is a great tool to help change the Library into a Learning Commons. Math teachers may lend a hand at lunchtime!

Submitted by C.A. Case from PCHS


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So many Apps, so Little Time! Deux

Il est parfois difficile de trouver des applications en français ou pouvant être utilisées en classe de FLS. J’ai donc pensé partager quelques ressources afin de vous faciliter la tâche.

recitLe RÉCIT, soutenu par le MELS, est un réseau de personnes-ressources qui facilitent l’utilisation pédagogique des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC). Une recherche utilisant le mot-clé « applications » amènera un large éventail de résultats. Pour limiter vos résultats de recherche, il s’agira simplement d’ajouter un autre mot-clé à votre requête, tel qu’« application francisation » ou « application univers social ».

Un document en provenance de la CS des Affluents, Applications pédagogiques pour le iPad, vous fournira d’excellentes pistes.

repLa souris-web vous propose de nombreuses pistes afin d’y voir clair en ce qui a trait aux applications pour le préscolaire et le primaire.

rireLe RIRE, Réseau d’information pour la réussite éducative, vous réjouira avec son Répertoire des usages pédagogiques pour iPad. Il propose de nombreuses suggestions organisées par sujet de la science-technologie aux arts.

carreforLe Carrefour éducation de la société GRICS présente un dossier, Les applications utiles sur les tablettes électroniques , offrant des applis pour le préscolaire, le primaire et le secondaire. Ce dossier est assorti de plusieurs liens et documents de soutien.

Le site français, La tablette Pédagogique , propose un large éventail d’applis organisées par sujet.

Finalement, pour ceux qui veulent évaluer les applis, ce document d’Apple, Apps en classe, comporte d’excellentes pistes de questionnement.

Préparé par Suzanne Nesbitt, Département des services éducatifs

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So Many Apps, so Little Time

Evaluating apps, particularly for education, can be somewhat daunting. There are a few tools out there that will help you evaluate them and find out if they are the right fit for you. I thought I would share a few of my favourites with you.

suz 1This tool, part of Common Sense Media, evaluates educational apps, games and websites for Elementary, Middle School and High School.
The Reviews & Ratings tab makes searching user friendly: simply click on keywords to narrow the search.

suz2Other tabs of interest are:

  • Top Picks: searchable by subject or grade level

  • App Flows: helps the user to integrate educationally sound digital tools into their teaching. Classified by subject and grade level. Allows you to create your own app flow.

  • Teacher Centre: check out their webinar section, aptly named Appy Hour. Educators share their insight (and it’s free…)

  • Boards: similar to Pinterest, this section assembles apps of a kind & is created by educators. Create your own.

  • Follow their Blog


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APPitic, App Lists for Education, is a directory of educational apps created by Apple Distinguished Educators. Note of interest: this site not only offers app suggestions but also educational resources (docs, video, links, etc).

A few notable tabs are:

  • THEMES: resources by subject and a comprehensive section on STEM

  • SPED: apps for special needs and autism

  • FLIPPED: apps for the flipped classroom

  • BLOOM: offers resources and apps in support of Bloom’s Taxonomy

  • MI: check out the resources for Physical Education

The App List Builder Tool lets you create and share your app lists. You are also invited to submit apps you believe should be included in this site.

If you want to try your hand at evaluating apps, Kathy Schrock’s website, iPads4teaching, has loads of rubrics and links to get you started.


Submitted by Suzanne Nesbitt, ESD