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The Sandbox EDU

by Maya Staresinic  It is well known that many students enjoy the occasional video game. Time and time again I have heard students say, “When I got home I played some video games…” Well, we have found a game that … Continue reading

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PeerGrade

by Laura Dobos Peergrade is an online platform that allows facilitation of peer assessment with students. Peergrade has made it easy for students to assess one another anonymously. You create an assignment, then students hand in their work online. The … Continue reading

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SketchUp

by Lauren Fridman SketchUp is a 3D modeling software that tailors more to those who have tinkered with these types of CAD tools before. SketchUp is an intermediate-level software that will require some time to acclimate to. While TinkerCAD (which … Continue reading

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Animation Studio

by Maya Staresinic During our March Break Maker Camp, we noticed that some of the campers were really interested in creating their own animations. Yes, we showed them apps and software like Scratch 2.0and Scratch Jr., but one camper in … Continue reading

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Arduino UNO

by Laura Dobos My most recent tech tool exploration was with a tool made by Arduino, called the Arduino UNO. Within the lab, we have the project kit, which comes with the Ardunio UNO, a breadboard (the part with the … Continue reading

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Sketchboard.io

by Lauren Fridman I recently discovered a mind-mapping tool that redefines the limitations set by many tools before. Traditional mind-mapping tools limit you to simple shapes (circles, squares, and ovals) to represent your ideas but these may not enable you … Continue reading

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Lightbot

by Maya Staresinic With all of the talk surrounding coding, it seems as if teaching our students how to code has recently become viewed as good teaching practice. Although today’s modern students are more advanced in technology than students ever … Continue reading

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Ozobots

by Brendan Oldman So cool!! Okay… we say this about all the gadgets and devices we get into the lab, but this one we truly mean it. From portraits drawn on paper with markers, to digital portraits on mobile devices, … Continue reading

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Aurasma

by Laura Dobos Recently I was introduced to virtual reality and augmented reality by our VR/AR expert within the lab Melanie Maas. Augmented reality takes a real world image and applies a computer-generated augmentation, bringing the image to life. The … Continue reading

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Seesaw

by Maya Staresinic What happens to you when I say the following: excellent parent/teacher communication, formative assessment and independent documentation of learning? Is your brain spinning? Maybe a little bit of steam coming out of your ears? As teachers we try … Continue reading

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Lego Robotics

by Laura Dobos A few years ago when I was introduced to LEGO robotics I was blown away by the idea that, for a reasonable cost, someone could actually own a transformable, customizable and programmable robot. Initially, I used NXT, … Continue reading

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Within

by Maya Staresinic Picture this. Your History class is in the middle of studying how groups of people have been displaced throughout our history. You are particularly looking at the 60 million people who have been displaced from their homes by … Continue reading

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Green Screen

by Laura Dobos Growing up, one of my favourite movies was The Parent Trap (I mean come on, that handshake between Martin and Annie before she leaves for camp – so cool!). At the time, I always though that Hallie … Continue reading

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Thingiverse

by Maya Staresinic You have this great new 3D Printer that has just been added to your Makerspace, but you are a little unsure of how to go about creating. You want to create a replica of a dinosaur’s skin to be … Continue reading

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Google Earth

by Maya Staresinsic Google Earth is an app that allows your students to fly around the planet and visit the Pyramids of Giza the same day they explore the Mayan Temples in Mexico. With the swipe of a finger, the user is … Continue reading

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Tickle

by Lauren Fridman & Maya Staresinic Tickle is an app that runs on Apple devices and allows users to create block codes for their programmable robots. The app functions with a multitude of robots including Sphero, BB8, Ollie, Dash and Dot. The … Continue reading

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StoryBird

by Lauren Fridman Storybird has created a new way for students to tell their own stories. With an extensive collection of artwork to choose from, students can be inspired to write in ways that they may not have on paper. Students can … Continue reading

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Word Swag

by Laura Morrison We love Word Swag — the cool typography-generating app that combines words and images to eloquently (and creatively!) communicate a message. This tools is particularly great to use in the English Language Arts classroom as a warm-up … Continue reading

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Circuit Stickers

Circuit Stickers are a new and fun way to build electronics that have been created by the makers of Chibitronics. They are peel-and-stick electronics that can be used for crafting electronics either at home or with your class. Check out … Continue reading

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