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Daily Seat Work Viewing

Many classrooms have data projectors in their rooms. Introduce your students to spectacular vistas and interesting videos during their start of day seat work by viewing Vimeo’s drone videos. Teachers can Sign-up with Vimeo to receive the Vimeo newsletter with their staff’s top picks to share with your students.

Mapping Data- Metrocosm

I came across a fascinating website that has loads of information about statistics and the world we live in – Metrocosm. You could spend hours clicking around this site. To start with examine the two centuries of immigration to the United States through this animated graphic. You will be amazed at the change of county base of U.S. immigrants. I did not know that Canadians made up the bulk of immigrants in the early 1900s. Examine the shift of countries of the immigrants over time and think about what was  happening in the world at that time.

This section of the site Puts Canada’s Population in Perspective.

For geographers, cartograms and choropleths are explained. And for the advanced geographers and coders it explains how to make your own cartogram. Are your up for the challenge?

Canada’s Great War Album

Canada’s History has created a site, Canada’s Great War Album, that tells stories of Canada and her soldiers who participated in World War I. Use the tabs at the top of the site to locate many online resources. You are invited to submit your story to add to their database.

Students can use this site to view and read about Canadians who made a difference through their heroic part in The Great War’s Battle Fronts: Ypres, Festubert, Mount Sorrel, Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Paasendaele, Amiens, and Arras.

PBS – Crash Courses for Secondary Students

PBS offers Crash Courses created by John and Hank Green. They have created these fast-paced digital courses in a range of subject areas and posted on YouTube. The courses are aimed at Grade  9-13+ students. Register as a user to share resources and to create folders. Teachers can use this resource to flip their classrooms.
Subject areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • US History
  • World History 1
  • World History 2
  • Literature– Titles include: Works by Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, The Odyssey, Frankenstein, To Kill a Mockingbird, and more…

Ontario- Gr. 5 First Nations Social Studies Resource

Visit the Canadian Geographic site explaining about Native trade and warfare in  the north part of North America from 1600-1648. There is an interactive map and legend that allows users to highlight certain activities in the location they occurred, such as which Native goods were traded where, and where the varying linguistic groups existed.

PBS – U.S. Election Central

“Turn news coverage into learning opportunities with new content including the history of presidential elections, the local impact of national issues, how the Electoral college works, fast facts, and more.”

Teachers and Students can Sign-up to access more of the resources available on this site. (Not all resources require sign-in for access.)

PBS has created a rich resourced-based go to site for teachers about the U.S. election process: Election Central. You have access to lesson plans with video links and extensive online resources.

  • Election 2016 News
  • Election 2016 Lesson Plans
  • The Election Process
  • Debating in the Classroom
  • Elections Through History
  • Inaugural Address
  • 60-Second Presidents Videos
  • Presidents Day Puzzles and Storyboards
  • Election Collection
    • Inside the voting booth
    • You’re the Campaign Manager – What are the characteristics of a good president?
    • Personality or Politics Activity
    • Working for the party
    • U.S. Presidential Elections: 1992-2012 | Historical Photo Collection
    • Campaign Strategy
    • Getting the Nomination
    • Public Speaking and Persuasion – Improve Your School
    • The History of the Iowa Caucuses
    • Meet the Presidential Candidates in Election 2016- Lesson Plan
    • What is Social Media’s Role in Election 2016? – Lesson Play
    • Hosting a Presidential Debate- Lesson Plan
    • How Has Technology Changed the Way Candidates Run for President? – Lesson Plan
    • What are the Primaries and the Caucuses? – Lesson Plan
    • Woodrow Wilson – Win the Election of 1912
    • The Elections of 1896 and 1900: Interactive Map | A Biography of America
    • Lesson Plan | Making Civics Real: Electoral Politics
    • Presidential Power | Crash Course Government and Politics
    • Presidential Power 2 | Crash Course Government and Politics
    • Elections: The Maintenance of Democracy in America

More Resources:

  • Inside The Debates
  • Interactive Map – follow the candidates
  • The Election Process – fast paced short videos
    • How Presidents Get Elected
    • Election Process Basics
    • Political Campaign Basics
    • Roles of Political Parties in the Election Process
    • Election Foundations
    • The General Election

Virtual Field Trips

  • An Inside Look at Wahington DC
  • Exploring Mount Vernon
  • Our Nation’s Capital
  • Congressional Record – Students will need to download The Congressional Record App at the iTunes store to participate in this activity.
  • Presidential Powers and the Constitution

Teachers Get your PD at home

OTF connects you to online learning of current teaching ideas from practicing classroom teachers through their Learning Connects.

If you have missed past webinars and resources visit their Archive. You will have to have the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher downloaded  on your computer to replay the webinars that are available. You will  be prompted to do so when you click on the link for webinars. Some webinars and resources are accessible for all teachers, not just Ontario teachers. A great resource for your Professional Development.

Created for teachers by teachers, OTF Connects webinars address a wide variety of topics across grade levels. Our easy-to-use webinar technology provides you and your colleagues with free, effective PD accessible from home or your mobile device. Join colleagues from across the province to learn and share together. OTF Connects adds new webinars regularly – please keep checking the calendar for new sessions.


Feb. 29

Moving Forward with OTF Planboard

Andrew Bieronski

Mar. 1

Gamifying Formative Assessment With Knowledgehook Gameshow

Kyle Pearce

Mar. 2

The Re-imagined School: Digitally-enhanced learning

Garfield Gini-Newman

Mar. 7

The Problem Of “Time”

Aviva Dunsinger

Mar. 8

Drawing Kids into Mathematics: Using Turtle Art and Scratch (K-8)

Peter Skillen & Brenda Sherry

Mar. 9

Thinking Like a Mathematician (Gr. 4-8)

Maria Vamvalis, TC2

Mar. 10

Making Space for the Makerspace Movement in Your Classroom/Learning Commons

Mary-Kay Goindi

Mar. 21

Growth Mindset in Mathematics (K-8)

Crystal Lake

Mar. 22

The Paperless Classroom

Andrew Bieronski

Mar. 23

Math?! Where do I begin?  Part 2: Assessment (Jr.)

Cathy Griffin

Mar. 24

Engaging Students through Environmental Filmmaking

Alessandra Cannito

Mar. 29

Using Assessment Tools to Document Learning

Becky Kennedy

Mar. 30

Creating a Thinking Math Classroom – Part 1 (Gr. 7-10)

Laura Gini-Newman,TC2

Mar. 31

Redefining the Math Classroom with Technology Part 2 – Plan, Teach and Assess Using Web 2.0 Tools (Jr./Int.)

Sandra Chow

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Teachers are very familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy. This Common Sense Media video explains its revision over time and the adaptation of the technology to include technology resources to transform their learning opportunities.

Are you integrating technology effectively in your classroom?

Watch this short video that explains the SAMR Model. You can use SAMR to reflect upon how you are integrating technology into your classroom. Is it an act of Substitution? Augmentation? Modification? Or Redefinition?

You then can easily adapt your current learning activities to a more transformational use of technology to promote higher-order thinking skills for your students.

Teachers are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy from their training. Dr. Puentedura compares Bloom’s Taxonomy with his SAMR Model.

Non-Fiction online resource

The Nonfiction Minute provides teachers with an online resource to use with students.  Dr. Myra Zarnowski is Professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Queens College, City University of New York. She lists some teaching ideas to get you started using this resource. Use them as a mini-lesson to start your language block. Meet the authors of the ” Nonfiction Minutes”.