Friendly Monsters

Some recent links from my Pinboard. Mostly related to open resources.

Monsters

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#glowblogs improvements: text handling

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Since WordPress 3.9 the TinyMCE editor now automatically cleans out all but the semantic HTML from Word (or Rich text copied from elsewhere), meaning any fonts, styles, etc. You preserve headings, blockquotes, lists, links, bold, italic.

From: Peek in the SPLOT: TRU Writer

This means WordPress handles text pasted from word a lot better that the current WordPress 2.9.2 does

Even though, like Alan, I don't think writing everything in word is a great idea lots of folks do exactly that.…

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Kick off to 10 Reasons to Live: Bishop Carroll’s 2nd Annual Mental Health Symposium

https://twitter.com/hashtag/empowerbchs?f=realtime&src=hash


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Where do you go from here?.. Career Exploration with High School Students

One aspect of my job as a high school counsellor is to help my students reflect on what they may want to do after high school. I personally remember feeling very apprehensive as a student about which jobs were out there and how people actually found their careers.…

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Patterns and Algebra

As part of learning about algebra, students created their own patterns and then worked towards finding the rule (equation) that would allow someone to build a larger step of the pattern.

While students were given the choice of drawing or building (for example with lego) their pattern, Minecraft proved very popular.…

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Embedding Google Slides into the #vLE

Like most things Google, the ease at which you can create Google Slides and share with a wider audience makes it ideal for sharing school images. However, there are often concerns around publishing student images on the Internet. By embedding a Google Slide directly in the Ontario virtual learning environment (a platform currently provided by Desire2Learn) you can provide live updates to the presentation while housing it safely within the #vLE.…

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Creating Effective Connected Communities

Taking some time tonight to reconnect with some of my #ETMOOC pals to reflect on what makes an effective connected community for #ccourses

It’s Always About the People- Rhonda Jessen
Learning When No One Is at the Center of the Room: Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses)- Paul Signorelli


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Creating Video Embedded PDFs in Google Presentation

At the Student #Gafesummit I attended, I learned how to step-up the traditional PDF newsletters that are shared with the school community by using Google Slides.

By embedding videos into a Google Slide and converting the final product  into a PDF you can share videos of your students engaging in fun activities throughout your school or you can embed videos to support the character and learning goals of your school.…

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