Tag Archives: Classroom

Rise of the Hackers


I recently discovered this amazing video on Netflix titled Rise of the Hackers.  I showed it to all of my classes yesterday.  It contains cutting edge, up-to-date information (2015) about computer viruses, hacking and encryption.  You can view this video online for free right now through several links (although I can’t guarantee that they will always be active), through Netflix or by purchasing it through Amazon.com


Links to video



If one of the links doesn’t work, you can try to find it on YouTube or Google


Random Name Picker Game



Random Name Picker Guide

Random Name Picker is a free tool from Classtools.net.  This game can be used to select students for class discussions, presentations, or group projects. English teachers can use this game for helping students with creative writing: choosing names for stories; creating character sketches based on names, writing scripts etc,.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for adding student names, playing, saving and sharing the game.

  1.  Click New to load your class names…



2.  Click Save this list as currently shown.

3.  Choose a Password

4.  Copy your unique URL address somewhere.


5.  Click to Spin to begin playing the game to select a name


6.  Share/Embed


Click on the link below to download a free PDF guide for using the Random Name Picker Game

Random Name Picker Guide



Google My Maps


My Maps Google

With My Maps, you can:

  • Create a map.
  • Draw lines, shapes, or placemarks on the map.
  • Import geographically-specific data including addresses and place names
  • Organize your map with layers to hide or show different kinds of content.
  • Style your content with different colors, placemark icons, and line widths.

Search for a place…example Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Add a line or shape…


Measure distances and areas…


Driving Directions…


Add Marker…





The Magic of QR Codes in the Classroom

Karen Mensing Ted-Ed.com video


QR Codes stands for Quick Response code. When you scan a QR code, you are instantly taken to a website, video etc. Karen Mensing offers several examples of how she uses QR codes in this video including learning vocabulary words, scavenger hunts, for positive reinforcement and for assigning tasks. The tools to create a QR code are essentially free. Here are 2 websites that allow you to do it…



Kahoot Game Based Learning


What is Kahoot?

  • Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system
  • Create and play quizzes, discussions and surveys using any device with a web browser
  • Motivate participation through game-based learning and rewards in a social setting

Students Love Kahoot

  • I know students love this game from the feedback I receive from other teachers and from my own experience with using Kahoot.
  • Students ask me “Can we please play Kahoot?” For every game there is always lots of laughter and students are very engaged.
  • At the end of the 2014/15 school year, I gave students a day to complete missing assignments. There were several students who were finished all of their work. These students got together and set-up their own game of Kahoot. I did not suggest it, they just really wanted to play. This was more evidence for me that students love this interactive tool.

Why use Kahoot?

  • You can create your own quizzes in Kahoot to assess student understanding and/or review material before a test.
  • There are many public Kahoots, created by teachers
  • You may be able to find one with questions on a topic you teach by using the search option within Kahoot
  • I also like to use Kahoot just for fun
  • Use a games to get to know your students at the beginning of the semester or for having fun for a few minutes at the end of the day

Self-Grading Quiz using Google Forms Lesson


This lesson includes screen shots and step-by-step instruction bubbles to enable you to create a self-grading quiz using Google Forms and Flubaroo.



• Grade online assignments in under a minute!
• Get reporting and analysis on student performance!
• Email students their scores.



Click on the link below to download this lesson…

Self-Grading Quiz using Google Forms

Office 365 now Free for Students

Office 365 is now FREE for Students!  I heard about this at the Connect technology conference I went to last week. To compete with free Google Drive, Microsoft is now offering Office for free to students who are enrolled at qualifying schools.

Install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad®, and Windows tablets.

Click on the image below to go to the Office 365 website…

Slide1Click on the link below to visit the Microsoft website and find out about this new offer…

Microsoft Office 365 Website