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Amazing New Tech Videos


#1.  Microsoft: Imagining the future for NFL Fans

Link to video (view 0 – 1:38 mins)

#2.  Microsoft Hololens Demo at Windows 10 Devices Event

Link to video (view 2min to 5min of this 8min video)

#3.  This Soccer Ball-Shaped Drone Can’t Chop Your Fingers Off

Link to video

#4.  CES 2016: LG’s Bendy Roll-Up Screen

Link to video


Answer one question for each video. Select a question from the list below.
1.Describe this technology.
2.Would you buy this device? Explain.
3.What uses are there for this technology?
4.Compare this device to a technology that already exists.
5.How would you make this technology better?

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…



Search Engines for Kids Activity


• Students will use three safe search, search engines, Kiddle.co, Kidrex.org and Google.com (with SafeSearch).  SafeSearch can help you block inappropriate or explicit image from search results.  The SafeSearch filter isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps to avoid most adult content.  Your students will look up different keywords on each site and explore 2 websites in the search results.  They will share what they found/learned with the class or another student in the class.  Students learn about and how to use safe search websites.

click on the link below to download this free activity…

Search Engines for Kids Activity


3 Google Classroom Updates


I found out about these updates recently on the Educators Technology and Mobile Learning website.  I love this site for EdTech news.  Click on the link below to view this blog…

Educators Technology

The 3 Updates include:

  1.  Add questions to your class stream
  2. Attach a Form to assignments
  3. Re-use existing materials

I tested out these new features with my classes on friday.  Click on the link below to view post and find out more information…

3 Google Classroom Updates

Kiddle – Visual Search Engine for Kids



  • Visual Search engine for Kids
  • Powered by editors and Google Safe Search

How is Kiddle designed for Kids?

1. Safe Search: All sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements.  They say they filter sites with explicit or deceptive content.

2.  Big Thumbnails for search results which makes it easier to scan the results

3.  Large Arial Font makes it easy to read

4.  Privacy: They don’t collect any personally identifiable information and logs are deleted every 24 hours.


5.  Search Results

  • Results 1-3 are pages written specifically for kids and are handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors
  • Results 4-7 are not specifically written for kids but contain simple language and are handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors
  • Results 8 onwards are written for adults but filtered by Google safe search

Update: KidRex is another search engine option for kids…