Monthly Archives: March 2011

MyFakeWall – Way Cool!

MyFakeWall of Louis Riel

MyFakeWall is a great way to bring fun, technology, and learning together. Each author of myfakewall easily creates a fake profile that resemble a Facebook page. The layout can be filled with images and posts to resemble an actual Facebook wall. This wall generator can be used as a great culminating activity to engage students and assess their understanding of historical figures and events, or characters and events from a novel. Students can take on the persona of their figure, or character. What would they post on their walls? Who would they friend or “defriend”? What gossip would be posted? Get a glimpse of your student’s knowledge and understanding, their ability to infer, or their attention to, and understanding of details. This is a great way to add a new dimension to your literacy program.

Students must create a free account in order to build their wall. Take a look at some of the samples available from the login page, or click here for Franklin D Roosevelt’s fake wall.

The image above is my attempt to build a fake wall for Louis Riel (limited research and unedited – be kind!).


Premier Tools

Premier Technologies Toolbar

Premier Tools is a suite of programs that will assist students with reading, writing, research, and other learning tasks. The suite offers several tools, but students will generally utilize their preferred one or two tools. Once you become familiar with one of the tools, you will recognize them in the other tools as well.

This blog is intended to serve as a very general overview. For a more elaborate explanation, follow this link. It does a nice job to get you started.

What are the basic features?

  • Reading a web page → Universal Reader Plus Internet Tool Bar
  • Reading a textbook → PDF Equalizer
  • Reading a handout → Scan and Read Pro
  • Writing a paper → Talking Word ProcessorPredictorUltimate Talking Dictionary
  • Working with numbers → Talking Calculator

Premier should have been installed on all school computers that have met the minimum requirements: adequate resources (512 MB of RAM, 200 MB of free disk space recommended) and windows XP, or later, operating system.


Gearing Up for Earth Month – April

As we approach Earth Day I thought it would be worthy to post some really great online resources for the classroom. Hope you find them useful.


Knightly News

Chris Knight has been putting together monthly newsletters that promote technology in the classroom for several months now. In these newsletters you will find a range of discussions about the role and the place of technology in education. They feature great digital resources that can be brought into your classrooms to support teaching and learning.

Thanks to Chris for compiling these monthly newsletter with great ideas and links for technology inspired learning.

  • November 2010 Newsletter – featuring Bloom’s Taxonomy and how it connects to technology. You will also find a review of web-based applications for the classroom.
  • December 2010 Newsletter – This edition contains seasonal activity ideas and links to some interesting web resources (storybird, PhET, and Thinkfinity)
  • January 2011 Newsletter – This features the various tools available from Google and some ideas on using them in the classroom.
  • February 2011 Newsletter – The theme of this newsletter is “Video in the Classroom”. Due to a number of embedded video clips, the pages will take slightly longer than usual to load.
  • March 2011 Newsletter – This month features more ideas for using video in the classroom and a sneak peek at the new ‘Enterprise Portal’.
  • May 2011 Newsletter – This month’s newsletter deals with visible learning, creating slide shows using a variety of tools, Frames 4 (Ministry licensed), as well as an update on the Board ‘Enterprise Portal’ (temporarily named until finally determined).
  • Using Technology to Enhance Literacy Instruction, by Chris Knight, provides support and links to many highly motivating digital tools to engage and capture your students.

Vision and Mission Statements – Technology Steering Committee

As Maryvale’s technology inventory continues to grow, it is increasingly important to have a plan for its integration and use. The Technology Steering Committee was created with this purpose in mind. Its role is to support this process in a way that ultimately leads to improved student learning and engagement. The guiding values of the committee are expressed in the mission and vision statements below. It is with these guiding principles that members work with all educators in the agency schools to enrich teaching and learning in all classrooms.

Technology Steering Committee – Mission Statement

The Mission of the Technology Steering Committee is to promote the wise and appropriate use of technology in classrooms in ways that support and enhance student learning. We believe that technology enhanced instruction supports the related objectives of Differentiated Instructional and Universal Design for Learning. Through the continuous process of collaborative learning, sharing and supporting, The committee facilitates the development and enhancement of a technologically rich learning environment, where students are engaged and excited by the opportunities and experiences for learning and creating, that are afforded through digital tools and information technology.

Technology Steering Committee – Vision Statement

Our vision is that teachers are comfortable and proficient in the use of technology to support student learning. Teachers will use their skills to create experiences for their students that are technologically rich and engaging. We envision a culture of learning where teachers collaborate to discover and use digital tools in ways that support student learning, where differentiated instruction and Universal Designs for Learning are common standards of practice, and where students are inspired to engage in the pursuit of their own life long learning, so they may achieve their full potential.

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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Planning for Success