Thursday, May 29, 2008

Moodle: Distance learning tools

Moodlemoot is coming this fall......

If you are a student you are probably what? If you are a teacher and have never heard of Moodle you might have a passing interest.

If you use the internet to do things and learn things......... Stephen Downes has a lot of important things to say about the shape of things to come. We are shaping our own destiny by what we do with the tools available to us.
Stephen Downes will be one of the keynote speakers at the moodlemoot conference in August.

Find out about the moodlemoot conference. If you use moodle or some other tool for sharing information, managing online activities, this may be of interest to you.

Stephen has become a leading voice in the vast world of Web 2.0 tools, learning resources, and issues related to to digital content and rights.

Terry Anderson will also be present as a Keynote speaker.
Terry Anderson teaches and advises students at the world's largest Masters of Distance at Athabasca University.

Friday, May 23, 2008


Here is the latest puppy video from one of the online learners at
A little something to lift your spirits.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wayback Machine

Have you ever heard of the WayBack Machine? It is a site that archives Internet websites on a continuous basis. You can look up a website and see how it looked as far back as 1996. So - what does this mean for you? It means you always need to be sure of what you write online as it may come back to haunt you later!!

Try the WayBack Machine to see how different sites have changed over the years.

Friday, May 16, 2008

We need the ability to knock down the borders and connect with people/resources around the world. The Internet is your oyster. The resource people and ideas are limitless. Networking and collaborating is the key.
Here is a link to one of many tools that allow for connection..........why have arms when you can have wings?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Custom Search

In google, there is a tool called custom search. It can't be found using, so you have to use
You can create a search engine that is your own.
When was the last time you used Alta Vista? How do search engines work?
How critical are we about the information and pages that we are directed to?

The Jing Project

The Jing Project.....find this and download it. It is free. It is fantastic.
Use Google, use Alta Vista.....find it.

Teaching and Learning in a digital age

Three of the teachers from the team are in Saskatoon this morning at a conference about learning in a digital world. We hope to bring new ideas and inspiration to the learning community through attending this conference. The great thing is that as teachers we are still able to access responses to learning activities at the edcentre. Although we may not be available by telephone, we can be reached through the classroom area.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Buffalo Narrows

Here is a short presentation from Brenden Chartier. Brenden is working on a Communication Production Technology course through Thanks for the presentation Brenden. There are a lot of interesting facts presented here that are not common knowledge about Buffalo Narrows.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sure Signs of Spring

In La Ronge it's a sure sign of spring when you see an airplane being towed down the highway to be launched in the bay, when you see the eagles in the trees by the river, when the pelicans start dancing in the water above the bridge, and when the trappers come to town to sell their furs.

Oh yes, and did I mention when the Harleys come out of the garages? This is something that isn't often associated with a "northern town", but it happens here every year.

One of the online students was in La Ronge with her dad to sell furs last weekend and she got to ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle while she was here. Very Cool indeed!! Thanks for the picture Martina.

Parking at

Normally it's easy to find a good parking spot anywhere in the north. Unfortunately spring has a way of teaching us about surface runoff and the properties of .......mud. This little dip in our winter parking area provided the team with a few good laughs and an opportunity to do some problem solving.

Parking in the mud means you have to be prepared to get dirty sometimes.

We are so happy that both boys and girls alike aren't afraid to play in the mud puddles at We don't mind getting our "nice shoes" a little crusted with good old Mother Earth every once in a while.