Tuesday, September 30, 2008

How many passes do you see?

Here is an interesting experiment.

Watch the video below and observe how many passes the students in the white shirts make. Record your answer in the comment to this post. Be sure to include your name and gender.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

And the Winners are......

The first online assembly this year was a success. Many students from a number of communities participated. The discussion focused on planning for success in online classes. Students came up with a good list of things that they should do to be successful - we all know though - that knowing what to do and doing it are two different things. So what was on the list...

Students were happy to learn that they are eligible to win several different awards by being successful in their classes.

Lucky winners of the assembly participation awards for this assembly were: Kim, Alysha, Trisha, and Susan. They will all look good in their edcentre.ca gear!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hoe Hoe Hoe

This is what has been happening outside the school window all day today. Looks like we are getting new walkways.

Friday, September 19, 2008


Looks like it is going to be a great weekend - so maybe a good activity for you would be to go an pick some cranberries! The wild cranberry crop is great this year so it won't take much time to get all you need for the winter. Info about Cranberries

Why pick cranberries - They are good for your health. Check out the research.

What to look for - For those who have never been out to pick cranberries, look for small plants that grow close to the ground and have small dark green leaves and sort of a purple-red berry.

What to do with Cranberries - make sauce or juice, put them in pancakes and muffins. Here are some links to recipes and how to's for using cranberries.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Down the road....

Leaving the office and our computer workstations is difficult to do at the outset of the school year with new students just getting settled and oriented. There are situations that call for desperate measures and that's exactly what Debbie and Ted did. They traveled to Prince Albert to speak with the principals from the Northern Lights School Division about the online services available through edcentre.ca.

As it turns out this was a good thing to do. The principals got to see what distance learning looks like and were able to talk with online teachers and one of the online students in a live web conference. One of the other benefits for both Deb and Ted is that it was a beautiful day for a drive. Using the web conference tool with an LCD projector and audio system with a wireless mic allows everyone in an access point to interact. We expect to be doing more of this throughout the year. Stay tuned.......there will be opportunities to join in through this blog area. We'll post access links to public sessions.

Ghost Burning Party

I am going to a Ghost Burning Party tonight. You write down your fears, worries, resolutions, etc. THEN burn them...they magically disapper...I guess that is what is supposed to happen. Click on the link to see what I'm burning....

What is this thing called JING

The concept of Jing is the always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video…from your computer to anywhere.

Try it, you’ll like it. It's free.

Click here for a sample Jing video.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Google Docs

We are encouraging everyone at edcentre.ca to explore what is available through google docs.
Check out the video to see an introduction to what google docs has to offer. We feel that this tool will be very valuable for online learners.

I need a blueberry INTERVENTION!

Hi Everyone,
I seriously need some help and advice. The other day I was in a blueberry nightmare as there was a sea of huge blueberries and I had no more room in my pail and it was getting dark and I couldn't leave. I am obsessed with picking blueberries as the frost is coming and once they freeze you can't pick them! By the way does anybody know where there is a good patch of cranberries? You can pick those even if they freeze. Some people pick them in the Spring as they stay frozen on the plant all winter....

Friday, September 5, 2008

School is open

This has been a very busy week talking to new students, getting them enrolled and set up for online classes. We are still dealing with the aftermath of moving. There are still unpacked boxes but we have most of the bugs worked out and are on the ground running. We are all looking forward to this school year and to our eventual permanent home. We know this means one more move, but these are all incremental steps in a positive direction.