Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sharing Ghostly Stories

Storytelling has been an important means of passing on oral history over the centuries. Yesterday we visited the site of a former building in La Ronge that was said to be haunted. Our monthly assembly was devoted to ghostly stories and the origins of Halloween. This live web conference was attended by online learners who took time out from their personal schedules to participate and share their stories. We connected a laptop to a wireless modem, turned on a web cam and strolled around the site of the haunting during the conference.
After the conference was over, the laptop and camera found it's way up to the CBC La Ronge studio to visit with Tom Roberts.
If you would like to see what took place, listen to some stories and find out more about the origins of Halloween, click on the link to the recorded session. The recording is approximately 45 minutes in length.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

You are invited to join the Scary Story Web Conference

Come if you DARE!!
Tuesday, October 27 could change your life!!! A live web conference will be held to share scary stories and talk about the true meaning of HALLOWEEN. All students are invited to participate in this session. Think of a short story to share if you want to be considered for the ultimate frightening story. Participants will be allowed a maximum of 3 minutes to scare us all. Every community has it's scary place where strange things have happened. People are reluctant to go there even during the daytime. Do you know of such a place? Tell us about it on Tuesday.
Be prepared to be verrryyyy affraaiiiidddd!
To enter the web conference on Tuesday, enter The PIT at 1:50 and click on the headset.


Do you know a talented, innovative or caring person between the ages of 15 and 24 who deserves recognition for their achievements or contributions to their community? Nominate them:

"We have amazing young people in this province," Premier Brad Wall said. "It is important to honour and recognize the achievements and contributions of our province's youth as they work to secure a bright future, not only for themselves, but for Saskatchewan."

All nominations are adjudicated by an independent committee, comprised of members of the Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council and youth representatives. Each year, nominees will be recommended based on a broad range of achievements and endeavours including, but not limited to, leadership, volunteerism, innovation, artistic or cultural accomplishments, academic excellence, athletics and other personal achievements.

The nomination deadline is December 31, 2009. For a nomination form, or more information on the Saskatchewan Youth Award, call toll-free 1-877-427-5505 or visit the website at

Monday, October 19, 2009

House by the River

Here is a website set up to share what a house building hobby looks like: House By the River This is the sort of thing an online teacher (or anyone else for that matter) can do to "unplug" after each week of being connected to computers and gadgets.
Please post comments.

If you have ever thought you might like to create your own web site, the time is now. The opportunities to create, share and collaborate are endless. Gone are the days when you had to learn code and be some sort of "Geek" to build a website. Now anyone can do it in a very short time without a great deal of fuss.
Try this tool just for fun. If you create something that you want to let others know about, please send us the link at the school. We would love to share your links.

Share your stuff

If you are looking for an easy way to share "stuff" online in an easy way, look no further.You can be sharing ideas and images with the rest of your online class, your family, or friends in a very short time. Maybe your teacher wants you to do a project or write something to be shared with others.
Posterus is an easy to use tool that will share whatever you want easily without any complicated set-up. You can have an instant blog, with a place to share pictures and ideas instantly.
All you need to do is go to the link and begin using the tool.
We are always finding amazing things on the Internet that other people have made. Now you can share your own amazing things. This isn't exactly Bebo, or Facebook, but you might find it useful for sharing things with your class, your family, or the world.
If you make something that you want to share, please send the link to so that we can link it to this blog.

Do you want to learn Cree online?

Do you want to learn Cree? Check out this site for translating and cool syllabics. ka-kiskinohamâkosihk kinisitohten ᑭᓂᓯᑐᐦᑌᐣ

Monday, October 12, 2009

Classroom Twitter

If you can get past social networking policies in your school , this might be of interest. If you are a student, show this to your teacher....If you are a teacher, show this to your principal or superintendent. If you are an administrator, see the slides and consider the possibilities. (Select full view in the lower right.)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Free website for education

Wiki in plain English

2009 Lt. Gov. Awards

Here are some photos from the Lieutenant Governor Awards. The winners from were Aaron Mckenzie and Rachel Madsen! Just click on the image below to see the video.

From 2009 Lt Gov Awards

Mobile Learning

What is Twitter?

Are you having fun?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What is the edcentre?

Click the play button to move around

Friday, October 2, 2009

U of T Ancient Discovery

A U of T professor explains how the story of humankind is changing after the discovery of 'Ardi,' a hominid who lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Calling all Northern Students! NASA needs a logo!

Northern Administration Student Association (NASA) is a social network for Northern students attending post secondary away from their hometown and to assist them in their transition to city life. NASA is run by students for students and offering you an opportunity to become involved! NASA is looking for a logo for our group and we would like to challenge you to show off your artistic skills by helping us come up with one. Submissions should focus on Northern Saskatchewan, wilderness elements, and academics but all ideas are welcome. All Northern students are encouraged to participate and prizes will be as follows for the entries chosen:

Kindergarten – Grade 4: $100.00
Grade 5 – Grade 8: $200.00
Grade 9 – Grade 12: $300.00

Submissions will be accepted until October 30, 2009 and winners will be contacted by December 15, 2009. Please write your name, grade, and school and school address on the back of your submission. In addition, there is no limit to the size of submissions and you may use any medium you choose; so let your imagination run wild! Submissions can be sent to:

Northern Administration Students Association
Outreach and Transition Programs
Dean’s Office, College of Engineering
University of Saskatchewan
57 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Sk.
S7N 5A9
Telephone: (306)-966-6959
Toll Free: (888)-966-6959
Fax: (306)-966-5237

For more information on the contest or about NASA ( in general, feel free to contact John Desjarlais, or Amy Lafontaine,
Please note, NASA reserves the right to use submissions how we deem appropriate and more than one submission may be used.