Learning Out Loud: Playing with Arduino
Aug23

Learning Out Loud: Playing with Arduino

It is summer and it is a perfect time to try out some new things.  The Arduino is a platform that I have brought into the classroom to help engage students who were interested in digging deeper into circuitry and electronics.  This past year I was inspired by my Grade 9 students who fearlessly took on the challenge to use the Arduino to support their science projects.  This summer I wanted to revisit this platform for myself and...

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ScreenCastify: Annotate and record your Chromebook screen
Mar18

ScreenCastify: Annotate and record your Chromebook screen

A quick tip for those looking for a screen capture solution for the Chromebook.  ScreenCastify is a Chrome application that allows the user to record their browser tab or desktop.  This is a fantastic option for students who are looking to create, record and annotate projects (ex. Google Slides, Google Drawings, etc.) that they have created on their Chromebook.  Recorded videos can then be saved and exported to Google Drive or YouTube...

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123D Circuits: An online circuit builder and emulator (Tech tip 8 of 31)
May22

123D Circuits: An online circuit builder and emulator (Tech tip 8 of 31)

123D Circuits (from Autodesk) is a free, online tool for designing, building and testing a variety of different electrical circuits.  Working within their web-based Electronics Lab, you start with an empty, virtual circuit breadboard.  A pop up menu reveals a variety of electronic components that can be quickly added to your breadboard.  Batteries, resistors, capacitors, servos and motors are just a few of the components available to...

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Lock exposure and focus on your iPad (iOS) camera (Tech tip 7 of 31)
May14

Lock exposure and focus on your iPad (iOS) camera (Tech tip 7 of 31)

If you want to maintain or hold a specific point of focus and exposure while using the native camera app for iOS devices (iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone) simply press and hold on the area of the frame that you wish to focus on.  After about 2 seconds you should see the message “AE/AF Lock” indicating that the focus and exposure are now locked.  You can still manually adjust exposure by sliding your finger up or...

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Apple TV in the Classroom: Naming and managing Apple TV (Tech tip 6 of 31)
Apr26

Apple TV in the Classroom: Naming and managing Apple TV (Tech tip 6 of 31)

Customize the name of your Apple TV so it is easier to find If you are in a school with several operating Apple TVs, it may be necessary to a use a naming convention that is more specific (and more appropriate) than the stock labels that Apple provides (ex. Office, Living Room , Kitchen, etc.).  Create a custom name for your Apple TV in order to make it easier to identify it from other units.  Typically, I have always recommended...

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