Solution #5 – For the Paperless Classroom

11 02 2016

SHOWBIE – iPad App


I stumble on this app, Showbie, it looks as though you can use your iPad to collaborate and keep tabs on your classroom using just this app as a base.  Here’s what I learned about the app:

  • Materials from other apps can be brought in and used.
  • Allows you to annotate students work
  • Give instant feedback
  • Final comment and grade can be added to it
  • Collect Assignments
  • Assign work through PDFs, Google Docs, Digitized images or iCloud.

Seems like a very versatile app and allows you to keep everything organized and also allows you to go back and see what students have done which can be good come report card season.  I would definitely love to try this app in my classroom or one very similar to it.


Solution #4 – Creating a Paperless Classroom

11 02 2016


I thought this would be a great post as iPads seem to be the choice for tablets used in the classroom.  Here’s a link to the website that discuss the best apps to use: iPad Apps.

Here are the top 5 apps that I found most useful for myself:

  1. Google Drive (I think this is essential for all students in my school board to learn) – very powerful and complex tool but very easy to use!
  2. QRReader – this app allows you to print your own QR codes which are great for keeping track of who has what as students often borrow expensive equipment in the Communications Technology classroom.
  3. Google Classroom – Works great when in collaboration with other Google Apps.  Creates a learning hub for the classroom.
  4. Ping Pong Spot Networking – this app is great for classroom or even school polls, a great way for students to collect information and be tested.
  5. Skitch – Allows you to annotate images – great way to mark and give feedback on Photoshop or Illustrator assignments.

Checkout the others, they may prove useful to you!


Solution #3 – Creating a Paperless Classroom

11 02 2016

Steven Katz’ Paperless Classroom


Checkout the Prezi he created detailing the good and the bad that came from having a paperless classroom.

Steven Katz’ Prezi

Some of the benefits he found are:

  • Work can be accessed anywhere there is internet available
  • Easy collaboration
  • Revision History is tracked
  • Set permissions on files
  • Can easily copy docs
  • Plenty of free and effective tools available online
  • Save the earth
  • More efficient

Some cons can be:

  • Hard to work if internet access goes down or is not available.
  • Students can easily erase or misplace their files

Solution #2 – Moving towards a paper free classroom

11 02 2016




This website has a good base for getting a paperless classroom setup.  One major necessity is a place online to collaborate with the class, their suggestions is Google Sites.  Other recommendations are:

  • Smartboard
  • Ipad (tablet)
  • Mobile Phones
  • Jump Drive
  • Scanner
  • Computers

Adding these things to the classroom is sure to make your environmental impact smaller!


Solution #1 – Creating a Paperless Classroom

11 02 2016


Hi all, I will be focusing my blog posts on creating a paperless classroom for the next little bit.  I hope you can take something away from here and use it in your own practices!

Solution #1 WordPress Blog for the Classroom

I read a blog post made by Michelle Weber who actually works for WordPress about how WordPress can be a great tool for students to keep classroom conversations going as well as how parents can connect with what is happening in the classroom.

Here’s a link to her posting:

A few things that I took away from this is:

–       Students have the ability to create their own blogs through

–       Classroom discussions can continue outside the classroom.

–       Great interface to collaborate with parents for regular day-to-day work as well as big events like field trips.

–       Other social media resources can be linked in ie. Twitter feed.

–       Ability to post tips and resources.

–       Communicate with school clubs.

Great place to start moving towards a paper-free classroom as it is a very simple interface to begin with but can become quite complex when you begin seeking your teeth into it!

A day in the life

4 05 2015

A Day in the Life of a Student



DUE: Friday, May 8th, 2015

As a group you will create a 1 to 3 min. video that is based on a day in the life of a student. This video should be filmed at school . Make sure to be very thorough with your planning.


  • Read through the slideshow based on shot types/movements (found in this post).
  • Watch the video that samples different shot types.
  • Research a few videos about a day in the life….
  • Get together with your group and begin brainstorming.
  • This project is fairly open so be creative and remember who your audience is.


Think about the resources you have available to you; actors, locations, props, equipment, ect. How can you best utilize these resources when creating your films?   Read through the rubric very carefully and make sure you’re covering all the criteria listed.


  • Script
  • Storyboard must be planned
  • Other planning shot lists and brainstorming
  • Shot types – you must use 8 different types. Shot types
  • Titles – text that pops up on screen
  • Transitions/fades – how do you transition from one scene to another?
  • Teamwork – Does everyone have a job? Is everyone doing his or her job?

RULZ Assignment

4 05 2015

Rulz – Intro to Photography and creating a layout in Photoshopthirds

In student guide workbook pages 18-26 you will find Photography rules read these pages and then make a rough plan of the images you plan on taking. Choose 8 rules and create a 2-page spread. You must label the rule and then describe how you have demonstrated this rule through your photo in 2-3 sentences. Be as creative as you can with your layout. Make your document 300 dpi and 11”X17”.
This is what a 2-page or double page spread can look like.



Photo example:
This image was taken using the rule of thirds. I decided to put my subject in the lower right corner of the photograph. I believe this composition is effective because the eyes is naturally drawn to the right so the viewer will quickly digest the content of the entire photo and then focus on the subject.

Rules can be found in here.  Freisen’s Yearbook resource