Wednesday, 30 April 2014

File Types and Extensions

I've been teaching my students about different file types and extensions in class which has proven to be more time consuming that I thought it would be. It is astonishing how few students have ever noticed that different file types have different extensions. I blame this on the fact that so often extensions are hidden from file names. I think this is a bad idea. I found this handy list covering common file types:

Thursday, 17 October 2013

What is the Best Way to Project my iPad or ipod touch?

I have had a few teachers ask recently how to project their ipods and ipads. There are a few ways to do it, including purchasing a projector specially designed for your iDevice, but assuming you already have a general purpose projector, here are 2 ways to “get'er done”.
Wireless projection:
You can use a 3rd party application called AirServer ( which enables you to use Airplay on your computer. This is the best way to wirelessly project the ipad (works only with iPad 2 and above). You can also use Airplay to project newer ipod touches and ipods (4S and above for iPhones, and 5 and above for iPods) If the computer is connected to a projector then you can see it on the Projector. The computer and the iDevice need to be on the same wireless network in order to work.
Wired Connection:
To project without a computer you can only do it wired with an adapter and the cord that comes with the iPAd. This will mirror the newer ipods, and IPad 2 and above, but will only play videos or images (not mirroring of the full screen) for older iPod touches (ipod 4 and below or ipad 1). You can purchase a VGA adapter or a HDMI adapter from the apple store.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Fun with Hippo, the HTL5 Animator

I downloaded the free 30  day trial of Hippo Animator and tested it out. It was very easy to use and I was able to put together a rather nifty looking animation in a relatively short time. Down with Flash, hurray for HTML 5! Click on the link below to check it out:

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Creating a Typing game from Scratch!

I just finished putting together what will be my first programming assignment for my grade eights this year. Now that they have a bit of programming experience behind them it will be fun to take a look at more sophisticated programs. I had fun putting together a typing game focussing on the home row keys that is easily adaptable. After putting it all together I scaled it back to the bare bones and put together a "kit" for the students so that they can adapt it and make it their own. It should be a good review for the students but also have enough support to help out any newbies who may be new to the class. the only totally new concept will be lists, but I'm hoping that their extensive use of variables last year in grade seven will have paved the way and it won't cause them too much trouble. I'm looking forward to seeing what they put together.

Here is a snapshot of my game. Click on the link to play the game online.

If you are interested in trying out the kit I created for the students your self, send me an email and I'll send it your way!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Bully Proof

Here is another excellent full length documentary (45 min) produced by CBC looking at bullying in schools. In today's technological world a lot of our social interaction takes place digitally through social media. unfortunalty this also includes the darker side of social interaction - bullying.