April,  2010                             Issue  8    



Find resources faster!

Search the OLC Website by grade level, theme or key word! Use the Google Search on our main page or the Online Resources page to locate resources quickly and easily.





 Saskatchewan Online Curriculum: Access provincial curricula, core and additional resources, and support materials.  The online curriculum provides teachers with a user friendly way to access outcomes and indicators dynamically linked to resources, and support materials (as they become available).




 Mathematics Applets By Grade – An Alberta Learning website – Explore math applets for Grade 10-12 – for Western Canadian Protocol outcomes



 April Resources - A shower of April ideas for Rain and Rainbows, Easter, Earth Day and Poetry resources.



 How-To For Word 2007 – A list of print and videos resources to help learn the ins and outs of Word 2007.



  • Consider using a digital projector to project the multimedia items for entire class viewing (Flash movies, interactive tours, graphing activities, etc).
  • Many of the sites have printable resources for students and teacher facilitated lesson plans.
  • Send home website addresses connected to your classroom topics in your newsletters or list them on your classroom websites. Parents and students can explore the sites from home.
  • Consider assigning websites for additional practice, a place to begin research, or as an enrichment activity. 
  • Use online resources as CARE partner activities.




Professional Development


Mark your calendars for - Saskatchewan iT Summit 2010 – May 3-4, 2010 in Saskatoon. Check http://www.spdu.ca/it_summit.html for more information.



Web Sites for Teachers and Students


  •  Building Better Instruction: How Technology Supports Nine Research-Proven Instructional Strategies - This report from Learning & Leading with Technology briefly explains how technology tools can be used to support nine instructional strategies.
  • Free Graphic OrganizersNearly 100 free printable graphic organizers.
  • Free Technology for Teachers - A review of free technology resources and how teachers can use them.
  • Journey North Mystery Class Sites -  In this global game of hide-and-seek, students search to uncover the secret locations of 10 “mystery” sites hiding around the Earth. To guide the investigation, they track changes in day length at the mystery sites and at their hometown, and use other “clues” along the way. As they take this inspiring journey, students unlock the essential questions behind the reasons for seasons and the dramatic changes in day length that result.
  • Journey North for Kids is a simple, student-directed entry point to Journey North studies. Engaging stories, photos, videos and slideshows from the natural world build observation skills, inspire scientific thinking and create fertile ground for discussions and new questions.
  • LearningScience.org - An online learning community for science education which features free, high quality, web interactive and resources for K-12 schools.
  • Saskatchewan Science NetworkTheir website shares knowledge and resources to stay up-to-date on scientific information in an environment that encourages a life-long appreciation of the importance of science.
  • Tour the Parts of a Cell - Students can take a tour of the cell. By clicking on the parts of the cell, they can explore the nucleus, DNA, RNA, ribosomes, the endoplasmic reticulum, the cell membrane, mitochondria and protein.
  • Building Big Labs - Helps students think about structures they see every day and the impact of technology on society—bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams and tunnels. Online laboratories invite students to test forces, materials, loads and shapes.
  • Culinary in the Classroom - Culinary topics are an excellent way to introduce math concepts, science principles and even artistic ideas
  • One Geology - An international initiative involving Earth and computer scientists from 110 countries, is putting together the first digital map of the world. 
  • OneGeology Kids - Investigate what geology is all about, from dinosaurs and volcanoes to water and energy. These pages are aimed at younger children as a basic and fun introduction to geology around the world.
  • Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally – An attempt to marry Bloom and the key action verbs to digital approaches and tools.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices and Cancer Prevention: Resources for Teachers Resources are available to use with students to help them make informed personal choices and adopt healthy behaviours related to the prevention of cancer.
  • Parks Canada - Teacher Resource Centre - Classroom-ready educational resources that will enhance students' learning experiences about Canada's national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas. Search by province, grade or subject.
  • CBC Documentaries – Watch full episodes of your favorite CBC programs such as:
  • National Geographic Explore online maps, online videos, Science news, educators resources, National Geographic Kids and more!
  • The Atlas of Canada: Telling Canada's Story with Maps - Use this site to find places, digital maps, topographic maps, quizzes, facts, geographical information and learning resources about Canada
  • WatchKnow – A directory of free educational videos for students ages 3-18.
  • Sheppard Software - Educational interactive activities for students of all ages in a variety of subject areas.


If you would like to contribute websites, lesson plans or ideas on how you have used online resources in your classroom, send your ideas to byersj@spsd.sk.ca

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