Beyond Kahoot: Teacher Tech Talk

All about Google Forms: Library Orientation Survey and Literary Devices Quiz

Rebecca’s favourite tech: Having fun with get-to-know-you BINGO andTeacher Tech Talk Prizes at

Favourite resource:

Tanaz’s favourite tech: Poll Everywhere

Favourite resource:  Teacher Tech YouTube Channel (especially their video on Google Drive)

Amanda’s favourite tech: and Yo Teach!


Using Prezis for ESL D and E

Prezi is a useful tool to organize your presentation for Dr. Mazilis’ ESL D and E research assignment.

Create a free account at with any webmail address. Prezi is easy to use and much more interactive than Powerpoint and other Slide Presentations.  Choose a theme, add extra pictures and movement, and you will hold your audience’s attention.

ESL Prezi


Check out Encyclopedia Britannica for General Context on the History of the United Nations’ missions:

Remember many UN documents can be read directly from the UN site:


What is a podcast, anyway?

Thanks for asking, Trevor.  A podcast is really just a radio show that you can download to your ipod or other device.  Like a radio show, it has a regular host, a mix of music and talking (even if it’s just theme music) and it’s all about one particular topic.

Have a listen to some of these ESPN podcasts to see if you get the idea.  If you’re interested in a movie review, check out the Now Playing podcast.  No matter what your topic, these podcasts will be useful to you.

As you listen, think about what makes the podcast good or bad, and how you might use their techniques in your own podcast. 

When you’re making your own podcast, sample some music from Free Music Archive for your intro.

Finally, if you’re having so much fun with Audacity that you would like to use it at home, click here to download it for free!

Make a robot!

OK, I wish I could say you could do that in the library, but we don’t really have the set-up (yet…).  This is actually a heads up about a really cool place around the corner from us on Danforth, the Toronto Tool Library, where you can take courses in robot-building.  They have a deal right now, buy one get one 50% off:

Making podcasts in the library

Did you know that we have headset mics in the library?  You can borrow them to make a podcast on any of our computers — they all have  Audacity, a simple program that allows you to record and import audio, then edit it with really intuitive tools.

Remember, when you’re making your podcast, don’t steal music!  For good sources of free and copyright-free tunes, check out