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Smartphones & Tablets: Educational Distractions or Bicycles for Our Minds?

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The short answer is YES!  Yes, smartphones and tablets can be wonderful learning tools, or bicycles for our minds if used properly, and Yes, they can be a huge distraction if unskilfully used. A recent study describes how disruptive smartphone

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Smartphones & Tablets as Homework & Research Tools for Students?

Can SmartPhones and Tablets be more than just distractions, but actually help with homework and research? This session looked at different strategies and applications that can help students turn SmartPhones and Tablets into a serious research tools.

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Solar Cellphone Challenge

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I’ve set a new year challenge for myself to see if I can run my phone on solar power alone this spring and summer. Unfortunately this is the worst time of year to start a challenge like this in the

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SmartPhone & Tablets: Research Tools for Students?

I spoke at Arbutus Middle School on January 9th to a great class of grade 7 students about how their SmartPhone and Tablets can help them with their school work.  The slides of the presentation are here: SlideShare. As promised,

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Google Keep’s Location Reminder: Helping Me Use All Those Christmas Gift Cards & More!

The other day I received a $25 gift card from my favourite Outdoor supply store, Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC). I know I’ll be able to use it eventually, but given the sad state of my memory, how will I remember

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In Praise of Google Maps: Getting Around Foreign Cities Has Never Been Easier!

I have travelled outside Canada and the US more in the past year than ever before, and Google Maps on my phone has made getting around on public transportation less stressful, less expensive and much quicker. The feature of Google

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MOOC’s, 1 to 1 Laptop Programs, Flipped Learning, iPads: Is EdTech Worth the Investment?

This morning I spoke to a great group of Faculty from UVic’s English Language Centre about the value of educational technology.  Below are the slides from my presentation and I’ve also included a link to a PDF with my presentation notes for

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