Technology that works: Weebly

By: Salome & Peter


About Weebly:

Weebly was found in 2007. It lets people to create a unique website, blog or online store. Weebly gives  veryone the freedom to build an outstanding site that works perfectly across any device. They also offer a range of pricing options, including free and premium plans, as well as business offerings and is consistently the highest-rated website building mobile app in the App Store and Google Play. Weebly
not only lets you create,but plan, publish and grow.

Effective Uses:

Weebly can be used by teachers to create their own websites in order to improve educational skills. By using Weebly, teachers are able to provide documents, power points, assignments, review questions for tests and assignments, videos, etc. Therefore, Weebly has lots of options for teachers to be more helpful for students by providing learnt material online.

Weebly (1)

Step 1:
You will need to sign up. You can use your existing  email address or sign up with Facebook or email.


Step 2:
Choose a type that you want to use for your online source. For educational Purpose, we can choose either site or blog.


Step 3:

Next step is to choose a theme that matches the purpose of  your online source.


Step 4:

Once you choose your theme a message will pop up if you would like Weebly to generate a domain or you can make a new one and you can also extract a domain that you already own.


Step 5:

Now if you scroll down a little bit, you will see a button to pick a layout of where you want your pictures and text to be. You can also look at a preview and and keep it, if you like it.



Step 6:

After you can pick the main website background image. There are lots of images to choose from. If none of them fit you then you can upload your own image.



Step 7:

Once you edit or add something, save it.(the option is at the top right corner of the screen).


Step 8:

To choose a header for your website, click the gear icon on your header. After that different types of headers will pop up like no header, tall or short header and more. There are headers for each one of your pages so you can have different types on each page if you would like to.


Step 9:

To add text image or something else, first click on the build option at the top of the screen.After, just left click and hold the icon and drag it where you want it on your page.


Step 10:

To remove the box that you just have added just put the the mouse cursor on it and then You will see the option to close it on the top right corner.  To move or copy do the same but the option will appear on the top left corner.


Step 11:

To add your own image first drag the image icon to your page  and then click in the middle of it where it says upload image. Once you click on it you have the option to upload the image from your computer, search for one or paste a link of an image.


Step 12:

To re-size an image click on it and then left click and hold any corner of the image and move the mouse up or down to re-size it.


Step 13:

To add pages click on pages at the top of the screen. After that you will see all of your pages on the left side and click the plus sign to add a new page (add a blog page).To edit the page, delete or copy, click on it once and few options will pop up.


Step 14:

Once you have added your blog page, it will look a little different from the standard pages. You will have an option at the bottom to post blogs.


Step 15:

Click new post and add text or images. Once done editing, click , save and it will save as a draft. Or, if you click  post, then anyone would be able to look at it. When you come back to edit the post again, an option will be at the bottom saying “draft.” Click on it and click on your post to continue editing.




Settings give you lots of options to change the things that you already have done to it or add other options like share the website on Facebook , archive, protect the site with a password and many other options.







In order to upgrade the website, teachers need to choose a plan from three different options.


After choosing the plan, teachers should complete filling information about  their payment in order to get more options for the websites.


Publishing the website:

To publish your website the option will appear at the top right corner. Once you click on it, it will ask you again like at the beginning to choose a domain for your website. After,  if you pick a custom link then it will say if the website is available or no, if no then try another one and if yes then everything is good. If you picked the option where Weebly generates the link for you then you do not have to worry about anything.




Ms Osier’s Weebly page, where she has all subjects that she teaches. She uses her website to provide power points, assignments and review questions for her students. Students are able to download files from the website.



Ms Gourley’s Weebly website, where she provides, power points, assignments, due dates for assignments, etc.

12966579_1735116206710291_558186484_n 13020244_1735116203376958_1193771221_n12987934_1735116226710289_150120382_n


Mr. Stitt’s weebly website for Communication Technology class where he provides tutorials, agenda with due dates, students’ work.










Read More


Diigo Logo

What is Diigo?

Diigo is a free social bookmarking, research, and knowledge sharing tool that allows both teachers and students provide a network for sharing and discovering information. One can access a Diigo from any electronic device connected to the internet.

To sign in into Diigo

To see the information about Diigo

Diigo’s Features and Uses:

Diigo can be used as an educational review. Diigo allows us to take personal notes, highlight important information on different websites, bookmark and save the information for further review, while adding tags to keep everything organized. In addition, you can also share your information with other people (students, group members). In addition, all information is saved online and anyone can read it from any electronic devices such as computers, cellphones, ipad and so on.

-Highlighting important information:


-Bookmarking websites


-Writing personal notes:


-Annotation, saving and sharing information with other people:


-Accessing from any electronic devices:




Why is Diigo so useful?

Diigo uses a variety of learning strategies:

Spaced practice: This can be used by students to take notes for material learnt in class. Therefore, we are able to go and review the same material anytime to store it into a long-term memory.

Elaboration: Students are able to make connections between new acquired knowledge and notes written on their Diigo page.

Mnemonic (both visual and verbal):

Visual- Students can look at pictures uploaded with other information for better understanding. It is also easier to remember the information.

Verbal– Reading written information out loud from Diigo page to remember the material well.

Generation: Applying written notes in different contexts.


 Top 5 Educational ways to use a Diigo:

1)Taking  personal notes about class material that will later help you to get ready for assignments, tests and quizzes.

2)Sometimes students are confused about material learnt in class. However, by using Diigo, we can do more research about the same material, highlight them and save it on our Diigo page for better understanding the lesson.

3)If one of your classmates missed a day and need notes, you can help them by sharing  your notes  througth Diigo.

4)Sometimes, students lose some work, because of having many papers. However, Diigo saves all our work. Therefore, we will never be afraid to lost our notes.

5) Students are able to access from any electronic devices and this is very important, because we are not always able to use computers during , especially when we have 5 minutes before the test and we want quickly read our notes.

Have a question?

Get the latest Diigo updates?






By: Salome, Peter, Hanna, Helena, Rita



Read More



What is Evernote?

Evernote is a powerful cross-platform tool that allows you to take, organize and share notes. All your notes are accessible via Evernote’s website, their mobile apps and their computer programs. Evernote’s unique organizational tools help students to stay on top of their schoolwork by helping to efficiently organize notes, so they can be accessed with ease in the future.


Evernote’s Features and Uses

1. Notebooks

In Evernote, you can save notes to different notebooks, with the ability to move a note from one notebook to another with ease. Notebooks can be used to organize notes by topic. For example, you can save all of your favorite recipes into one notebook, and have all of your biology notes saved into a different notebook on the same account.

2. Tags

Evernote also uses tags to organize various notes, so you can search through notes in multiple notebooks based on what tags they have. This can allow you to find notes related to similar topics in different notebooks. For example, you may be looking for notes with the tag “vectors”. This tag may be attached to notes in both your physics and calculus notebooks, giving you access to more information than if you were to only check one of your notebooks for this information.

3. Reminders

You can also set reminders in Evernote for upcoming events. Reminders will appear in your notes as checklist items, so you will be reminded of these tasks every time you open Evernote. You can also set a date and time for the reminder. Since Evernote is a cross-platform tool, any device you have with the Evernote app will give you a notification, and you can also receive email notifications about this reminder.


Why Is Evernote Useful?

Organization: Evernote provides it’s users with many different tools to organize their notes, so each user can organize their notes in the way that it suits them best. Evernote also allows users to efficiently organize both personal and professional notes all from one account.

Collaboration: Evernote makes it easy for users to share their notes with other users, encouraging teamwork and collaboration amongst users.

Interleaving: Evernote users can easily mix notes from multiple units together in one notebook, as a way to practice interleaving, with the ability to re-organize their notes with the click of a few buttons.


Educational Uses of Evernote

  1. Review: Evernote allows users to access all of their notes in one place, making it easy for students to review all of their notes whenever they choose.
  2. Organization: Evernote allows students to quickly organize all of their notes so they have time for other tasks.
  3. Sharing: Evernote makes it easy for students to share note with each other, making it easy for students to catch up on missed lessons, and for students to study together.

Read More

We Heart Piktochart!


What is Piktochart?

Piktochart is a web-based infographic website that is easy-to-use while still maintaining a distinct level of professionalism. Users who may not have the same skills or experience as graphic designers can use this tool to create beautiful visual presentations. Based in Malaysia, Piktochart is a freemium site that allows users to pick basic templates and customize them to fit their needs. If more assistance and depth is required, one can also purchase a premium account, which offers a greater variety of templates as well as more extensive formatting options.

How to Use Piktochart in the Classroom: A Complete Guide

Piktochart Login



Quick and User-friendly



Piktochart is an effective technology tool that can be used in a school environment as well as in a professional environment. One can use Piktochart for course presentations, project visuals, or promotional infographics to create awareness about a topic. This tool is most useful for students who don’t have an extensive background in Photoshop and other graphic designing software.

Creating a Presentation – You can choose between creating an infographic, a presentation, a poster, or report. When clicking on your preferred tool of choice, you can choose between free preset templates provided by Piktochart or start from scratch and customize your own presentation. If you are a paid member, there are many more templates to choose from.

Adding Icons – By clicking on the icon sections of a presentation, you can insert preset cartoons and images that further accentuate and attract attention to your masterpiece.

Adding Visual Tools (graphs, maps, etc) – Tools such as graphs, maps and charts can be added to the infographic to provide a visual representation of information. These graphics can be formatted to fit your unique needs (axis, title, colour, etc.) and add variety to your project.

Exporting Files – Given the option to share and export files through social media networks, evernote, email, or download, a free user has a variety of different ways to distribute their work to the intended audience. Additional methods of exporting are available to paid members such as downloadable PDF format.


Why is Piktochart so useful?

Piktochart allows users to consolidate learning through the following methods:

  • Retrieval practice – One will have to recall information previously learned and apply it on their own to fit the needs of their infographic. Creating an infographic through Piktochart may benefit a student by allowing them to further understand the material due to having had phrased it in their own words.
  • Reflection – Depending on the level of ease at which one is able to recall certain components of the learning material, one can gauge the overall grasp of the topic based on seeing which sections are more difficult. Wherever the knowledge does not come as easily to the user, they will know they need more information on it.
  • Elaboration – One can use elements of what has been learned and expand on it by creating a phrase or making an analogy pertaining to that information. By answering questions on an infographic that readers would likely ask, the creator ensures not only creating questions but also answering them in-depth.
  • Mnemonics – Use of visual aids and charts to help retain information in long-term memory and build connections. PiktoChart can also help students learn a new topic by creating visual connections. By using and forming creative connections when looking at or making infographics, the student gains a deeper understanding of the concepts.


How can Piktochart be used?

  1. Piktochart can teach students about a new topic by creating an infographic pertaining to new course material, for example, students can learn lessons that can be kept and used for quizzes, tests, or exams.
  2. Piktochart allows students to demonstrate knowledge on a topic in an in-depth manner by elaborating on course material. The extent of this knowledge will allow the teacher to analyze the student’s understanding of the information, able to pinpoint the exact sections where students need improvement.
  3. Piktochart encourages creative application of knowledge for any user, by implementing graphs, charts, maps, and images to the topic at hand, ensuring there is a good understanding of the knowledge and proper consolidation of the information.
  4. Piktochart can be used as a long-term resource in the classroom for key ideas and topics. It is an eye-catching tool that can last a long time and be seen by all who walk by it.

Interested? Keep yourself updated with all the Piktochart information!




Read More

Slack at Work


What is Slack?

Slack is a professional messaging software that includes many features for organization and productivity. It features different channels to organize topics of conversation and useful tools that can be used to bookmark and tag within the messages. It is also easily accessible through the web browser and app which makes the software ideal for collaboration for projects and extra-curriculars. (more…)

Read More


What is Moovly?

Moovly is an interactive online platform that allows individuals to create intricate animated videos and presentations. “Moovs” can be created to a voiceover or simply timed in correspondence to a speech or lesson. Moovly provides an extensive library of animated visuals which will keep an audience engaged. Moovly is accessible by computer and can be shared to other Moovly users, Facebook, or YouTube.

Watch the video below to get a better idea of how Moovly can be used!


To create an account for Moovly (

2) How to use Moovly effectively?

Watch this video to learn the basics of Moovly! 

3) Features & Uses

Moovly can be used by students and teachers in order to present using a visually creative and engaging presentation. It allows educators to create presentations that embrace minimal text and include animations that enhance the learning experience. Telling a story, representing a statistic, and explaining real world scenarios becomes much more engaging with the animating capabilities of the program. The potential  to pre-record a voiceover offered by Moovly creates a complete video presentation that can be shared and viewed anytime and anywhere. Moovly also offers a user friendly interface that does not require any multimedia skills to use.

→ Moovly and Learning Strategies

  • Reflection- Creators must reflect on the content of their presentation when they create their Moov and add engaging and relevant visual elements.
  • Elaboration- Creators will have to elaborate more specifically on the main topic of the presentation in order to find suitable animations which will represent components of the main topic. Presenting visual organizers such as tables, graphs, or charts also require further elaboration since Moovly focuses on a visual approach and makes verbal explanation of the visuals extremely important
  • Mneumonics- The visual heavy approach to presenting allows audience members to recall visual cues which correspond to the verbal explanation given by the presenter. This enforces knowledge and creates retrieval cues.  

4) Top 3 educational uses for Moovly

  1. Moovly can be used by teachers to create an enjoyable lesson on any subject matter. By illustrating important topics with animations and graphics, students will be more engaged and will be able to recall the lesson’s material better as a result. Students will also be able to generate more ideas about the topic with the help of visual aids and they will be able to create stronger connections with the topic.
  2. Moovly can be used to create a short animated video as an introduction to a presentation. By creating an animated introduction with the help of a variety of animations and themes provided by moovly, the attention of the entire class will be captured and the rest of the presentation will be more effective – having a longer lasting effect on students.
  3. Moovly can be also be used to turn typically boring information into a fun learning experience by making infographic videos, which can communicate facts such as statistics, formulas, and scientific theories through animation.

frequently asked questions (

Get the latest Moovly updates:

twitter (

facebook (

Read More

The Advantages of Pixlr

What is Pixlr?

Pixlr is an internet based, on-demand photo editing tool that allows for the creation of images, along with the editing and sharing of existing photos. Although Pixlr was created with non-professional users in mind, the application also includes a variety of advanced tools which provide individuals more more options.  Even though it is browser-based, a mobile app exists for those wishing to access it from a handheld device. Pixlr was ultimately designed for quick and easy-to-use image editing for those with little experience involving photo manipulation, while staying convenient and accessible to those who choose not to buy professional software.


Pixlr Features & Uses:

Pixlr Editor

Pixlr Editor is the standard, Photoshop-like, browser-based image editor. It can be used to create an image, or import one from the user’s computer or  from the web.  These pictures can then be edited using the over 20 tools that Pixlr Editor has to offer. The greatest advantage of this program is that the overall photo editing process is extremely quick and clear when used for creating, or changing pictures through online content.

Pixlr Express

Pixlr Express is a very simplified image editor. It uses a very clean interface with little tools, meant for quick tweaks toward pictures rather than large-scale manipulation. It offers similar capabilities as most modern phone camera apps do, but its usefulness comes from it being easily accessible from a computer where mobile apps are not typically installed.

Pixlr Mobile

It is fairly difficult to find a good photo editing app for mobile devices, and Pixlr Mobile just so happens to be one of them.  It comes with a camera function, and it has all of the basic tools a photo editing app should have, such as quick tools, filters, borders, text, and brushes.

Pixlr Desktop

Pixlr Desktop is a downloadable version of Pixlr, which is a powerful photo editor. It’s not designed for image manipulation, but it has a lot of very useful features when looking to improve photos, the majority of which are very quick to apply (such as filters).

An explanation on Pixlr’s functions

Tutorials, tips and tricks for Pixlr

Pixlr: Learning the basics:

Why use Pixlr?

Comparatively, Pixlr is a much more accessible and convenient photo creation and editing tool the provides some, if not all, of the capabilities that a normally professional and paid photo program offers.  By allowing users to access this tool for free and without the hassle of downloading, Pixlr provides more opportunities at exploring one’s creativity involving photo editing or graphic design.


Pixlr promotes learning through curiosity and opportunity.  Due it the application’s accessibility I can virtually be used anywhere as long as there is an internet connection or it is installed as mobile app or desktop program.  By allowing users to test their interests through curiosity, an individual would be able to try photo editing or graphic design using this tool. This results in users being able to explore without the fear of prices or limitations.

This learning strategy could be used as the individual utilizes the tool, which could ignite a hidden passion for photos or graphics using their creativity.  Reflection plays a part when the user relates a positive feeling to the use of the program, further increasing their interest within the arts resulting in an easier time learning the subject.

Educational Uses

1. The photo editing tool could be useful to teachers involved in the arts, specifically photography.  By having a tool that is advanced, yet simple it allows teachers to create images that can then later be used as example of photo manipulation in class which would give students an idea of what is possible through photo editing.

2. The accessibility of Pixlr allows students to be able to utilize the program for classes without the deterrence of fees or mandatory downloads.  A couple of examples would be: creating an image representing the decay of alpha particles for physics or editing an image for an assignment regarding the topic of what an ‘ideal person’ within a society would look like.

3. It promotes student creativity which can then reflect toward determining their interests, specifically in photo manipulation or graphic design.  This in turn would allow students to plan their courses in such a way that it aligns with their interests, or their passion resulting in a path toward post-secondary studies through high school courses.


Frequently asked questions and support

Updates and some cool ways to use Pixlr!

People’s work using Pixlr!

Read More


The Socratic Method of Socrative

What is Socrative?

Socrative is an online program that teachers and presenting students alike can capitalize to create interactive quizzes the entire class can participate in. It engages students during the learning process. Socrative is easy to use, and there is a specific pin code assigned to each teacher’s account. Moderators can use a mix of multiple choice, true/false and short answer.

How to use Socrative Effectively:

Socrative’s Uses and Features

1. Downloadable graphs, results, spreadsheets

You can download the results for a particular quiz in the form of graphs, charts  and spreadsheets in one convenient zip file. In addition, the program automatically creates a pdf file with their results (in the form of a chart) for each individual participant. You can always go back and see the latest results and download them at any time.


2. Student paced option

Unlike other similar programs, you can elect to have student paced quizzes and activities. Students can go back and recheck questions they weren’t sure of. The absence of a timer alleviates pressure and stress, allowing the students to assess their understanding of the material more accurately.

3. Randomized groups

The Socrative program also allows moderators to assign all participants into randomized groups. If this option is selected, students will see the their group name at the upper right corner of their screen, and the program will indicate which team is in the lead. This adds a fun, competitive element to interactive quizzes without placing pressure on individual participants.


Why is Socrative so Useful?

Socrative allows students to test their knowledge and see for themselves what they already know so that they can better assess a future performance. Socrative may gain confidence through their test with Socrative, or they may figure out where to allot more time for studying.

By analyzing their results students are able to reflect on how they felt during the quiz/assessment. Were they confident in their abilities? Did a particular question frustrate them? These emotions invoke connections which serve as a precursor for active attention and analysis of the taught material.

Socrative is a useful way to see what material students have retained after a lesson. If a teacher elects to have Socrative quizzes after a particularly detailed lesson, students can see what concepts they can retrieve from memory the quickest.

Socrative is conducive to class discussions, which is a good setting for elaboration. If a teacher notices that a significant portion of the class was stuck on a particular topic, they can allocate time to discuss the topic in class. With nuanced insights and meaningful discussion, students can construe the material in a way that makes sense to them, in their own words.


Top Educational Uses for Socrative

  1. Test prior knowledge of students. Socrative is a good way to give students short quizzes testing for prior knowledge before a particularly rigorous lesson.
  2. Quizzing taught material is a good way to review material. It also encourages metacognition, where awareness is raised about what the students know and what they struggle with. Students and teachers alike can use this information in effective ways- students can focus more on these areas when studying, and teachers can review the material the next day in class.
  3. Gauge student comfort with material. Socrative has the option of creating quick poll type questions. Teachers can ask “On a scale of 1-5, how comfortable are you with the material.”, “I am comfortable with the material, true/false”, etc. Alternately, teachers can ask students “Who would like me to review X concepts”, since some students may be too insecure to admit their weaknesses.

For More Information Visit:


By: Jessica Jung, Sepi Mortazavi, Gajani Nirthanarajah, Isis So

Read More

The Groovly Moovly Demo Slam

(A small ‘music video’ that shows off Moovly’s animation capabilities.)

What is Moovly?

Moovly is a versatile website that can help its user create everything from e-cards to documentaries. At its foundation, Moovly is an online video-making website with built-in transitions between images for a fun and engaging presentation. By combining images, sounds, and animations from the site’s library and your own (that you can upload), you can make an amazing video that is 100% you.

How to use:

  1. Go to and create an account.
  2. At the top of the page there should be a bar with links. Click ‘My Moovs’.
  3. Near the bottom of the page there should be a ‘New Moov’ button! Click it.
  4. The ‘Create new Moov’ page should pop up. From there, you can set the video’s title, description, and its category.
  5. The next page will lead you to a bunch of Moovly templates. Choose one and get started! A new window should pop up.
  6. The interface will let you drag and drop images, sounds, and animations from the library (left) to the stage (center). Every time an object is placed on the stage, it will pop up in the timeline (bottom).
  7. You can add little transitions onto objects by clicking the small grey arrow beside the object in the timeline.

A more in-depth walkthrough is offered when you open a Moovly project, and is recommended viewing for beginners.

Read More




TED Ed is an education enhancing web tool that takes an existing YouTube video and allows customization for better teaching/learning. It was created by the same organization that created the TED Talks to help people spread new ideas to others around the world.

An Introduction to TED-Ed


TED-Ed has the following features:
– Ability to upload Youtube videos to another platform and add multiple choice/short answer questions to it
– Ability to create discussions and allow others to add their thoughts onto it
– Ability to make your lesson customizable by others if they want to add on/change it for their own use
– Ability to share videos with others and access it from the website
– Ability to alter other peoples’ lessons to suit your own needs

Resources for Getting Started

Link to Video being attached:
A video from TED-Ed describing what it’s all about

Information and Resources from TED Ed
An “About” page from TED-Ed
A support page for people who need help with the site
A page for people to leave feedback
A link to a video which describes TED-Ed’s Features
A link to TED-Ed’s Youtube channel which houses all of their official videos

Educator-Created Resources
A link that describes how to use TED-Ed in a flipped classroom
A video of a sample TED-Ed lesson
Multiple videos from TED-Ed
A link that describes how to use TED-Ed to create lessons
A link that describes how TED-Ed can go extend past the classroom
A link that describes how TED-Ed impacts education,2817,2381433,00.asp

Possible Educational Uses
1. Students can search up lessons created by others to learn and test themselves
2. Students can create lessons to help others or help put learning into long term memory
3. Flipped classroom- Teachers use TED Ed to enhance the learning they taught to students in class. Students learn from videos 4. and get tested on it afterwards
5. Discussions can help students brainstorm together (with or without teacher) for projects related to the topic being taught
6. YouTube users can use TED Ed to add on more information or help consolidate the content of their video
7. Teachers can track how students have responded to follow-up questions, track which students have watched which videos and how they actually interacted with the lesson, as well as hold quizzes for practice/marks

Read More