Monday, 28 January 2013

January 25, 2013 - Odds and Sods

Happy Friday Everyone,

This week I have a few odds and ends in the form of a quick tip, a math website,  a flash supporting iPad and iPhone app and a download tool for the computer.

First, are you aware that you are able to take most OSAPAC software home for installation on your home computers?  Or that WordQ is able to be installed on student’s home computer?  Many school libraries have CDs of the software on hand which you can install on your computer for planning and teacher preparation.  If the school doesn’t have a copy of the program you are interested in installing you may find one in the Terry James Resource Center.  Check out the OSAPAC website ( and click on the program you are interested in, this will lead you to a detailed page which outlines the licensing parameters.  Don’t forget to check the disc packaging or insert for a product key to be able to fully complete the install. 

Have you ever used virtual manipulatives with your class? The National Library of Math Manipulatives ( is a great place to seek out interactive math manipulatives for use with the whole class.  By clicking on the box where the strand and grade level intersect you will be offered many different math ‘toys’ to be used with your lessons, including geoboards, base blocks, fraction blocks, polyominoes, charts,  spinners and many more.  Try adding them to the SMARTBoard or simply project them on screen for all the class to collaborate on math problem solving.

Having difficulty viewing videos and gaming on your iPad or iPhone because they don’t support Flash? Try the ‘Puffin’ internet browser app.  This free app will let you surf the net and view content which is not often supported by the Apple devices.

Finally, have you ever tried downloading videos from Youtube for viewing in your class, only to find out that it’s not possible?  Well the solution is Mozilla Download Helper!  By downloading the internet browser ‘Mozilla Firefox’ (found at and its companion ‘Download Helper’ (found at ) you can download videos like never before.   Just find the video you want to download then click on the
coloured bubbles next to the title and choose to download the video.  Once it is downloaded you can add it to a presentation or view it in class without requiring an internet connection.  This ensures that there aren’t any advertisements surrounding the video for students to view and there are no problems to deal with if the internet is down when you decide to show it in class.  It also makes it easy to embed in a website or power point presentation, etc. just don’t forget to give credit where it is due.

I hope these are helpful – as always, if you have any questions or would like further information on how to use the items above please feel free to contact me.


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