Educational Technology & Mobile Learning

  • Contact Information
    Jeff Raine - Technology Integration Consultant, NSVS Board Registrar,, (902)
    Todd Wallace - Coordinator of Information Systems,, (902) 740-5843

  • Copyright Matters
    One thing that all teachers deal with on a regular basis is the issue of Copyright. As a refresher, I've included a copy of an old article from this site in 2014.  However, the best source for information is the "Copyright Matters!" booklet that is put out by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada(CMEC) which can be found here.

    One other issue is that any cinematographic work that is shown in schools must only be for educational or training purposes, must be a legal copy of the work, and may not be from a paid streaming service unless specifically mentioned in their terms of service.  Any cinematographic work show for leisure purposes(not covering outcomes) would require the school to have a separate license from a company such as Audio Ciné Films Inc.


    When the Copyright Modernization Act was passed by parliament in June 2012, as a result, several aspect of copyright have become simpler and clearer for teachers and students.

    Most notably, there has been significant clarification on how copyright applies to both digital resources and the use of “short excerpts”.

    Internet Resources

    ·         Teachers and students may save, download, and share publicly available internet materials and use that material in the classroom.

    ·         “Publicly available” means materials that are posted online without any password, encryption or other technology to limit access to the technology.

    ·         Students and educators are required to cite sources of any Internet resources that they are using.

    ·         Students and educators may not circumvent digital locks, such as encryption or password protection, to use an internet resource for educational purposes.

    Fair Dealing

    ·         Teachers and staff members in non-profit educational institutions may create and communicate short excerpts from a copyright-protected work, digitally or in paper, for research, study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire, or parody.

    ·         A single copy of the short excerpt many be provided or communicated to each student enrolled in a class

    o   as a class handout;

    o   as a posting to a password protected or otherwise restricted learning management system;

    o   as part of a course pack.

    ·         A short excerpt means:

    o   up to 10% or a work;

    o   a single chapter from a book;

    o   a single article;

    o   an entire artistic work;

    o   an entire newspaper page;

    o   an entire single poem or musical score from a work containing others;

    o   an entire entry from an encyclopedia, annotated bibliography, dictionary, or other reference material.

    ·         Copying multiple excerpts from  the same work to communicate a large portion of work is prohibited.

    For more information about copyright, check out the “Copyright Information for Teachers” section of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada website. You can also consult the Copyright Matters resource available from the same site, which can also often be found in your school.

    Posted Feb 22, 2017, 6:34 AM by Jeff Raine
  • Silkscreening Workshop
    Nine teachers from TCRSB were involved in a silkscreening workshop at Barrington Municipal High recently. Teachers learned how to take advantage of technology in their schools to engage students by creating and manipulating artwork, process screens for printing, and print on fabrics and paper. The workshop was led by Sheridan Lawrence of Let's Print It in Dayton. 

    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 4:30 AM by Todd Wallace
  • Text to Speech with Google Drive
    Text to Speech for Google Drive is a free web tool which reads text aloud (with many voices and speeds to choose from). An application has been made that would enable the software to access a student's Google Drive (as a Chrome app), but currently this feature is only available to adults who give permission for the 3rd party App to access their GNSPES Drive. For students to use it now, direct them to the web link below. With full functionality, the reader can read from a host of files including pdf, Google apps, and Word files. Try it out:

    Posted Nov 28, 2016, 9:40 AM by Todd Wallace
  • Engage Audiences with Google Slides Feature
    A Google Slides feature allows your audience to ask questions and 'vote up' questions posed by others, using a web link provided on the Slides presentation. It allows you to give and receive real-time feedback about the presentation. Students or audience members that are shy and might not ask a question can post anonymously from almost any device. It also prevents unwanted interruptions to the presentation.

    How to use this feature

    Posted Nov 28, 2016, 9:24 AM by Todd Wallace
  • Working with Shared Files
    Some information on 'Shared With Me':
    • Files/folders can be dragged out and dropped in Drive or a specific folder in Drive
    • After dragging a file/folder out of 'shared with me' it looks like a link is still in there as Drive shows you all files currently still shared with you. These can be removed by right-click > remove.
    • Sort is useful for organizing 'shared with me' and Drive itself.
    • Advanced search can help you locate files/folders owned by specific people or with other details you may know.
    • The best way to receive and share files/folders with students is through the Google Classroom app. This prevents tons of work being located in 'shared with me'. Google takes care of the organization of files from students and it can all be done through that app.

    Posted Nov 22, 2016, 10:41 AM by Todd Wallace
  • Trouble Signing in to Chrome? - Quick Fix
    Chrome spinning and not logging you in? A temporary fix that once you hit the little person button in the top right of the Chrome browser, select Switch Person instead of Sign in to Chrome. And remember to log out (Settings > Disconnect Your Google Account), if on a public computer, when you are done.
    Posted Sep 28, 2016, 5:09 AM by Todd Wallace
  • New Feature: Guardian Emails in Google Classroom
    Google classroom can now send emails to notify guardians of a student's progress in class if you're using the Google Classroom App. You can send to multiple guardians of a single student and they can choose daily or weekly summaries for all of the classes their students are enrolled in. 

    You also have the ability at any time to email all guardians (who have accepted this feature) at any time.

    To get started you will need a guardian email address, then head to the STUDENTS tab in classroom. 

    Uploaded by Nimbus Screen CaptureThe slider can be moved to the right to enable, but before the ‘Email to Guardian’ button can be enabled, the teacher needs to first add at least one guardian email under the student account.

    Uploaded by Nimbus Screen Capture

    Posted Nov 28, 2016, 7:19 AM by Todd Wallace
  • New Google Sites
    Google had unveiled a new website development platform which they are calling New Google Sites. This has interesting implications for school websites, teacher classroom sites, and student electronic portfolios. It looks very interesting and has some great features. One major difference to note is that new sites can be created from the "New" button in Google Drive and links to sites are stored in Google Drive so there is no need to visit To get started form Drive, click New > More > Google Sites. Or, Go to, then:

    Uploaded by Nimbus Screen Capture

    New Google Sites Overview

    YouTube Video

    Posted Nov 28, 2016, 6:11 AM by Todd Wallace
  • Hillcrest Grade 4 Students Launch Geocaching Trackables in Effort to Spread "PEACE"
    Grade 4 teacher John MacKay and his students at Hillcrest Academy in Shelburne really got something rolling this spring. In an effort to promote Peace, and sponsored by the Sheonoroil Foundation, they created and launched a series of 50 geocaching 'trackables'. These trackables, in the form of coins like the one seen below, were placed in various geocaches with the idea that they would be picked up and moved around the world by geocachers who would place them in different caches as they travel. The cachers log their discoveries and where they place the trackables, so it's easy to see where they have been. And boy, have they travelled. One of the coins, as of today, had already travelled over 9700 kilometers and is currently in the Ukraine. The multiple facets of this project are impressive; peace, technology, organization, design, culture, geography, collaboration, and much more. Congratulations on an inspiring project.

    The coin in the picture is mounted on the wall in the school as a reminder of the project and allows others to peek in at the progress of the project which will carry on indefinitely. 

    To find out more about geocaching, visit You can also hunt down these trackables  - starting with the Tracking Number in the photo above or by using the project owner name, GeoPeaceHillcrest. For a peek at the progress of the coins, click here.

    Posted Jun 23, 2016, 8:04 AM by Todd Wallace
  • Tide Clocks
    These tide clocks (and a time clock, far right) were made by Mr. Hirtle's students at BMHS. A wonderful project idea and great results!

    Posted Jun 23, 2016, 5:07 AM by Todd Wallace
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