Review of Using Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) in the Classroom

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 for WiiThis week, we brought in Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) into our classroom as a class reward for our Intermediate students as well as for our daily physical activity (DPA) requirements.

We’ve been thinking about bringing in Dance Dance Revolution into our classroom since last summer,  but didn’t actually start to research specifics and the benefits of having DDR in our school until October. 

Although we’ve used Dance Dance Revolution in our programming before at a teen drop-in center / community center, yesterday was the first time we actually played DDR with our students in school.

Here’s our review of using Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party (Nintendo Wii) in our Grade 7 and Grade 8 classroom.

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Dynamic Visual Brainstorming Software – PreWriting, Brainstorming, Organizing and Outlining Ideas with a Computer

So, we’ve decided to write a book. A small summer project to warm-up with before heading back into the classroom in September. Of course, this is a great opportunity to try out some visual thinking software to help us with our prewriting.

We have a huge list of software and educational technologies that we wanted to check out for the new school year. Aside from drooling over a SMART Board and using digital ink in our classroom, one of the items on our wish list is to check out some dynamic graphic organizer software.

Inspiration Software is an American company that specializes in visual thinking and learning tools. Their product, Inspiration 8, is a great tool for Prewriting – you can brainstorm, organize, plan and create the outline for your next masterpiece. (You can also download a fully functioning, 30-day trial version of Inspiration 8 for free.) Continue reading “Dynamic Visual Brainstorming Software – PreWriting, Brainstorming, Organizing and Outlining Ideas with a Computer”

Education Technology for the Classroom: From Blackboards to Digital Projectors to SMART Boards

Even though it’s summer vacation in Ontario, we’re still thinking about ways to integrate technology into the classroom.

In fact, we’re considering investing in a SMART board, so we spent some time reflecting on the pros and cons of some of the educational technologies to help us teach in the classroom.  From low-tech to high-tech, chalk and markers to digital ink, there are many different options:

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How to Start a Classroom Blog, Edublog or School Website

4 quick and easy ways to set up a classroom website, an educational blog (edublog), or even a school website.

Update #3 (Feb 2011): We’ve created a new website to help teachers make better looking class websites: edublogs.ca

Update #2 (Dec 2009): Why we’re thinking about leaving Bluehost. (We still love WordPress, mind you…)

Update #1 (Sep 2009): We’re still using WordPress and BlueHost to run our classroom website.


We created a free ebook with step-by-step instructions on how to create a classroom blog, educational blog or school website using WordPress, but don’t bother reading it.

You can still download it below, but the quickest and easiest way to install WordPress is by using a web host that offers Simple Scripts: you can read step-by-step instructions to set up WordPress or you can watch a video tutorial on installing WordPress.

  • Download our Free eBook with step-by-step instructions to start a class blog using WordPress: [download#1#image]

Heard some of the reasons why teachers are bringing blogs into their classrooms? Want to start an educational blog, but not sure how to do it?

Well, you have several options, depending on how comfortable you are with technology:

  1. Use your school website
  2. Use an online educational community
    1. Ontario Blogs
    2. Edublogs
  3. Use a free blog service
    1. Blogger
    2. WordPress.com
  4. Use a self-hosted website
    1. Problems with using a free service to run your classroom blog

This post will give you an overview of how to start your classroom blog. When you’re ready to actually set up your classroom blog, download our step-by-step instructions to get your classroom blog set up.

NEW: You might be interested in setting up an online literature circle for your classroom. Read this post for more information.

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