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Paul Rombough

LEARN consultant in Social Sciences, ERC, Phys. Ed., and this year an online History teacher and active blogger on real-world teacher (and student!) issues.

Thinglink on your iPad: Image analysis in ELA and ERC

Thinglink is a useful app that allows students to effectively analyze an image.  Students can either use a photo they take themselves,  or they can use one from the Internet.  Consider this image from NBC News Week in Pictures site from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5,  of “Afghan schoolchildren take lessons in an open classroom at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.”   (Click image for full size)

Noorullah Shirzada / AFP – Getty Images (Click image for source gallery)

There is a lot going on in this picture, both in terms of factual information, but also in terms of the issues it raises (education, children’s right’s, perhaps even cultural differences).  Thinglink is an app to help students analyze this image on their tablets!

samplenubinWhat’s really interesting about Thinglink is what that it allows students to do next – and that’s to add “nubbins” which, when touched, open to show text they’ve added, or a video clip, or a link, or another picture.  This encourages them to label, or to show or tell more about the topic or subject of the picture.

7ea250d93a521967c2f7f49dcb984364I’ve used it in ELA to have students notice and comment on structure and features of illustrations in picture books.  In ERC it could be used to discuss different points of view on an ethical issue, or to label and expand upon a family celebration, or a religious practice.  (Click picture at right, from C. Bullet comment below!)

Thinglink is available for use online with a web browser, or on the iPad, and it is very easy to use.  It also lets you save and export a finished product for publication or for evaluation.  And it’s free!  Check it out at and on the App Store.


This article was submitted by Wendy King - English Language Arts & former Ethics and Religious Studies consultant at Eastern Townships School Board.  Thanks Wendy!

Comments and suggestions are welcome!






ERC Tablet Scenario – Present a learning context with Videolicious!

The application can be used by students to prepare a short presentation on just about anything.  It allows them to choose videos and photos and then talk over them, using a very simple interface.  For more on that check out:  Using Videolicious to help students with oral presentations in a language class

But what about using it to just present a learning context, in such a way that students are captivated and motivate to learn?

Recently we went through the MELS LES entitled “Celebrations Elementary Cycle Two” (available with login on LEARN), and we added comments as to how to use iPads during the LES.  We uploaded the LES with commentary as iPadified-ElemCycle2-Celebrations into the private ERC PLC portal area.  At the beginning of the LES, we thought that the introduction of the context for students could use a little iPadified punch.  So, we suggested simply presenting the context over top of images and videos.   A simple use of iPads to help get things started.

Here’s a sample video using the technique described by Avi in the blog post above, and with part of the introductory text in the Celebrations LES.  Obviously, a student could be using the application to read through their own interpretations of celebrations too!

Celebrations_Notre Dame Intro sample


Symposium on Bullying Prevention for Feb. 7th

February 7, 2014 :

The Peace Grantmakers Network is proud to present its first symposium.

“Creating Caring Communities : Social-Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention”

For more information visit and to register visit: 




ERC Tablet Scenario – Religious expressions and traditions

This is a first in a what will hopefully be a regular series of posts offering short and easy to use suggestions, or “scenarios” on how to use technology, particularly mobile technologies, in the ERC class.  (Inspired by Avi Spector’s mobile Mondays)

In this case we are offering up three different documents that basically follow then same scenario, but which examine three different religious expressions as examples:  Salat (Muslim prayer), Murti (Hindu image/sculptures) and Prayer Wheels (Buddhism)


Steps are as follows:

Step 1   Describe a form of religious expression

Examine a high definition or panorama image and isolate and describe the object.

Step 2       Associate a religious expression with religious traditions

Watch a video and capture screenshots of segments that discuss and explain the religious expression.

Step 3       Associate a religious expression with religious traditions 

Use a note taking application to include images, video captures, connecting lines and written explanations to indicate  connections between the expression and the traditions in that culture!

Suggested applications include:

  • Safari combined with Flickr or 360 Cities web sites
  • Youtube video application or site (or use Discovery videos via VodZone on LEARN.  Use Puffin application to be able to download the videos if you wish)
  • Noteledge.   A note taking application which allows insertion of images.  Noteledge also allows videos to be inserted!  (You may need to use something like SimpleTransfer to move locally stored videos like Discovery videos onto the Camera roll!)



Enseigner ÉCR: Resources site for Ethics Teachers!

Des ressources pour l’enseignement de l’éthique et de la culture religieuse

Par les contenus qu’il aborde, les habiletés de réflexion et l’approche qu’il demande, le programme Éthique et culture religieuse est un défi stimulant. veut offrir aux enseignantes et aux enseignants des ressources qui contribueront à relever ce défi.

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Global Dignity Day (Wed, October 17, 11:00-13:30 ET)

Global Dignity Day (Wed, October 17, 11:00-13:30 ET)

On October 17th, 2012, classrooms all around the world will once again be celebrating Global Dignity Day.
Last year, 22 schools and over 3,400 students in schools across Canada joined together to honour the intrinsic value and interconnectedness of each individual.

As a participating school partner of Global Dignity Day Canada, you would connect your class to the Parliament in Ottawa (Justin Trudeau and members from each national party), hearing from inspirational speakers who personally have struggled or been perceived to have struggled with Dignity. Their moving stories will unite the country and inspire your students to discover and share their personal Dignity story.
This is the second year that we ran this event and it is truly inspirational!

For more information, and to see just how global this event really is, please visit

Format on the day of the event:

  • 30 minute series of key note speakers..
  • 85 minute breakout session in which students create and share their own dignity stories and make a Dignity Pledge (within their own class).
  • 35 minute session in which we go across Canada and get each site to share one dignity story. (It is super powerful!!)

Contact Craig Bullett ( if you are interested.  He can fast-track you through the registration since they are looking for representation from Quebec.  He can help l figure out how to get you to a VC site if you don’t have one already in your school (every Anglophone Quebec board has several options now).


God (s) A user’s guide at CMC

The Canadian Museum of Civilization has put together an impressive website surrounding their exhibition entitled God(s), which includes various theme-based resources and tours of the exhibition’s artifacts.

Check it out at




Powerpoint collections on religious objects

NEW on LEARN:  Powerpoints on religious objects, representations, and their corresponding stories and contexts, courtesy of EMSB.

Aligned with the Ethics and Religious program in Quebec, these Powerpoints each contain several slides for each of the religious groups or spiritual systems studied.

Click here to access the collections



Studying Genocide: PBS resources


PBS helps you and your students examine genocides of the the last 100 years, with activity ideas and online and print resources.

Click here to visit their main theme page on Genocide.

Below view what they had posted as of Nov. 2011.

handsglobe Activity Ideas
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Related Resources
PBS Web Sites
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AQECR : des ateliers webdiffusés

AQECR : des ateliers webdiffusés

Par Enseigner L’ÉCR2 novembre 2011 15:59

Dans le cadre des 4e journées provinciales de formation organisées par l’Association québécoise en éthique et culture religieuse (AQECR), Benoit Petit et Claude Elmozino du Service national du RÉCIT - Développement de la personne offriront cinq ateliers:

  • Twitter en classe: ECR à l’ère des médias sociaux;
  • “Web 2.0″: trois situations d’apprentissage et d’évaluation en ECR;
  • La bande dessinée: un univers de richesses pour développer les compétences des élèves en ECR;
  • Culture à l’écoute! Des audioguides pour tout le Québec;
  • L’éthique et les TIC.

FYI… this article originates from a pretty cool site!

Enseigner l’ÉRC
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