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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 News Fun for students New on LEARN Technology Scenarios

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!)



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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).


ERC News Fun for students New on LEARN

Psssst ! New Sex Ed site online now

Psssst ! New Sex Ed site in the works

You will finally find it here: Sex Ed resources for teachers, students and parents.
The new site is under way!

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To access the site and resources,  click here!



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Virtual tours of places of worship

Virtual tours of places of worship

Recently tagged, these videos provided by the RECIT team for Personal Development (French Sector) provide an excellent exposure to young students and/or visual learners wishing to explore different places of worship. The virtual tours are using QTVR (Quicktime) technology. Look for the “hotspots” and tour around the different areas of the buildings.

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