By Denys Gigučre
has all it takes to be relevant to Ontario teachers
it is made in Ontario, by teachers, for teachers.
A visit to Teacheasy.net actually makes
you feel like youve just entered a teachers lounge a place where you
can have frank discussions about the profession, test lesson plans and activities and give
an opinion on the day-to-day classroom reality.
What is most impressive
about this site is that everything here has an Ontario stamp on it. The downloads
some are free meet Ontario curriculum standards, the links take you mostly to
Ontario and Canadian sites and the store offers products geared toward Ontario teachers
and students. You can even find a field trip planner that takes you from the Toronto
Symphony Orchestra to Wye Marsh in Midland.
If the reaction the site is getting
from teachers in the comments section is an indication, this is definitely a site that you
will want to bookmark. A word of caution, however the weekly smile column may not
be to all teachers taste.
is a web site available by subscription some school
boards already subscribe designed to make Internet
use and research more relevant for teachers and students.
This is another example of a web site designed by teachers
for teachers Jim Finan of the Durham Catholic District
School Board is the lead developer and it is available
for Windows and Mac.
The site includes
material specifically put together for Catholic schools and public schools and covers
Grade 1 to Grade 8 curriculum requirements. It lists more than 2,500 links updated monthly
related to specific grades and Ontario Curriculum subjects.
A click on the Grade 7 page, for
example, brings up a list of 15 subjects from language arts, mathematics and to reference
tools and Computers and the Internet. A click on any one of them opens up a world of
resources all of them appropriate and relevant to the grade, making it safe for
students. There are so many links you will have to be disciplined to avoid straying from
the task you set out to do.
The strength of the web site resides in
its relevance and up-to-date information. Its weakness may be its static visual
appearance. This is not the most user-friendly site to navigate but the few extra steps
are well worth it.
is a-one-of-a-kind web site that is designed for teachers
and for children. A neat feature of this site is that
it also has a section for parents, dealing with safety
issues and the CBCs advertising policy, providing
information on CBC resources available to parents and
explaining the system requirements to use the site to
The section of the site
designed for teachers offers do-it-yourself experiments, complete with over-view, purpose,
preparation, lesson strategy as well as useful links to related sites.
The site also offers teaching
strategies and tips, lesson plans, technical tips how to build a web page, for
example as well as a staff room where teachers can join online discussions and
share ideas about lesson plans. The CBC Educational Resources section is worth a visit
in particular the online media literacy lab Newzone which explains the inner
workings of newsmaking.
The childrens section of the site
is fun and instructive it features games, quizzes, news, polls and useful resources
like a guide to babysitting. There is also a Clubhouse accessible only by members.
Membership is free and required to ensure the safety of the site.
A link is available from the CBC4kids
web site to Radio-Canada Jeunesse, French CBCs web site for kids.
The web has come a long way in just a
few years and the computer is gradually replacing the TV for some kids. Fun and
interactive sites like CBC4kids are part of the reason why.