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St Clair River Trail (Corunna, ON)

The St. Claire River Trail is part of the larger Great Lakes Waterfront trail.

Only portions of it run alongside the river.

There are sections of the trail that detour onto neighbouring streets.

My run  took me from the First Nation community, Aamjiwnaang, all the way to the small town of Corunna.

I went for a run in coRUNna today. See what I did there?

There are all sorts of interesting things to see along this route. This is the historical Stanley House.

It’s always nice to run alongside a waterfront. There is much more of it to explore as well. Have you can any portion of the St. Clair River Trail?

Want to explore more trails?

Photographic Tour Archive – over 50 great places to run or hike

Paperless Classroom Solutions

I am teaching a Grade 11 Communications Technology class this term. It is my first time teaching anything like this. The students are creating websites, making photo edits, producing, recording, and editing audio and video files, and other digital projects. As such, I thought it would be a great idea to have a paperless classroom this term. This is what I tried.

Edmodo

This is a platform made specifically for teachers and students. It looks like Facebook and is pretty easy to use. Only your students have access to the page and they have to sign up using a code that the website provides for you.

I have used it for almost two months now but I think I am going to stop using it for the simple fact that posts get buried in the timeline easily. This happens in Facebook too. Edmodo has modeled itself on the Facebook platform and I don’t think it is the best fit for education.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a great solution for sharing files with students. It is easy to organize your files into folders and you can choose how to share them. You can invite people via email or share a link for anyone to access the files.

Right now, I only have one folder set up for all of the classroom assignments. I also attached the class syllabus here.

Clicking on the Assignment folder will give you access to the subfolders for each assignment. I number and title every assignment so it easy to keep track of everything.

When you click on an assignment, you get all the materials needed to complete it. The word document is there for students to download and edit. They can then submit their work in a .doc file and I can add comments and send it back to them. It’s a great way to target feedback and keep digital records of student work.

Email

Even though I use Gmail for pretty much all of my email communication, I make sure I only use my school email account to interact with students. This is just good practice and gives you protection as a teacher

Rubrics

I have been saving the rubrics and comments I make to each student in a PDF file that I store in a folder on my computer entitled “TGJ3M Portfolios.” Every student has his or her own folder and it serves as a portfolio of their work and marks.

Student Websites

Each student in my class created a blog for the first assignment of the term. Much of the work I want them to do can be completed there so they don’t have to hand in any papers or email me assignments. It saves us all a lot of time.

What Do You Do in Your Paperless Classroom?

I’d love to hear what tools and strategies you are using, please leave a comment below.

Teaching Tip Archive

Visit the Teaching Tip Tuesdays archive for over 200 great tips, tricks, and lessons from my classroom to yours. Teachers helping teachers is what it is all about.

The Dow Wetlands (Sarnia, ON)

The Dow Wetlands is located at the corner of LaSalle Road and Highway 40 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Today, I decided to go for a run around the trail there.

There are plenty of places to take in the natural beauty of the wetland and enjoy a picnic.

The trail runs alongside five ponds

and includes a few foot bridges.

The trail isn’t very long and it is almost completely flat. I had to run around the different loops a few times to get in my five kilometers today.

There are even a few placards like this one to describe the importance of wetland areas.

There are several wheelchair accessible observation docks as well. This pond is full of fish, bullfrogs, and wild birds.

Check out the Dow Wetlands brochure for more information about this wildlife preserve.

Want to find other places to run or hike? 

Photographic Tour Archive (dozens and dozens of great trails to explore)

Much To Be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite times of the year. I love having the opportunity to reflect on all of the good things in my life, to sit down and have a great dinner with my loved ones, and to share a little cheer.

My Wife

Diana is an amazing woman. She’s understanding, kind, supportive, and shows her love for me every day. I don’t know what I did to deserve her.

Clean Water

Not everyone has access to clean water. I am thankful that I can drink the water that comes out the tap and that I can drive to a nearby beach to have a swim.

Music

I love being able to share music with a receptive audience. Deejaying on the radio, at rap concerts, karaoke, and special events is a lot of fun.

A Healthy Attitude 

Some people have a hard time at holidays and it affects them so much that they can’t stop to enjoy the moment. I’m not sure why I tend to have a healthy attitude, but I am very thankful for it.

Trail Running

I love running through a trail and having the sounds of the city fade away around me. It gives me time to think and reflect, much like this time of year. I have never meditated, but I think this is my own form of meditation.

Skateboarding 

I still skateboard and can’t imagine ever giving it up. I love being able to glide across the concrete, to soar over ramps, and to spend some time with my son doing so.

My Home

It’s nice to have a place to come home to every night, a driveway to park in, food in the cupboards, and all the other pleasures that come from having a house.

However you are celebrating (or not) . . . 

I hope you can take a moment to reflect on your blessings and the great things in your life. We all have something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Colourful Characters at Fan Expo

There were so many great costumes at Fan Expo this year. I wish I had taken more pictures.

This cosplayer did a great job of The Flash from Earth 2. When I asked for his picture, he went into this pose that made it look like he was running through the convention centre.

These thugs tried to rob me at the train station.

This wasn’t just a clever costume. The Cosplay Medic had everything needed to do small repairs and touch-ups. He even helped my son with his costume at one point.

And I’ll leave you with this picture of dueling sonic screwdrivers.

More Fan Expo 2017 Highlights

Word is Bond Rap Radio Goes Back to School

Word is Bond Rap Radio goes back to school this week with a special edition of the show. I play some school-themed songs and talk about the lyrics, imagery, and stories in them. I interview an author about the problem of bullying in school, play a TED talk about bringing magic and wonder back to the classroom, and talk about how we need to reshape the entire institution of public education. We’re dropping knowledge, beats, and rhymes today.

Press play and enjoy the show!

Boogie Down Productions – You Must Learn
Young MC – Principal’s Office
Leaders of the New School – Case of the P.T.A.
2Pac – Old School
Eminem – Brain Damage
Brother Ali – Us
Shanaya Fastje – Word is Bond Exclusive Interview
Pharcyde – Passing Me By
Christopher Emdin – Teach teachers how to create magic (TED Talk)
Poor Righteous Teachers – Holy Intellect
Boogie Down Productions – Edutainment
Boy in a Band – Don’t Stay in School
Atmosphere – Don’t Forget
Shakespeare And The Last Empire – School H.I.T.
Jukebox Verbal – Dreams
Dustin Moore – The Truth
Kiv – Liar Liar
MC David – School
Large Professor – Bowne

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On the Radio in the Day – Stage at Night!

Catch me on the radio on a special day and special time as I will be the guest-host and DJ of The Come Up Show tomorrow.

I will be spinning some brand new hip-hop, mixed with some classics. Tanya Morgan will also be calling in to talk about their new album and extensive history in hip-hop. You won’t want to miss this live and in-depth interview.

Make sure you tune in live from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. om 94.9 CHRW.

WHEN: Saturday August 5, 2017
WHERE: 94.9 on your FM dial and streaming at https://chrwradio.ca/stream/
SHOW: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

After the radio show, you can come see me live at Hip-Hop Anonymous.

Dre Specs is going to be blessing the stage with some great beats and rhymes.

ADD will be doing a beat showcase (and probably sparking a cypher)

Spoken word artist Kareem Ig will also be performing.

And maybe even a few other acts.

These nights are always a lot of fun. Shout out to Danny Gable of DWG for always throwing a great show. Looking forward to this one!

WHEN: Saturday August 5, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
EVENT PAGE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/153638818523518/
SHOW: 10:00 p.m.
TICKETS: free

Highlights from Last July

Chasing Content (3)It’s time to go exploring!

Let’s dig through the archives and blow the dust off some posts you might have missed.

Here are a few highlights from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last July,

or just these favs . . .

Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer when it comes to skateboarding tricks. His flatland style is breathtaking and this new video shows that he is still the master of old school tricks and routines.

DJs Run It and Run With It

This book about DJs who use laptops and other electronic equipment specifically in the EDM (electronic dance music) genre. It does have some things to say about hip-hop music and culture and is a good read for anyone who loves the art of deejaying.

Guest-hosting The Come Up Show

I had the chance to guest-host and DJ for The Come Up Show last year. As a late-night radio disc jockey, it was nice to spin some great hip-hop in the day time over the airwaves. If you missed it, you can click through and listen to the podcast.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Please click on the above links to read some of the best of Silent Cacophony from last year at this time. Don’t let great content get buried in the archive. Thanks!

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This movie is WONDERful!

It’s no secret that the most recent DC movies haven’t really captured the magic of the comic books and the source material, at least not to my expectations. Until now. This was everything that a Wonder Woman movie should be.

It starts out with the photograph we saw Bruce Wayne uncover in the last film (Batman vs Superman). It’s black and white and shows Wonder Woman in World War I. The photograph must have a story behind it since she looks like she hasn’t aged a day. She takes the photo of out the package and looks at the note enclosed. It says something along the lines of “I found the original. Maybe one day you’ll tell me the story behind it.”

It’s a great story, and one that wasn’t even in the comic book. Her debut was around the time of World War II. However, it made sense to set her movie debut a little further back to differentiate it from Captain America in the Marvel universe. It’s been a while since a film has been set in WWI, so this movie had a unique look.

I absolutely loved the look of the Themyscira, the secret island of Amazon women. It was exactly how I pictured it. The colours were bright and showed the magical aspect of a kingdom entirely populated by women. We get to see Diana grow up there with a protective mother who would rather not see her trained to be a warrior, even though she knows what awaits her in the future.

The tranquility of the island is upset when a plane somehow crosses over the shield that protects the island. It is in distress and crashes into the sea. Diana, quickly comes to the rescue and pulls the pilot to safety. It was the first man she has ever seen. Unfortunately, the battleships that were attacking him, also cross over and begin their attack.

The battle between the soldiers and the Amazon women is epic and heartbreaking. But ultimately, the women drive the men out of their kingdom. Through the rescued pilot Wonder Woman learns of the destruction caused by the Great War as is convinced that it is due to the God of War, Ares. She feels that it is her duty to defeat him and stop the war.

The colour contrast is amazing. When she travels to man’s world, it is no longer bright and wonderful. It is drab and depressing. She even comments to the pilot that it is hideous. He, somewhat agrees.

I absolutely loved this movie. Wonder Woman isn’t over-sexualized, the story is great, the effects are well-done, and the overarching theme is something that I haven’t seen in a comic book movie. It basically illustrates that no one is either good or bad. We all have choices to make and some days we aren’t at our best.

Gal Gadot is perfect in the role. She looks like Wonder Woman and acts in the ways we would expect her to. She is brave, strong, powerful, and determined. Setting the movie in the past also means that there are no other superheroes to help her out. She is on her own and shows resourcefulness every step of the way.

This is the best comic book movie I have seen in quite some time. It’s amazing to see a female character brought to life on the big screen in such a fabulous way. We need more female heroes like her in this universe. I eagerly look forward to a sequel and, of course, the Justice League team movie coming in the fall.

Please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie. Or drop me a note on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. I’d love to hear from you.