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David Spencer's Education Paragon is a free educational resource portal helping David Spencer's secondary school students, their parents and teaching colleagues with understanding, designing, applying and delivering assessment, curriculum, educational resources, evaluation and literacy skills accurately and effectively. This wiki features educational resources for Indigenous Aboriginal education, field trips for educators, law and justice education, music education and outdoor, environmental and experiential education. Since our web site launch on September 27, 2006, online site statistics and web rankings indicate there are currently 1,888 pages and 20,185,651 page views using 7.85 Gig of bandwidth per month. Pages are written, edited, published and hosted by Brampton, Ontario, Canada based educator David Spencer. On social media, you may find David as @DavidSpencerEdu on Twitter, as DavidSpencerdotca on and DavidSpencer on Prezi. Please send your accolades, feedback and resource suggestions to David Spencer. Share on social media with the hashtag #EducationParagon. Thank you for visiting. You may contact David Spencer here.

The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Technology is very important to today's teens

Digital Tools

In education, Digital Tools refer to electronic devices, computers and computer software that help in the learning and teaching process. According to Kelly Walsh, Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester in White Plains, New York, "Properly implemented and supported instructional technologies and tools can help to make learning more engaging and more productive for students and teachers alike, improving learning outcomes and helping to prepare students for continued education and ultimately productive, successful careers. The nature of these technologies and tools and how they are being incorporate and embraced in teaching is constantly evolving, with new ideas and applications emerging every day. "

A number of educators, magazines and technology companies research and test new digital tools and provide their reviews online.

Books About Digital Tools

You can watch Steve Johnson's TEDx Talk, read his blog and follow him on and Twitter.

Digital Tools for Teaching

The following are notes gleaned from Steve Johnson's book "Digital Tools for Teaching".

  1. Animoto
  2. Blogs: Wordpress, Blogger, Edublogs
  3. Collaborative Whiteboards,,<--no longer active,<--no longer active
  4. Digital Storytelling
  5. EPals
  6. Glogster
  7. Google Docs
  8. Google Earth
  9. Google Forms
  10. Image Editing & Enhancement
  11. Live Internet Video Streaming
  12. Message Boards
  13. Mind Mapping
  14. Ning social networks
  15. Podcasting
  16. Prezi
  17. Schooltube
  18. Screen recording (screencasting)
  19. Second Life
  20. Slideshare
  21. Spore Creature Creator
  22. Timeline Creators
  23. Todaysmeet
  24. Twitter
  25. Video Conferencing
  26. Voicethread
  27. Website Creators
  28. Wikis
  29. Word Clouds
  30. Zoho

Here are some other digital resources of interest to educators.

  1. Google Calendar
  2. NFB National Film Board
  3. Pixlr
  4. PDF Merge Tools:
  5. TeacherTube]