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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 1,883 pages and 19,171,729 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.

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  • National Film and Sound Archive is the treasure house of Australian audiovisual history. The Archive, preserves and shares Australia's moving images and sound recordings from the first film images of our young country to the modern classics
  • School Screen provides free screenings of Australian feature films, shorts and documentaries for school students and their teachers in local cinemas around Australia. The program offers a dynamic resource for modern teaching to engage students in a range of curriculum and learning areas.
  • Australian Digital Resource Finder is a free, quick and easy-to-use search engine for teachers and educators. The Resource Finder features free for education video clips from Screen Australia's remarkable archive - one of the nation's largest and most historically significant collections. Clips are matched with print-friendly two-page resource sheets that include background information, engaging student research and classroom activities all written by leading teachers.
  • Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual Library


  • Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free electronic books (ebooks).
  • Top 100 EBooks
  • Distributed Proofreaders provides a web-based method to ease the conversion of Public Domain books into e-books. By dividing the workload into individual pages, many volunteers can work on a book at the same time, which significantly speeds up the creation process.



  1. TheApple brings members of the education community together to support and advance the profession. TheApple provides resources to promote careers in education, while fostering a community with exclusive benefits where information about the education community is provided to the education community by the community itself.
  2. Careers in Culture website and booklets are tools that will lead you through what you need to know and what you need to do for a career in the arts and culture.


  1. Citizenship Resources from BBC
  2. Civic Mirror helps teachers actively engage their students in learning about government, law, economics, or citizenship. The Civic Mirror brings these subjects to life both in class and online and allows students to experiment with the course content. It provides students with a voice and enlivens the curriculum by turning them into citizens of their own country, with their own families, government, court, economy, and environment. The Civic Mirror employs brain-based, constructivist, and experiential learning principles; performance-based and formative assessment strategies; student-led learning in the classroom; and ‘games in education’ elements to bring the social studies content to life for students and teachers.

Curriculum Written by Educators

  1. Curriculum Units by Fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
  2. EDSITEment contains a variety of links to other websites and references to resources available through government, nonprofit, and commercial entities.


  1. Glossary from Association for Bright Children Peel Chapter MSWord version
  2. resources for gifted students
  3. Skeuomorph

Elementary Education Resources


Energy Conservation

  1. The Gas Guide, Where does gas come from in the UK?, Gas saving tips in the UK, What to do during gas emergencies
  2. The Electricity Guide, Electricity Savings Tips in the Home, Electricity saving tips in the kitchen
  3. The Recycling Guide in the UK
  4. The Water Guide in the UK
  5. The Ultimate Green House
  6. Water Pollution Guide from the UK

English Language Learners (ELL)

Ethics Education

  1. EthicsInEducation promotes the teaching of ethics as an integral part of school curriculums by publishing the curriculum development work of professional teachers


Environment: Businesses Attempting to Reduce Human Impact

  • PickupPal PickupPal provides a global presence on the Internet to intelligently connect drivers and passengers around the world, forming a new transportation marketplace.PickupPal integrates with the most popular social networking tools, making it easier for people to share rides with others who have similar interests or with whom they are already connected via colleagues or friends. based in Barbados
  • Toronto Eco Times To advance the transition to green economy in Toronto, Canada, by promoting green local businesses, nurturing co-operatives, and helping enrich green collar jobs.
  • 1% For The Planet Since 2002, 1% For The Planet has inspired members of the business community to contribute 1% of sales to environmental groups around the world. In return, this growing alliance of companies is given the opportunity not only to see their self-worth rise, but their net worth climb as well.
  • Magnum’s Acquisition of Tire Landfill Nears Completion a next generation rubber recycling solutions company, announces that the acquisition of one of the world’s largest tire landfills, and perhaps currently the largest in the USA. MDOR’s mission and goal is to convert these harmful materials into salable Green industry goods.
  • Magnum Recycling Canada, Inc 2035 Rene-Patenaude Magog (Quebec), J1X 7J2
  • CleanTechnica is A fresh, up-to-date perspective on the latest trends in clean tech. From renewable energy sources, to less toxic electronics and more efficient information technology, Cleantechnica introduces readers to the full scope of clean technology in language that doesn’t require an engineering degree.
  • Green Options is a community and network of blogs dedicated to helping you figure out what sustainability means to you.
  • Canada Fines Company for Advocating Carpooling The ridesharing website PickupPal (as reported in a previous post) was struck down by a Canadian court in a case brought against them by bus giant Trentway-Wagar. The company took PickupPal to the Highway Transport Board complaining that the ride-matching service fell afoul of the province’s obscenely strict ride-sharing laws which were adopted in the 1970s.
  • Giant Tidal Power Turbines Coming to a Canada

Environment: Evasive Species

  • Later in July, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in some southeast Brampton trees.

It was the pest’s first known appearance in Brampton.

The Emerald Ash Borer larvae was found in an ash tree on private property, at a strip mall in the area of Dixie Road and Steeles Avenue.

The insect has likely killed millions of ash trees in southwestern Ontario in recent years, and if it spreads through Brampton, the city could lose all of its ash trees. Approximately 15 per cent of local boulevard and park trees are ash. They are particularly common boulevard trees in the M and J Sections of Bramalea. On the heels of that discovery, Bramptonians learned just a few days later that Giant Hogweed plants had been found growing in three southwest Brampton parks. Giant Hogweed is a toxic plant hazardous to anyone who simply touches it. It turned up in wooded areas off the beaten path in Peelton Heights Park, Bach Park and Ray Lawson Valley, and was immediately removed and destroyed by city parks staff. The sap from the stem, leaves and hairs can cause severe blisters, burns, temporary or permanent blindness.

Family Studies

  1. Family Studies-Home Economics Teachers' Association of Ontario
  2. Ontario Family Studies Leadership Council


Fashion Design, Make-up, Artistry

  • Complections International Academy Inc., North America’s leading school for make-up artistry. Complections International is a private career college, unique within Canada, which offers highly specialized courses in make-up artistry for film, theatre, television and fashion.


  1. The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival builds and strengthens community spirit through the involvement of a large number of area residents in the planning and operation of a one day festival.


  1. Working with the NFB. Interested in directing or co-producing a documentary, animation, new media or alternative drama project with NFB's English Program? The following guide gives an overview of the kinds of projects we produce and how to propose an idea to us.

Geography Resources


  1. Glossary of Inuit words from the
  2. Glossary of Inuit words
  3. Glossary of Education Terminology from The Centre for TEACHING and ACADEMIC GROWTH, University of British Columbia
  4. Glossary of tearms from the International Technology Education Association
  5. Glossary for a Child-centred Kindergarten
  6. In the Inuit language, Katilvik means a gathering or meeting place.
  7. The Beats
  8. Trust is key element in school effectiveness and the foundation for collaboration and collegiality. It contributes to a positive working environment characterized by honest, supportive relationships. For professional dialogue to be effective, it must be founded on trust and respect. “Trust is one’s willingness to be vulnerable to another based on the confidence that the other is benevolent, honest, open, reliable, and competent.” Source: Tschannen-Moran, M. (2004). Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, p. 17
  9. Glossary for Canada's Confederation
  10. GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)
  11. avarice- |ˈavəris| noun extreme greed for wealth or material gain. ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French, from Latin avaritia, from avarus ‘greedy.’
  12. Branding and Marketing Glossary
  13. How to use a Silva Compass

Glossary for Educators

  1. Annual Learning Plan
  2. Learning Community
  3. Professional Dialogue
  4. Professional Growth
  5. Professional Learning
  6. Professional Learning Day

Google in Education

  1. The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students


  1. Tense Buster


  2. HLWIKI International was created in 2006 as a tool to support LIBR 534: Health Information Sources and Services at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia. The wiki is part of using interactive, collaborative social tools to encourage discussion with and between LIS students (ie. Mediawiki). This wiki, however, is not the exclusive domain of students taking LIS courses. In fact, we encourage all professional health librarians to participate.

Helping Others

History Resources

Holidays In Canada to Add

Homework Tips


DANNY KAYE: A LEGACY OF LAUGHTER UNITED STATES 1996, 60 min • Al Green Director: Bob Marty Screening: Friday May 9, 2:30 PM

“The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace …” (Danny Kaye, from “The Court Jester”). Danny Kaye was not just adept at language and the art of “double-speak.” His incredible proficiency in every aspect of show business was conveyed with a style and grace uniquely his own: song, dance, film acting, television variety, conducting symphony orchestras, UNICEF work – Danny Kaye could do it all. With his writing collaborator (and wife) Sylvia Fine, Danny Kaye left an indelible impression as one of the world’s most beloved entertainers. This PBS special includes extensive film clips as well as interviews with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Carl Reiner, Itzhak Perlman, Harry Belafonte, Rosemary Clooney and others. (Note: see also Hans Christian Andersen, Sun. May 11 >1:00 PM > BC)

  • Music joke...A Dflat, Bflat and F walk into a bar. And the bartender says...

I'm sorry we don't serve minors here.


  • Web Browser Acid3 test
  • Cloud computing is Internet based development and use of computer technology. Typical cloud computing providers deliver common business applications online which are accessed from a web browser, while the software and data are stored on web servers.

Internet Services for Marketing Education

Language Education


  • McGuinty Government Proposes Permanent Independence For TFO
    "Ontario is strengthening French-language education and culture by introducing legislation that would make the province's French-language educational television station permanently independent.
    To complement classroom learning, TFO produces programming and multimedia materials for teachers and Ontario's 90,000 French-language students. Nearly half of Ontario's teachers regularly use its programming in the classroom." -from a Government of Ontario media release.
  • French-English Glossary


  • new debit cards will contain an embedded microchip that will put the power of a computer onto your card. The microchip will give your debit card the ability to store and process data, providing an additional layer of security against debit card skimming and the production of counterfeit cards. Chip technology is based on a global standard known as EMV, a proven technology currently in wide use around the world.
  • Peel Regional Police Vice Unit is 905-453-2121, ext. 3555, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text “PEEL”, followed by the tip, to CRIMES (274637).

Learning Skills Advice

Lesson Plans

  1. lesson plans.
  2. lesson plans.


  1. Founded in 1967, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs. More than 71,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.
  3. Homework Help
  4. Library of Congress

Public Library Skills

University and College Library Skills


  1. Writer's Style Guide
  2. Checklist for evaluating web resources
  3. Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources
  4. Writing.Com is the online community for writers and readers of all interests and skill levels.
  5. Tusaalanga is a dynamic website that brings Inuktitut learning to the world wide web. It was created by the Pirurvik Centre, an Iqaluit-based company dedicated to enhancing Inuit language, culture and well-being.
  6. ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is Canada’s private-sector voice championing adult literacy. orking with influential Canadians from a cross-section of disciplines and business sectors, ABC CANADA fosters an environment where all adults have access to opportunities that increase their literacy skills and prepare them to realize their full potential at work, at home and in the community.

There are 9 Essential Skills:

  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Numeracy
  • Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Working with Others
  • Continuous Learning
  • Thinking Skills
  • Computer Use

Mathematics Education

Model UN (Model United Nations

  • Model UN 2007
  • View speeches on video from Stephen Lewis, Maude Barlow, David Suzuki, Nigel Fisher here.


  1. Military Communications and Electronics Museum s is an accredited museum of the Department of National Defence (DND). The Museum's role is to educate members of the military and of the general public about the people, the events and the technologies involved in Canadian military communications and electronics. Opened in 1963, the Museum has an extensive artifact and archival collection.

Music Education

New Teachers

  • Helpful Hints for Beginning Teachers
  • Teaching Philosophy For teacher professionalism in Ontario there are Four Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession:
    • care
    • respect
    • trust
    • integrity
  • Five interdependent domains of the Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession are:
    • commitment to students and student learning
    • professional knowledge
    • professional practice
    • leadership in learning communities
    • ongoing professional learning


  1. Engine of immortality: Canadian newspapers from 1752 until today
  2. News web links

News Resources

Ontario Communities and History

Organizations that Help Others

  • Doctors Without Borders Canada Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was established in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who had worked in Biafra. Upon their return, they were determined to find a way to respond rapidly and effectively to public health emergencies, with complete independence from political, economic and religious influences. "We launch our operations in areas where there is no medical infrastructure or where the existing one cannot withstand the pressure to which it is subjected. In most cases, relief programs change to rehabilitation projects that may run for several years after the most urgent needs have been met."



  • was conceived by Chuck Neel in July of 1999 after observing countless camera wielding people that take cool photos but find it difficult to share their work. The database uses Perl,Oracle and Apache. The primary mission of is to be the best place on the web to display photos.
  • Online Photo Optimization tool

Policy Issues and Education

  • is a non-partisan resource for the public analysis of Canadian policy issues. The site’s purpose is to offer a meaningful forum for informed discussion – be it for interested policy makers, members of the academic community, or the attentive public.

Political Cartoons and Editorial Cartoons

  • Aislin Terry Mosher is the editorial page cartoonist for The Gazette, an English-language daily newspaper in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Aislin is the name of Terry Mosher's elder daughter. The winner of two National Newspaper Awards, Mosher was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in May 2003 in recognition of his charitable work and his contribution to the world of political cartooning. In May of 2007, Mosher received an honorary doctorate of letters from McGill University, which amused him greatly, for in truth he is a terrible speller.
  • Artizans Political Cartoons
  • Graeme MacKay is the editorial cartoonist for the Hamilton Spectator Newspaper. His work is nationally syndicated through Artizans in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Political Cartoons from Maple Leaf Web a non-profit, non-partisan Canadian political education web-site that aims to provide educators, students and the attentive public with a credible source for political education and information.

Political Education

  • Elections Canada - for Canadian federal elections
  • Registered Canadian Federal Political Parties- 19 parties registered during the 2008 federal election
  • Leaf Web Maple Leaf Web is a non-profit, non-partisan Canadian political education web-site that aims to provide educators, students and the attentive public with a credible source for political education and information. Located at the University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada)


Professional Development for Educators

  • Provides a service for Ontario educators to create, store and manage of documents such as Annual Learning Plans and Professional Online Portfolios.

Physical and Health Education

  1. Add OPHEA The Ontario Physical and Health Education Association
  2. Add the Active Schools Program
    Active Schools is a fun, free program for Kindergarten to Grade 8, designed to motivate and recognize school communities -teachers, parents, students, and community leaders- for getting up, moving and making the commitment to leading active, healthy lives.

Post-Secondary Resources

Publishers of Educational Resources

Quizzes Online

Research Resources

Research Resources:Libraries


  1. Recyling computers, computer monitors and televisions in Washington State, U.S.A.



School Closures and School Bus Cancellations

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Peel District School Board

School Success Resources

  13. Citizen scientists are volunteers, many of whom have no prior scientific training, who work with trained scientific researchers to answer real-world questions.
  14. Citizen Sky is a citizen science project providing you with a chance to do real scientific research. We are seeking to understand a star that has been a mystery to scientists for many years. This star is epsilon Aurigae.

Science Education

  1. Astronomers without Borders
  2. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS) is to promote the nationwide application of active learning techniques to the teaching of science, with a particular emphasis on case studies and problem-based learning.
  3. Benchmarks Online for Science Education from the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  4. Bill Nye the Science Guy
  5. Video of the first Moon Landing
  6. EarthSky is a digital media company advocating science as a vital voice in 21st century decision-making. EarthSky wants to bring the voices of scientists to a billion people around the globe. On the Internet and via thousands of global broadcast outlets, EarthSky lets scientists speak directly to you about your world.
  7. Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
  8. Nature from PBS
  9. Nature of Things with David Suzuki
  10. Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.
  11. Science Resources from BBC
  12. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource that provides a unique learning experience for all members of the family. Visitors can learn about Space and the night sky through the Planetarium shows, live demonstrations, and interactive exhibit gallery. Next to the Space Centre is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory, which allows star gazers to look through a 1/2 metre Cassegrain telescope on clear weekend nights.
  13. Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources
  14. The E. H. Strickland Entomological Museum at the University of Alberta houses approximately one million specimens. The research collection included principally Nearctic insects, representing most orders and the major families thereof.
  15. Spider Research at the University of California, Riverside
  16. Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC) has the goal to to enhance visibility, recognition and benefit of natural history museums under the shared goal of connecting people with nature.
  17. Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network
  18. Canadian Association of Zoos and Museums
  19. Canadian Wildlife Federation
  20. Timeline for radio broadcasting
  21. Smarter Science is a framework for teaching and learning science in grades 1–12 and for developing the skills of inquiry, creativity, and innovation in a meaningful and engaging manner. Students engaged in Smarter Science-based activities are actively investigating and problem solving, enabled by a teacher who helps them address challenges relevant to their world. As they learn to think and act like scientists, students become increasingly independent and self-confident learners.
  22. Sugar Addiction
  23. Gluten
  24. The Teenage Brian
  25. Your Brain is Plastic (learning)
  26. How Measles have made a comeback

Social Networking Research

Find out more information about how educators are using the following online Web 2.0 social networking portals.

  1. Facebook
  2. GodTube
  3. iTunesU puts the power of the iTunes Store to work for colleges and universities, so users can easily search, download, and play course content just like they do music, movies, and TV shows
  5. MySpace
  6. SecondLife Some schools are setting up virtual Islands to represent their school. Second Life is becoming increasingly popular in education circles, with universities (such as Ohio University, Harvard, and Princeton) creating virtual campuses in which students can do everything from interacting with professors to joining student organizations to taking courses. List of campuses on Second Life. Also look at the Second Life Education Wiki.
  7. is a fully interactive, 3D online virtual world where members can customize and create their own 3D character, meet and hang out with friends in real-time using voice and text chat, build their own virtual homes, participate in events ranging from car races to paintball to fashion shows and even create and sell their own virtual items
  8. YouTube

Find out more about the technology used for social networking web sites

  1. OpenSocial helps social networking sites share their social data with the web. Applications that use the OpenSocial APIs can be embedded within a social network itself, or access a site's social data from anywhere on the web.
  2. Glogster EDU is your original educational resource for innovative and interactive learning. Glogster EDU was conceived to imaginatively, productively, and collaboratively respond to the dynamic educational landscape and exceed the needs of today’s educators and learners

Sports and Physical Educaton

  1. Sports Media] wants to unite and inspire people who are interested in Sports and Physical Education. We provide a quality platform where athletes, coaches, teachers, students and instructors are able to exchange their bright ideas about PE and Sports.

Student Housing

The following links may help students find housing near a Brampton,Caledon or Mississauga, Ontario school:

Student Involvement

  1. High School 101
  2. Student Voice

Student Resources

  1. 10+ Web Tools To Save Your Butt In School

Studying Tips

  1. Studying Tips submitted by students to ADPRIMA Designed for new teachers, future teachers, education students, and also for anyone interested in education,
  2. Top Ten Tips for Success at University Getting the Most from Lectures
  3. McMaster University Study Resources

Teaching Profession

Teacher Resources: Give and Take

Share your best lesson plans, resources, assessments, evaluations and field trip plans with other educators.

  • Textbook publisher Emond Montgomery’s offers quick access to more than 600 free, quality resources for teachers.
    Submit a lesson to
  • The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) provides many resources for teachers of law and civics. To ensure rights and freedoms are respected, we all need to understand the principles and values of our justice system, how it functions, and the roles people such as judges, lawyers, Crown attorneys, witnesses, juries, police, and others play within it. The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) Educational programs and dialogue between justice sector representatives and members of the wider community provide opportunities to strengthen this understanding.

Technology Use in the Classroom

  1. Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?
  2. George Lucas speaks on Edutopia's Role in Education
  3. What Works in Public Education a series of videos to help educators.
  4. e-mail filters service


  1. No Books, No Problem: Teaching Without a Text


  1. Theatre Canada's mission is supporting Canadian professional live theatre (and promoting it world wide) dedicated to providing the finest talent in quality theatre plays of outstanding literature to enrich Canadian cultural life.

Technology Education

  • PoducateMe features a comprehensive podcasting guide that reveals exactly how it’s done Podcasting can provide greater student engagement and interest in class discussions, field research and independent projects incorporating the use of iPods. UW faculty noted that students are less likely to drop podcasted courses because the recordings help them to keep up with the material.
  • Working with Wikis Tutoriakl
  • Writing Wiki
  • Talkie Device for Mac


  • 24-hour clock also called Military Time and astronomical time is an unambiguous, concise method of expressing time used by the military, emergency services (law enforcement, firefighting, paramedics), hospitals, and other entities. Regular time uses numbers 1 to 12 to identify each of the 24 hours in a day. In military time, the hours are numbered from 00 to 23. Under this system, midnight is 00, 1 a.m. is 01, 1 p.m. is 13, and so on. When converting from regular to military time and vice versa, the minutes and seconds do not change since they are expressed the same way.
    Regular time requires the use of a.m. and p.m. to clearly identify the time of day. Since military time uses a unique two-digit number to identify each of the 24 hours in a day, a.m. and p.m. are unnecessary.
    Source: and
  • 12-hour clock is dominant instead in a handful of countries,[1] particularly the United States and Canada (except Quebec).


Travel and Tourism

Video and Film Editing Ogranizations

  1. Ed Video exists to instigate and enable the creation and exhibition of independent media arts. We are open to the public and anyone can become a member, take workshops, rent equipment, or take part in our engaging events. Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Videos for Education

  1. Videos on BBC

Video Camera Instructions

Visual Learning

Web Links to Add

  1. School Zone at the Canada Science and Technology Museum
  2. Queen's Library, Jamaica links