About Mr. Fred Biggar

High School IT Coordinator, Film & Computer Science Teacher

31 Cool Ways to Use Google Stuff in Education

This is a google presentation, you can create your own and embed them in your blogs just as I have done here. One of the fun things you can do is share the presentation with your students and then you can have them make comments in a ‘chat’ window. Click the “open in a new window button” (next to the page counter) and then click “View Together” (which appears at the right hand side of the bottom tool bar.)

(Incidentally, this presentation is embedded using the “Embed Iframe” plugin.)


Ever wondered what a pingback is? For example it looks a little like this:

New pingback on your post #4 “Course Guide, Information Booklet, and Text”

Website: Math IB H2 – Upcoming Quiz (IP: , serv01.m380.sgded.com)

URL    : http://hs-math-ibh2.ism-online.org/2010/10/10/upcoming-quiz/


[…] […] 6.5 – 6.8.  You can download the syllabus from an earlier post by Ms van on this blog: http://hs-math-ibh2.ism-online.org/2010/08/05/course-guide-information-booklet-and-text/ category: Peabody, van Nooten  tags: combinatorics, probability, […] […]

Usually it’s no cause for concern, all it means is someone has linked to your post. In this case, one math post October 10th links to an earlier post from August 5th. You can tell who is linking to you, and if you don’t like the  originating link, you have the option of deleting it in the links at the bottom of the message.

If you don’t want to allow them at all, you can disable them at the bottom of the Post window by un-ticking the box.

Online Safety

Kids’ Rules for Online Safety

  1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission.
  2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
  3. I will never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
  4. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
  5. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the service provider.
  6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
  7. I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.
  8. I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt our computer or jeopardize my family’s privacy
  9. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.
  10. I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology.

Borrowed from John Mikton @ his Beyond Digital Wiki: http://beyonddigital.wetpaint.com/page/Safety+Tips

Rules one through six are adapted from the brochure Child Safety on the Information Highway by SafeKids.Com founder Larry Magid. (© 2004 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). Rules 7 through 10 are copyrighted by Larry Magid (© 2005)

The Horizon Report

The Horizon Report 2010Ever wonder what’s coming next in the world of technology and education? You should definitely check out the new Horizon Report which “identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry on college and university campuses within the next five years. ”


Professional Learning @ISM

Ever asked yourself how to go about getting some cash for those Professional Development dreams you’ve been harboring? Why not head over to the Professional Learning blog http://professionallearning.ism-online.org/. There’s a tonne of information about funding, courses, workshops and conferences… You can find application forms and rubrics here as well.

Powerschool, Microsoft, Reports & the Silly Season

While we have been promised the next version of Powerschool will fix the issue (when have you heard that before?) Mike Dickinison has some words of wisdom…

….getting annoyed and frustrated with PowerSchool’s and Microsoft’s inability to talk to each other.

Yes – I’m talking about the ‘apostrophes’, “quotes” and -hyphens- being changed into ?question marks? as you paste your reports from MS Word into your Gradebook.

NEED AN EASY SOLUTION? Well easy-ish anyway. Try this.

Before you start to type your semester comments in MS Word


1. In MS Word click Tools -> “Autocorrect Options” (you may need to linger a moment so that the full dropdown menu reveals itself)


2. Select the “AutoFormat As You Type” tab.

3. Uncheck the top 4-5 boxes (the ones you want to stop autoformatting).

4. Click OK and give it a try by typing something containing quotes, hyphens and apostrophes and pasting into your gradebook.




PS – Just reverse this if you want to have MS Word autoformat for you
again after your reports are written