Mrs. J. Porritt

Teacher at W.S. Hawrylak School


I am a middle years teacher who has taught for 30+ years. My teaching has ranged from Grade 3 to Grade 7, with my favorite grade being Grade 6. I have a passion for technology, and I see the benefits of it every day in my classroom. This is what keeps me from retirement :-).

I teach: Language Arts, Math, Science, Health

To ages: 11 to 12


February 3, 2014

This is a great app for students to collaborate on KWL charts.

February 3, 2014

WeMap is a concept mapping tool where students/people can collaborate on a map. It is very easy to use.

November 12, 2013

This is a great online tool for presentations with audio. You can upload your files and then add voice to them. It is great for use in a classroom where students like to ‘read’ from their presentations or for those who are reluctant to speak in front of others.

October 22, 2013

Timely, relevant news articles for kids, educators in the classroom and parents at home. ‘Every story is in kid-friendly language and appropriate for kids in grades 2 to 8. Beyond just making the vocabulary accessible, we provide context for everything in each news story, so kids can understand what’s going on, and why. In the curriculum connections we encourage kids to think critically not only about the story itself, but about the way the story is presented. Does the journalist have a bias? What is it and how could the story be written differently by another journalist?’

October 3, 2013

Great tool for any kind of presentation or demonstration where you would like to include video along with the demo.

August 23, 2013

This site is easy to use and it can be used to create story books or projects using your own photos. Templates are provided, or you can create a book from scratch. Projects can be kept private, unlisted or public. Finished projects can be shared via link, or they can be purchased and printed.

August 20, 2013

I love this app to go along with my Smart Lessons that I have on my SmartBoard. It allows the students to be ‘hands on’ throughout my entire lesson. I no longer have a class of students sitting while one student is at the SmartBoard. Now while that 1 student is at the SmartBoard, the others are ALL engaged on the app on their iPads. This is one of my favorite and most used apps in our classroom.