Heart Warming Video


This video is guaranteed to warm your heart! Thank you to George for sharing!




iPad/iPhone App of the Week – GETCA app


Teachers!! Use the GETCA app to help plan your convention (Feb. 28 and March 1). This app can be used to find sessions and add them to your “favourites”. You can also give feedback on the sessions you attend…if you include your name, you can win a prize.

App Support is available here.

iPad app of the week – Skitch


Skitch is an app, made by Evernote, that allows you to write, draw and add pictures to photos, web pages and maps. It is so easy to easy and has tons of educational value. Rather than explain the things that you can do with Skitch, I will show you some creations.

This photo was taken at a recent PD session. With a few additions from Skitch, the photo takes on more personality…wouldn’t you agree? It also allows some lame attempts of humour.

I love the fact that you can fuzz things out to protect privacy. This is a great feature for school use.

Web pages
This is the site which we were introduced to at the PD session. Using Skitch, I can show how to use the web tool.


Skitch is easy to use with maps to show locations and to give directions.


All of your Skitch notes can be saved within the application and can be accessed on a computer. You can also save your Skitch photos to your Camera Roll on your iPad.

iPad App of the week – Haiku Deck


Haiku Deck is an amazing presentation tool that is so easy to use. If you are tired of PowerPoint presentations, you will love Haiku Deck. This tool allows you pick a great, high definition image which is associated to the text that you use on the slide. You can also use your own images. When you add the text to a slide, the size is automatically adjusted so that everything fits. You can share your Haiku Deck creations easily and you can also embed them. The presentations look amazing on an iPad but they can also be accessed on the web.

This Haiku Deck was created yesterday after we attended the 21st Century Fluencies session hosted by Lee Crockett and Andrew Churches.

21C Learning


We look forward to seeing your Haiku Deck creations!

Food Hampers

This is a story of Christmas spirit and school spirit.

A month or so ago, we started collecting food for Christmas hampers which will be delivered to some less fortunate families in our community by St. Michael Resurrection Parish.  St. Michael is the parish for the family of schools in our area.  The school part of this food hamper project was spearheaded by our school Chaplain, Mrs. Kim Bremault.

Each block 4 class was given a decorated box and a list of non-perishable food items. For the next few weeks, students were responsible for bringing a food item to add to the hamper. Yesterday, all of the food items were brought down to the staff room so that the hampers could be prepared for today’s delivery.  The staff room looked like the food bank! A group of volunteers prepared the hampers, ensuring that each one contained all of the required items. Some of the hampers were short some of the items so an announcement was made over the intercom, encouraging students and staff to give a cash donation so that last minute items could be purchased.  In ten minutes, we had OVER 700 DOLLARS…this is amazing and shows what is possible when we work together to make a difference.  This not only allowed groceries to be purchased but it will also enable us to provide a large donation on behalf of Austin O’Brien High School.

We were so happy that we were able to put together 30 hampers, in all. These will be delivered to 30 Edmonton families hopefully making their Christmas a little bit brighter. Some of our classes even wrapped Christmas gifts to add to the hampers.  Also, our Foods classes baked cookies and put them in awesome Christmas tins.

All of the hampers were loaded on to one of our school vehicles and we headed over to the Parish.


Father Mitch and Mrs. Lynn Smarsh (a former ECSD teacher who now volunteers at the Parish) were so glad to receive the donation of the 30 food hampers plus all the additional food which was donated by our extremely generous school community.


In the words of our school Principal, Mrs. Debbie Rowley in a message to Mrs. Bremault:


Thank you for the tremendous amount of work you put in to coordinate the hamper project– it was a huge success. Your daily reminders and challenges out to the kids really made a difference. Thanks to everyone on staff and our student teachers for your contributions.

Many people in our school community and at large, will have a brighter Christmas because of the generosity of Austin O’Brien 🙂

It is amazing what can happen when a school community works together in a well-connected and meaningful way.  A proud day to be a Crusader!


Read In Week at AOB

On Wednesday, October 3, our Spanish biligual students (grade 10 and 11) read stories to grade 2 and 3 Spanish students at St. Teresa Elementary School. Each AOB student was paired with a student at St. Teresa. The really cool part of this project was that students did not have to leave their respective schools. The stories were read using the magic of WiFi, the internet, Facetime and the iPad.

A special thanks to Diane Lefebvre from the ECSD EmTech team for making this initiative come alive and for lending us a class set of iPads. Also, thanks to our Spanish teacher, Miss Amador, and the teachers and admin at St. Teresa for taking on this project. It was obvious by the student’s expressions that they loved it!

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Digital Displays

You may have noticed that we have recently installed some digital displays in the hallways of our school.  These have been installed to improve communication and enhance school spirit.  Content is added to the displays from a server which is accessible through our computer network.  Content can be controlled and displayed in many unique ways.

Since the monitors and servers have been installed, we have added some test content until we are all trained to use the Carousel software which pushes content to the monitors.

We are going to have at least 3 different channels running on the displays.  There will be separate feeds for hallways, front entrance, and the large monitor by the foods room.

We would like to gather some feedback from you.  What type of content would you like to see on the displays.  The images above are showing photos, announcements, weather, etc.  Please leave your comments on this post.