In The Media

10th Annual Technology Supplement

January/February 2003

There is a write up about our site in the section Technology Products Services Supplement. Please view the Teach Magazine web site for more details.

Network Nugget of the Day

January 13, 2000

“Quentin D’Souza, a Grade 6/7 teacher in Ontario, is working on a site that collects information about free resources in Canada and the United States that Canadian teachers can access. These resources include computers and Internet access, software, subject-based resources (e.g., PE, Special Ed.), teacher materials (e.g., guides), and more. He has also identified some resources that are available to teachers in particular provinces.”

Yahoo Canada

February, 2000

“We’ve learned from experience that most teachers don’t accept “carpe diem” as a valid excuse for missing a day of school, so you might want to get something that appeases yours while you’re out enjoying the extra day. Apples are nice, if a little cliché. Pain-relief medicine is another option. We think they’d like weightlifting equipment — we remember our own teachers saying “Good grief, give me strength” a lot whenever we were around.
Just one tip: getting freestuff for teachers might be easy on your pocketbook, but they’ll know how much it cost. They’re kinda psychic in that way, almost as if there was a Web site somewhere telling them where to find stuff like that…”

Skewl Sites: The Best of Educational Web Sites

March 2000

“Who says nothing in life is free? Free Stuff for Canadian Teachers proves that there are plenty of teacher resources that are available for free. The trick is knowing where to find them! The webmaster of this useful resource has spent many long hours finding things that are free for the asking. As the name of the web site implies, there’s an emphasis on finding free resources for those who teach in Canada. But no matter where you live, there’s sure to be some ‘freebies’ here to suit your educational needs. The webmaster is a Canadian teacher, and strives to be a “service to the Canadian Educational community.”
So what can you actually find? You name it, you’ll find it! How about a Healthy Kids Toolbox, complete with a puzzle story book and grade specific lesson plans. There are free teacher kits, free games, free catalogues, free thematic units, free posters, and free e-books. For many items, there are suggested grade levels. In addition, there’s information on grants for which you can apply. Some items can be ordered online, while others require you to request materials through “snail mail”. You don’t need to be a teacher in a school to receive items. Many items are free to any individuals, so take a look! “

Skewl Sites: The Best of Educational Web Sites

March 2000

“Who says nothing in life is free? Free Stuff for Canadian Teachers proves that there are plenty of teacher resources that are available for free. The trick is knowing where to find them! The webmaster of this useful resource has spent many long hours finding things that are free for the asking. As the name of the web site implies, there’s an emphasis on finding free resources for those who teach in Canada. But no matter where you live, there’s sure to be some ‘freebies’ here to suit your educational needs. The webmaster is a Canadian teacher, and strives to be a “service to the Canadian Educational community.”
So what can you actually find? You name it, you’ll find it! How about a Healthy Kids Toolbox, complete with a puzzle story book and grade specific lesson plans. There are free teacher kits, free games, free catalogues, free thematic units, free posters, and free e-books. For many items, there are suggested grade levels. In addition, there’s information on grants for which you can apply. Some items can be ordered online, while others require you to request materials through “snail mail”. You don’t need to be a teacher in a school to receive items. Many items are free to any individuals, so take a look! “

Included in “The Busy Educators Guide to the World Wide Web- Second Edition”

March 2000

“As teachers we’re always on the lookout for materials that help teach the curriculum for our students. Unfortunately, there are so many companies, government agencies and other organizations that offer free materials, that busy educators just can’t keep up with them. Finally, a Canadian Web Site that makes our job at finding these materials so much easier. Thank you Quentin”, said Marjan Glavac author of the Busy Educator’s Guide to the World Wide Web.

Included in Agenda published by the Ontario Catholic Teachers Association

May 2000

Free stuff for teachers : A new website connecting teachers acrossCanada to free resources, “Free Stuff for Canadian Teachers” is where educators can find the latest links to free materials, teachers’ guides, software and computers. It was created by a teacher and OECTA member, Quentin D’Souza, after he obtained several computers for his school from government agencies. The goal of the website is to get those free resources from private companies and government into the classroom. www.TheCanadianTeacher.com

NETSURFER EDUCATION
More Signal, Less Noise

September 27, 2000

Free Stuff for Canadian Teachers is a site where educators, home schoolers, parents, and students can find links to various offers for free resources, materials, lesson plans, software, catalogues, samples and so forth, and it’s intended as a partial antidote to the prevalence of US material in many freebie sites … offers are for educational material put out by government departments or corporate PR departments and not likely to cost you money or inundate you with junk e-mail. There are national and (some) provincial programs, and items marked with a red maple leaf are for, duh, Canadians only. That’s basically for material sent by mail, where they obviously respond to Canadian requests only. This isn’t a question of jingoistic nationalism at work here; the restriction usually makes sense in the context of the offer. http://www.thecanadianteacher.com/

Included in “The Canadian Internet Directory and Research Guide 2001” Jim Carrol and Rick Broadhead

January 2001

Free Stuff for Canadian Teachers – This site provides Canadian teachers with links to free resources, materials, lesson plans, software, samples, and computers. There are also articles, such as “Providing Safe Surfing for Students” and “Searching for Canadian Content on the Internet.” The Inspiration section has touching stories, including “Teddy Stoddart’s Favourite Teacher,” and some funny ones, like “A Teacher’s Survival Kit for Everyday Living.”

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