TURN IT ON – Tech and Design Training by MS

Mike Simpson offers training for teachers, trainers and educators interested in education and design technology.

Presentations and workshops are targeted at teachers working in language instruction, the arts and digital media

Mike is currently offering three presentations:

  • Ancestry Project: Canadian Culture and Digital Storytelling
  • Turn it On: Creating Digital Capability in the Classroom
  • E-Portfolios: Create, Share, Reflect, Assess

Presentation: Ancestry Project

Ancestry research, Canadian culture, digital storytelling

Ancestry Project: Sharing Canadian Culture, Creating Digital Stories

Mike founded Ancestry Project as a digital education project with a variety of resources and free materials for Canadian educators. Topics include culture, history, and digital media, including special content devoted to Canada 150 and digital storytelling. Ancestry research is hot and can be undertaken with students as part of work on culture, history and society. Digital storytelling can be simplified so that producing audio stories becomes the focus, and easy web tools can be employed.

View Ancestry Project (registration is free)


  • Ancestry research
  • Canadian culture and history
  • Digital storytelling

Presentation: E-Portfolios

Create, Share, Reflect, Assess

E-Portfolios: Create, Share, Reflect, Assess

One of the most important practices that teachers and students can put into place is the act of creating and digitizing important documents. Teachers can have every presentation, text doc, or PDF online and easily accessible from the cloud. Students can do the same, making sure they have their learning journey well documented and important artifacts always at hand. Whether you are already using an LMS, a website/blog or cloud storage, this training will help you get organized and create efficiencies in the way you access, share and produce your digital files.

E-portfolios are important for:

  • fostering reflection on process and the learning journey
  • assessment and evaluation
  • sharing and collaborating
  • curating key portfolio pieces
  • organizing large numbers of documents

View Mike’s blog post on e-portfolios



Presentation: Turn It On

Creating Digital Capability in the Classroom

Turn it On: Creating Digital Capability in the Classroom

Mike shares observations and tips about getting the most out of the typical classroom technology available to teachers. Topics include: computer labs, TVs and projectors, wifi networks, PCs and Macs, and Android and iOS devices. Learn to maximize the potential of tools you already have in your classroom or what BYOD (or “bring your own device”) means for your teaching. Supercharge your classroom tech knowledge and win over your gadget savvy students.

Any teacher or trainer should make the best of use of the tools they have, and have an idea of what tools might improve their admin or teaching processes.


  • Graphics and presentations (free, cheap tools)
  • Devices and screens (PC, Mac, desktop, laptop, mobile, touch)
  • File management (hard drives, cloud storage)
  • Media players (traditional vs Chromecast)
  • Wi-fi networks vs. cellular (extenders, hot spots)

View Mike’s blog post: Presentations that Pop Using Free Photos and Online Software

Mike Simpson Bio

Mike Simpson is the founder and designer of Ancestry Project. He’s a teacher/trainer (ESL/TESL, computer tech) and freelance designer (websites, video and e-learning). In fall 2016, he completed the E-Learning Certificate at University of Toronto. Mike has presented with: TESL Toronto, TESL Ontario, TESL Durham and the George Brown College ESL department. View Mike’s portfolio and blog via his website: http://mikesimpson.ms.

Presentations 2012-2017

Ancestry Project: Sharing Canadian Culture, Creating Digital Stories
TESL Toronto, January 2017

E:Portfolios: Create, Share, Reflect, Assess
TESL Ontario November 2016

Turn it on: Creating Digital Capability in the Classroom
TESL Toronto  January 2016

TESL Ontario November 2015, TESL Toronto January 2014

Mobile Apps for Teachers
TESL Toronto January 2015

Adobe for Education
TESL Durham Spring 2014

WordPress for Education
TESL Durham Spring 2012, George Brown College Summer 2012