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

Presentations and workshops are targeted at teachers or trainers working in the Greater Toronto Area, and Southern or Eastern Ontario.

Mike is currently offering three presentations:

  • DIY E-Learning: Create Your Own Digital Education Content
  • Turn it On: Creating Digital Capability in the Classroom (Part 1)
  • Turn it On: Working with Digital Media and Online Tools (Part 2)

Presentation: DIY E-LEARNING

Create Your Own E-Learning (Digital Education Content)

DIY E-Learning: Preview of Free Online Course Offered in 2020

This presentation is an overview of DIY E-Learning, with highlights and best practises from the full online course Mike will offer throughout 2020 (spring and fall start dates, 4-week 10-hour course).

The term “e-learning” has only been in existence since 1999. Twenty years on the question remains “What is e-learning?” and “What’s in it for me?” If you are a teacher you might regard e-learning as some mysterious technical pursuit by instructional designers. But there are many tools that non-experts can use to develop interactive online learning content. That’s what this presentation and the 2020 courses will jump into. E-learning by and for everyone.

This presentation targets teachers and educators with intermediate tech experience who would like to build their own web-based e-learning projects for use with their classes or organizations.


  • E-Learning Essentials (Simple overview)
  • Practical E-Learning Content Creation Tools (Free, web-based)
  • Fun E-Learning Projects (Interactive presentation, quiz) 

Related Presentations: Turn It On (Part One, Part Two)
DIY E-Learning is based in part on some of the ideas Mike covered in Turn it On (Part One, 2016) and Turn it On (Part Two, 2018). 


Presentation: Turn It On (Part One, Part Two)

Creating Digital Capability in the Classroom / Tips for Teachers Working with Digital Media
Turn it On: Creating Digital Capability in the Classroom (Part One)

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.

Topics include:

  • 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)


Turn it On: Tips for Teachers Working with Digital Media (Part Two)

Mike shares tips for teachers about getting the most out of digital media, whether in creation or consumption. Building on “Turn It On: Creating Digital Capability in the Classroom” (first offered in 2016-2017), the presentation digs into practical advice for using digital media.

Topics include:

  • Resource selection (websites with free / paid images and media)
  • PowerPoint alternatives like Haiku Deck (free, fast, fun!)
  • Device options in the classroom (from laptop to iPad to Chromecast)
  • Media formats such as MP3 and MP4
  • Making your own DIY audio and video recordings
  • WordPress for website, blog, e-learning and LMS

Learn to maximize the potential of tools you already have in your classroom, and gain insight into how to use inexpensive tech to get started with processes like digital storytelling.


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:

Presentations 2012-2018

Turn it on: Tips for Teachers Working with Digital Media
TESL Ottawa, May 2018 (view support page)
TESL Toronto, January 2018

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

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

Turn it on: Creating Digital Capability in the Classroom
TESL Ottawa, May 2017
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