April 9, 2014


SMART Board Essential Orientation For Your Workgroup

Smart BoardThe following learning resources were presented during an interactive training session I delivered for Path Employment Services in Hamilton, Ontario, on using their SMART Board interactive whiteboard.

This is an introductory level orientation, designed to help workgroups and facilitators learn how to use the SMART Board to improve their client workshops.  Please feel free to copy and share with others.

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SMART Board Essential Orientation For Your Workgroup by John Zeus
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The SMART Board,  Interactive Whiteboard

Through its touch-sensitive surface, the SMART Board gives you access to all the functions of your computer while presenting to your audience, making it great for facilitators and teams to share different types of material.

Topics Include:

Setting up your hardware
Orientating the Smart Board
Configuring the SMART Board markers
Floating Tools
Typing text
Writing on Smart Board
Recognizing handwriting
Saving Work

2014 – John Zeus – SMART Board Essential Orientation For Your Workgroup
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April 4, 2014


Fallen Tree 1 - Toronto Ice Storm

Cleaning Up After Last Winter’s Devastating Ice Storm In Toronto

Clean Up Fallen Trees1 - Toronto Ice Storm

Spring thaw clean up. Time to remove the fallen trees from the garden caused by last December’s destructive ice storm. Quite sad, to say the least.

The ice storm caused significant damage to the tree canopy across Toronto. Approximately 20 per cent of the city’s tree canopy has been lost.

It was a big job, one that would have cost me about $1500 If I hired a tree cutting service. The decision to undertake the task myself not only saved money but provided me with the personal satisfaction and pride in a job well done. Thank you to The Home Depot Tool Rental (Curity Ave.) for their reliable gas and electric chainsaws, instruction, safety tips and great customer service. Not to mention their complimentary safety glasses, removed for this photo op, lol.
Fallen Tree 2 - Toronto Ice Storm Fallen Tree 3 - Toronto Ice StormClean Up Fallen Trees2Home Depot - Curity Ave. Toronto

April 04, 2014
Photos by Mary Tokatlidis, Mom – (first 4 photos)
Home Depot (Curity Ave.) photo from Google.

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April 1, 2014



Heritage Turkey Eggs In A Basket


Heritage Turkey Eggs In A Basket
Collected at Murray’s Farm, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Photo By John Zeus

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March 30, 2014


Companion Planting – The Old Fashioned Way


The 3 Sisters – A Native American Garden With the slow arrival of spring in northern North America, many of us “urban farmers” are eager to start planting. Using Companion Planting, where one plant helps the other,  the 3 Sisters Garden is an old fashioned, but very effective farming technique.  Unlike modern agribusiness which is based on […]

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March 20, 2014


Standing An Egg On End On The Spring Equinox


Vernal Equinox 2014 Legend has it that you can balance an egg on it’s end on the Spring and Fall Equinox. I tried it here and it worked! Go ahead, give it a try! Use a flat surface and position the egg with both hands. This takes precision and some patience. I did not use […]

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February 7, 2014


John Zeus’ Digital Reputation Management


I’d like to share an audio podcast created for my workshop session on Digital Reputation Management, the first podcast I ever recorded. It was a beneficial experience working on this project with Julian Gobert, who created the sound and music. Listen to podcast, length: 4:46 Podcast Script I’m here with John Zeus, the content expert […]

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January 12, 2014


A Woman And Her Dog Reflected In A Puddle From Melted Ice

A woman is reflected in a puddle from rain and melted ice as she walks her dog in Toronto

A woman is reflected in a puddle from rain and melted ice as she walks her dog during winter in Toronto, January 11, 2014. The frigid air and “polar vortex” that affected about 240 million people in the U.S. and southern Canada will depart during the second half of the week, and a far-reaching January […]

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December 12, 2013


Tires By The Green Shed (Photo)

Tires By The Green Shed

I love this photo and just thought I’d share it with you. Taken at Murray’s Farm on a cold snowy morning. Tractor tires covered in snow, walnut trees lining the driveway and the green shed, a warm shelter for ducks and hens. “Tires By The Green Shed” | Shot by John Zeus | Just north […]

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December 2, 2013


Toronto Skylines – Condos & CN Tower (Photo)

Toronto Condos and CN Tower

November 24, 2013 | Photo: CN Tower & Condos, Toronto, Ontario – Looking east from the waterfront | Taken by John Zeus on a Samsung Galaxy S3 Photo Thoughts: Condos & Migrating Birds Toronto is a booming city with a new emphasis on urban intensification. It seems like a new glass condo tower goes up every […]

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November 27, 2013


The Deer Man


Amongst the tribes of human kind, myths speak of supernatural creatures inhabiting the deep woods of the earth. Myths come from the same place that dreams and art come from, they bubble up from the depths of our soul as we seek to interpret the world around us. They can’t be forced or contrived, but can be […]

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November 17, 2013


Leaf On The Windshield In Toronto


Leaf On The Windshield On A Sunday Morning Shot in Riverdale, a Toronto neighbourhood Photo By John Zeus

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November 7, 2013


Dreamcatcher Of Alderville First Nation


Dreams play a central role in the spiritual life of the people of the First Nations. The belief is that dreams are given to us by the Creator. Yesterday I acquired my first dreamcatcher. It is made by Alexis, an intuitive and creative woman, married to a Mississaugas* chief and living in Alderville First Nation. […]

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October 25, 2013


Origins And The Modern Cup Of Coffee (Infographic)


Since it’s African origins (circa A.D. 800) coffee has established itself as a commodity crop throughout the globe. Today it is one of the world’s most profitable export crops. It’s origins began with Kaldi, a legendary Ethiopian goat herder who noticed his herd dancing from one coffee shrub to another, grazing on the cherry-red coffee berries. […]

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April 28, 2013


Trikala Greek Yogurt – My Power Breakfast For One


Morning Sustainability… Greek Yogurt or Goat’s Milk Yogurt, ensure it’s plain, topped with fresh berries, unpasteurized local honey, organic local walnuts and/or granola. So healthy with the added benefits of protein and active probiotic cultures. Plain Greek yogurt is available almost everywhere now. Greek Yogurt with Berries, Local Walnuts and Unpasteurized Honey! I’m one of […]

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February 15, 2013


Five Stages of Team Development – Training

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When planning a team training event, development plan or learning cascade the 5 Stages of Team Development is a useful tool to consider. Teams learn, develop and progress through five different stages of development. These include forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. Here I summarize the five stages and identify the expected outcomes and challenges. Forming A […]

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September 29, 2012


The Heritage Farm & Sustainable Living – Experiencing A Way Of Life


Cambridge, Ontario. “Doing my chores from seven in the morning until seven at night”. Experiencing life as a volunteer part-time leisure farmer at my friend’s heritage farm. Sustainable living and ethical farming is hard work. Yet there’s something essential about growing your own food. Getting back into rhythm with the earth and animals that sustain you. […]

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March 20, 2012


The Farm – Heritage Chicken Breeds

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A February morning, Cambridge Ontario, Canada | Murray’s Farm: Heritage breeds of chickens. On a cold wintry day I took these photos while collecting farm fresh eggs in the hen house. Heritage breeds are some of the breeds of chicken that have neared extinction due to commercial farming which does not favour their characteristics. Commercial chickens are […]

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April 9, 2014


Toronto’s 1958-built Don Jail East Wing Demolition

Toronto's 1958-built Don Jail East Wing demolition in progress today. In its place? A park. #Toronto http://t.co/AlJHqi3Qsc— John Zeus (@johnzeus) April 09, 2014 April 9, 2014 – Riverdale Park East, Toronto, Canada – Shot by John Zeus

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