Thursday, May 31, 2012

Experiments + Video = Amazing


This youtube channel has over 100 middle school science experiments ready to view.  He also has produced a blog mirrors what he publishes to youtube.

You don't teach middle school science?  What about doing some of these fun activities at home with your kids?

Take a look below and tell us what you think.


SODA CAN DENSITY DISCREPANCY




Can someone explain this to me?  The very end of the video leaves me with more questions than answer.  Seriously.  Why did those two cans float?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer + Edmodo = ?


Here are 8 ways to use Edmodo in the summer with your students.  Check out the link for more information.

Here is my take on some of these options.
2.  A summer book club - This seems like a pretty easy way to get your kids reading and thinking about what they have read.
3. This could link right into number two.  Study specific concepts over the summer and come in ready to build on what they learned over the break.
5.  The science experiments they could do over the summer!  Documenting and recording what they were learning using the scientific method would improve many areas within the curriculum.

Read the whole post and let us know what you think.

I know... not all kids ________ (fill in the blank).  

but what if....
What if a portion of your class participated?
What if you spent 10 minutes a day and could reach your future students?
Would that make a difference?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

QR Codes - The Hidden 350


Did you know that a QR (Quick Response) code contains up to 350 times more information that a traditional bar code?  What can we use QR codes for?



Interactive Displays
The display could be just about anything depending on what you might teach.
Example: a display of the human skeleton and QR codes that label key parts.  Each code will then take a student to a video/page to further explain what they are looking at.  This could also be a map and the codes link to information about certain battles or capitals.
Sound like a lot of extra work?  It could also link to the resources you are already using in class.  Links to videos and the moodle are a simple way to start.

Promote Books and Meet the Author
The codes could be posted anywhere within a building or in a book.  The QR would link to pages created by the students or the author.

Math
Link to solutions or videos that describe the process.  A simple way to do this is by using what is on youtube or Khan Academy.  (That youtube video is about fractions.)

Field Trip
Some have created paper guides that accompany the students while on the field trip.  The main purpose is to help facilitate student learning while exploring their new environment.  An engaging idea would be to develop a simple QR code scavenger hunt.

Anything Made of Paper
Anything that is paper based could contain a QR code linking to additional resources that may not be accessible on the paper.




Outside the Classroom
These codes would give quick access to projects created by the kids.  It could also link to a video by the students welcoming the parents to the classroom. 

Instant Surveys
The code is linked to a survey (google form) to get immediate feedback from an event in your classroom.  This can be used with students or parents.

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Day Made of Glass 2

I posted too soon. Version 2.

A Day Made of Glass

This video reminds me of the new google glasses that I hope will be released sometime in the near future.

What do you think of these ideas?  Some of this is already available.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Lindbergh 1st!!!! Woo Hoo!

Thank you to Becky Joy who participated in Lindbergh's 1st Sametime chat room today.  Earlier in the day Becky had called me needing support with a PowerPoint presentation.  I was able to give her the link to my "online office" and she logged in to Sametime.  I then shared my screen with her, and she was able to share her screen with me.  This was AWESOME because I could see exactly what she was doing and what error was appearing.  Mariano and I were able to quickly help her to solve her issues virtually.   This great tool is going to revolutionize the way we support you...More to come on how the LiNC team will be using Sametime to support your technology needs.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Art in QR Codes

Mr. George took QR codes to an whole new level.  Scan to see where it takes you...






Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Shelfari-A Fun, Social Way to Share Book Recommendations

Shelfari is a social cataloging website for books.  Users can create a bookshelf to share what they have read, review their favorite books, and join groups to discuss various books.

Librarians across the district are making their own "Shelves" to share the new books coming to the library.

Kennerly Elementary School
Long/Sappington Elementary School
Concord/Crestwood Elementary School
Truman Middle School
Sperreng Middle School
Lindbergh High School


Teacher Christina Phillips is using her Shelfari with students to share book recommendations for summer reading.  What a great way to encourage reading and sharing of great books!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bargains from Scholastic....$1 downloadable books


  50+ Super-Fun Math Activities: Grade 5

Scholastic has brought back their $1 Days Sale on their Downloadable Ebooks! These normally retail at $10.99 each!
You will find Geography, Art, History, Math, Science & more, just head over to the Scholastic website to check out the entire selection.   I am connecting this to technology since they are downloadable books.  :)

Personal Fortune Cookies

  Sammi and I went out for coffee the other day and came across this sign as we walked down the street. The big idea of finding the opp...