Friday, November 24, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 11/24/17

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Snapseed – “Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google.” (L:G; SA:A)

Science Journal – “Science Journal is the free digital science notebook brought to you by Google. Whether you're a science educator or a hobbyist doing science at home, you can keep your notes, photos, and observations all in one convenient place. Use the sensors in your phone to measure and graph phenomena such as light, sound, and motion, or connect to external sensors via bluetooth to conduct experiments on the world around you. With the Science Journal app, you can:
• Measure light, sound, acceleration, air pressure, and more using your phone's built-in sensors.
• Take notes and photos to document your science experiments. More note types coming soon!
• Connect to external sensors using select Bluetooth-enabled Arduino and Vernier devices.
• Export recorded sensor data as CSV files.
• Create automated triggers for recording data and taking notes.
• Use sonification to hear the movement of your graphs.
Science Journal is available for free on Android, iPhone, iPad, and compatible Chromebook devices. (L:G; SA:S)

Climate Kids – game and lessons to teach about climate change (L:E; SA:S)

PeerGrade – “Peergrade is a free online platform to facilitate peer feedback sessions with students” (L:G; SA:A)

Outer Space – “you can now explore the International Space Station in Street View in Google Maps.” (L:G; SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. I wanted to take this time to share some things that I'm thankful for throughout the year and not just on this day.

  1. I am thankful for my husband and the love and support he gives me every minute of the day. 
  2. I'm thankful for the family that I have even though we are spread throughout the world. 
  3. I'm thankful for the friends I have that makes the world seem smaller than it really is. 
  4. I'm thankful for my health and the ability to do the things that I want to do. 
  5. I'm thankful for the roof over my head and that I'm able to live in comfort. 
  6. I'm thankful that I have enough money to pay all of my bills. 
  7. I'm thankful that I have so much food that I feel the need to go on a diet. 
  8. I'm thankful for the intelligence to learn new things that I want to know how to do. 
  9. I'm thankful that I am still able to use all five of my senses which I take for granted until I meet someone who can't. 
  10. I'm thankful that there are so many new adventures in the future that are just waiting for me! 
What are you thankful for? Please share! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Jason Rich Classes

A couple of weeks ago we went on a 10-day cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. It was considered a “Journeys” cruise and included a guest lecturer. The lecturer was Jason Rich, an author, journalist and a photographer. He was given the topics and asked to speak about them from his area of interest and knowledge.

Jason spoke about digital photography, technology and art, technology and cooking, internet safety, social media, technology and shopping, and technology and astronomy.

All his lectures were awesome and we learned so much. I really like how he gave the link to where all his presentations could be found so we could look at them when we got home. I didn’t feel like I had to spend a lot of time taking notes and was able to focus on what he was sharing.

He spoke with a lot of knowledge and you can tell that he enjoyed his job and what he was sharing. This enthusiasm was catching it and it made the listener want to know more. He shared a lot of useful links to great apps! He recommended many and we couldn’t wait to get home to download many of them.

His information was useful and very relevant to most people. He didn’t make the information too technical which made it easy to understand.

He has written several books and you can find them here. We will be buying them and using them for future reference.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Check out the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge! Registration opens for next year’s challenge on December 15th, 2017 and will run until April 15th, 2018. Winners receive $25,000 and past winners and finalists have gone on to speak in front of congress, secure careers in STEM fields and work with some of the foremost scientific leaders of our day and age.

I’d like to highlight this year’s winner, America's Top Young Scientist - 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao.

From a recent press release:

“3M (@3M) and Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) have named 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao from Lone Tree, Colo., the winner of the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). Gitanjali is working to develop Tethys, a sensor-based device that can detect lead in water faster than other current techniques.

Rather than using expensive equipment for testing, Gitanjali’s cost-effective approach to water safety uses a mobile app that populates the water’s status almost immediately. Tethys is designed to be portable and easy to use, allowing individuals to test water safety whenever needed. She hopes to solve the water contamination crisis and decrease long-term health effects from lead exposure.

A seventh-grader at STEM School and Academy, Gitanjali competed alongside nine other finalists during a live competition at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. She was awarded the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” as well as a $25,000 prize.

During the past three months, Gitanjali and the other finalists had the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist to develop their innovations as part of a unique summer mentorship program. Gitanjali was paired with Dr. Kathleen Shafer, a 3M research specialist who develops new plastics technologies that have real-world applications in dentistry and other fields.

Each of the students collaborated with some of 3M’s leading scientists, who provided guidance as they worked through the scientific method to advance their ideas from a theoretical concept into a physical prototype. Together, the 3M mentors and finalists shared their passion for science, reviewed the scientific process and worked virtually through pre-assigned objectives, with resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.

“3M’s commitment to the next generation of science leaders is energized each year by the creativity and ingenuity of these young scientists,” said Paul Keel, senior vice president, business development and marketing-sales, 3M. “Making the world a better place through science starts with a spark of curiosity, which leads to passion – and results in making an impact. 3M is inspired by these finalists and their contributions to making lives better.”

During the final competition, the finalists presented their inventions to an esteemed panel of 3M scientists, school superintendents and administrators from across the country. In addition to presenting their prototypes, the ten finalists paired up to compete in two additional challenges through which they combined multiple 3M technologies to solve a real-world problems.

“Discovery Education proudly joins 3M to celebrate a 10-year commitment to fostering the next generation of passionate innovators,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Empowering students with access to innovative learning opportunities sharpens their mastery of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and ignites their desire to improve the world with science.”

For teachers, students and parents seeking a place to explore the world of scientific innovations and opportunities, Discovery Education and 3M developed the Young Scientist Lab, an interactive portal filled with engaging activities and standards-aligned teaching tools, anchored by the award-winning annual Young Scientist Challenge.”



Monday, November 20, 2017

Back of the Book Blurb #85 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title). The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post. Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.  You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

The Thinker

How can anyone think too much? Just because Bryan would spend a lot of time thinking about all consequences of a future decision doesn’t mean he thinks too much. It was important for him to make the right decision. So what if it sometimes took him months to decide where to go on a vacation? His wife thought sometimes that when he was thinking and not moving, he was a statue and not a real person. Lisa was getting tired of him taking so long to decide about what they were going to do for Christmas. He was going to have to not think so much about it or she was going to celebrate Christmas without him. Life is too short to miss out on the fun things because he wanted to think about it. So, Lisa was going to help him make a quicker decision by doing something drastic. (150 words)