Monday, July 24, 2017

Back of the Book Blurb #68 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 Messy Marriage

Sheila knew she shouldn’t have let her future mother-in-law organize the wedding reception. Her mother-in-law hated her and Sheila knew it. She just didn’t understand why Danny couldn’t see it. He insisted that his mother loved her and told her that letting his mother do something for the wedding would be a good thing.  

Boy, was he wrong! During the ceremony, Danny’s mother cried as if someone died. During the pictures, his mom sobbed and wrung her hands.  

For the reception, Danny’s mom had taken care of the wedding cake. The wedding cake was going to be a model of the bride in her wedding gown. As they got ready to cut the cake, Sheila looked up at the cake bride and realized that the bride was not her! The face was the face of Danny’s former girlfriend!

What kind of future was in store for this marriage? Read on (150 words)!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 7/21/17

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we must 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

Digital Declaration of Independence – “This is an experimental edition of the Declaration of Independence that combines a high-resolution scan of the 1823 facsimile with (1) a full-text transcription of the text, (2) an annotated version of John Trumbull's 1819 painting of the signing of the document, and (3) an interactive map that plots the signers' hometowns on a Mapbox base layer.” (L:G; SA:SS )

Toony Tool – “is a free online cartoon maker and comic creator tool: Create and share your own cartoons, comics and memes online for free. Choose a background or upload your own background. Add your own or our characters en choose from our text clouds. You can also add Meme texts or props. Download, print or email the resulting cartoon or save it online and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.” (L:G; SA:A )

Unio – “Combine your existing resources with clever software tools to open up new, interactive learning experiences for your students. See your annotations and comments populate your students’ screens in real time. Let students make their own annotations to revise or create a digital learning journal. Encourage student-centered learning by ‘desyncing’ and letting them set their own pace. Use quizzes and polls to assess student understanding throughout the lesson. Ease your workload with quiz-results that auto populate in real time, giving you instant insight. Display and analyse student performance in a variety of ways, as well as downloading them. Use the class overview to monitor students’ work in real-time, and easily evaluate their progression. Give students quick feedback on specific topics with icon-based reactions and direct messages. Drill down with 1:1 teaching by taking control over students’ screens and give targeted support. (L:T; SA:A )

iMendi – “Imendi is free application that lets you practice flashcards of foreign languages. Pick the language you want to practice and start answering flashcards.” (L:G; SA:FL )

Workbench – A great resource for project based learning ideas! (L:T; SA:A )

Original photo by Pat Hensley


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Google Sketchup 3D Design

This was another session that I attended at the Upstate Technology Conference. The presenter was Michelle O’Malley. First I downloaded Sketchup Make which was the free version and is for Mac or PC.

In the presentation, she gave the link to video tutorials and a handout of a quick reference card for the tools.

Blue line is your vertical; y-axis; X is the red line; Z is the depth area

1.     You make floor plans. Draw your ideal house and then can calculate the perimeter and area.
2.     You can import Google Earth as an image and build on the flat page.
3.     You can add furniture.
4.     You can see from the top or the side.
5.     Can build a town. Give them measurements, criteria (roads, 5 buildings and the height of the buildings)
6.     Import things from the warehouse which is free
7.     Easy tessellations
8.     Can teach one-point perspective
9.     Create simple machines for Science
10.  New species of animals for Science (science adaptations)
11.  Recreate Ancient civilizations and artifacts for History
12.  Build Bridges


It looks like a fun program but I feel it has a steep learning curve. She went through making an object pretty quickly and it was nice to see what she could do with it. I think I will need to spend time working with the program before I could have students use it.