Archive for May, 2008

Cooper’s Road

May 21st, 2008

This is Cooper’s Road, a game made for his Advanced Computers final. Nice job!
Use the mouse to move around, avoiding the oncoming traffic.

Here’s the .swf file.

Educational Games

May 13th, 2008

If you’re looking for some educational games/sites, here are some options:

Looking Glass Wars – Card Soldiers

Ranger’s Apprentice Target Shoot

What kind of apprentice would you be? Quiz

Percy Jackson – author P.J. Haarsma

Hof’s picks:

Fun Facts from the End of the ’08 School Year

May 13th, 2008
  1. The first edition hardcover of Battle of the Labyrinth is printed in 13-point Centaur MT font.
    Centaur. That’s funny.
  2. As of Friday we had the lowest price in the world (yeah, Phoenix Book Company!) for The Host.
  3. Small Steps by Peg Kehret (not the Holes sequel) is a great story for people who like real-life drama and people overcoming obstacles. The craziest part? It’s the author’s true life biography.
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is taken from and it reads like a web journal/comic. That’s probably one reason why I like it  so much. The other is because I usually don’t laugh out loud when reading.
  5. Did you know that you can put books on your phone? Now when I wait in line or if I’m tempted to be bored, I use these programs to read full books that have digital bookmarks to them. They’re all free (and legal through Creative Commons).

We Didn’t Start the Karaoke

May 8th, 2008

First off, I’m excited for this 8th grade Social Studies project.

Students will be creating the next verse to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. (Click here for a history teacher’s explanation of the lyrics. Scroll past the ‘terrific video tribute’.)

What I love about this song is that very soon a new generation of students will come through HJHS and your present day life will be history to them. How would the song sound to include modern history?

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it