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Resources for 7th grade Science’s Paleontology Research

December 3rd, 2012

Imagine being Elmer Riggs in 1900 and uncovering a skeleton that would eventually be the first documented find of a brachiosaurus. He had to figure out how the bones all fit together and how the dinosaur moved using his knowledge of anatomy. (It’s not like he could just walk outside and observe a living brachiosaur in action.) He claimed that the brachiosaur was a land creature, but the scientists of the day argued that it was aquatic. His claim wasn’t validated until the 1970’s, a decade after he died (Side note: growing up I had some older books that weren’t updated and I can still remember pictures of brachiosaurs needing to stay in water just to move.)

You’ll be finding information about paleontology – and, specifically, dinosaurs – to get ready for your fossil dig later this week.

The first site that you will be using is Enchanted Learning. The link takes you to the table of contents where you can find links to the other Enchanted Learning pages.

The 93 Dinosaur Information Pages will be where you read about your assigned dinosaurs.

When you’re done, check out the Smithsonian’s dig site. It has a collection of minigames that simulate an actual fossil find.

MIT + K12

October 26th, 2012

Remember the awesome videos that the Khan Academy produced for teaching math/science/technology?

MIT is joining in and creating a database of videos to teach math and science concepts with its MIT + K12 site. What I like about the site is that it has clearly marked areas where educators and MIT students can create lessons and tag them with concept names and target grade levels.

Here’s a fun one with the Doppler Effect:

Ads of the World – Propaganda is not just a U.S. thing

October 10th, 2012

Part of critical thinking is being able to analyze the media around us for ethos, pathos, and logos. Advertisements surround us, whether it’s in our browser windows or street corners, and it’s crucial that we can sift through the messages to get to the truth of the matter. Ads of the World is a repository of ads that you can search by media (video, print, radio), region, and industry. What’s great is that you can compare ads from other countries and see that propaganda is a universal thing.

Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential 2012

May 7th, 2012

Here is the Time Magazine list for part two of Ms. Redden’s assignment on leadership qualities in Girl Who Owned a City. Read about one of the people on the list, comparing and contrasting leadership qualities.

To find your second article, log into Destiny and click on EBSCO Host and then Biography Reference Center. Search for your person there.

Top 10 Leadership Qualities from HR World [a re-posting]

April 30th, 2012

This is a re-posting of an assignment for Ms. Redden’s class.

Read the article found here and be prepared to summarize the main points about the important leadership characteristics. While your class is reading The Girl Who Owned a City, you’ll be looking for these characteristics in the children who have survived the plague.

Socrative – A free student response system

April 9th, 2012

I know that schools are pushing for more technology use and one of those ways is through student response systems, “clickers” that students can key in their responses and get instant feedback. The positive is that teachers can assess the entire class at once instead of just the one or two students that get called on per question. The negatives are the cost and, closely related, the proprietary nature of the devices. (You have to use that company’s clickers on their software.)

Socrative gets around that. This is perfect for the computer lab or a mobile lab. The teacher creates a classroom and a quiz. Socrative generates the room number. Students then go to Socrative and type in the room number. They type in their name and then are presented with the quiz.

I did my test run with a laptop and my phone, with the laptop being the teacher station. My phone showed a message that said it was waiting on the teacher. Once I was ready on the laptop, it automatically updated on my phone and I answered the sample question. The teacher station then saw what I got and started a grade report. Students don’t see how their classmates scored, which is good. They are able to see if they got the right answer if you set up the quiz to do that. There is also a game mode called Space Race where they are divided into two teams and their right answers fuel their rockets. It’s not a huge motivator, but it still beats a worksheet.

What is great is that the reports export to Excel. There is also a quiz creation template in Excel that you can import so that you can make a backup copy and not have to rely solely on an online copy. The fact that it’s free definitely helps.

With more school districts moving towards a “bring your own teachnology” policy for portable devices, I see a lot of potential for this.

Javascript: Finding the difference

February 8th, 2012


Here is the answer to today’s Future Professionals challenge.

A visit from Mayor John Lewis

December 12th, 2011

The mayor of Gilbert took time out of his schedule to answer letters that students wrote to him as part of Mr. Donoghue’s Social Studies class. It’s very relevant, and there was quite a bit of rigor, too. Students thought critically about real solutions and analyzed the situation from multiple viewpoints. What a great lesson.

Interactive Periodic Table of Elements

November 3rd, 2011

Today we’re researching the properties of elements and their uses. I like this project because you have to apply what you know about the element by creating a superhero that uses those qualities.

Here are the sites:
Dynamic Periodic Table
It’s Elemental

FlashNotes – A game to speed up note recognition

October 19th, 2011

If you’re looking to practice note identification, a great resource for that is FlashNotes. It’s sorted by clef and skill level.

Treble – Beginner
Treble – Advanced

Bass – Beginner
Bass – Advanced

I especially like the frantic music in the background and the countdown timer. Nice find, Mr. Durham.