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Month: February 2013

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ShowMe Exponents

I am in Mr. Dacey’s room helping students make tutorials for other students using ShowMe on the iPads. This group of students is slightly ahead of the other group, so they are taking on the task of teaching their peers how to simplify expressions with negative exponents.

Stay tuned to see the finished product.


Space Kitchen

Who’s my new favorite astronaut? Chris Hadfield, of course!

Commander Hadfield is currently on the International Space Station, and he has been sharing his experiences with us, poor Earth-bound mortals. Each video has something amazing to see. Whether he is singing with schoolchildren or chatting with Captain Kirk, Commander Hadfield is entertaining and always educational.

In this video, Commander Hadfield makes a sandwich. I love it that he eats peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Those are always better than the grape jelly kind, right? And in a tortilla, too! By the way, I could not stop staring at how his watch moved on his wrist.


I hope teachers are making the most of these videos and sharing with their students. There are so many interesting ideas to explore. From Commander Hadfield’s comments about crumbs, to the tethered scissors and Velcro-attached bottle of honey, there are examples of creative solutions to seemingly-unimportant problems.

So, watch the videos, and then visit the Canadian Space Agency’s website. There are tons of good reads and pictures there. One related to the above video is Eating in Space. What would you like to rehydrate for lunch today?


Landscape, Please

This morning I helped two colleagues edit video captured by students using mobile devices. I had the opportunity to share a few tips with them to help their future editing.

  1. Teach yourself and your students to always hold devices in landscape mode. Remind yourself of this by picturing television sets, computer displays, and movie screens. You never see those standing on end, so don’t make your video stand on end.

  2. Use a tripod, or brace your wrist on a stable object. All that shaking is very distracting.

  3. Get close enough to your subject to make it clear what you want your audience to see. Capturing video from across the room gives you a tiny image and poor audio when not using a microphone.

If you can only remember one of the three, please make it #1.

LMC News

This week we are working to make our LMC even better.

We are in the running for a prize from Follett. Please watch our video and vote for us so we can win funds to purchase new equipment.

And, this morning, I’m working with Ms. Cross to get her iPad full of tools she can use to improve the help she provides our students.


Better Blogs Buy-in

John Hendron has been blogging about writing better blog posts. I do hope our teachers will read what he’s writing. There are many great ideas and suggestions. I am very proud of my blog, but I know there is always something I can improve.

If you run across something John is suggesting and you need help implementing it, please drop me a line or stop by my office. I’d love to help.





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