Locust Grove Tech Tidbits

By Denise O'Brien, LMS/STC

Let's all think a little childlike today....

I came across this Ted Talk this week and I just had to's presented by an amazing young lady by the name of Adora Svitak who has some wise words for teachers (and adults alike). A beautiful reminder that our job is to empower our students to become more today than they were yesterday. To quote Adora "You must lend an ear today, because we are the leaders of tomorrow."

If you have a few minutes this week, I encourage you to watch her Ted Talk. It might give you just the little inspiration needed to keep going strong!

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
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Science Apps

I know everyone is diving head deep into Science this year so I wanted to share a few apps that I've come across that might come in handy!


More than just a Google Map clone, Earthviewer allows users to explore the Earth's geological past, present and future. Users can explore interactive maps of the movements of the Earth's continents across millions of years, as well as temperature maps of the past century. Users can locate modern cities and landmarks and trace their positions across aeons of continental drift, or even their expected future positions. In-depth features explain more about major events and eras in our planet's history, with clickable details for more information. Designed for tablets, this app is a great resource for classrooms.

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Brian Cox's Wonders of Life (iOS) ($4.99)

Explore the amazing world of our planet's biodiversity with Brian Cox's Wonders of Life. The interactive multimedia app allows users to explore more than 30 different creatures and habitats through a variety of articles, more than a thousand hi-res photographs and more than 2 hours of HD video. It's a wonderful tour of the richness of the Earth's ecosystem.

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How to Make Electricity -Price: $2.99

How to Make Electricity is an interactive app that allows children to engage in and explore various methods of making electricity. With items like pickles, light bulbs, fans, and other scientific tools to experiment with, players can see how the electricity reacts in various situations. There is also a ‘science view’ that allows children to get an in-depth look at the electric current flowing (or not) through the circuit they have created.

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