for Teachers - October
Book Fair Coming Soon!
All Hallows Read
What is Your Reading Personality?
Book Report Alternatives
23 iPad Alternatives to the Book Report
This could be a worthwhile writing opportunity for our students:
Record your voice and this website will create an URL, an embed code, or an instant QR code that you can print and use--linking students to your audio recording! Super fast and easy with so many possible applications!
Note: Will not work on iPads.
The teacher resources page features a dozen pre-made activities that you can distribute to students to help them learn about graphing, problem modeling, algebra, and geometry. You can also use the Desmos activity builder to create your own lessons and distribute them to your students.
Credit: Richard Byrnes (freetech4teachers)
How We Got to Now
- Making the Modern Clock
- The Quest for Clean Water
- Invention of the Light Blub
- Keeping Ice Frozen Before Refrigeration
- Noise Control and the Decibel
- The Invention of the Microscope and Telescope
Credit: ilearn Technology blog
Pixar in a Box
This week Khan Academy launched a new project that will absolutely engage your math, science and media students. Pixar In A Box is an new online curriculum that analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. The curriculum spans the pipeline of the production process. There are interactive exercises, in-depth video lessons, and hands-on activities created with middle and high school students in mind. And here’s the curriculum outline:
Overview of Pixar in a Box for students & teachers:
Environment modeling: Explore how blades of grass in Brave were created using parabolic arcs.
Character modeling: Explore how clay models are transformed into digital characters using weighted averages.
Animation: Explore how animators bring characters to life using different kinds of animation curves.
Crowds: Explore how swarms of robots in Wall-E were made using combinatorics.
Sets & Staging: Explore how virtual sets are constructed using geometric transformations.
Rendering: Explore how pixels are painted digitally using algebra.
Credit: Joyce Valenza (Neverending Search)
A Google A Day
Want to put your students’ Google search skills to the test?
With Google’s “A Google A Day” you can present daily riddle-like challenges to your classes. There's no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer.
If you'd like to help your students become more search-savvy, this infographic provides many useful tips and tricks for finding anything, anywhere, in no time flat!