HiFi – Outrageous Acts of Science

hifiFor the last recommendation of the school year, have a look at this quick video clip that shows how sound waves make polystyrene balls appear to defy gravity. It’s a great discussion on sound waves, frequency and standing waves.

The URL: http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/outrageous-acts-of-science/hi-fi-2/

And with that, we conclude the 17th year of The Teacher List! I want to thank everyone who has signed up, sent in recommendations and passed on the recommendations to your friends and colleagues. Have a safe and relaxing summer. We’ll catch up again after Labour Day in September.

Let’s Talk – 3 Great End-of-Year Questions

letstalkI found this on Ian Jukes’ Twitter feed. From the site: “Before you turn in the key to your classroom door and head out into the sun for the summer, there are three courageous questions you might want to ask parents at the end of this year.” Might make for some interesting end-of-year reflection.

The URL: http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/06/3-courageous-questions-great-teachers-ask-parents-end-year.html

Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

pbl_assessmentThis is kicking around Twitter this morning. From the article: “Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we’ve assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.” Author Andrew Miller has assembled a long list of tools and sorted them by Best Practices for PBL Assessment, PBL and Standardized Tests, Research on PBL Assessment, and Additional Resources.

The URL: http://www.edutopia.org/pbl-assessment-resources?utm_content=resource-roundup&utm_campaign=pbl-assessment-resources&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_term=link

Polona Typo Project

polonaMy work pals, Noel Taylor and Karly Kulpa, passed this one on. The Polona Typo project, based on the new Polona API, (Polona.pl is a National Library of Poland website) makes it possible to type, share and print your own sentences using thousands of letters from the books, posters and maps created over more than six centuries.

The URL: http://typo.polona.pl/en/

GCF Learn Free

gcfTeacher List Member, Charlie Gerancher, suggested a look at GCF Learn Free. Says Charlie, “GCF Learn Free is a fantastic resource. It has a wealth of videos and interactive tutorials. I just used one of the videos this week to discuss the parts of a computer system.” From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, at no cost to the user.

The URL: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

Insect Identification

bugfinderDid you know there are more than a million different insect species in the world? When you see that crawly in your house or your picnic is invaded or you want to identify-before-you-squash, check out InsectIdentification.org. Students may browse by category or use the simple form to narrow down their options. The content is user-generated and donated, so it’s really just a best guess, not a scientifically sound identification – but fun nonetheless!

The URL: http://www.insectidentification.org