My pal, Frank Novak, shared this site that offers a venue for honest conversations about GMO foods. It’s a controversial topic, often based on emotional reactions. Here’s an interesting attempt at a bias-balanced approach to learning more together about the food industry and its challenges.
The URL: https://knowgmo.ca/
My friend, Kim Hula-Hetu, shared this resource in preparation for this summer’s solar eclipse – on Monday August 21, 2017. As a last post of the year, have a look at how best to make this project – a pinhole projector, that will allow you and your family to safely view the event.
The URL: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/make-pinhole-projector.html
Thanks to everyone for your continued interest, suggestions and support. That’s it for another school year – and the 19th year for The Teacher List. Have a great summer break and we’ll catch up in the fall.
I started hearing about STEAM this fall and was delighted to realize that the ‘A’ was intentional. Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Math… Sounds like a good collaboration to author and scientist Adam Ruben, who explores the addition of Arts to a previously exclusive club. Thanks to Gary McFarlane for retweeting this article.
The URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/10/full-steam-ahead
Well, I guess it’s been a while since my last post! I don’t want to say that The Teacher List is done but I do reflect on how it has served its purpose over the last many years. My options are to a) redouble my efforts to pass on useful no-cost sites for teachers, b) wrap it up and move on to other projects, or c) keep it open to share only those resources that I think are exceptional, however frequently that may happen. I’m going to take the summer to think things over and make a decision in the fall.
I do have another collaborative project to share with you before we all break for the summer! There are two classes involved. The first is a Grade One class from Pollard Meadows School in Edmonton, taught by Sean Colling. The other is a Communication Technology 10 class from W.P. Wagner High School in East Edmonton, taught by me. This project is a pairing of two completely different programs. The Grade 1’s are studying the Needs of Animals and Plants — about living things and what they need to live and grow. The high school students are studying Animation. They had just completed a course using Adobe Flash to create vector drawings and movement called tweens. Many of their lessons are steeped in learning how to be a freelance print and web designer. The Scenario: The Grade One class (the Clients) have hired the high school class (the Freelancers) to animate their drawings. The students were paired up and assigned a blog post in which they were able to have a conversation in the comment section. The Freelancers asked the Clients how they wanted their drawings to be animated. They were not allowed to change the artwork in any way; it would be like changing a client’s logo! We hope you enjoy the results below. Be sure to read the comments in each blog post to get a feel for how well the two groups communicated without meeting in person.
The URL: https://sites.google.com/a/epsb.ca/needs-of-plants-and-animals
Have a wonderful summer break and we’ll catch up in the fall!
Just how big is the Solar System in which we reside? This 7 minute film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh will put it in perspective. Without giving away all of the surprising details, using a marble as a scale representation of Earth, they needed over 7 miles of dry lakebed to fit it all in.
The URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR3Igc3Rhfg
For 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.