30/7/2015 – Back into the swing of things.

1. This was brought to my attention by a member of our staff, so thanks Charissa! I have already tried it out in the classroom and it was a huge hit with students. Requires that everyone has a device, but other than that it’s easy as.

kahoot

https://kahoot.it/#/

2. One of the great things about books is that they can take you on a journey. Both emotional and geographical. Now two guys, Richard Kreitner amd Steven Melendez, have mapped the actual geography of some of the iconic novels of American Literature. This is absorbing for any book nut!

map

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-obsessively-detailed-map-of-american-literatures-most-epic-road-trips

3. From the top of Mount Everest to the base of the Eiffel Tower and many, many points between, this next link is a must for geography teachers who want their students to see amazing sights….

everest405-300x95

http://www.panoramas.dk/index.html

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23/7/15 Term 3 begins!

Welcome back, it’s nice to get back into the work routine, and part of that is three things on a thursday. I shamelessly neglected this last week as I was trying to cajole my chickens into egg-laying mode. My apologies for the layout being so cluttered but wordpress is a difficult medium to try and do setting out!

So,

1. I don’t know why this was so addictive, but I loved playing around with gravity spots and little galaxies!

codepen

http://codepen.io/akm2/full/rHIsa

2. Because we ALL have opinions, how about seeing how they stack up against others on the internet?

opiwiki

http://opi.wiki/

3. Finally, I’m always looking for a way to plot new running routes, and here’s another!

plotroute

http://www.plotaroute.com/

8/7/15 Three Things from Holiday

Ah, the break between terms 2 and 3. A time for recharging, relaxing, and making sure those last minute marking bits and pieces are out of the way. If you get the time, here are 3 interesting sites….

1. How far would you have to travel to reach the centre of the Earth?

http://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/story/20150306-journey-to-the-centre-of-earth/index.html

2. I know everyone thinks we are lazy over the holidays so I convinced my in-laws I was learning piano….Hah!

http://touchpianist.com/

3. Finally, I promised a music site for a colleague, so here is a nifty one that allows you to find new artists similar to the ones you already enjoy.

http://www.gnoosic.com/#

1/7/15 Three more things

I know, I know, the title is getting repetitive, but I am hoping to establish a tradition.

Onwards into July!

1. Did someone say TREBUCHET? I just launched a cow 225ft using a 129998 pound weight. I love this. Maybe someone could add a target and turn this into a game? Or just let the physics students tweak the controls, trying to throw things further and further.

trebuchet (1)

http://www.virtualtrebuchet.com/

2. Health. Ahhhhh…….I can finally compare apples and oranges! (You see what I did there?)

WeigtingApplesAndOranges_3

http://www.twofoods.com/

3. A combination of waves, rain and a gentle campfire seem to lull me to sleep most effectively. Have a good break! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

sounds

http://soundstosleepto.com/