Media/Conflict/Tech Issues

1.The Oracle of Bacon….ok, so this is a complete waste of time…in fact I challenge someone to come up with an educational purpose for this website. 😛

bacon

https://oracleofbacon.org/

2. Much more sobering…this site is an interactive map of all current world conflicts. Conversation starter for many subjects.

conflicts

https://mideast.liveuamap.com/

3. Finally an acknowledgement to Annie White http://bit.ly/2rOkRYY  who is posting some really interesting blog articles including the link below to another blog about tech use and ethics in the classroom.

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http://ethicsandtechnologyuseineducation.blogspot.co.nz/

Math/Science/Careers

1.100 Math problems anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

math

https://brilliant.org/100day/?utm_source=teachers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=100day&utm_term=algebra&utm_content=simplev

2. Get your skeletons here…..

kine

https://www.kineman.com/

3. Careers – Thanks to my son for this one….you get a 30 day free trial then when you go to cancel, they offer another 60 days….so you don’t have to pay till you give it a decent workout.

Careers

https://www.skillshare.com/

 

Music/Economics/Photography

1.Music – the drum section will be a big hit. Ba Dum Tsshh

Speaking of music, I had the immense pleasure of listening to our school Chapel Choir (who are preparing for the Big Sing competition) singing at assembly….they reminded me of this quote:

“Who hears music, feels their solitude

Peopled at once.”

― Robert Browning, Poet

Sometimes we are lucky enough to be part of something that ‘peoples’ our solitude and makes us feel a sense of belonging to something bigger than our individual selves. I am sure our whole school felt that while listening to the singing.

I had nothing to do with the choir but listening to them I was incredibly proud to be a part of my school. At a couple of stages I even had to look down and fake an intense interest in my shoes as my eyes prickled with emotion! I loved every second of it.

Ii was one of those moments I will always think back on, and think how lucky I was to be there.

music

 

https://learningmusic.ableton.com/index.html

2. Globe of economic complexity…visualize 15 trillion dollars of world trade! I don’t really understand it, but damn, this is beautiful! 15 trillion dollars is an incomprehensible amount to me, but I have had a recurring dream where I win 75 million. Suffice to say I have spent a LOT of time thinking about how I’m gonna spend those 75 mill pingers.

economics

http://globe.cid.harvard.edu/?mode=productspace3D&id=US

3. Photography: My son is into photography but won’t listen to a stitch of advice from me. Lucky there are sites like this he can go to! I need to boost my creativity in some way. But not with drugs. Drugs are bad. M’kay?

photography

http://photoskop.com/

 

Music/Economics/Photography

1.Music – the drum section will be a big hit. Ba Dum Tsshh

Speaking of music, I had the immense pleasure of listening to our school Chapel Choir (who are preparing for the Big Sing competition) singing at assembly….they reminded me of this quote:

“Who hears music, feels their solitude
Peopled at once.”
― Robert Browning, Poet

Sometimes we are lucky enough to be part of something that ‘peoples’ our solitude and makes us feel a sense of belonging to something bigger than our individual selves. I am sure our whole school felt that while listening to the singing.

I had nothing to do with the choir but listening to them I was incredibly proud to be a part of my school. At a couple of stages I even had to look down and fake an intense interest in my shoes as my eyes prickled with emotion! I loved every second of it.

Ii was one of those moments I will always think back on, and think how lucky I was to be there.

music

 

https://learningmusic.ableton.com/index.html

2. Globe of economic complexity…visualize 15 trillion dollars of world trade! I don’t really understand it, but damn, this is beautiful! 15 trillion dollars is an incomprehensible amount to me, but I have had a recurring dream where I win 75 million. Suffice to say I have spent a LOT of time thinking about how I’m gonna spend those 75 mill pingers.

economics

http://globe.cid.harvard.edu/?mode=productspace3D&id=US

3. Photography: My son is into photography but won’t listen to a stitch of advice from me. Lucky there are sites like this he can go to! I need to boost my creativity in some way. But not with drugs. Drugs are bad. M’kay?

photography

http://photoskop.com/

 

English/Formclass, Geo, PE

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“Go, go, go Joseph…” Still humming the tunes from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat which I saw in Wellington on the weekend. I love that show and must have seen it at least 8 times in different venues and guises. This one featured angels on hoverboards, Trump as the ‘hairy Ishmaelite’, flashing LED sneakers, and other pyrotechy bits and bobs. But at its heart this remains a story about chasing your dreams. And that innocent enthusiasm is what I love most about the show…..righto, on to three dream inspired things!

1.English/Formclass – Site with interviews and videos about people who followed their dreams and provided inspirational stories.

zidi

http://zidilife.com/

2.Geography – ever dreamt (dreamt or dreamed? I don’t think it matters, but US uses dreamed more and UK based English tends to favour [favor] dreamt) of travelling? Now get a drone to go do the travelling [traveling] for you!

drone

http://travelbydrone.com/

3.Phys Ed….dreaming of smashing out a world record for PE? Here’s a host of events you can have a go at.

records

https://recordsetter.com/

EastofWeb/MindmapofLearning/Music

1.Short stories, interactive goodies, word games….you had me at short stories.

east

http://www.eastoftheweb.com/

2. An interactive mindmap for learning lots of different things…bit of a STEM bias, but that’s my literature bias coming through…. 🙂

mindmap

http://bit.ly/learning-mind

3. Music: This site had a blurb saying, “Every noise at once, listen to 1,524 different musical genres”

I can’t be the only one expecting this to be, and then was disappointed it wasn’t, all of those things literally played at once in one giant cacophonous noise?

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http://everynoise.com/engenremap.html

 

Media/Laziness?/Multiple Subjects

My thanks to the colleagues who provided ideas for this weeks three things!

1.Short of the Week: Great little short films that are good for media or intro to film study or wide readings!

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https://www.shortoftheweek.com/

2. Can you catch laziness?…an interesting read.

lazy

http://researchnews.plos.org/2017/03/30/contagious-characteristics/

3. Cross-Curricular – Multiple subject areas. Large database of academic videos, audiolectures, and other goodies.

free

http://www.learnerstv.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book/Video/Chemistry

 

1.First of all this week, welcome back to all the kiwi teachers! Nice to be at the start of term two. My first thing this Thursday is a thank you to an SCT colleague who put me onto this book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Have you ever read one of those books where you are chuckling away at the characters, then one word a small Iranian girl says to her grumpy old neighbour makes you dissolve into sobs? How do you explain that? I put it down to allergies and dust mites in the air then snuffle loudly and bury my head in the book again. This is one of those books and I recommend it to you.

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2. A blast from a past Three Things, but worth revisiting….…check this out. A site that allows you to search for videos from big engines like Youtube and then removes ALL advertising and comments! What’s that? You scoff at this sites ability to filter out the advertising and the comments from ‘the madding crowd’? Go on then, take a look….I reckon you’ll bookmark this one. They have tidied up the graphics since I last posted about this site!

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http://viewpure.com/

3. Chemistry: here’s a clean, easy to navigate, interactive periodic table of elements. As Carl Sagan put it: “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” See? We can even jimmy an English quote into a chemistry blogpost. Nice.

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https://periodicstats.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Khan Academy/PrintFriendly/Whiplash

1.App: Khan Academy. This always makes me think of Star Wars and Klingons. There’s also a great website that I have linked the picture to.

Khan

https://www.khanacademy.org/

2. Website: Print Friendly!

This is a really, REALLY handy website that takes those pesky HTML pages and makes them print friendly, and savable as pdfs, etc…..Honestly a huge time saver for me.

Printfriendly

https://www.printfriendly.com/

 

3. Movie: Whiplash. Imagine Raging Bull, Rocky, or The Fighter – replace the boxing gloves with drumsticks and set it all in the Hallways of Fame or Glee!  It’s gonna be an exciting combination of talent, ambition, and brutality. If you have a Senior Student who loves their music, they are going to love this film. Lots of swearing so I have to give it a NSFL tag….even the trailer should be R Rated!

VideoScience/Everest/Foxcatcher

  1. VideoScience App: This is pretty cool, but I did experience some difficulty exiting from the videos…had to kick the app off completely.

videoscience

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/videoscience/id333284085?mt=8

2. Great for Creative Writing, Science, Geography, Physics……This is an eerie, inspiring, and incredible website. Today I learnt that bodies are left on Everest because it is too dangerous to bring them down. Occasionally, special expeditions set out to find, identify, move, or cover a body… but they are rarely brought down. As you can see, exposure and exhaustion are huge dangers on Mt. Everest. The air is thin, and oxygen deprivation is a real threat. Temperatures are so low that frostbite can occur in minutes. Helping someone who is on the brink of death is almost certainly a death sentence for yourself too. Climbers know this, and that is why they often leave behind people who are struggling. Helping is futile. Still….I think it would rank with space burial as an awesome place to spend eternity.

MtEverest

http://www.explore-everest.com/mt-everest-journey.html

3. Foxcatcher (Directed by Bennett Miller)

Here’s three names I never thought I’d see in a film together: Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, and Mark Ruffalo. And I still can’t decide which of the three gave the better performance! They were all superb. I loved the recreation of the late 80’s in the sets, especially Tatum’s apartment, I loved the slow burn of building tension, I loved the psychological warfare. I went into this film with no knowledge of John DuPont, Team Foxcatcher, and the Schultz brothers. And that’s the best way to see this film.

Suffice to say, I went to Netflix and watched the documentary about these events after watching the film….

Don’t google the events, just watch this film! (Trailer with no spoilers below)

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Steve Carell is almost unrecognisable…..

(Trailer with no spoilers below)