Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr, Helen Teague

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Math Awareness Month Offer from PBS TeacherLine

It’s Math Awareness Month! Get 30% off @pbsteacherline’s newest math course; enroll by 5/31 with code “PBS+MATH”. http://to.pbs.org/2n9NH4p
PBS + MATH = SUCCESS 4 You!

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Take Two Seconds and…

Librarians

Take Two Seconds and Thank A Librarian today!

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Teachers Tell All: Ten Tips for Online Course Success

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World Poetry Day – March 21

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Inauguration Trivia Scavenger Hunt and Other Resources

Here is an inauguration trivia scavenger hunt from Education World: Study Presidential Inaugurations: Some Precedents and Notable Events http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/TM/WS_219_2293.shtml 

Here is an interesting inauguration trivia quiz from the National Archives:
https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/inaugural-quiz

Learn more about the inauguration from the Smithsonian: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inaugural-firsts-132224366/

 

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Inauguration Primary Sources from PBS

Primary Sources put students in the center of the action. The Library of Congress blogs provide links to resources on the presidential inaugurations and the activities that surround it.

 

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Happy Birthday Michael Minovitch

While we were celebrating the new year yesterday, Michael Minovitch celebrated his birthday.

I hope he had an out of this world birthday because he is the reason we know so much about the outer planets of the solar system. Dr. Minovitch proposed the solution to the “three body problem” that would propel the Voyager spacecrafts from one planet to the next using that planet’s gravitational power. Voyager 1 launched in September, 1977 and Voyager 2 launched in August, 1977. The Voyagers contain gold disks with “The Sounds of Earth” an idea from Carl Sagan. Click the link from “the Sounds of the Earth” to hear them.

Traveling at 50,000 miles an hour, over 10 miles a second. Voyager 1 is out in deep space is now over 11 billion miles from Earth and passed most of the power of Sun’s gravitational grasp (see the real-time distance measurement at this link.) Its twin, Voyager 2, has flown past all the outer giant planets, of Saturn, Uranus, and within 3,000 miles of Neptune in 1989.

The maths required for Voyager 2 to fly over Neptune required mathematical accuracy within one second and weather forecasting on a planet 3 billion miles away from Earth. Both Voyagers have flown farther than Pluto into interstellar space.

Now in a mission over 35 years, data from the Voyager transmiter, takes over 15 hours to arrive back to scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. And it all began with Dr. Michael Minovitch’s math of the “three body problem.”

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ December 2

“If the true learning objective is to ignite a student’s passion for literature and provide an opportunity to demonstrate understanding through a variety of modalities, then maybe it’s time to move beyond the book report.” ~ Beth Holland, Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

This quote, like last weekend’s quote, was suggested by one of the teachers in the PBS course I facilitate. Thank you, K.L.!

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 25

Extremely thankful for teachers, this weekend! This weekend’s quote shared by a teacher in the online course I facilitate (Thank you, E.M.!)

“The literacy-rich environment also provides students with opportunities to engage with and see adults interact with print allowing students to build their skills in understanding the conventions, purposes, and functions of print. “Children learn how to attend to language and apply this knowledge to literacy situations by interacting with others who model language functions” (Gunn, Simmons, & Kameenui, 1995, 11).

 

Source: Gunn, B., Simmons, D., Kameenui, E. (1995). Emergent literacy: Synthesis of the research (Technical Report No. 19). University of Oregon: National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators.

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 12

It is my belief that books are living things…. And as living things, they need to be protected.  ~Holly Black

 

Books by Teague

photo by Teague

 

 

 

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