Amelia Wildman: Thank you for sharing your ideas and technology integration units featuring Transmedia Navigation, ELA for Middle Schoolers, and deliberate, embedded technology integration!!
Associate Professor Dr. Jen Santos needed ideas to help her ground English students transition to remote learning during the pandemic. So she asked them. They came up with a great idea on how to make it work — a digital gaming platform called Discord. It’s an example of how GCU faculty and students made it work during the final weeks of the semester. Please see this link to learn more: Story
Full Quote: “Perpetual optimism, believing in yourself, believing in your purpose, believing you will prevail, and demonstrating passion and confidence is a force multiplier. If you believe and have prepared your followers, the followers will believe.”
Skipworth, S. (November 17, 2013). Colin Powell and his perpetual optimism. Retrieved from https://www.careersingovernment.com/tools/gov-talk/about-gov/public-sector-trends/colin-powell-perpetual-optimism/
April 15, the horrendous American Tax Day is next Wednesday.
On a happier and more educational note, April 15th is also the birthday of Leonardo daVinci (April 15,1452 – May 2,1519).
Our Weekend Ed. Quote features this wisdom from Leonardo daVinci:
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” ~Leonardo daVinci
Tonight brings the brightest moon of 2020!
Tonight’s Supermoon is also known as a “Pink Moon,” the first full moon of spring. Native Americans named this moon because of the pink phlox that blooms around this time. It has special names in other countries too such as Bak Poya, Egg Moon, Full Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or the Full Fish Moon. STEM Alert: Not all Pink Moons are also Supermoons. A Moon has to come within 90% of its closest approach to Earth (or 224,865 miles) to be formally defined as a Super Moon.
STEM Alert: The Pinkish hue (sometimes more orange if you are in a city), is from photons passing through dusty particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. Earth’s atmosphere of oxygen and nitrogen filters the bluer wavelengths (through refraction) of moonlight so your eyes may see more of a pink tone. Full moons also have some tide effects.
If you need a break from being inside, tonight’s the night!
If you would rather view the Pink Moon virtually, here are some fun resources:
Astronomy Briefing https://youtu.be/WNlgftoWaHI
April’s ‘pink moon’ is the biggest supermoon of 2020.
Click on the linked text to learn how to catch Tuesday’s ‘pink moon, the biggest supermoon of 2020.
STEAM Alert: What’s in a Name? The Almanac pairs the other named moons with their date of appearance:
Wolf Moon – January 10
Snow Moon – February 9
Worm Moon – March 9
Pink Moon – April 8
Flower Moon – May 7
Strawberry Moon – June 6
Buck Moon – July 5
Sturgeon Moon – August 3
Full Corn Moon – September 2
Hunter’s Moon – October 1
Beaver Moon – November 30
Cold Moon – December 30
There is also a connection between the Pink Moon and Nick Drake.
This time in our global experience inspires the heroic acts of compassion, sharing, and service by public-facing people.
Yet, there are also unannounced, quiet acts of service by equally heroic people, who asked to remain Anonymous:
~ The neighbor from another street, who mows the grass of a teacher and single mother who is now teaching her class of 4th graders from home. She keeps missing her stealthy neighbor, but their service allows her kids to play outside.
~ The high school teacher who, concerned about the business needs of her local bakery, buys loaves of banana bread and zucchini bread to deliver to postal carriers, gas station attendants, trash truck operators, and school cafeteria workers who daily continue in their jobs.
~ The young doctoral student who sends surprise, whimsical care packages to individual family since she can’t travel to see them.
~ The nine year-old who, after a surprise daybreak coffee brew for his Mom, who teaches from home, has made this act of love a daily morning occurence.
~ The thoughtful neighbor who quietly left a roll of toilet paper and a box of tissues at the door of each of the families in the apartment complex where they all live.
Thank you for all these unselfish gifts!
Who is the Anonymous Hero of the Day in your corner of the world? What can you do (or have done) to be an Anonymous Hero of someone’s day? Leave a comment to add to this post.
Celebrate More Heroes of the Day
Describe what your fur babies are currently doing,but call them, “the rocket scientist in my house!”
For example: The rocket scientist in my house has taken to the treadmill!”
Younger learners can have their own online book to read as they learn from home!
The Case of the Haystack Kitties (Hank the Cowdog Book 30) is free for the next couple of days as an ebook on Amazon. (It’s normally $4.79 in digital format.)
Story Summary: Hank has his paws full when he discovers a mother cat and six kittens trespassing in a haystack on his very own ranch. (Have we mentioned cowdogs don’t like cats?) Join Hank as he is trapped in a runaway pickup, surrounded by a herd of stray cats, and forced to battle a raging bull. Can Hank stop the cats from taking over his ranch?
Thanks to Lori Gracey of TCEA, for the news of this offer!