Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr, Helen Teague

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From the Buckle of the Belt of Totality: Solar Eclipse 2017

Here is a vital instructional video, 2 minutes long, regarding the eclipse: https://youtu.be/GD2Znr7kFG4

 

Lots of curricular connections for the first coast-to-coast eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years: timelines, equations featuring 99, songs with moon, sun, 99 lyrics, dances with rotations, spinning tops, tweets with only 99 characters… use your imagination!

 

Or, simply make a keyhole camera:

vintage keyhole cameras

 

And add 21st century decorations:

decorated keyhole cameras

 

Other posts referencing the Solar Eclipse

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 18

And people tended not to bother a woman with a book. ~Cherie Priest

bookAndMug

 

 

 

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More Weekend Ed. Quotes

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Solar Eclipse Resources from PBS Learning Media

 

 

Solar Eclipse Resources from PBS Learning Media

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ July 22

“Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them, at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.” ~Ray Bradbury, in the foreword to Fahrenheit 451

https://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/ppmsca/43400/43481v.jpg

from the Library of Congress Database

 

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More Weekend Ed. Quotes

 

Image source from the Library of Congress

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Have a Thumbtastic Day – Book Review

Such a powerful story by Steven T. Moore with engaging illustrations by Morgan Davis. Theodore Thumbs is a story about a shy young boy who must face teasing and bullies and some embarrassing occurrences when he goes to school. Each morning Theo wakes up determined to have a good day. Unfortunately, awful days occur. Unlike the much-loved book, “Alexander and the No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Day,” the events of each day result in internal hurt for Theodore. This poignant story and illustrations portray the power and result of hurtful words and bullying. Theodore Thumbs shows adults and kids how to overcome bullying in our schools, neighborhoods, and communities. This bedtime story of kindness guides us to learn to live with our thumbs held high into the sky and with a smile of great cheer like Theo. I like the theme of having “Thumbtastic days” and it is a great tie-in for students to look for evidences of Thumbtastic days in everyday life.

Theodore Thumbs is written by my friend and colleague Steven T. Moore and was published in 2016.

http://www.acu.edu/content/acu_2016/news/english-professor-addresses-bullying-in-childrens-book/_jcr_content/newsDetailComponent/image.img.jpg/1483632265939.jpg

**Content Added July 14, 2017***

Theodore ThumbsTheodore Thumbs by Steven T. Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a powerful story by Steven T. Moore with engaging illustrations by Morgan Davis. Theodore Thumbs is a story about a shy young boy who must face teasing and bullies and some embarrassing occurrences when he goes to school. Each morning Theo wakes up determined to have a good day. Unfortunately, awful days occur. Unlike the much-loved book, “Alexander and the No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Day,” the events of each day result in internal hurt for Theodore. This poignant story and illustrations portray the power and result of hurtful words and bullying. Theodore Thumbs shows adults and kids how to overcome bullying in our schools, neighborhoods, and communities. This bedtime story of kindness guides us to learn to live with our thumbs held high into the sky and with a smile of great cheer like Theo. I like the theme of having “Thumbtastic days” and it is a great tie-in for students to look for evidences of Thumbtastic days in everyday life.

Theodore Thumbs is written by my friend and colleague Steven T. Moore and was published in 2016.

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Summer To-Do List ~ Join a Virtual Book Club

Summer To-Do List: Join a Virtual Book Club and/or Join the Summer Reading Clubs @ Your Library!

It’s officially summer and libraries across the country have summer reading clubs, groups, ‘fests, and promotions. Want to save a tree this summer? Go online and join a reading group. Goodreads has many, many, many engaging and welcoming reading clubs. I’ve blogged previously about the one I’m in and it is the best one!!

Do you prefer to kick it old school? Reading clubs are usually divided by age: (up to Grade 5), the Teen Reading Club (Grades 6-12), and the Adult Reading Club (Ages 18+) and by genre. There’s something for everyone this summer, and often you’ll have the chance to earn prizes for continuing to read during the summer break.

 

Don’t pass up on all of the great activities because, whatever you do, don’t be caught not being a part of our club!

books in rows

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NSF STEM for All Video Showcase Voting Ends Today

This year’s STEM for All Video Showcase, features videos, seeded discussions, and voting for videos that the participants feel are most meritorious through Public Choice. Commenting and Voting for Public Choice will end today at 8 PM EDT!!

Please take the time to leave your last comments and votes today: http://stemforall2017.videohall.com/.
Our research team works under the direction of Dr. Eric Hamilton, Professor at Pepperdine University. Our video is titled Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student Led Participatory Teaching at this video link: http://videohall.com/p/942
All videos and the related discourse will remain available to the public for the foreseeable future.

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Differentiating Math Lessons for a Range of Learners

Just a reminder that PBS TeacherLine is offering teachers a 30% discount on PBS TeacherLine’s newest math course, “Differentiating Math Lessons for a Range of Learners.” To save your spot, enroll by 11:59 PDT on 5/31 using promo code “PBS+MATH”. (NOTE: Applies only to the course starting 6/14.) http://to.pbs.org/2o9vPrn

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STEM for All Video Showcase Begins Monday, May 15, 2017

STEM for All Video Showcase starts Monday May 15!

At the STEM for All Video Showcase next week (May 15-22), more than 150 projects will showcase three-minute videos of their innovative work by gifted students and educators. Researchers, practitioners, administrators, policy makers and the general public are invited to view the videos and interact with the presenters online. Past showcases have drawn more than 20,000 participants. Please schedule a few minutes to click over to the STEM for All Video Showcase and learn, discuss, and connect!

Link: http://stemforall2017.videohall.com/

#stemvideohall

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Math Conversations Go Global

Would you get up at 2:00am to discuss math concepts? Students in Kenya did tonight! They slept at their school in order to participate in an online, global Fuze meet-up w/ high school math students from two schools in California. This project is under the supervision of Dr. Eric Hamilton of Pepperdine University.

All students’ insightful, engaging conversations and discussions of their STEM projects were illuminating for me. “Illuminating” is a word of hyperbole but it fits tonight after listening to these insightful students. Boundaries can be shattered from just these types of conversations!

9506Miles

fuzesession

Read more about this project at these links:

http://4oops.edublogs.org/2017/02/08/tcea-presentation-stem-flipped-classrooms-go-global-mobile/

http://4oops.edublogs.org/2017/02/10/thank-you-to-tcea-for-another-great-convention/

 

 

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