Summer for teachers is half over and though we probably want to relish these dog days a few weeks more, many of us can’t help but look toward the fall and start to prepare. In the hustle and bustle of the school year I often bookmark sites I come across that may be useful, but … Continue reading Summer Browsing
Gaming in the classroom, gamification of education, learning apps; the landscape of educational games has certainly expanded in recent years. Wading into the waters of games in the classroom can be a daunting task for a teacher already drowning in a flooded curriculum. I recently read Mindshift: Guide to Digital Games and Learning which is a great … Continue reading Gaming the Curriculum
Has anyone tried Google Cardboard yet? I love how it is making VR experiences available for everyone, especially cash strapped educators. Virtual reality is really in its infancy, but the availability of VR tools, like the cheap paper goggles offered by Google and the apps that utilize its simple concept, make it easy for a generation … Continue reading Panorama-rama
Infographics can be incredibly informative and illuminating in a way that words cannot. I like to introduce my students to various ways of representing, particularly in the context of math and science graphing. The way that we present to information will change the affect that it has upon the reader. Below is a brief post … Continue reading So Graphic!
I have taught English in South Korea for over five years and I have helped various people with their English skills since then. Learning a language is tough, though it has its benefits as well. I have tried, with varying success to learn Korean and French. I know how hard it can be to study. Each … Continue reading ‘elllo There!
They say a picture say a thousand words. How about an animation? Jake and Wes O'Neal are the creative brains and graphic-design brawn behind the amazingly illuminating animations of Animagraffs. In the same spirit as The Way Things Work but with the visual flair of Interactive Simulations, Animagraffs breaks down everyday technological and natural wonders into their … Continue reading Amazing Animations!
I saw Graham in a variety of news outlets, so I wouldn't be surprised of you already heard about this interactive science and awareness project conceived by Project Zero, an initiative to reduce road accidents and deaths put together from various agencies in the Australian state of Victoria. Admittedly, the creature that they have rendered … Continue reading Born to Drive…Safely
Physics can be hard, right? Even though the idea of curved space-time has been around for at least 100 years, most of us average Joes and Joelles have a hard time wrapping our heads around the concept. And so even upon the recent proof of gravitational waves many of us still have a hard time understanding … Continue reading Simulations!
I am working on my Master's of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. I am about to wrap up a course that deals with the design of learning spaces. As a final project, my group designed a unit for Social Studies that deals with propaganda and the use of digital tools. You can … Continue reading Multimedia Lesson Plan
I recently became very excited about a discussion of educational gaming. Imagine, playing games for fun, but learning at the same time. Sounds crazy, right. Well, believe it or not, there are well respected intellectuals working on it as we speak. Check out this video where James Paul Gee distils the salient points in the … Continue reading Game on