Posts Tagged ‘education’


Matt Damon has something to say…

August 15, 2011

Matt Damon recently attended at spoke at a Save Our Schools rally in Washington D.C.  Mr. Damon was asked a question regarding the incentive of money that he has to be a better actor, this was then related to the teaching profession.  Damon quickly defended teachers.

See the video below for the full conversation.  Please be aware there is some strong language.


QR Code for this site…

February 24, 2011

What is a QR code?  For the Wikipedia version of the answer – click here.

Basically, it is a neat looking bar code that can encode text such as a URL address.

The QR code seen below is designed to bring you to this page.


What are the applications in an education setting for a QR code?

I have been working with our school principal on moving towards using a blog as a method of communication with the parents of our school newsletter.  It has been very successful.  Parents are tech savvy and we have seen a high number of visitors to the site.  To remind parents of the blog, I think it would be a good idea to send a small reminder note  (1/4 page size) home with the students including both the address of the blog and the QR code.  Those with smart phones could then access the site with the QR code.

I think this type of technology could be very useful, especially as more student bring in devices with QR code reading software or applications.


Flickr and the Periodic Table

July 4, 2009

As I contemplated how Flickr could be used in my classroom, I tried to think about what Flickr really is.  As I played around with Flickr and looked at pictures, Flicker became two things to me: (1) a way to organize and (2) a way to show off and be creative.

With these two concepts at the forefront of my thinking, I realized that the Science 9 course that I will be teaching for the first time would be a great place to use Flickr.  The Science 9 curriculum has students learning about chemistry and more specifically about the periodic table of elements.

In the past, I know that students have made their own period table or have done one element each and the class then assembles the elmements to make one big table.  These are good ideas, but I figured Flickr could have a part in the organization of the information.  The creativity, that is all on the students.

The Plan

Students would be asked to either use a graphics program such as Photoshop to design or take a digitial camera to find or create each of the symbols on the periodic table.

Once created or taken, the photo/picture would be uploaded to Flickr and the description and tag features would be used to describe the element, its history, nomenclature, uses, etc.  Students would use information obtained from notes or research to develop the descriptions and the tags.

Once completed, students would have an opportunity to present their element and the findings.  With the use of an interactive whiteboard or projector, students could easily present their element.

I would think that a lesson and activity such as this would take no longer than a couple of days but the information would be saved for a much longer period of time allowing students to use the Periodic Table of Elements set of pictures as a study tool in the future.

The start of the periodic table using oxygen and hydrogen can be viewed here.