Will Ferrell & Figurative Language

17 September 2013
A fellow teacher-friend passed this along to me yesterday.  It's a 13 minute video of Will Ferrell using Figurative Language in his movies.

This is just about as wonderful as the beard of Zeus coming at Ricky Bobby like a spider monkey.  I honestly don't know if Ron Burgandy could have put together a better video even with his news staff down in San Diego. Stay Classy?

                 

Just make sure that you've got you volume up for the movie clips because the sound can be kind of low.  Other than that enjoy all the hyperbole's, metaphors, and figurative language you can shake a stick at.  Gaze at the wonder of this video while standing in your little glass case of emotion! 


I can't quit this.

I need more cowbell!!!!




6 Seconds of Science Videos! Incredible Compilation to Show Your Class

12 September 2013


This actually comes from General Electric via YouTube:
"On August 15th, GE launched the world's first #6SecondScience Fair, a week-long celebration of science on Vine. By the time the week ended, over 600 projects had been submitted. From frog dissection to dry ice explosions, here's a compilation of some of our favorites."

This video is so much fun and filled with some amazing experiments.  
Check it out, share with your teachers, show your students, then go make your own!

The Cut Out Alphabet

05 September 2013
You see (above) these standard issue alphabet cards that normally run above your chalkboard...I can't stand them.  They might be more annoying than a Vin Diesel Romantic Comedy (if there ever is/was such a thing).  Which is why as part of the Back-to-School rekindling of relationships with students--we created our own alphabet using National Geographic Explorer and Time For Kids Magazines.

We cut out full-size letters, found words with the specific letters, practiced sounds, and enjoyed the fruits of labor by creating this magnificent beast:


Kids (that I see) in all grades assisted and each group did something a little bit different.  Older students had to find images that matched the letters (which is tougher than it sounds, no pun intended), younger kids practiced letter identification and fine motor (cutting and pasting with glue) skills, and fun was had by all.  It's a nice change of pace for the Zaner-Bloser Boring print I've had in the past.  I'm thinking this will be a yearly event.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't hate Zaner Bloser.  It's just that most of the kid's work happens at a lower eye level and the alphabet is more decoration than strategy (or strategery if you like that word--I do).
I've also found that activities like these can be very insightful because the students will give me all sorts of information about their likes, dislikes, what they've been up to, and how they feel about the school year (which can sometimes be the most important thing to know about a child).

Have a good one and go make your own alphabet.

Tried it Tuesday: Cat Paint & Hey Hey Pix! iOS App

04 September 2013
For Tried It Tuesday (and don't ever use the acronym) I'm going to share an old and new app to edit pictures with an iPhone or iPad. They're called Cat Paint and Hey Hey Pix and both are apps where you can add illustrations, special effects, and cartoon images.  Both apps are fun and easy for kids to use too, *plus* they could be used in the classroom for many different activities.  
And yes---these are completely educational....maybe.

Hey Hey Pix is the one that I just found the other day.  It is only .99 cents, but it was free for Back to School Time (which has just ended).  This app allows you to decorate images with lots of little illustrations that are goofy and silly.  The amount of decorations is pretty impressive and you can scroll through faces, shapes, eyes, noses, hats, and just about any other thing imaginable.  
Naturally, I used my kids as guinea pigs for my first photo.
I'd say it was pretty successful and now they've been using it nonstop on 
our cats and dogs. The one below was made by my four year-old.
The only downside with this app occurs if you try and make the shapes too small.  If you've got longer fingernails it won't always move to the size you may want.  Granted, this is a small complaint--but be warned--you could get frustrated.  On the flip side it is perfect for the iPad and the larger screen for kids.  The interfaces works quiet well and there have been no complaints.

Cat Paint might be the most well thought out app to ever grace the iTunes Store.  

The premise is simple:  Put cats in your photo.
Step two:  Add lasers coming out of there eyes.
Then everytime you insert a cat it "meows".
I've had this app for about two years now and I had gone away from it for a while because of the typical cycles of app usage.  Well, it's back and they've updated it too.  More cats have been added, including heads-only and even some random cat sitting in boxes.  Luckily it kept out the typical jerk cat things, like tipping over glasses of water in the middle of the night.
So silly that it is awesome!
My girls were using this the other day and I thought they were making noise in the back of the minivan (yes, I said minivan).  Nope, they were just inserting cats into pictures and making them speak.

Grumpy Cat has never smiled so much.


Now a lot of people would kind of look at these apps and see 'em as nothing more than throwaways without much educational  value whatsoever.  I would respectfully disagree with this assessment.  I think they could be used as the following:
  1. Story starters:  Take a photo of you own class, doctor it up, and have the kids write about it.
  2. Have students create their own pictures and decorations.  Then they can write up their own stories too.
  3. Simple photo editing then have them import into iMovie or another app for video editing.
  4. Brain Breaks:  Create specific tasks within these apps.
  5. Student App Review Rubric:  Have them use this FREEBIE and decide when these apps are worth their time.
  6. Character Creations:  Use the decorations to describe traits and looks from books, novels, or their own stories.
  7. Have them doctor up historical photos.
                                                     


This is a silly post.  I know.
Now it is time for some LASER CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Bloom's Taxonomy According to Seinfeld

01 September 2013
I just stumbled upon this great fifteen minute video on Bloom's Taxonomy.
Why is it so great?
Because it's Bloom's according to Seinfeld.


This is just excellent.  My only wish is that they would have had the Domains of Learning on screen the entire time.  I found myself trying to remember the domains instead of getting lost in the show.  Take some time for yourself and check this out.

BUT I'm not complaining.

This was wonderful.  Now we can all go and celebrate Festivus!



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