End of Year Poll

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One of the best things about creating a blog is getting to interact with your audience. I’d like know what people think about the end of the year.

Try my poll and see how others feel as well.

Fun Math Question – How many taps?

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We ran across an interesting math investigation today. How long would it take you to tap your desk a million times?

In our class we started by making taking a ten second sample tap. Next we estimated how many taps that would be in one minute, then one hour, mandate finally one day by using the ten second sample as a basis for our predictions. We changed the ten second sample into minutes by multiplying by 6, then the minute to hour multiplying by 60, the hour to day multiplying by 24.

In my prediction, I estimated that it would take me about 4 hours to tap one million times.

How long would it take you to tap one million times? could you continue and estimate for one billion taps or one trillion taps?

I’d like to know. Tell me how figured you estimate.

Google Earth Pictures the Spread of Oil

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Found this blog post from Google

Keeping up-to-date on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
5/21/2010 03:58:00 PM
(Cross-posted on the Lat Long blog)

It is estimated that at least 6 million gallons of oil have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon explosion a month ago. Cleanup efforts are underway, but the oil has spread extensively around the Gulf and along the southern U.S. coastline. Oil has begun washing up on the beaches of Louisiana and the delicate wetlands along the Mississippi River, and can spread to Florida and throughout the Gulf as weather conditions change. This sequence of images, coming from NASA’s MODIS satellites, illustrates the movement and growth of the oil slick over the past few weeks:

The first picture is a current look, and the others show how it got that way over the past month.

More Concern for the Gulf

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We continue to worry about the oil in the gulf. Today we wanted to know how oil spills are cleaned up.

Read this to find out more.

http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/oilspill/cleanup.html

Life of a Star

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We’ve got another great inquiry question today. What is the life of a star like?

Here’s some stuff I found out:

http://www.telescope.org/pparc/res8.html
http://www.universetoday.com/guide-to-space/the-sun/life-cycle-of-the-sun/

Testing out the iPad

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Took the leap into tablet computers and got an iPad. I’m excited to see how it changes technology and hope it has many uses in education. So far I’ve been very happy with everything it can do.

With this post I’m testing out a blog app to see how it does in creating blog posts. Hopefully being able to blog from anywhere will be a nice addition to blogging in the classroom

Yet Another Space Post

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I forget who it was, but someone today in class decided to look into Stars (Sun) formations and the different types of Sun’s in the Galaxy. And then… I ran across this neat article about how most Sun’s have a twin! Wow. I never knew that. Aren’t Inquiry Projects so cool.

Here’s the article: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2010-170&rn=news.xml&rst=2607

The End of the Space Shuttle

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We’ve been working more on our inquiry projects in science. The focus now is to select and create a proposal for a project. Students are starting to get the idea of being specific in their topics and questions.

Today, we talked a little about the Space Shuttle Program, as one student wanted to learn more about space exploration. He was amazed to learn that the final shuttle missions are planned for this year, and that NASA has no plans for a new rocket to bring astronauts into space. He plans to learn about the final shuttle missions and the cancelled “Constellation” missions to he moon and Mars.

These are for you Paul!

Final Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS-132:

An overview: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/132_flash/

A game: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/STS-132_Info_Orb.html

About the Constellation Program:

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/CxEMM_SITE/index.html

Thinking About The Gulf Oil Leak

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Students are working on end of the year inquiry projects in science, and I’m excited to help you guys learn something new about a topic you really care about. Some ideas I;ve seen need a little work to keep from being too broad.

But… I have been having a nice discussion with some students about the impact of the recent Gulf Oil Spill that I think is an excellent way to approach the project. Then I ran across this artice worth sharing tonight. It would be a great resource for someone working on a project about the environmental impact of the spill.  Hint Hint

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/science/earth/19turtle.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Where to Start??

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I’ve been reading a number of different blogs lately, after using Google Reader as a service to capture information of education and technology.

I’m always looking into new ways to take advantage of the classroom tools that I have (and always looking for new tools to try and get as well). Recently, one of the blogs I read has been discussing the topic of blogs for students as a way to create digital portfolios.

This has led me to begin the process of writing my own blog about our classroom, which is something I’ve tried before, but hopefully this time keep it going so I can share it with my students next year as I attempt to have my own students begin blogging at school next year.

Even though this school year is coming to an and, I feel the need to go ahead an test he process out a bit to get used to the technical issues of blogging.

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