Posts Tagged fun

Tech Camps – SumoBots

So two years ago I came up with the idea of offering Technology “Camps” during the school year.  These run for one week at a time from before school through advisory.  Each one focuses on a different technology topic. Students complete applications and the first 24 to return their complete application are in the camp.    I have offered camps on Scratch, Kodu, Blender, PhotoShop, Stop Action Animation, and Robotics.  My most popular camp is SumoBots.  Students work in teams of 2-3 to build NXT Robots that compete against each other to dominate the Sumo Ring.   I made the rings out of MDF board and painted them black and white.   The next camp starts the first week of December and I started advertising today for it.   Here is the Animoto video that I created from video of the previous two years of SumoBots.    I am looking forward to working with these students and seeing what they come up with this year!

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Teacher Comedy – Can You Relate?

I think if you have taught for any amount of time you can relate to these clips.  Happy Friday all!

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Awareness Test – Just for Fun

So how good are your powers of observation?

Sometimes we only see what we are looking for and miss out on so much more.  Take time to step back and take it all in!

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And Now for Something Completely Different…

This Youtube Video was sent around a few weeks ago and just made me smile.  I thought I would pass it on for all of those who need a good ending for a long week:

The power of random acts of kindness.

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Web Wandering Wednesdays – April 23

It is that time of the year, when we all need to take a mental break from time to time. Here are a list of sites that can help take your mind off of the testing season and onto something completely different.

Digg.com
http://digg.com/ – Digg.com is a collection of web sites/stories/postings that other people have found interesting.  if you like something you can “digg” it and the more votes or diggs something gets the higher on the list it becomes.  Search by category or by most recent “dugg stories.”  Very interesting stuff can be
found here.

Stumble Upon
http://www.stumbleupon.com/ – “StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like and brings you more. Discover your web with StumbleUpon.”  Organized more visually than Digg, but also has categories to break down what type of information you want.

LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com/ – Connect with people from your past.  The object of the game is to make as many connections as possible.  Actually the point of this website is to help you network with those you went to high school or  college with or worked with in the past.   I actually found my old college roommate here and found out what she is up to now.

Symmetry Lab
http://symmetrylab.com/machine/ – build machines and change what they do by adjusting friction, gravity, etc.  Okay – so maybe this is a little educational, but it is kinda fun as well.

Bonus:
Ellen and the Hula Chair – Need a laugh?  Watch and enjoy!

 

 

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