Happy Phun Phriday! I bookmarked this a long time ago, and just re-discovered it. For those of you new to the blog, I like to share random things on Fridays that usually have very little to do with education. I suppose you could have your students do some math with this – or you can just enjoy it!
Today’s Frivolous Friday post is in honor of my colleague, Angela Leonhardt, who is a music educator extraordinaire. She just made it to the finals for our district’s Teacher of the Year. That honor and many more are well-deserved by this wonderful teacher, who enriches our community with her dedication. If I had any music composition skills, I would play her a magnificent fanfare with this A.I. Duet experiment from Google. Unfortunately, even A.I. can’t mask my ineptitude, but I’m sure that someone with Angela’s talent can find a way to make beautiful music with this fun tool.
H/T to Mental Floss for sharing A.I. Duet with its readers.
I am a huge fan of all things Harry Potter. When I was hunting around my Flipboard magazines for this weeks “Frivolous Friday” post, I realized I had “flipped” quite a few Harry Potter items of interest. So, I’ve curated the recent ones for you.
- Magical Objects of the Wizarding World Poster
- Butterbeer Hot Chocolate Recipe
- Harry Potter Bath Bomb That Acts Like a Fizzy Sorting Hat
- Harry Potter Bubble Bath
- Eriovixia gryffindori (the spider named after the Sorting Hat)
- Ideal Bookshelf Harry Potter Print
- Harry Potter Travel Posters
- Harryplax severus (the Harry Potter crab)
- Ampulex dementia (the wasp that makes cockroaches into zombies)
- 9 Magical Harry Potter DIY Projects
- Which Harry Potter Character Would Be Your Best Friend? (Apparently mine would be Neville.)
And, of course, don’t forget to discover your patronus – especially if you plan on spending time near any ampules dementias in the near future…
So, traditionally, Fridays are what I call Phun Phridays – when I blog about something that pretty much has no educational value. But I’m tired of called them Phun Phridays. So I used an online Scrabble dictionary to help me find something more realistically alliterative. The new name is – drum roll, please!!!! – Frivolous Fridays!
For today’s Frivolous Friday Find, I am grateful to The Bloggess, whose site never fails to make me laugh but is definitely NSFW – particularly if the workplace happens to be a public elementary school.
Anyway, The Bloggess shared, “That Can Be My Next Tweet!” which gathers information from your Twitter feed to generate random tweets that could be complete nonsense or surprise you with startling depth. The best ones are those that do both. I included a few of the suggestions it compiled from my feed below:
If you really have nothing better to do, you can also put in other people’s Twitter names. Like famous people. You know. Famous people who Tweet a lot. Here’s a scientific study you could try: If someone always tweets nonsense, does the random tweet generator from their Twitter feed actually make sense? I’ll let you figure that out…
This week’s Phun Phriday post is about an iPad app called Hyper. Billed as a video magazine, this free app delivers a new set of hand-picked videos to you every day. According to the app’s description, film-makers choose the posts for each issue.
This is not an app I would recommend downloading on student iPads (particularly in elementary school). However, you may discover videos that you will want to share with your students. For example, my 5th graders are reading The Giver, and the October 28th issue offers a video from Neil deGrasse Tyson called, “Say No to a Dystopian Tomorrow.”
You may also find some inspiration in your Hyper video magazine. The 10/29/15 issue featured a story called, “Special Ed Real World Lessons,” that brought happy tears to my eyes.
And then there are the ones that are just plain amusing, like Emeril Lagasse’s explanation of the origin of his trademark “BAM!” in the October 27th edition.
The videos are culled from many places such as National Geographic and Soul Pancake. Yes, you could find them yourself. But it sure is nice to have them delivered to you each day 🙂
Words can be powerful weapons – even in baseball. As the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays battle it out over who will advance to the World Series, their city’s respective public libraries decided to take the competition to social media.
After Kansas City’s library tweeted this photo following a victory over the Jays, the Canadian library responded with this:
To see some more images from this Baseball Battle of the Books, head on over to CBC Books.
This week’s Phun Phriday post appealed to me for a few reasons:
- I have a bulldog that has this exact personality (and level of intelligence),
- It shows that perseverance is pretty useless when you keep doing the same thing,
- I have been feeling like I am this bulldog lately…
(This might not necessarily be a video to show kids as the humans do call the poor dog, “Dummy” which I think is unfair, and keep telling him to “go potty” which seems like it should be a small priority given the circumstances. Of course, you could always mute the sound and have a nice discussion about the difference between stubbornness and perseverance.)