I’m still trying to digest all that I learned in a 2 day whirlwind at the Texas Computer Education Association Conference in Austin this week. One of my last sessions was presented by the inimitable Leslie Fisher, who never ceases to make me laugh. She started the session with this video, and I thought it would make a good Phun Phriday video for everyone! Of course, my mind never stops thinking about education possibilities. Even though it’s a parody, I thought of using it for a S.C.A.M.P.E.R. lesson for some of upper elementary students. The parody takes the “M” in the acronym (which stands for “Magnify” or “Minimize”) to a new level. What other crazy parodies could your students imagine with the rest of S.C.A.M.P.E.R.?
Yes, I spelled it right. At least, I spelled it the way the website, pzzlr.com, spells it. Considering this is a Phun Phriday post, I think it fits in quite nicely.
If you and your students enjoy brainteasers, then you might want to take a look at this site. Of course, you might find it a bit frustrating. I was kind of upset with myself when I finally gave up and looked at the answer to this one – especially since I realized I was so close to solving it right before I caved.
I don’t know that I would necessarily direct my students to the site itself, as it contains ads. Plus, they will probably cheat – like me. But you could certainly find some puzzles to print off and give to students who have some “spare time” in your room, or present one a week.
Here’s one more. I actually solved this one, so it might be too easy for your students 😉
I promise this blog is not supported by Kickstarter. Well, it’s not supported by anyone. At least not financially. But, you might be starting to get suspicious if you are a regular reader, as I have done quite a few posts about Kickstarter projects. (3Doodler, WaterColor Bot, GoldieBlox, and (just yesterday) Robot Turtles – to name a few.)
I can’t help it, though. I am constantly amazed by the absolute brilliance and creativity of people who post projects on Kickstarter. An-n-n-nd, it’s Fun Friday, so I get to write about whatever I want today, right?!!
This latest project is open for funding until September 15th, so if you want to pledge $40 so you can be one of the first to receive your own Dino Pet in April 2014, then act now! The project has already met its funding goal, so it should be set to go!
The Dino Pet is, in the words of Yonder Biology, a “living, interactive, bioluminescent pet.” Using dinoflagellates that emit a blue-green light from within their 3D printed dinosaur capsules, the creators have managed to create a toy and biology lesson all rolled up into one.
And that’s not all!
Since they already met their goal of $50,000, Yonder Biology created a “stretch goal”‘ of $150,000. If they reach this goal, then all backers of $30 or more will also receive an augmented reality app to further enrich their experience with the Dino Pet. (There is a book available, too, but the app can be used with or without the book, according to the site.)
You know how I feel about augmented reality, right? Click here if you don’t 😉
This week, I am focusing on providing resources to “Squash the Summer Slide” as ReadWriteThink puts it. Parents often ask me at this time of year for ideas to keep students challenged over the summer. Here are links to the rest of the articles from this week:
Since today is also Fun Friday, I thought pool noodle projects would be appropriate! After coming across one article on ways to use pool noodles, I did an internet search, and found a lot more creative ideas than I dreamed could exist for using these long pieces of foam!
My students use every spare moment they can get in my classroom to build elaborate marble runs, so the above picture caught my eye immediately. You can find it, along with 19 other ideas for pool noodles here.
You can find the idea for pool noodle flash cards here. To kick it up a notch for gifted thinkers, why not call out a word in a foreign language, or a definition, and have them find the noodle pieces that spell its counterpart?
Along with the Pool Noodle Super Sprinkler, you can find 29 other ideas here.
Of course, with all of these innovative suggestions I did not find any that matched the one drawn by one of my students!
Got a Lego enthusiast in your class? Show him or her this, and you will be sure to get a passionate reaction. You might want to be careful, though. I mean, it’s one thing to look at it online, but to travel where it is and actually sit inside might become your Lego pal’s next obsession. By the way, be sure to visit the article. There are a lot more pics and even some video. Try this fun guesstimation game with your students – how many Legos do you this were used to make this full-scale model? Check out the article to find out!