Friday, August 29, 2008

Who Wants to Be a Science Millionaire?

Jefferson Lab is a great place to find educational online games and puzzles. I discovered this resource when one of my students played "Who Wants to Win $1,000,000?" during some free computer time this afternoon. The games and puzzles are primarily designed for math and science with one word game thrown in for good measure.

Applications for Education
The games from Jefferson Lab are great practice for applying science and math knowledge to problem solving. Jefferson Lab also has a great Teacher Resources page full of lesson plans for hands-on activities, study pages, and reference materials.

What I Learned From a Former Student - US History Resources

This morning a student that took my US History course last year stopped by to say hello and talk about the summer. He has enlisted in the Army so we talked about that for a few minutes. (As an aside to this story, I tend to have quite a few students each year that enlist in the military. I won't speculate as to why on this blog). This student wasn't an exceptionally good student, but he did have a strong interest in military history and weaponry. During the course of the conversation he mentioned that the US Army has a website about military history. He couldn't remember the exact url so I Googled it and found the US Army Center of Military History.

The US Army Center of Military History is a great place to find images, slide shows, timelines, essays, and full e-books about history of the Army.

After looking at the US Army Center of Military History I went looking to see of other branches of the US Military offer educational online resources. The US Marines, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard all have great websites dedicated to sharing information about the history their respective branch of the US Armed Forces.

Applications for Education
The history websites produced by each branch of the US Military provide great images that students will find useful for giving presentations on research projects. For students interested in specific units of the Army, the US Army Center of Military History provides the lineage of many units. This may be particularly useful for students who have a parent, grandparent, or great grandparent that served in war during the 20th century.

A Little Inspiration to Start the Day

I have a habit of trying to watch a short "inspirational" video or listen to an "inspirational" podcast before I start my teaching day. This morning I watched a video that has been around for quite a while, Taylor Mali's "What Teachers Make" performance. If you're looking for a little pick-me-up to start your day, I encourage you to watch the video below. To learn a little more about Taylor Mali visit his website or read the excerpt from his story about the poem that I posted below the video.

I did a little digging around on Taylor Mali's website and read the history of the poem. Mali originally posted it on his website without attributing it to himself. Taylor Mali has this to say about the poem being passed around, altered, used without attribution to him,
"Am I disappointed not to have received credit for writing this poem that has inspired so many? Used to be. But the truth will always come out in the end. And if I had to choose between inspiring teachers anonymously or not inspiring them at all, I would choose anonymous inspiration every time."