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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Video - Why the Full Moon is Better in Winter

Most of the time when I take my dogs out at night I have to put on a headlamp (they have their own to wear too) so that I can see them in the dark. But this week the combination of a full moon and a fresh blanket of snow canceled the need for the headlamps. In the following Minute Physics video we learn why the full moon appears brighter in the winter. Hint, it's not the snow cover that makes the big difference.

Week In Review - It's Time to Decorate

Good morning from snowy Woodstock, Maine. I hope that everyone is enjoying the start of a relaxing weekend and holiday break. This year, for the first time in my life, I'm hosting family at my house for Christmas. That means I have to start decorating the house today (the picture to the left is two years old). Here's to hoping all of the lights from last year still work. Otherwise, I could be making the forty mile trip to Walmart for lights. I'm no Clark Griswold, but I do like to put up a few lights.

I'll have new posts from now through the 24th. The 25th through 31st will be re-runs of the best and most popular posts of the year.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Stoodle - Quickly Create Shared Online Whiteboards
2. Borrow and Lend eBooks Through Open Library
3. How Google Search Works and A Whole Bunch of Search Tips
4. Amazon Storybuilder - Plan Your Stories With Organized Sticky Notes
5. Five Tools That Help Students Plan Stories
6. All About Explorers - Challenge Your Students' Historical Thinking
7. An Interactive Map of The Odyssey

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