Showing posts with label How Stuff Works. Show all posts
Showing posts with label How Stuff Works. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

For the Student Driver - How Rearview Mirrors Work

For experienced drivers it is just a natural reaction to flip that tab on the bottom of our rearview mirrors when headlights appear behind us in the darkness. This isn't such a natural response for student drivers. Student drivers may be wonder, what flipping that tab at the bottom of the rearview mirror actually does?  Brainstuff explains the answer in the video below.

Monday, March 8, 2010

How the Web Works - A Slideshow from the BBC

The BBC is currently offering two interesting resources about the Internet. Mapping the Growth of the Internet is an interactive map that provides a visualization of the growth of the Internet around the world since 1998. How the Web Works is a fourteen slide slideshow that explains how the information you see displayed on website on your computer gets there. How the Web Works provides clear visuals and helpful captions where necessary.

Hat tip to Mashable for the link to Mapping the Growth of the Internet.

Applications for Education
How the Web Works could be a good resource for computer science teachers and anyone else needing to provide an explanation of the web to students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
History of the Internet
Common Craft - Recognizing Secure Websites
Protecting Reputations Online

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Monkey See - Expert Advice on a Myriad of Topics

MonkeeSee.com is a collection of videos featuring experts sharing knowledge and how-to tips about the topic of their fields of expertise. MonkeySee.com, like many other video websites, has channels or categories. The channel most useful to teachers and students is the Careers & Education channel. The following video is part of a series about public speaking found in the Careers & Education channel.


Applications for Education
MonkeySee.com provides educators with a reliable video website to direct students toward. The Careers & Education channel has a lot of good advice including interviewing tips for students preparing to head into the workforce after high school. The Careers & Education channel has very solid advice for students and parents as they prepare for the college admissions process.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Next Vista for Learning
Safe Share TV - Safe YouTube Viewing
30+ Alternatives to YouTube

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Winter Physical Education Activities - Igloos and More

As I look out my window at three feet of snow on the ground, I realize that physical education teachers in cold climates have a unique challenge in getting students to participate in outdoor activities in the winter. Not all kids are interested in or have the monetary resources to participate in traditional winter sports like skiing or hockey. That's where Igloo Ed enters the picture.

This morning I watched a short video about Igloo Ed on The Adventure Channel. In the video embedded below Igloo Ed shows us and explains the benefits of an Igloo shelter compared to a tent. While watching Igloo Ed, I thought "that would be a fun way to get kids outside in the winter." After watching the video I set out to find directions for building an Igloo and other fun outdoor winter activities. Here is what I found:

1. NOVA, as a part of their program on Denali, has directions for building a snow cave and directions for building an Igloo.

2. Boys' Life offers a list of outdoor winter games as well as directions for building igloos and snow shelters.

3. In this video BBC Survival Expert Ray Mears teaches viewers how to make an igloo and what igloos were traditionally used for.

4. How Stuff Works provides information about building igloos and a good article about the Inuit people.

Here's Igloo Ed.


Applications for Education
Building an igloo could be not only a fun way to get kids outside in the winter, but also an opportunity to teach lessons about Inuit culture. You could also combine igloo building with a lesson about physics and engineering.

A word of caution about igloo and snow shelter building. Because of the danger associated with a collapsed snow shelter, make sure students are carefully supervised and don't allow them to play in the shelter without supervision. Once the temperature starts to warm, it is probably best to demolish the shelter to avoid the risks of a weakened shelter.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Useful How-To Tutorial Websites

This morning when I logged into my Twitter account, as I do every morning, I saw this link from Cool Cat Teacher to a list of fifteen tutorial websites. The list links to some video tutorial websites as well as wikis that explain how to do a wide variety of things. The suggested tutorials websites cover topics ranging from how to prepare a science fair project to building a photo website using PHP.

Applications for Education
The list of fifteen tutorial websites from Dumb Little Man has something for everyone. If you're looking for classroom projects for your students, How Stuff Works and Instructables have numerous suggestions and explanations of arts, crafts, and science fair projects. If you teach computer science, you may want to check out W3Schools or NETTUTS.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Discovering How Stuff Works

One of the reasons that I write this blog is that maintaining this blog gives me reason to constantly search for and discover new things. Sometimes what I find is new to everyone and other times what I find is only new to me and a handful of readers. This blog entry will fall into the category of new to just me and a handful of readers. This evening I spent quite a bit of time exploring How Stuff Works. Exploring probably isn't the best way to describe what I did, got lost inside How Stuff Works is probably a better description of what I did on How Stuff Works.

How Stuff Works is a product of Discovery Communications. On How Stuff Works you can find text information, videos, audio, and maps about almost any topic. I spent a lot of time looking at videos from the history and geography sections of How Stuff Works. Most of the videos are short, under ten minutes, but very educational. Visitors to How Stuff Works can find videos about the history and geography of every continent. The maps section contains maps representing a wide variety of data sets. All of the maps and videos I visited on How Stuff Works can be embedded into a blog.

Applications for Education
How Stuff Works is a great place for students and teachers to explore and find content on a wide variety of topics. Most of the content on How Stuff Works is appropriate for students ages 11 or older. The categories that seem to have the most direct relevance to schools are the history, geography, and science sections. Overall, How Stuff Works is just a great place for academically curious students and teachers to spend time learning about the topics that interest them most.