Showing posts with label recycling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recycling. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Save the Cell Phones!

A couple of weeks ago I finally caved to the marketing pressure of US Cellular and upgraded my mobile phone by using a bunch of reward points and $30. The new phone is great. I now have two smartphones kicking around my house that I can't use to call or text, but I can use to take pictures and connect to the web through my wireless network. My guess is that you probably have a similar situation in your own home.

These deactivated smartphones have a bunch of uses in the classroom besides weighing-down papers. If your network administrator will allow it, connect them to your school's wireless network to use them as response tools during a Socrative activity. Or use them as cameras for the creation of a classroom gallery of presentation pictures. When connected to a wireless network your students could use those phones for manipulating augmented reality layers through Aurasma.

Don't just chuck that old smartphone into a drawer, re-purpose it. Ask your students' parents to donate old phones to the classroom for students to use. Just make sure you clear out any old personal data before giving them to students to use.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Free 2012 Calendar Templates

At schools and offices all over the world there are network printers surrounded by wasted misprinted papers. Rather than just throwing those papers in the recycling bin, use Reprint Me to turn those papers into weekly or monthly planning calendars. Reprint Me offers PDF templates for weekly and monthly calendars. Run that paper through the printer again, printing on the blank backside to create a calendar with a Reprint Me template. New calendar templates are released each quarter so that you can print a couple of months in advance. Right now you can get calendars for the first quarter of 2012.

Monday, April 4, 2011

I Love Trash - Snag Learning Film of the Week

This week's Snag Learning film of the week is I Love Trash. I Love Trash is an interesting story about two friends who decide to live off of trash. For three months the pair gets all that they need through dumpster diving. Through their resourcefulness they furnish an apartment, dress respectably, and find plenty of good food. I saw this story on Current TV a couple of years ago and was struck by just how much good stuff gets thrown out everyday. Watch the film and find discussion questions here.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Fun Offline Activity - Making Your Own Paper

Yesterday, as part of his textbook challenge Scott McLeod posted a list of resources that were very comparable to the content and activities he found in his daughter's Environmental Science textbook. (BTW, read Scott's post not just for the links, but for his commentary too). One of the links in Scott's list was to a paper-making activity that was very comparable to the activity outlined in the textbook. Make-Stuff offers directions for making your own recycled paper. The activity is intended not only to teach students how they can make their recycled paper, but also to teach students the value of recycling. I read through the directions and thought that it seemed like an activity that most middle school students could handle. To take the directions a step farther, I did a quick YouTube search for "how to make paper" and quickly found three videos that demonstrate the "at home" paper-making process.

This video is the most succinct of three.


This video comes from The Green Parent which specializes in environmentally-friendly at-home projects.


This video goes into the most detail about the at-home paper-making process.


Applications for Education
If you're looking for a hands-on project to connect to a lesson about recycling and Environmental Science, consider having students make their own recycled paper. It's certainly a lot easier than letting them try to make their own recycled plastic or sheet metal.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:Video - Two Cases of Global Warming
Climate Change, Wildlife, Wildlands Lesson Plans
Endangered Places Multimedia Map

Monday, March 16, 2009

Explore the Cycle Wins at SXSW!

As Mashable and other tech blogs are reporting, Explore the Cycle won the SXSW (South By Southwest) award for best educational web resource. I wrote about Explore the Cycle last month as a resource for teaching about recycling, consumerism, and environmental science. You can read more about Expore the Cycle here.

Another great educational web resource that was up for the same award is Tenement Museum. Tenement Museum is an interactive virtual museum designed for elementary and middle school students to experience what it was like to be an immigrant to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. I actually used Tenement Museum with my class of special education students and they enjoyed using and learned quite a bit from the experience.

If you haven't looked at these two excellently designed resources, I encourage you to take a few minutes to try both.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Explore the Cycle of Recycling

Explore the Cycle is a series of short animated videos that explain the cycle of recycling consumer goods. Explore the Cycle explains, in very clear language, how paper, plastic, metal, and glass are recycled. Each video segment can be downloaded or shared via the embed code provided by Explore the Cycle.


Applications for Education
Explore the Cycle is accessible enough for use in elementary schools, but also provides content that could be used with high school students. One way that teachers can use the video is to have students watch the video then make an evaluation of their school's recycling program.