Monday, August 7, 2017

How Do Glaciers Move?

Five years ago my old pal Morrison (RIP) and I traveled down the Columbia Icefields Parkway. It was a great way to experience part of the Canadian Rockies including seeing the glaciers that melt and feed tributaries of rivers that will eventually reach the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans. That begged the questions of how long will these glaciers last and how do glaciers move? The answer to the latter question is the topic of a new It's Okay to be Smart video.

How Do Glaciers Move? explains how glaciers are formed, the physical properties of glaciers, and how glaciers move. The video also answers the question of whether a glacier is a solid or a liquid.

Use one of these seven tools to create a science lesson with this video.

What Happens to Your Brain When You Get a Concussion

As the return of football season approaches we hear more stories about professional and student athletes dealing with concussions. TED-Ed recently published a timely lesson about what happens to our brains when we have concussions. The six minute video explains what a concussion is, the short-term and long-term effects of concussions, and myths about concussions. The video from the lesson is embedded below.

Applications for Education
What Happens When You Have a Concussion? could be a great video lesson to have middle school and high school athletes complete before their fall sports seasons begin. The video could help improve students' awareness of the symptoms and effects of concussions.

Get Your Year Organized With Keep, Calendar, and Classroom

Tomorrow afternoon at 4pm EST I'm hosting a Practical Ed Tech webinar titled Keeping Track With Google Keep, Calendar, and Classroom.

In the webinar you will learn:
1. How to streamline your workflow through Google Classroom.
2. How to organize and share resources with students.
3. How to keep track of goals (yours and your students’) through Google Keep and Calendar.
4. How to manage multiple course calendars without losing your mind.
5. How to streamline meetings and meeting scheduling.

Your $20 registration fee includes:
1. Access to the live webinar.
2. Live Q&A
3. Unlimited access to the recording of the webinar.

Space is limited.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

All About Cookies

Here's a good video from Explania that clearly explains a part of our daily computer uses that we often don't think about at all. In How Can Cookies Make Your Surfing Experience Convenient? we learn what browser cookies do for us. It's not the most comprehensive explanation you'll find, but it is a good primer on the topic.

How can cookies make your surfing experience convenient? - Explania

Applications for Education
One of the adult ed courses that I commonly see advertised in local newsletters is "introduction to computers" and or "introduction to the web." Videos like this one from Explania could be nice little primers on for topics in those introductory courses.

Free Solar Eclipse Glasses in Your Community

In 15 days a solar eclipse will cover a large portion of the United States. Star Net, a production of Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning, has partnered with American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance to provide more than 2 million free eclipse glasses to public libraries across the country. You can use this Star Net interactive map to find a library near you that is hosting an eclipse viewing event and is offering free eclipse viewing glasses.

If you're looking for materials to teach about the solar eclipse before viewing it, take a look at the three solar eclipse video lessons that I featured last week.

And this video from Physics Girl explains the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse.