Teen Blogging a Good Thing, Study Suggests

A new pilot study is supportive of teenage blogging, as the vast majority of study subjects used the blogs to nurture relationships with their peers and build a sense of community.

In the investigation, Ohio State University researchers studied 100 teen bloggers from around the United States.

The finding that the blogs were used in a positive manner, rather than to admit misbehavior, was a welcome discovery.

This preliminary study suggests that blogging could be used therapeutically to help troubled teens express themselves in positive ways, said Dawn Anderson-Butcher, associate professor of social work at Ohio State.

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Thirsty for Knowledge?

These interactives are designed to help you educate your students on water processes, water cycles and the importance of conservation. Simply click on a topic:
•    How is our water treated?
•    Our water sources
•    Water-efficient house

… Find the link here…

Ask Mr Technology, Get answers

Ask Mr. Technology, Get Answers

Ask Mr. Technology, Get Answers by Joe Huber and Christine Weiser

Get the answers you need from Mr. Technology! Technology guru Joe Huber answers readers’ questions with simple, easy-to-follow directions

Read more … or  buy this book from Amazon for $34.16 reduced from the list price of $44.95

Fast Food Nutrition

[From BigLearning.com]
Some fast food restaurants have nutrition calculators that let you build a meal and see the fat grams go up as you add more food. Although I shy away from corporate web sites normally (and am in no way endorsing a restaurant or commenting about the value of fast food), I think the math is interesting:

– A “running total” is a good concept for kids who are learning about addition. They learn that you can add more than two numbers, and that you don’t have to start over with a new problem each time.

– Kids will use their chart reading skills to process the information.

– Many incorporate “Percent of Daily Values” which gives you a chance to talk about percentages.

– The exercise is a good application of math to nutrition.

Click here for the websites to use…

Teaching writing? Try social networking tools …

An interesting article from Angela Pascopella and Will Richardson : The New Writing Pedagogy
Using social networking tools to keep up with student interests.

Here is practical proof of the advantages of using web 2.0 or social networking tools in teaching writing…

A fifth-grade class at the Saugus (Calif.) Union School District is working on a writing assignment using social networking. The district is leading an ambitious plan to rethink writing instructions and pedagogy in the schools.
Cory was a special education sixth-grader at the Saugus (Calif.) Union School District when he wrote an entry on his blog page entitled “The Spied Enemies: A War Journal.” This make-believe story opens with the words “I am Johnny Willow, a hero to some people. I will tell you my story about my adventures in World War II.”

Cory, who posted the story in the fall of 2007, states how Willow hears Japanese planes flying over Pearl Harbor and then dropping bombs, specifically on the USS Arizona. “I saw everything start to become blurry. I woke up in front of the captain. He said, ‘You are lucky to be alive.’”

Because Cory was in a class that used social networking tools for writing—specifically Elgg, an open source media platform—other students, teachers, family members and even the general public were able to comment on his story. For example, an “army colonel,” who did not give a name, said about chapter 1, “Your words have painted a very vivid picture. You did an excellent job of illustrating the terror of war. Keep up the good work.”

Cory is now an eighth-grader and no longer in special education classes, says Jim Klein, the district’s director of information services and technology, who helped push the idea of using social networking for writing in the district’s schools about five years ago. Klein attributes Cory’s transformation to the story he wrote and the positive comments he received. “Suddenly, Cory is not an outcast,” Klein says, noting the positive feedback Cory received and the self-confidence that resulted. “It changed his perspective on life. And he has friends now.”

Read the whole article here …

Now you can explain why the sky is blue and the sunset is red.

This is a “Science snack” from the collection at the Exploratorium.

When sunlight travels through the atmosphere, blue light scatters more than the other
colors, leaving a dominant yellow-orange hue to the transmitted light. The scattered light
makes the sky blue; the transmitted light makes the sunset reddish orange.

… and *here* is the experiment to prove it …

Thought for Thursday

Thought flows in terms of stories – stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best story tellers. We learn in the form of stories.
Frank Smith

2010 Seaweek Banner and Ecard Photography Competition

2010 Seaweek Banner and Ecard Photography Competition

MESA invites primary and secondary students to create art work with clear messages about our Marine environment. The theme of the work should tie in with the 2010 MESA Seaweek theme: “Oceans of Life; Oceans to explore, ours to restore”

There are two categories for this competition. Entrants can submit an original image for the Ecard category or draw, paint, glue, splash or sketch a full sized banner for the banner category.


Oceans Marine Art and Issues Primary School Art Challenge

There are separate competitions for K-2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. The tasks include hand drawn sketches, paintings or Digital Artworks. The winner and runner up in each age category will receive a certificate, book and art material prize.