Images Resources Becomes Unbalanced


But it’s a good thing!

Earlier this summer, I shared a Symbaloo mix that I had created of the Images Resources that I’d gathered from here and there.  It is my go-to spot when I need an image for a particular reason.  I worked very hard to make sure that it was balanced so that it just looked nice when displayed in Symbaloo.

But, life goes on…

Recently, I discovered another incredible collection of images.  This time, the collection consists of 12 million-ish copyright free historic images.  Read the article above to find more about the collection plus the use of OCR to tag the images.  We know how important tagging is to find anything.  It’s also so humbling to think that there are really smart people using their skills to help the rest of us.

The problem is – where do I put it in my Symbaloo collection?

I decided to bite the bullet and extend my beautifully balanced collection by another row.

That bottom row does look a little lame at this point. 

But, I look at it this way.

This resource was just too good not to add.

I know that there will be more to come.

The actual URL hasn’t changed so if you’ve added this to your own Symbaloo collection, you don’t need to change a thing.  If not, create your own account and add it from there.

In the meantime, and most importantly, I now have quick and easy access to this collection of historical images.

OTR Links 09/02/2014


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OTR Links 09/01/2014


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The Answer is – Nuthin’


The question is “What did you do in school today?”

It was the answer that I gave my parents when they asked.  I can still remember my dad “Those darn teachers – how much are we paying them and you did nothing?”

It was the answer that my kids would give when asked.  At that point, I was a teacher myself so I knew how much they got paid and they still did nothing.

On the other side of the fence, my wife would regularly ask ‘What happened today?”  As only a teacher could, I would leap off onto an excited rant “We did such an elegant program today in class.  It perfectly demonstrated the elements of sequencing, selection, and repetition.”  Then, I’d wake her and continue “I think they really got it.”

Just in time for back to school, there’s a wonderful post on the Huffington Post.  “25 Ways to Ask Your Kids ‘So How Was School Today?’ Without Asking Them ‘So How Was School Today?‘”  There are some absolutely terrific ideas in this post.

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. …

You’ll have to read the rest of the post to see all 25.

The timing is perfect.  If you’re reading this, put a link to the post on your class blog, wiki, or webpage.  I know it’s too late for that paper newsletter but nobody does that anymore, right?  Going electronic lets your message be immediately responsive.  Anyway, your parents will thank you!  You’ll be getting the messages from school sent home and, once the child starts talking, the parents just need to extend the conversation.

Or, you could put the ideas on the wiki one week at a time.  That would give you 25 weeks of fresh content!

Or, even better, use the post to inspire your own ideas to get the home/school conversation started.

OTR Links 08/31/2014


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OTR Links 08/30/2014


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OTR Links 08/29/2014


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