I was in Raleigh, North Carolina earlier this week when notice of the tornados and storms hit the middle part of the United States. We got some rain and a great deal of wind but that was about it. The weather was very warm and humid and that’s never a really good sign when it just hits out of the blue. We left Raleigh and got home and this morning’s news was all about another round of storms though Kentucky, Indiana, and other places in the south and midwest. The pictures of the damage were just devastating. Ontario has had its share of major storms over the past few years in Leamington and Goderich and you can’t help but feel the damage that each of these storms bring. I’ve read in places that there were over 250 warnings this time around.
I guess that it’s a sign of the times when the day after has YouTube filled with video documenting the storms. I remember when your first instinct was to go to the basement or an interior room; not to grab your video camera or iPhone and head outside or to a window to document things. A sample appears below.
But, a simple Google search filtered to the last 24 hours reveals over 100 000 hits.
It seems that this sort of weather is early. Living in Essex County, we do get our share of storms. Fortunately, many of them are less than tornado strength and just give us really strong weather. But, tornado warnings and watches are a common occurrence and schools have drills and practices just in case.
Environment Canada has a great resource for anyone who lives in an area that could be hit by tornados. It’s available here.
As luck would have it, I was enjoying a conversation with Donna Fry where she shared a resource that I’d never see before. It’s a map of the province identifying areas where there are power outages. Hydro One calls it its Storm Centre.
The science behind tornados is fascinating to me. There is a very good simulation available on line here. You’ll need Java enabled in your browser but the animation does give a good idea of what to expect. It even includes a cow caught in the storm.
It would be nice if this was the last of the storms for this spring but that seems highly unlikely. Being aware of how to stay safe is very important. Stay safe.
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Welcome to 2Learn.ca’s site, Web 2.0 Tools site – an aggregate of selected Web 2.0 Tools, and teacher resources to support each type of tool.
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As the field of media literacy education has matured over the past 25 years, its focus has evolved from WHAT is taught to HOW we teach.
The Core Principles of Media Literacy Education is a NAMLE project to expand the boundaries of the field and encompass the opportunities and possibilities of 21st century learning technologies to transform both learning and teaching – from kindergarten to college.
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29 Steps to Internet Safety for Kids « Ask a Tech Teacher
This is a great list from Deb Ng, founder and former owner of the Freelance Writing Jobs. I thought hard about what she’d written to see if I could add anything, enhance or disagree.
You have to teach internet safety. It’s not part of the human genome.
Nothing. It’s a great list, as good as any I’ve seen since social media exploded on the education landscape
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Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the author’s real name and, in parentheses, user name, if both are known and they differ. If only the user name is known, give it alone.
Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization. Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication (Tweet). For example:
Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.
The iPad and Maths – Are we there yet? Pt 2 (non Math apps do the job?)
My last post focused on the state of apps related to Numeracy education and concluded that the iPad has a fair way to go in how it is being utilized to develop number skills through the current crop of Maths applications. On the whole, there are too many apps focused on rote learning and simple number facts and equations. Having said that, I actually believe the iPad has much to offer teachers and students in Mathematics. However, don’t go looking for the apps in the Education section of the App Store.
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My Story is the simplest story maker and book creator in the App Store. Children can draw, use photos, record voice, type, and then send their finished creations to family and friends.
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The city of Vancouver, Wash., has seen substantial savings since switching to Apple’s iPad for City Council meetings and expects to save as many as 50,000 pages of printing per year.
Vancouver began its paperless City Council test in January. After two months, the transition to iPads has brought about a 40 percent reduction in the amount of pages printed for meetings.
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At GeekDad we are committed to helping you raise geek generation 2.0, and we believe few things that you do are more important than reading to your kids early and often. The social science is in, vocabulary is a major predictor of cognitive development in your children. Reading to them is a great way to get them using the language centers of their brain. Plus some of the best times we have had with our children have come while watching their eyes glisten as Harry looks in the Mirror of Erised or listening to their giggles as they discover the joys and absurdities of Shel Silverstein’s poetry. Reading aloud to your kids can be a blast.
The Joke Is On Us: How Ruby 1.9 Supports the Goto Statement – Pat Shaughnessy
The goto statement is one of the most infamous and troublesome features of old, archaic languages like Fortran. It allowed programmers to quickly create spaghetti code that was confusing and impossible to understand. Thankfully when structured programming came into use in the late 1960s and 1970s with Algol, Pascal and later C, goto was no longer necessary.
History and Geography teaching resources – elementary school | Scoop.it
History and Geography teaching resources – elementary school
“I’d like to find lesson plans and other resources, as well as web 2 tools relating to history and geography, ”
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