Marlin Miller, MNW grad and chain saw artist, did his presentation Friday in the front courtyard of the school. What an event! Too bad it wasn’t as warm on Friday as it was on Thursday, but 48 is much preferable to Iowa’s normal January weather, so I’m not complaining. I had to go to the elementary at noon so I didn’t get a picture of the finished product, but I hear he did three sculptures and can’t wait to see them after the art kids are done finishing them up.
|Marlin Miller creating art out of an ordinary log.|
I saw online someone’s take on the 365-day photo project – doing a 365-day web 2.0 project. I wasn’t sure I had that in me – I’m even having a hard time with taking pictures every day! – but I decided to do a 52-week web 2.0 project, in an effort to find some great tools to give to specific teachers.
For week one, I investigated Gooru Learning. The folks bringing the world this repository of science and math education resources state that their mission is “to make high quality education accessible and free to the world’s one billion students within three years.” Lessons are available in a plethora of science and math subject areas, and targeted for 5th – 8th grades, although the high school science teacher I shared this with thought there was a lot there that she could use. From what I saw, the interactives, videos, etc. here aren’t created for Gooru and aren’t solely on here, but this is a sort of online library for math and science teachers. (I could have used this as an example in my Cataloging class when we needed to name a library online!)
The main page includes lessons on everything from the solar system, weather and climate, states of matter, and mammals (5th grade science) to absolute value, graphing linear inequalities in two variables, functions involving square roots, and the Pythagorean Theorem (8th grade math).
Here’s my oldest son and oldest daughter registering to caucus last night:
Who’d we caucus for? Well, at our caucus, there wasn’t a choice! That should tell you. 🙂