Snagit – Make GIF’s and Videos – Teacher Tech

Snagit Screen Capture is a Must I use Snagit every single day. It allows me to take screenshots, record video, and crazy super easy create animated GIF’s. Let me start by saying that Snagit does not work on Chromebooks. It is a download for your Mac or PC. Snagit is not free, but it is […]

Source: Snagit – Make GIF’s and Videos – Teacher Tech

Snagit is pretty cool for a a light capture program. But if you are wanting something to create your flipped videos take a look at Camtasia.

Its a great program and I use it all the time to make my videos.


Using Microsoft Products in the Classroom: What Do They Bring to the Table? – The Tech Edvocate

Spread the loveWhen it comes to producing technology for the classroom, competition is fierce among the lead manufacturers. Microsoft has historically been one of the big players, but they fell behind in the face of inexpensive Chromebooks and other inventions. Now, they are making a comeback with plenty of products for educators to be excited about. You will likely find that the entire Microsoft line has a lot to bring to the table once again. Schools that are trying to decide which devices and products are right for their classroom will want to know more about Microsoft. This company is […]

Source: Using Microsoft Products in the Classroom: What Do They Bring to the Table? – The Tech Edvocate

Robotic assembly of the world’s smallest house — even a mite doesn’t fit through the door!

A French nanorobotics team has assembled a new microrobotics system that pushes forward the frontiers of optical nanotechnologies. Combining several existing technologies, the μRobotex nanofactory builds microstructures in a large vacuum chamber and fixes components onto optical fiber tips with nanometer accuracy. The microhouse construction, reported in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, demonstrates how researchers can advance optical sensing technologies when they manipulate ion guns, electron beams and finely controlled robotic piloting.

Source: Robotic assembly of the world’s smallest house — even a mite doesn’t fit through the door!

DataStreme Program – American Meteorological Society

Source: DataStreme Program – American Meteorological Society

These are great courses to take if you teach Earth Science or General Science. I’ve taken the Meteorology and Ocean Studies. Next Spring I will be taking the Climate course. They are giving graduate credits now through Cal U. Most of the work is online. Check them out and pass along.

NatGeo Educators

Student Work

Recently I was honored to be interviewed for the NatGeo Educator Spotlight. They interviewed me about my capstone I did for them on their certification. You can read about their certification National Geographic Certification.  I’m always a bit hesitant of being interviewed, but it turned out okay and I’m happy to have shared my project with everyone.

Now for the project I’m not sure if I did write about the project in the past. But as you read through the interview you will get an idea what’s about. I used the Book reading project we do in class and integrated the maps from National Geographic. During the year I give a book reading project, students in class read Rocket Boys and Hidden Figures. Two great books by the way. Students are given a schedule for reading, I would recommend this, I found it helpful for the students. My sophomores knew exactly what pages they had to have done by a certain date. Feedback from students indicated this kept them on track, even for my Honors class.

Rocket Boys Book Project

When completing their reading they had to answer questions on a google form and then they were to create a presentation answering the questions posted on the assignment sheet. I changed things up a bit, by choosing different groups to present after each section was completed. I decided the year after I had implemented this project, I would adjust it and assign the “Hidden Figures” book. Last year was the first year we did both books. The only changes I’m going to make for next  year is I will assign this project in the 2nd Semester. I’m flipping the Genius Hour project with this project.

West Virg

To enhance the Rocket Boys Project I used National Geographic Maps and Mapmaker.  Basically the goal of the lesson was to get students to understand the different resources (geological)  in each state. Using the maps the students needed to create a legend and indicate on the maps the resources and geology of the states. During the activity we highlighted West Virginia and Coal Mining. Integrating some of the readings from Rocket Boys. They also learned about their own state and its resources.  Feedback from the students was great, they gave some ideas on how to improve the activity.  

The project was my capstone for the certification. I would recommend the program to anyone who would like to become a part of the NatGeo Education community.

For those of you who are interested here are the National Standards I addressed with this project: HS-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity and HS-ESS3-3 Earth and Human Activity.

National Geographic Education Twitter: @NatGeoEducation


Explosive Volcano? Just Add Water

via Explosive Volcano? Just Add Water

Studying volcanoes in class next year, this would be a great time to talk about Kilauea. Tons of resources out there about the event. NatGeo has a great page for teachers with a ton of resources.

Up, Up and Away


An amazing opportunity was presented to us when a parent offered to help launch a weather balloon for our school. I’ve been trying to do this for a long time. When the student came forward and offered to have his father work with us I jumped at the chance.  Awesome! That is all I could think. What an educational opportunity for my students. Plus, it fit in with the curriculum that I was teaching in class; meteorology. It also was an event the whole school could take part in. Which did happen.

The launch was sponsored by the Science Department and Space Explorers Club. Once we had our launch date, Earth Day, one of our students created a mission patch for the event. Using the mission patch we created buttons to hand out at Earth Day. I then had a student create our payload, he 3D printed the Banner for our Astronaut. It was a great opportunity to get students involved in the event.

So it didn’t go as planned, launch day had to be rescheduled due to weather. So we decided to launch the week after. And that was probably a good idea because the landing predictor had the balloon heading towards the coast, it seems the Jet Stream was pretty fast that day.  Below you see the comparison between the predicted and actual path of the balloon. After launch we tracked the balloon to Pine Level, NC.

The balloon reached 92,000 ft, something we didn’t expect. Part of the payload were two PocketLabs, one we had taking readings of altitude and accelerometer.  The other measured all the weather variables. You can find some of the information in the Google Folder.  A video was made to commemorate the event,  2018 Balloon Launch. 

Overall the event went well, but we are going to have to fix a couple of things. First the PocketLabs can record over 30,000 data points. Problem is that we didn’t set the sensors to take 1 reading per 2 or 5 minutes. Instead it took readings every half second. So it shut down too early. So reminder, change data point readings. Second, the Samsung 360 settings have to change so it can record better footage for stitching. Here is the final version of the 360 footage. And finally, we are going to let this be a student driven event. Meaning we are going to allow the students to pretty much take over the launch.

It was a great educational opportunity and we plan on having another launch next year.

The Space Age and a New Age for Health Care: The Technology of Saving Lives (Op-Ed)

The lives we save from an app apply directly to the lifeblood of the space program. The two are inseparable, as they should be, because what happens in space leads to advances here on Earth.

Source: The Space Age and a New Age for Health Care: The Technology of Saving Lives (Op-Ed)

Want to teach your students about “Why NASA is so important”, use this as a resource. There are many ways to help students understand the importance of what NASA does.



What About Teacher Flourishing? – Dave Stuart Jr.

We talk a lot about flourishing here at the blog, and that’s good because it’s the whole point of schooling. Schools exist to promote the long-term flourishing of kids. In the best schools, the adults who facilitate all of this are flourishing, too. The most rigorous study of human flourishing that I’m aware of is […]

Source: What About Teacher Flourishing? – Dave Stuart Jr.

This sounds like a great idea to start a blog for the summer. I know I’m way behind in my blog entries, I’m hoping to get a couple out in the next couple of weeks. But if your stuck on some reflection questions or ideas, these are a really good start.

Kīlauea Volcano Erupts

UPDATE, 5/24/18, 8:12am HST

Source: Kīlauea Volcano Erupts

This is great site for teachers to keep up to date on the Volcano. Also great resource to use when teaching about plate tectonics and volcanoes. I especially like the maps.