Wow! They are not kidding!
This is one of the most fascinating collections of videos EVER!
You could spend a serious amount of time checking these out. How do I know? Because I just did! First, I found Operatic Orange, one of my favorite things to watch when I was little. And you know what? It's even better in ways to see it now as I can see how strange it is, but I still love it! And then I flew over the Scottish Highlands on a golden eagle's back, for real! I also learned how to make a backyard machine that shoots compost - super fun and messy! - and watched the most mesmerizing video of the Aurora Borealis EVER. I could go on, and on, and on, and on, but I won't because I just want you to go to THE KID SHOULD SEE THIS right now! Hurry!
Are you into escape rooms? I'd heard so much about them, but hadn't had a chance to try one, so I was excited when my niece Hannah sent me a link to this Hogwart's Digital Escape Room that I could do safely from the comfort of my own home.
Once you click on the link above it's easy to get started, just hit the NEXT at the bottom of the page. I have to be truthful, I haven't escaped yet, even after trying for quite a while on a rainy afternoon, but I've done much better than I ever thought I would. Need a hint to get you started? The first question gives you the titles of two books and a chart of the Dewey Decimal System. Look at the book titles, figure out which sections of the Dewey Decimal System they match up with, do a little math, and the first door will open.....so fun! Who will escape first? Keep me posted :)
I find time capsules to be super interesting and cool. Agree? Disagree? If you're unsure what I mean, a time capsule is a container that is buried for discovery sometime in the future, and contains objects that are chosen because they are typical of the present time.
I first got into them when I was a kid and my elementary school made one that we buried under the pavilion at our new playground. My class had so much fun thinking about what our contribution to the capsule would be! We settled on putting in a Stretch Armstrong, one of the most popular toys at the time. And that was that, I was hooked on the idea of time capsules. I take note whenever a cool one is being made, like the National Millennium Time Capsule that was created by the White House in 2000, to be opened in 2100. And I really enjoy finding out what's inside time capsules when they are opened. One of the most fascinating openings was of a 220 year-old time capsule which was buried by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere! Can you believe it? You've heard of those guys! Check it out below:
So what do you think? Are you perhaps a tiny bit interested in making one? Shout out to Ben Bache at the PBL Project for sharing the following tips:
Audible has come up strong during the Covid-19 outbreak and is opening up a selection of their audiobooks to listen to for free. Yes, you heard me correctly, free! Click on the pic below to get started.
There's now another fun way to experience the Wild Center - Lunchtime Live! Yesterday's livestream was about falconry, so interesting! Check out the Wild Center's announcement below for more info:
"Although you may not be able to visit The Wild Center, Lunchtime Live is bringing The Wild Center to you! We’re committed to bringing you fun, innovative and educational content weekdays at 12pm EST while you’re at home. Wild Center educators and animal care staff will be sharing animal encounters, behind-the-scenes looks, projects and activities you can do in your own backyard. This is totally interactive so we want you to join in! Have something in mind you want to see? Send us a DM with your ideas!"
Snow...it's back!!!!! I'm not happy to see it, are you? And I really love snow, like really really love it, but enough is enough - am I right? So I'm daydreaming about the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, what a place! Have you been there? Would you like to visit again? Well you can! Take a spin through with their Virtual Visit - jump in and explore! Use the controls in the lower left corner to explore two virtual areas, inside the Center itself and out on their amazing Wild Walk! What's your favorite part? I like the trout stream :)
Have you heard? PBS has expanded their offerings of educational TV shows for this week! Shows highlighted in blue or green are more your age, but why not watch one of the yellow highlighted shows with a younger sibling? As my friend Ms.Richards said on her blog: It's time to watch TV....I mean, LEARN!
Okay, I know that sounds a bit corny. And I also know that many of you still prefer to read a real, in-your-hand, smells-like-dust book. Don't get me wrong, I do too - I actually brought home 43 books from the library to read! 43! Which, now that I look at the stack, doesn't seem like enough, so I intend to also do some digital reading, for real!
if you are interested in joining me in this exploration of digital reading check out the "ebooks" tab under "Student Resources" up above. I'm pretty jazzed as it was just announced that myON is opening access to their entire digital platform to New York students during the CoVid -19 outbreak, and guess what? That means you! Find out more info and get your access credentials under "Student Resources" and "eBooks" above!
If you know me then you know that I like to see the bright side of things, to be as positive each day as I can possibly be. And I know that many of you are just like me that way.
But being positive is a lot of hard work sometimes, and right now is one of those times - am I right? Things are confusing and a bit overwhelming, which makes it easy to slide into negativity. But whenever I feel that way I pause, take a deep breath, and look around for positive inspiration to arrive, and it always does, as long as I keep my eyes, and my heart, open for it.
Yesterday, wonderful inspiration to be positive arrived in the form of a video link from Mr.Griffin, our Superintendent. It's a video called Rooted in Love, and he was passing it along from a friend of his, and ours, Tom Cody of Top 20 Training. Watching it refocused me and immediately lifted my spirits, as it reminded me of the good that is in all of us, and the positivity that we can create and spread - something contagious that is good! - during this unusual time.
So take a look, and keep being positive!
Hello! How is everyone doing?
Welcome to my new temporary blog that I'll be using to communicate with you during this unexpected, and really kind of super unusual, time!
You'll notice that besides making the front page a blog, that I have also streamlined the resource tabs - see them, right up there at the top of the page? I know that you all know about the "Acceptable Games" info (yes, it's still there ;) but don't forget that you can also access ebooks, coding games/tutorials, and even databases, if you are looking for a good place to find information, or just a cool fact to make your day, because you know that nothing can get your day off to a good start like an amazing fact!
To get us started, and in honor of the first day of Spring, I thought I'd post a great early spring scavenger hunt idea that I got from Point Au Roche State Park. Have you been there? It's a park with amazing hiking trails on the northwestern shore of Lake Champlain and I adore it there! Today seems like a great day to head out into your yard and really take a look at all the amazing things that are occurring as nature wakes up from her deep winter slumber.
Feel free to let me know what you find, and don't forget I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org