Kenya Vlog 01 – Jambo!

Kenya Vlog 01 – Jambo!

Sara and I embark to Kenya for a month of medical volunteer work. I'm vlogging the experience. The first part of the trip will be with the Global Outreach Program through Dell Children's Hospital in partnership with Ubuntu. I share a few travel hacks (some of which I tried for the first time on this trip). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkEDOT_maO0    
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The Final Episodes of Middle School Robotics

The Final Episodes of Middle School Robotics

I realized I hadn't shared my final two episodes of Middle School Robotics here on the blog.  I'm really happy with how the whole series came out.  It was fun thinking through new ways to film or edit each new episode, as well as provide a glimpse of the progress students were making.  I may or may not do another 'season' of it in the future.  I kind of want to push myself to film more of my math classes, which will force me to make better math lessons; having a teacher walk through problems at the board makes for…
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Week 35 – My Teacher Self Evaluation & End of Year Review Idea

Week 35 – My Teacher Self Evaluation & End of Year Review Idea

I thought for this week's reflection I would share my teacher self-evaluation that's due next week.  Quick recap of how things were going in class though: END OF YEAR REVIEW IDEA To help my students study for the final, I didn't really want to create a review sheet so instead I gave them access to all of the quizzes, tests, and reassessments I've made this semester.  I made a folder for each unit and put all the assessments (with answer keys) in those folders and then shared those folders with students and parents on our class website.  Got some positive…
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Middle School Robotics – Episode 9 & 10

Middle School Robotics – Episode 9 & 10

In these past two episodes, I improvise build a robot for the first time, most students start finishing up their cargo rescue mission project, students start exploring what they want to do for their final projects (they can do anything) and we also fly a drone for the first time.  Enjoy :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3GwdvacAuc Music by Beck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ngp1O8OLUc Music by Arp
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Middle School Robotics Episode 7 : A Project We’ve Never Done Before

Middle School Robotics Episode 7 : A Project We’ve Never Done Before

This was last week's video, forgot to bring it to the blog!  Will have this weeks up in a few weeks. This week, we try out a new classroom arrangement, explore a project we've never done before, and figure out how to fix the problems we run into! You also get to see what I eat for breakfast. Here is the rubric for the newest project that we talk about: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVuinuCzk2k Filmed at The Khabele School in Austin, TX: http://www.khabele.org Music by: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcGX... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4xm...
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Middle School Robotics – Episode 6 : Testing Their ‘Gold Digging’ Bot & Tag For Millennials

Middle School Robotics – Episode 6 : Testing Their ‘Gold Digging’ Bot & Tag For Millennials

This is episode 6 of a short series entitled 'Middle School Robotics.' This week, high-five Friday really begins to catch on, students test their 'gold digging' robots, and then play a new type of tag. Most of my project resources were taken from here: http://ev3lessons.com/lessons.html Filmed at The Khabele School in Austin, TX: http://www.khabele.org Music by: Podington Bear - http://soundofpicture.com Omnitica - https://soundcloud.com/omnitica
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Middle School Robotics – Episode 5 : Students Debate Over Ways To Program ‘Gold Digging’ Robot

Middle School Robotics – Episode 5 : Students Debate Over Ways To Program ‘Gold Digging’ Robot

This is episode 5 of a short series entitled 'Middle School Robotics.' This week, students finished up their second project and I introduced a project where they have to find 3 pieces of paper on a table using the color sensor, without falling off the table. It was originally called 'gold digger' and the paper was yellow but we didn't have the right shade of yellow and the color sensor wasn't reading it. So we're using red...but it's still called gold digger...red gold digger. Filmed at The Khabele School in Austin, TX Most of my project resources were taken from…
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Middle School Robotics – Episode 4: My Philosophy on Teaching Robotics

Middle School Robotics – Episode 4: My Philosophy on Teaching Robotics

This is episode 4 of a short series entitled Middle School Robotics. Tried something different with this episode as I sort of gave an overview of the course and my philosophy behind it, as well as a look at what we're currently working on. Filmed at The Khabele School in Austin, TX. Most of my project resources were taken from here: http://ev3lessons.com/lessons.html Music by Ratatat - http://www.ratatatmusic.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItfImLcfOYQ
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Middle School Robotics – Episode 3

Middle School Robotics – Episode 3

In this week's episode, students begin finishing up their project working with the robot motors, we realize that robots are actually pretty stupid, and students blog their experiences. https://youtu.be/gQiqJyMt-fE I've been experimenting with timelapses more. Trying to get a smooth, motion blur with them. Let me know what you think of them! Music by Podington Bear - http://soundofpicture.com
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Week 23 – Math Magic To Solve 2-Step Equations

Week 23 – Math Magic To Solve 2-Step Equations

This week I've been really been getting a bit of filming done.  Below you'll find a short film I did for my Pre-Algebra classes on a lesson for 2-Step Equations.  I found the lesson on Julie Reulbach's blog, who modified her lesson from Sadie Estrella's idea.  Check both of those links for some in-depth write-ups. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiWvrU81Czo Here is THE SLIDE SHOW I used to guide our game and discussion.  Also, here are the DISCUSSION PROBLEMS they worked on after our lesson. I got most of my ideas for the classroom economy from MYCLASSROOMECONOMY.ORG. They have everything you need to get started.…
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