Low Tech but High Engagement

Thanks to a previous post by my fly fishing buddy @RMByrne I found Chris Bergmann. Chris is not your normal science teacher. Well, he’s not like the science teachers I ever had. This guy either thinks out of the box or he is a master of the Googles when it comes to finding creative ways to teach science concepts with his middle school students. Notice I said with. They seem to always be a part of the teaching and learning. Novel concept, right? Let’s just say he gets it and the kids are getting it as well. I am also sure there are plenty of great science teachers out there, but they are not taking heed to what Dean calls the moral imperative, sadly. So, we all lose out.

Watch this video as Chris utilizes a trash can and some Styrofoam cups to teach about the properties of air. Reminds me of an interactive movie I sat through near the Alamo many years back. Watching that canon smoke ring zip through the air held me captive to the content. Low tech, but very engaging. I’m just glad he is documenting his cool lessons to maybe inspire other science teachers around the world.  Check out his YouTube channel here as well for other great videos. If you have any great science teacher video links like this one, please share in the comments below.

Well said, Dean.

Those of you in White Oak might recall Dean Shareski as our keynote speaker from a few summers ago. He left us with an indelible footprint that has changed many teaching careers and student lives.

Once again, Dean tells it like it is. He does an awesome job of summarizing the exact feeling of the connectedness we have access to as educators and the eternal benefit of learning from great minds like his. Below is his keynote for the K12 Online Conference going on right now. If you didn’t know about it, check it out. No worries if you missed something. They archive it all for you to go back to time and again.

So, thanks, Dean. I look forward to the opportunity to hit the links, grab a bite, share a mansion, and be a part of great conversations with you again soon.

60 Sites in 60 Minutes

Well, it was actually more like 45 minutes, but Lori Gracey (TCEA Executive Director) rocked this presentation at the TECSIG meeting with lots of useful sites. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably felt spammed with me tweeting out all of the sites. I didn’t get them all, so you need to make sure you take a look at the presentation below to catch up. Good stuff. Thanks, Lori.