Tuesday, April 24, 2018

My Photos

“I’m always curious about what people do with their photos either personally or professionally.”

I take a lot of photos and I enjoy learning how to take better photos. I’m not sure I’ll ever get great at it but I like to see my improvement. I also like when I take a photo that looks good. So, one of the things I do is reflect on my photos and how I can make them better.

Depending on the situation, I may use photos for different things.

When I’m writing a blog post about my travels, I upload my photos to Flickr and link them to my post. This way I can always go back to them if I want to see where we have been.

When I take photos of hikes I’m on with my hiking group, I like to share my photos with the rest of the group. Everyone seems to enjoy looking back on the fun we had.

I like to take photos and sharing interesting things with my Instagram friends. I like looking at their photos also. It makes me feel connected with many of my friends locally and those far away.

Sometimes I take photos of things to document them in case I need proof. Many times I take photos of advertised prices of items so when it rings up wrong at the cash register, I can show the price that was advertised.

I might take photos of serial numbers so that I can enlarge them if I need to register an item. This is especially useful if the number is in a hard to see spot and I can use my phone camera to take a photo.

When I’m teaching my practicum course, I like to take a photo of my students (the teachers) and their students (the children) so I can show my department head and others what we do during our program. I like to video their final presentations also. This is helpful to show the student’s in my next year’s class.

How do you use your photos? Please share.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Back of the Book Blurb #101 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title). The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post. Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.  You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

The Hoppy Parents

They searched everywhere looking for Kermit, so they could go on an airboat ride, but they couldn’t find him! Eventually, they found Kermit all alone and unconscious on the grass. At first, they thought an alligator had tried to eat him! Big Bird picked him up gently and carried him back to his room. This vacation to the Florida Everglades was turning out terrible! At first, they argued that he was dead but after he started moving around and groaning, they argued about calling a doctor. Finally, Kermit softly told them not to call the doctor. When asked what had happened, Kermit said he thought he saw his parents! No one knew the story about his parents because Kermit never talked about them. They helped Kermit sit up and he realized that it was time to tell them his story. (140 words)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 4/20/18

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Monet Was Here – learn more about Monet through Google Art and Culture (L:M,H; SA:FA)

Word Mover – “Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.” (L:G; SA:LA)

Dayboard – “Dayboard is a new tab to do list that focuses on just 5 items each day. Start your day by writing down the most important tasks you want to accomplish. Every time you open a new tab, you’ll be reminded of your priorities, which works with a built-in site blocker that prevents you from visiting distracting sites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube. This way you can fight procrastination and stay focused on the task at hand.” (L:G;SA:A)

Summarize This – copy and paste text into this and it summarizes the information. (L:G;SA:A)

The Solar System – NASA’s interactive guide to the Solar System (L:G;SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley