How is that title for an attention getter? Well, it is absolutely true. My wife of 7 years shaved her beautiful brown hair off. What was she thinking? Mid-life crisis? A new look? Getting a motorcycle?( I wish!) Over the past 2 weeks I have been asked all of the questions I just posed to you!
The truth is, she shaved her hair for St. Baldrick’s, which funds more childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. She was so inspired by a story of a young boy named Dylan she read back in the fall, that she actually put a thought into action. One quote by Ghandi sums up her mission, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” So many good thoughts and intentions are sometimes never put into action. Seeing this firsthand, my wife is a true testament to show that if you put your heart into something and you keep your goal in mind, anything can be done. Her goal was $5,000 dollars. Although many thought she was crazy for such a lofty goal, SHE DID IT! Plus, donations are still coming in!
Okay, here is where my techy side comes in. Of course you can check out the Flickr page by pghgeorge who took some amazing shots of the whole event. But for something like entirely shaving all of your hair off…there has to be something unique to capture this change as her beautiful bald head begins its transformation back to its normal length. We could put the video of the shaving on Youtube, or Tweet about it on Twitter, or even create a Facebook page about the event, but let’s the creative side of me wanted more!
Here are some of the awesome things that I found that we have made use of.
Dailymugshot-My wife is documenting the return of her hair, one day at a time. Imagine the educational uses for this free tool
Gawker- creates time-lapse movies using a webcam. Images from your camera can be shared, allowing other users to record your image stream. Streams can also be combined to create a time-lapse movie with up to four locations side-by-side. Oh man…I wish I had a Mac for this one! Sorry PC people!
Fodey-My newspaper example is below. I challenge you to check out the rest of the resources. How would you use these resources in your classroom?
In closing, think about the Ghandi quote. How can we be the change in the classroom?