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Lessons on the Fly

My son had an accident this weekend, resulting in a bloody “Thumb Toe”.  The injured body part is more commonly referred to as your “Big Toe”.

Like any good 5 year old, he cried a lot, proclaimed that, “it’ll never stop bleeding” and “it’ll never get better”.  5 minutes later, “Can we go to the pool tomorrow”.  During the crying and drama, my wife and I tried to explain the properties of blood, specifically the concept of clotting, followed by the need to clean a wound.  This lead to a microbiology discussion, how prokaryotes (germs) are bad  and the cut just opened the door to let them into your “thumb toe”.  Next, we discussed chemical reactions; the H2O2 -> H2O + O2 reaction (I know it’s not balanced).  This involved introducing the catalyst concept, tying back in the previously discussed blood properties, specifically enzymes to explain why the hydrogen peroxide bubbles when it’s poured on the cut.  Which leads us back to the microbiology lesson and how many germs can’t live in an O2 rich environment created by the bubbling hydrogen peroxide. Whew!!

So what does my son remember from this only minutes later:



Hopefully he retained a little more than evident in the video.  This did get me thinking.  How many times a day/week/month do we do this?  Not console an injured child, but present a lesson on the fly.  I’d say this is far more impactful than anything scripted, but how do we keep from squandering the moment?  I’m not sure I have an easy answer, but I’m personally going to try to write and post as may as possible, hopefully most will not invole an injured 5 year old.I hope that by collecting/recording these moments, I’ll be able to reflect on and revisit the concepts; improve the lesson, with media, labs, reading material, etc…

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Twitter Updates for 2009-03-19

  • sitting next to @teach42 in @atruger session at MACUL #
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Twitter Updates for 2009-03-18

  • Presenting with @glo at MACUL this afternoon. Elementary Web 2.0 – Currently walking through toondoo. #
  • @ppalmer21 Courtyard Silver Spring, Fly into DCA, easy metro trip to Silver Spring stop (faster and cheaper than cab). I’m there too. :) #
  • @johnfaig Oh man thanks for sharing soundsnap.com I’ve struggled for a couple of weeks trying to remember this site. #
  • @atruger safe travels. See you at MACUL. #
  • @teryl_magee awesome, thank you. I’ll let everyone in the session know. #
  • @ppalmer21 I’m on the 6:50 PM flight out on that Friday. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-03-17

  • On bus to train. Realize now my planning last night was flawed, no green on. I feel a pinch coming. #
  • @mrlosik You just might be right about the no green in Chi-town, at least I fly to Detroit today. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-03-16

  • @cliotech Oh man I hate 6:00 AM flights. Safe travels. #
  • @pauloberman Welcome to twitter! #
  • @distractedgamer finally worked out a way to not have to carry it and my blackberry for work. #
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Twitter Updates for 2009-03-15

  • Had a blast doing the Pi, Film on the Fly yesterday with my son in Chicago. http://tinyurl.com/d7y43e #
  • Won my iPhone bid. In 4 – 9 days I’ll have a new toy. Thanks for removing barriers, @teach42 #
  • @JanetEnglish Thank You!, We had a blast! Just put up post on the DEN site about it. http://tiny.cc/fotf #
  • @teach42 Last banana goes in drawer to await crushing, mixing, & baking. Reborn as that hot and yummy banana bread. Mmmm! Banana Bread! #

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Pi: Film on the Fly

If you haven’t participated in the KOCE-TV, PBS  “Film on The Fly” challenge, you absolutely should.  My son and I had a blast.  Not sure the video hit the mark, as for showing circumference, ran longer than the 120 second limit and I didn’t use a cell phone (don’t have one that shoots video).  However, the day proved educational for my son and I.  He learned that doing a movie with dad equals pizza and Ferris Wheel rides.  I learned that trying to shoot at 8 different locations in Chicago in the 3 hours before dark can prove a challenge in itself.

We both walk away having spent quality time together, learning and with 3.14 temporary tatoos (wife not happy).

Check out all the entries here:  www.filmonthefly.ning.com

You can find the winners here at the Film on the Fly blog: http://www.koce.org/filmonthefly/

Watch my film below, though you need to be able to access youtube. :)

MACUL 2009 Networking Social Invitation

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DEN Book Club: Grown Up Digital CH. 6 – 7

I had the privilege of moderating the DEN Book Club webinar last night.  I only wish I could have joined the earlier discussions.  What an amazing experience!!  Last night, happened to be my first ever book club meeting, so maybe all book clubs are as inspiring.  I don’t know, but my I’m willing to bet that the DEN group is far more entertaining than other book clubs out there.  I look forward to joining the discussion next week and hope you’ll join us.  If you missed last night’s discussion take a look at the chat thread and discuss using the voicethread below.

03/02/2009    17:56:14 PM    from Rita Mortenson to All Participants:
Hello Mike
03/02/2009    18:00:05 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
It started and looks really nice

03/02/2009    18:02:41 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
i am not talking tonight… I have a really sore thort!

03/02/2009    18:03:15 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
me too

03/02/2009    18:03:18 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
lol

03/02/2009    18:03:21 PM    from Steve Dembo to All Participants:
:)

03/02/2009    18:03:30 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
How much snow did you all get?

03/02/2009    18:03:53 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
I just want an iPhone! :(

03/02/2009    18:04:06 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
6″ in Lititz, PA

03/02/2009    18:04:11 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Snow day

03/02/2009    18:04:43 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Icing now

03/02/2009    18:05:03 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Where is everyone???

03/02/2009    18:05:15 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:
Andover MA
03/02/2009    18:06:39 PM    from Susan to All Participants:
Temperance MI

03/02/2009    18:07:02 PM    from Rita Mortenson to All Participants:
Can anyone hear Mike?
03/02/2009    18:07:26 PM    from NancyS to All Participants:
problem I had was that the tiny url didn’t link up

03/02/2009    18:07:33 PM    from NancyS to All Participants:
I had to click on the ‘OK’ on the page

03/02/2009    18:07:42 PM    from NancyS to All Participants:
to get to the overall webex page

03/02/2009    18:07:45 PM    from NancyS to All Participants:
not sure

03/02/2009    18:07:46 PM    from NancyS to All Participants:
try it

03/02/2009    18:07:57 PM    from Susan to All Participants:
not for me

03/02/2009    18:08:00 PM    from NancyS to All Participants:
got a ‘this meeting is not in progress’ page

03/02/2009    18:08:10 PM    from Steve Dembo to All Participants:
So strange

03/02/2009    18:11:38 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
My middle schoolers would RUN fast!!

03/02/2009    18:13:55 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
I completely agree

03/02/2009    18:14:09 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
They are used to to filling in the circles not being creative!!

03/02/2009    18:14:12 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
YES!!!

03/02/2009    18:15:00 PM    from NancyS to All Participants:
sorry….those were my vicious dogs…barking at the plow man in driveway!  Have muted myself

03/02/2009    18:16:32 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
We are training them to be black / white not find the grey…

03/02/2009    18:17:05 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Amen Rita!!!

03/02/2009    18:17:09 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Exactly!

03/02/2009    18:17:22 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
NOPE!! Not just seniors!

03/02/2009    18:17:25 PM    from Katie Warren to All Participants:
Yes, but their parents ask “what grade did you get?
03/02/2009    18:18:55 PM    from Paula to All Participants:
hi, folks!
03/02/2009    18:19:44 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
But then again, look at how few schools have phones in the classroom, so they are behind on OLD technology!
03/02/2009    18:20:29 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Nothing is open… everything is blocked…

03/02/2009    18:21:20 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Diigo is blocked…

03/02/2009    18:21:25 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
MOODLE is free and can be well-locked.  Even our locked down system has that, Gretchen.  You might talke to them about that.
03/02/2009    18:22:14 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
We have moodle but there is no training. I have not been able to get my classes to work right. fustrating for the Web 2.0 is so much easier.

03/02/2009    18:22:55 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
True.  There is a MOODLE user manual online inside MOODLE, you might try that?.
03/02/2009    18:23:43 PM    from Susan to All Participants:
There definitely is a learning curve for Moodle, but once you and your students start using it, it gets easier.

03/02/2009    18:24:09 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Magie – Time… That seems to be my biggest factor. Right now I have a password that will not even let me in… to MY class… I think I will just have it deleted and start again.

03/02/2009    18:24:12 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
You are speaking a foreign language to those “old” guys!
03/02/2009    18:24:26 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
That was for Mike!
03/02/2009    18:24:30 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
lol

03/02/2009    18:25:16 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
It’s working differently, not less. Maybe we can learn from them? (the Native Americans)
03/02/2009    18:25:44 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
work to live, then live; it’s 6:00 until 7:00; time is now.
03/02/2009    18:26:21 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:
Michael – can I comment?
03/02/2009    18:26:50 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Phones

03/02/2009    18:27:08 PM    from cheryl lykowski to All Participants:
Wikis

03/02/2009    18:27:10 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
for Gretchen–check out:
03/02/2009    18:27:12 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=%22How+to+use+MOODLE%22&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=NnmsSY7FBMTAnQeElfi1Bg&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title#

03/02/2009    18:27:12 PM    from Michael Bryant to All Participants:
Absolutely
03/02/2009    18:27:13 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
My kids do not know about the Web 2.0 tools. I just took a survey and my kids know NOTHING

03/02/2009    18:27:17 PM    from cheryl lykowski to All Participants:
and Skype

03/02/2009    18:27:48 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Nice link Margie!

03/02/2009    18:28:00 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Easier on the brain than reading!
03/02/2009    18:28:07 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
I love you!

03/02/2009    18:28:17 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Aw shucks!
03/02/2009    18:28:46 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
hehe blush blush…

03/02/2009    18:30:35 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
It CAN pay off, but we have to get past the conservative culture.  Not necessarily generational (I’m older than probably most of you!)
03/02/2009    18:31:07 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
FEAR

03/02/2009    18:31:08 PM    from Katie Warren to All Participants:
Hey, Geeky Grandma, I’m a Techy Nana!
03/02/2009    18:31:25 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
I am NOT a grandma!  (do grandpups count?)
03/02/2009    18:31:30 PM    from Katie Warren to All Participants:
lol
03/02/2009    18:31:42 PM    from Katie Warren to All Participants:
Who was the Geeky Grandma, then?
03/02/2009    18:31:48 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
School boards are scared especially when they can not control it!

03/02/2009    18:31:51 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Sherri
03/02/2009    18:31:53 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
helloTechy
03/02/2009    18:32:14 PM    from Katie Warren to All Participants:
I’m rather lucky, my dad is a geek and loves new tech gadgets – published his own Restaurant guide eyars ago using Quark
03/02/2009    18:32:18 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Is there some way to get the Board on board?
03/02/2009    18:32:36 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Maybe document collaboration?
03/02/2009    18:32:44 PM    from Katie Warren to All Participants:
taught my mom to use a “MyMailStation” so she could step into the 21st century
03/02/2009    18:32:59 PM    from Katie Warren to All Participants:
she was able to get to library and check attachments from friends
03/02/2009    18:33:53 PM    from Katie Warren to All Participants:
hiya, Sheri
03/02/2009    18:34:07 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
hello Katie
03/02/2009    18:37:49 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
Again — some one mentioned structuring the work, and Cheryl structured success.  Very nice.
03/02/2009    18:38:04 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:
Who is the K-2 teacher?
03/02/2009    18:38:12 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Margie
03/02/2009    18:38:45 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:
@ Cheryl  Do you have a link for your project?
03/02/2009    18:40:09 PM    from cheryl lykowski to All Participants:

http://globalexplorers.wikispaces.com

03/02/2009    18:40:24 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:
@Cheryl thanks
03/02/2009    18:40:32 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Thanks, Cheryl!  Looks great!
03/02/2009    18:41:24 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Old fashion Cooperative learning!!!

03/02/2009    18:41:43 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Teaches skills the kids will need to now both online and p2p

03/02/2009    18:42:11 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
We need to get TEACHERS to cooperatively learn, too (that Modeling thingy again!)
03/02/2009    18:42:16 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
Projects: letters to the president; research choices; discussion; group work
03/02/2009    18:42:39 PM    from cheryl lykowski to All Participants:
My students learn a lot about netiquette/etiquette during these projects and working with others from different cultures

03/02/2009    18:42:57 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:
@margie – superintendents and principals too
03/02/2009    18:43:05 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
I agree Cheryl — great modeling for them
03/02/2009    18:43:09 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
and school boards!
03/02/2009    18:43:36 PM    from Katie Warren to All Participants:
Cheryl, great website
03/02/2009    18:44:02 PM    from cheryl lykowski to All Participants:
Thank you

03/02/2009    18:45:46 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
humor helps
03/02/2009    18:46:43 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
I was thinking that this chat window is a good example.  We are learning thru this as well as thru the phone conversation.  We need to allow kids a mode for this type of thing, too.
03/02/2009    18:47:09 PM    from Heather Sullivan to All Participants:
Good Point Margie!

03/02/2009    18:48:44 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
“relax into productivity, not stress into it” p. 165; we are way too stressed with NCLB
03/02/2009    18:49:41 PM    from Lori M to All Participants:
A great article from the MIT Media Lab on learning, play and the “kindergarten approach”  ‚Ä¢    http://web.media.mit.edu/~mres/papers/kindergarten-learning-approach.pdf

03/02/2009    18:50:13 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Love the
03/02/2009    18:50:19 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Sandbox time!
03/02/2009    18:50:23 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
Thanks Lori
03/02/2009    18:52:12 PM    from Susan to All Participants:
I feel like I have had this discussion 14 years ago when we (teachers) talked about MI and brainbased learning.  So I gues what I am saying is that the subject is the same but the tools are changing.

03/02/2009    18:53:58 PM    from Lori M to All Participants:
You’re welcome!  I’m glad you’re enjoying the article.  I’ve muted myself because my little one is going through a babbling stage.  :-)

03/02/2009    18:54:20 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
Yes, Susan.  And kids need to know more depth and breadth that is missing with the focus on testsissing
03/02/2009    18:54:35 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
Pixar teamwork model video at: http://edtechtalk.com/taxonomy/term/58
03/02/2009    18:55:38 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Learn to Play… Fish Culture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbtsfyrEF_c

03/02/2009    18:56:06 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:
Rio Earth Summit: http://www.un.org/geninfo/bp/enviro.html
03/02/2009    18:57:34 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
There was a chapter 7???

03/02/2009    18:57:45 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
heehee
03/02/2009    18:57:52 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Personal Learning Networks?

03/02/2009    18:58:02 PM    from cheryl lykowski to All Participants:
@Gretchen lol Yes it was between 6 and 8

03/02/2009    18:58:24 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
OHHHH!!! – All I show was chapter 5

03/02/2009    18:58:27 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
lol

03/02/2009    18:58:49 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
We need some remedial counting?
03/02/2009    18:59:02 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Where is our K teacher?

03/02/2009    18:59:08 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Margie K-2
03/02/2009    18:59:13 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
i need a review!

03/02/2009    18:59:18 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
‘kay!
03/02/2009    18:59:21 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
lol

03/02/2009    18:59:35 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Still love you Margie!

03/02/2009    19:01:06 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
@ Gretchen: Luv yu too!
03/02/2009    19:01:59 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Denver made me sad! WE had 4 local papers stopped this week also!

03/02/2009    19:03:13 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Forums are more personal and they ar many humans

03/02/2009    19:03:42 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Forums don’t have a sales agenda…
03/02/2009    19:03:46 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
lol

03/02/2009    19:03:47 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:03/02/2009    19:03:47 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Vendors doo
03/02/2009    19:05:03 PM    from Lori M to All Participants:
The smart companies will actively solicit feedback through forums.  I love Promethean’s forums–and the users really shape the innovations in the new versions of their interactive whiteboard software.

03/02/2009    19:06:43 PM    from Rita Mortenson to All Participants:
I have to sign off now…thanks Mike….see everyone next week
03/02/2009    19:06:48 PM    from Susan to All Participants:
Personalizing Education for Teachers too was the topic of Will Richarson’s Blog – weblogg-ed.com was interesting

03/02/2009    19:07:10 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:
Bye Rita
03/02/2009    19:07:12 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
I’m in MO in the Wilderness.  this NEVER could have happened 10 yrs. ago
03/02/2009    19:07:39 PM    from Gretchen to All Participants:
Must go friends! Have a great evening and week! Unitl next week…

03/02/2009    19:08:03 PM    from Lori M to All Participants:
Thanks, all!

03/02/2009    19:08:05 PM    from NancyS to All Participants:
thanks Mike

03/02/2009    19:08:13 PM    from Susan to All Participants:
Thanks

03/02/2009    19:08:15 PM    from Margie Rogers to All Participants:
Thanks, Mike!  Good night friends!
03/02/2009    19:08:16 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:
Great moderating, Mike.
03/02/2009    19:08:23 PM    from Dennis to All Participants:
Night all.
03/02/2009    19:08:24 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
Thanks.
03/02/2009    19:08:24 PM    from Michael Bryant to All Participants:
Thank You
03/02/2009    19:08:49 PM    from cheryl lykowski to All Participants:
thanks

03/02/2009    19:08:50 PM    from Sheri to All Participants:
good night
03/02/2009    19:08:55 PM    from Heather Sullivan to All Participants:
GOOD NIGHT :)

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