Ripper's Chatter

D. Ripollone is a STAR member of the Discovery Educator Network

Ripper's Chatter

Not just for play: Video games seek to motivate youth on climate change | Devex

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Teacher Ideas, Teaching Strategies

Not just for play: Video games seek to motivate youth on climate change | Devex. Looks like an interesting game. Never knew about the “Games for Change” movement. A movement that promotes using “digital games for social change” (wikipedia). I’ve used games before NASA’s Mars Rover Game on the xbox 360 and we have used it at our science festival for everyone to try. Can’t wait to try this game out. Check out the article for yourself.

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July 2015: HOTS for Bloom’s, part 1 | Discovery Education.

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Teacher Ideas, Teaching Strategies

July 2015: HOTS for Bloom’s, part 1 | Discovery Education. I definitely like the “Strategies for enhancing higher order thinking”. Kathy Schrock does a good job in mapping out the cognitive processes in Bloom’s Taxonomy. Her “Cogs of the Cognitive Processes” really simplifies the whole the picture. And the “Verbs” table does a good job of giving examples of each level. The blog post mentions Discovery’s S.O.S resources and promises to have a part 2 of the series. I’ll be looking forward to reading future posts.

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The Female Perspective of Computer Science: Google’s Report on Women in Computer Science, and What it Means for Me.

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Article

The Female Perspective of Computer Science: Google’s Report on Women in Computer Science, and What it Means for Me. This is a good look at why women are shying away from computer science careers. It mentions the connections between STEM and computer sciences. Number one influence Social Engagement. As a teacher I’ve been promoting and trying to encourage the young women in my class to go into different STEM careers. I think Google does a good job in trying to find some of the answers to the question “why?”.  But are they really a surprise?

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Catching up

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Discovery

So I’ve decided to pick up my discovery blog again. I’ll be posting to both discovery and wordpress. Its getting a bit easier to do that.

I’ll start posting past blog posts from wordpress and try to catch up with this. So enjoy! And please let me know what you think.

 

Thanks :)

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Robotics Tournament

February 2nd, 2014 · No Comments · Article, robotics

Finished! And it was a great success. According to everyone who participated in the event. We had over 500 live views on our broadcast at High School Cube. It was the second most watched event at Cardinal Gibbons since we started broadcasting live. Over 300 people attended the event. A special shout out to all the volunteers who worked. We were lucky in that we had a number of volunteers from Cisco. We also had teacher, parent and student volunteers working throughout the day. To read a brief summary of the event you can see an article written by our development person (thanks Rachelle) on our school web page.  see more

 

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Board Builder Revisited

December 19th, 2013 · No Comments · Discovery, Teacher Ideas, Teaching Strategies, Web 2.0 Tool

Well the project is finished and I am happy to say the students enjoyed the use of the Board Builder in the Discovery Ed. The boards were simple but visual pleasing. Students used the boards to visually outline their Alternative Energy Projects. When talking to some of the students about the Board Builders, they commented that it seemed easier to use then other programs.

board example

However, there were some problems when saving the boards. If the internet connection had any problems some students lost their work unless they saved the project a couple of times. We found this out at the beginning of the project, so I reminded students to save often. Otherwise students liked the way you could upload certain types of documents, bibliographies to be specific. Another positive to the web tool was that students could search Discovery for any videos or photos they would like to use in the project. So the good points, it’s free compared to Glogster, pictures and video are readily available on discovery, and attachments can be added to the board.

BoardBuilder

The bad points, if your internet connection is not good you will have problems, I found out at school when my students accessed the internet at the busiest time of the day, the connections did not work correctly.  Also if you have problems with flash or Java, this could cause you problems. There were times my students would try to save and couldn’t. There are Pros and Cons to the tool; but overall the tool can be used for other projects. One of the other digital tools I used in combination with this project was Google Presentations. Instead of having students doing a two page paper as years past, I asked them to do a Google Presentation. This allowed them a bit of a leeway with their write up.  I like Google Drive and apps, I’ve been using them a great deal this year. Thanks to other teachers at school, (@CGHSMrsCole and @Melks_Physics) we have come up with many ways to use these teaching tools in class.

What I would advise to everyone is to try the Board Builder. If you have a Discovery subscription all you students can access it and its components. Even if you school does not subscribe to Discovery, as a Teacher you can use it as presentations in class. Try it you might like it.

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Thanksgiving …. Board Builder…

December 1st, 2013 · No Comments · Article, Discovery, Project, Teacher Ideas, Teaching Strategies, Web 2.0 Tool

Check out the new post on the tool offered by Discovery; the new board builder. see more…..

 

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Modelling for excellence | Class Teaching.

November 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Article, Teaching Strategies

Modelling for excellence | Class Teaching. Great article about developing a skill in class using modelling. Giving examples the author(Shaun Allison) explains the common theme used by teachers to best teach students how to master a particular skill. I really like the connectives sheet, it looks like a good resource for teaching lab write ups. Good question posted at the end…

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Discovery Fall VirtCon 2013

November 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Discovery, Teacher Ideas, Teacher Workshop

Want to read about the Fall VirtCon 2013, read the summary I posted here

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Blackboard Mobile Learn | Features.

November 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Flipping the Classroom, Modeling/Whiteboarding, Teaching Strategies

Blackboard Mobile Learn | Features.  This definitely looks like a great mobile learning tool. It was recommend by people who have flipped their classroom. See more at “9 Video Tips for a Better Flipped Classroom”.

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