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February 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Videos & Lesson On Rube Goldberg Machines From Our School’s Physics Teacher

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As regular readers know, I’m a fan of Rube Goldberg Machines (see The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines).

Earlier this week, I saw some of my IB Theory of Knowledge students showing videos of machines they had created in Physics class, and thought they were pretty neat.

I asked our school’s talented Physics teacher, Arthur Sisneros, if he would mind writing a description of his lesson, and also invited teachers to share their videos.

Here’s Arthur’s description, along with a few student videos (I’ll be adding more as students remember to send them to me!):

The Rube Goldberg project is meant to be a summative assessment for my first semester. Like most physics classes, my first semester of physics is dominated by motion (kinematics, forces, momentum, and mechanical energy). I introduce the Rube Goldberg project at the end as an engineering project. We talk about engineering vs. science (defining problems and solving problems as opposed to asking questions and developing explanations). I also require them to include a theme and to be creative. After the project is built, I require them to isolate a few of the events, measure them (distance, time, mass, or whatever they need to measure), and use those measurements to calculate various quantities (average velocity, acceleration, force, etc.). On the presentation day, I have students do a gallery walk to see the other projects, and I conduct group interviews where I delve a little deeper into the understanding of the major physics topics.

 

February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three Good Speaking/Writing Prompts – Along With Video Models

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Here are three new videos from Soul Pancake that I think provide excellent speaking or writing prompts to English Language Learners and others. Plus, the videos are great models to get students thinking!

I’m adding this post to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New PBS News Hour Video On Oklahoma Universal Preschool Program

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I had previously read about Oklahoma’s universal preschool program (see Oklahomans have embraced free, universal early education — and it’s working).

I was even more impressed by it after viewing tonight’s segment on the PBS News Hour, Seeing success, conservative Oklahoma banks on universal preschool. You can read the transcript at the link, and here’s the video:

February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Animated StoryCorps Video: “Driven”

StoryCorps has just unveiled their latest animated video story.

It’s titled “Driven,” and is about Wendell Scott, who was the first African American inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

I’m adding it to The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History.

February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good Video On The Science Behind Curiosity

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I’ve previously posted about an intriguing study on curiosity (see “Curiosity improves memory by tapping into the brain’s reward system”).

Now, this video has just come online that provides a short explanation of the same study.

I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Curiosity.