3D Printing

My husband just introduced me to 3D printing and I am flabbergasted. This type of technology can print three dimensional models in your home with exceptional accuracy. You have to see this to believe it.

3D printing show London 2012

The conversation is that this may reinvent the way the we manufacture objects. I foresee this as a way to reduce material waste. It would be nice to only have that which we need manufactured and be able to recycle it into something else when we are done with it. Some believe that vehicles and houses may one day be created from this type of device.

What are your thoughts on this?


Teachers always “borrow” from other teachers, and here is a great resource to borrow.

The iPad Investigation

I love learning about new things, I think that the majority of people (especially teachers) do. Although its been around for a while now, I realised that I hadn't posted about iTunesU.

For those who haven't come across iTunesU before, it's the education section of the iTunes Store. It has a vast collection of free courses from a variety of university's, schools and private individuals which anyone can take.

When you open the app you need to click on the catalog button to search for courses you wish to add.

There are lots if different courses you can take, but I quite like going to the 'Teaching and Learning' section, to see what education related courses there are.

You can also search for courses. I tried searching for 'iPad Education' and found this course, which I have now added to my library.

What I like about the courses is…

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An Alternative to Powerpoint

In looking for new FREE apps to download into my iPad2 for use on my classroom, I stumbled upon Prezi.  I use custom made powerpoints or download pre made SMART board lessons from Promethean Planet or SMART to use for classroom instruction or as a SMART board station for students to work at independently as they finish classwork or to re-emphasize important concepts.  Today’s student needs more than just a talking head in front of them, they need engagement and inspiration.  How does a teacher compete with the “outside” world of advertising?  ANSWER: Go to the “outside” world and use what the advertisers are using.

Prezi.com makes powerpoints a thing of the past.  This is an alternative to presenting information to a group of people, not just for classroom use, with a dynamic perspective.  With a choice of different templates and styles, presentations can take on a new meaning by focusing on what’s important by making use of it’s unique zoom in/zoom out feature.  In working with the program on my iPad I discovered that it is even easier to use on a computer. The features are beautiful, with an array of styles available and the ability to reuse templates from other users.  The site, prezi.com , requires a signup and offers three levels of monthly pricing with the cheapest being FREE.

I encourage anyone that creates presentations to visit the site and explore the possibilities.  The WOW effect is pretty much a guarantee with this communication tool that can be shared and simultaneously be used from across the world.  Give it a try and look for the “Free Fall Template” found under “All Public Prezis”.

Boo Bash in Hollywood, FL

The 6th annual Boo Bash in Hollywood, Fl is a safe, family friendly event in downtown Hollywood’s Young Circle. Young Circle is Hollywood’s central hub for the arts, also known as Arts Park, which is surrounded by local businesses and restaurants, and just a few minutes drive away from the famous Hollywood Boardwalk featured in many of today’s feature films and TV shows like “Marley and Me” and “Burn Notice”. The Boo Bash Event is set up with children of all ages in mind with trick or treat stations on the perimeter of the circle, bounce houses within the circle along with food kiosks, music, and a large stage for costume contests for different age groups. The beauty of this one night event is the lay out. There must have been at least 1000+ people, but it didn’t feel crowded. Every station was well manned and friendly, keeping the focus on the children at all times with plenty of candy for all. The restaurants and local shops west of the circle were also participating by providing candy and treats for the children. Lots of music flowed through the streets as people danced their way from shop to shop. Smiles filled the area rather than scary grimaces, which as a parent of a 4 year old is a nice alternative to all of the advertised haunted houses. Many locals attended the Boo Bash and it was nice for us as a family of 3 to see familiar faces among the crowd. My daughter saw some of her VPK classmates, I saw some of my middle school students, and my husband caught up with old friends. This event gave us the opportunity to experience a small town experience in the big city.

I highly recommend Hollywood Florida’s Annual Boo Bash on Halloween Night to all local residents and vacationers for a family friendly and safe night of trick or treating.