This is probably the best April Fools day trick I have ever seen
Earthquakes March 26, 2010
We have all heard of earthquakes that have been happening over the years. Usually only the major ones make the news in Canada. In 2009 17 earthquakes reached a magnitude of 7.0 and higher, 1 earthquake higher than 8.0 for a total of 18 quakes across the world. This is higher than 2008 in which only 12 earthquakes were high than 7.0 and none higher than 8.0. In 2007 there were 13 earthquakes that registered at 7.0 and higher and 4 earthquakes that came in between 8.0 and 8.5 The last three years hold significantly more earthquakes than 2006 where there were only 9 earthquakes that registered 7.0 and higher and 1 earthquake at 8.3 Prior to 1993, earthquakes did not even register higher than 7.9 and on very few occasions were the deadliest earthquakes from 1990 to 2010 register as the deadliest. In fact, many of the strongest earthquakes had very few deaths, some having no deaths.
Ever since Haiti’s earthquake on January 12, 2010 there has been significantly more press about the earthquakes happening around the world. So far there have been a total of 21 earthquakes. Of these 21, 3 have been 7.0 and higher, 1 8.8 in Chile, and 11 earthquakes in the 6.0 range.
We also need to keep in mind some of the major after affects of these earthquakes. The aftershocks felt in Chile rated higher than many of the earthquakes that are more commonly experienced around the world. Chile’s 8.8 earthquake also triggered a pacific wide tsunami that affected hundreds of coastal villages as well as moved the earth’s axis by 3 degrees.
I don’t know for sure, I do think that a lot of these major earthquakes set off chains of small earthquakes – 5.0 and under in many places of the world.
I have included some links for you to follow for more information on the earthquakes that are going on around the world
$100 Computer March 22, 2010
You may have heard of the $100 computer and one computer for every child education projects that really started to take off in 2006. Below is the TED Talk, Nicholas Negroponte, who is heavily involved with the project. I think the project is a huge benefit to the overal well-being of each country that is onboard. When you educate the young population as they grow up they will have an increased ability to support the economics of their country.
How do students receive technology in the classroom March 21, 2010
I have created a short pod cast talking about how students receive technology in the classroom and what this means for me as a teacher.
I just want to say, that I had fun creating this podcast. I did all the editing in audacity and because I don’t have a microphone available I used my flip cam, converted the files to MP3s and put the whole thing together.
Two Great Recipies March 19, 2010
I know that the only technology involved with these recipes is that I am posting them on my blog. These are amazing and if you like to bake or cook here is something for you to try:
1 frozen spinach block
1 soft crumbly cheese (feta, ricotta, goat, etc) to meet the amount of pasta you are stuffing
1/2 – 1 block hard cheese (depending on size) (mozzarella, romano, anything that you can grate)
1/4 cup fresh or dried onion flakes
Garlic and any other seasoning to taste
Mix cheese and spinach mixture together
Stuff mixture into any large pasta – large seashells or canenelli
spread a thin layer of your favorite pasta sauce on the bottom of your baking dish
place stuffed pasta on top of sauce and spread remaining sauce over the top of the pasta shells
Bake at 350F for 1/2 hour
Best Cheesecake Ever (my own creation and is really good)
1 block cream cheese
1/3 regular container of spreadable creamcheese (of any fruit flavor such as strawberry)
1/2 c of ricotta cheese
2/3 c of sugar
soften cream cheeses with beaters
Add ricotta cheese, sugar, and egg
Mix together until well blended and smooth
Pour cream cheese mixture onto crust of your choice (graham, or other base)
Bake at 350F until center is slightly wobbbly. Approx. 1/2 hour Cake is done if it is starting to crack at the top
(optional) you can drizzle your favorite icecream topping such as chocolate, strawberry, or caramel syrup on
top of cheese cake before baking
On my Tuesday night EPSY 290AA class we had these 45-50 minute group presentations that we had to do on either the chapters of a text book (done so that we did not have to buy the book) and for the remaining groups who did not get to read a chapter of the book a presentation on an educational journal. The title of the journal that my group presented on was call Trauma to trust. While we were thinking about our presentation, one of the group members came up with this idea that we could copy the Ellen Degeneres show. We all thought that was a great idea. One of the elements that she does is go out onto the street by the studio and ask random people questions. So with my new found movie making skills I offered to video tape and create the video for our presentation. I have to say that the class really quite enjoyed our presentation and were highly engaged. Also, yeah! for incorporating technology, outside of the boring powerpoint, into our presentation.
Here is the street video portion of our presentation
Tech Task #7 March 18, 2010
For this tech task we were given a set of pictures with which we could not delete any to create a story. We could mix up the order of the pictures, add extra pictures, and other slides, text, sound, and anything we needed to do to make up a story. Kristen Matsalla and I worked together to create a our story titled: “Story of a Girl”
Hope you enjoy it.