Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Watch Online Videos Without Ads or Comments

Are you tired of all the comments and ads showing up on YouTube and Vimeo? You can actually use and it will provide you with a new link to your video minus all the comments and ads. Just copy your online video link from YouTube or Vimeo and paste it into safeshare. Click "Generate a Safe Link" and then you can change the description and make other choices. When you are finished, click Submit and the URL that is generated can be copied from the browser and posted wherever you share links with your students. This is a quick and easy way to filter out the inappropriate comments ads and other videos found on YouTube and Vimeo.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Did they "BreakOut"?

YES THEY DID!!  What a fun way to learn CODING!  Student's had to solve problems and use lots of Team Work to unlock the boxes.  GREAT JOB 4th and 5th graders at RRES!

Tinker Lab

2nd Grade at SSC is learning about Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics.  They had so much fun in the Tinker Lab taking their learning to the next step. Students researched on the iPads, used Dash to take the pollen to the plants, programmed BeeBot to the plant, constructed plants with legos, used Osmo's to learn plant parts and draw them, and worked on the interactive board with Gynzy.  FUN time LEARNING!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Science Brought to Life

Dr. Dobyns (anesthesiologist at UAB) and Mr. Stephen Doran (Laboratory Chemist at UAB) visited Mr. Doran's Chemistry Class at R.F. Bumpus. Dr. Dobyns and Mr. Doran brought the chemistry curriculum to life by demonstrating to the students how fireworks burn at different rates and how the colors of the fireworks are exhibited. Chemical Reactions were demonstrated using acid / base reactions producing salts that when ignited burned different colors as depicted on the ROYGBIV color spectrum. 
Dr. Dobyns spoke about how chemistry is used in the medical field when he uses anesthesia to prepare patients for the operating room.  This discussion included how he has to stop the heart using Potassium (K) while the surgeon operates. He then has to re-start the heart upon completion of the surgery. Dr. Dobyns brought in devices that he uses everyday in the operationg room to show the students how science is being used by everyone.

Students then started experimenting to see what combination of chemicals would produce the coldest ice pack. They worked in groups and the ADI (Argument-Driven Inquiry method to justify their claim.


A couple of 7th grade science classes used a Google form to collect responses from research they did about genetic mutations. Using the ADI method the groups gathered their research. The teacher used a Google Sheets add-on called autoCrat to design a template that when run would merge all the student responses into the template thus making it easier to grade. Here is a LINK to the merge template and here is the LINK to the merged document that was created.