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High school science teacher, mainly chemistry and a bit of design technology. Lover of anything ocean-related, especially surfing and free-diving.

Lessons From the Physics Sandbox

The Black Hole of Video Editing Let Me Escape So I Could Write This Post A picture is worth a thousand words, so, using of unit cancellation method, this video [...]

Living in the Multi-Tech Universe (Without the Fight)

"PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY" "IF I SEE YOUR PHONE IN CLASS, I'M TAKING IT" "TURN YOUR SCREENS SO THEY FACE ME" All of these phrases have come out of my [...]

Kinematics Through a Physics Sandbox Program: Algodoo

At Jakarta Intercultural School, 10th grade marks the move from general to specialized science. Physics A is a semester-long 10th grade course that covers the basic ideas of motion and [...]

Physics with Algodoo Begins!

We are now 3 lessons in to the kinematics unit in my grade 10 physics course. My final project is based on integrating Algodoo, a "physics simulation gaming engine" into [...]

The trouble with “final” projects: Considering them finished!

I've found the most difficult part of this final project is not what I thought it would be. I had originally anticipated the horror of video-logistics (gathering sufficient footage, storyboarding, [...]

Modding Your Professional Learning Network

Professional development is great, but the real growth in education comes from individuals that you interact with. Building your own network of educators that inspire, teach, and challenge you is [...]

An Analysis of My Engagement in Online Professional Learning Networks

As I was writing my community engagement post, I allowed myself to get pulled into a rabbit hole. That rabbit hole was data analysis. My preferred Professional Learning Network is [...]

Bend, Oregon Utilities List

Moving to Bend?  Moving from Bend?  You'll probably need many of these numbers, so in the spirit of consolidation and not reinventing the wheel: Avon Water: 541-382-5342 City of Bend [...]

My “Go-To” Sources of Chemistry Videos

After 6 months of the flipped class, I can safely say I am a convert.  The power of third party videos plus monitoring and interactivity via PlayPosit is a game-changer. [...]

Lessons From the MOOC, and a Defense of Classrooms

This year, I started flipping my first class. Flipped classes have a lot in common with Massive Open Online Courses. Therefore, as I read more about MOOC's, and what makes [...]

Flipping with EduCanon PD

Want the presentation used in the PD session today? Click here:  Flipping with EduCanon (link to Keynote presentation) (link to PDF ) Demo bulb:  Sig Figs and Measurement Demo bulb: [...]

Done for the day?

If you get to a point where you need to stop for the day... Work on a different part of your plane (i.e. work on the fuselage while the wing's [...]

Changing the Oil on your Mac: Repairing Disk Permissions

I put my computer through a lot, and once in a while the poor thing just starts to get a bit wonky.  Recently, after a big transition from Dropbox to [...]

Flipping the SL Chemistry Class

If I had to say there was one huge change in my teaching this year, it would be the concept of the Flipped Class. I started flipping my IB Standard [...]

Final Project 2: Technology User Agreement — a Collaborative Approach

International collaboration is no longer really a challenge.  Sure--there are time zone differences, perhaps sometimes a firewall to go around, but in general, collaborating via Google Docs makes things pretty [...]

Customize (declutter!) Your Apps Grid

I can't think of the last time I needed quick access to Google Plus,  Google Groups, or My Account settings (among many others). So, it sure felt nice when I [...]

Fun with CO2

Had never seen this demo before (though I doubt I'm the first to think of it....).  

Embedding Google Docs into Moodle — yes, it works!

This requires a little tiny bit of HTML, but don't be discouraged--it is basically just two copy-and-paste jobs! Copy this bit of code (all the bold text below) <p><iframe src="YOUR [...]

Drag-and-Dropping Images Successfully into Moodle

If you have ever attempted to drag and drop images into Moodle, you may have been met with disappointment when your audience sees just a 'question mark' (i.e. error) in [...]

Seeing your Calendar Within Your Email Screen

Most people find this feature extremely useful, but for some reason it continues to languish in the cold dark corners of Gmail's "labs". The Calendar Gadget will add the ability [...]