This is a follow up to my last post about using Kinect to get the children (and you) some much needed exercise while at home or on vacation from school or snowed in. I would be remiss if I didn’t include the number 1 song and dance craze of 2012…Gangnam Style!!
Every parent has been there. There are still 5 days left during winter break. Your child(ren) is(are) driving you crazy because there is a snow storm outside and they have enough built up energy to power a small 3rd world nation. You hear the second glass vase of the day break in the next room and the thought crosses your mind to toss them out into the storm and test that fortitude that they have been cultivating since their toddler years (thank goodness the angel on your left shoulder convinces you not to do it). So what can you do??? Well, if they were lucky enough to get and XBOX 360 Kinect from Santa, reprieve is not far away. Microsoft has created wonderful games to help them (and YOU) burn off some of that energy (or turkey, mac & cheese, pie, cake, etc.). One can dance, play, exercise or fight until they are pretty darn burnt out. Check out some of the videos below…
Many educators are constantly looking for new ways to integrate engaging content into their lessons. Finding appropriate media often times proves to be a frustrating and arduous task. Never fear…Edudemic has taken the time to put together a comprehensive list of the 100 best video sites for educators. Kudos to them!!!!!!!
I came across Kern Kelly’s site where he shares a bunch of useful Google Form Templates. You will find assessment templates, survey templates, administrative forms and a host of others. Definitely worth checking out if you use Google Apps/Drive…
I know this might seem extremely contradictory of me, the person that is constantly imploring you to leverage the opportunities that technology affords to engage students. And you can bet your backside I will continue to do that tomorrow because I truly believe that is the key to moving our students along the critical thinking spectrum. But today is not the day for that. Today was the day for me to put the technology down, put my daughter in my lap and read to her her favorite princess book. There is something that is irreplaceable about watching her anticipation grow as I turn to the next page where she knows the princess gets to wear that pretty dress that she loves. There is a bond that is created in that moment that escapes words. There is something that changes the value of the reading experience when she hears the story from daddy’s voice. And that is something that technology will never ever replace!!!