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Showing posts from April, 2016

Comic Book Cover

This morning I created a cover for my collection of infographics: Super Teacher How-Toons, A Visual Guide for Integrating Technology in the Classroom.

The teachers seem to respond better to illustrated instructions. I smile whenever I see they have printed and posted one of my graphics next to their computer. New concepts seem less daunting when explained by clip art characters.

I've been making the illustrations in Google slides then exporting them out as jpeg images. Google slides gives me the freedom to float and layer graphics just like Google Drawings with the added benefit of sequencing or reordering pages.

The graphics come from Google's Creative Commons search. I also layer shapes, WordArt and text boxes to create the effects. It's been two years since I worked with a yearbook staff, so this has become a way for me to keep practicing my publication graphic design skills.

How To: AirServer Setup Guide

Password - Open SETTINGS from the menu. Choose how you want users to access your AirServer connection, then click Apply.Download the AirServer Connect App.Connect your iPad. Right-click the AirServer icon in the taskbar to locate all the menu items needed.

Movie Review: God's Not Dead 2

Our 8th grade class had the opportunity to view the movie God's Not Dead 2today. It is a courtroom drama about a teacher defending her response to a student's question comparing Jesus and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Since I had not seen the first movie, I looked up a couple reviews beforehand.

Common Sense Media gave an accurate review of the movie synopsis and content. The Common Sense age rating of 10+ may be a bit generous. I would suggest that children have a good understanding of the legal system and be able to process arguments beyond emotional reaction.

I also read an entertaining review by Mennoknight that does a good job of sighting some of the movie's theological shortcomings. Of course the movie is not intended to be a sermon or replace studying the historical or biblical teachings of Jesus.

The movie is an artistic presentation of cultural Christianity and its tensions with our postmodern American ideals, despite a few Christian tropes. Overall, I found the mov…

Scratch Programming: More Than Games

Displaying more biblical integration in the classroom, that was one thing I was challenged on during my last classroom evaluation. So I took down the winter bulletin board and wondered how I could do it.

In 6th grade Creative Computing we are creating Scratch games. I had already talked to them about biblical concepts that relate to the games, so that seemed like an easy place to start.

First I printed off the game worksheets from the ScratchEd Student Workbook. Then I made sheets for the concepts of Creation (generating score), Destination (purpose or goals), Consequence (if/then structures) and Cloning. You are welcome to follow the links and reuse my sheets.

Exploring The Henry Ford

I recently had the privilege of visiting The Henry Ford museum and factory tour in Dearborn, Michigan. The museum is so much more than cars, encompassing innovations in transportation, technology, and history. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it.

In addition to the onsite displays, they also curate a large digital collection. This could be a great resource for students to interact with primary source documents and media. Experts have collected resources into specific sets such as: The Indy 500, Lincoln's Chair, and American Democracy and Civil Rights.

I would also suggest browsing through their large collection of Educational Resources​. The unit plans can be sorted by subject, grade, and time period.

Manufacturing Complexity

The Ford Rouge factory is a complex manufacturing facility, complete with green initiatives, ergonomic considerations and vision. Yesterday my son (who is a die-hard Ford fan) and I had the privilege of touring the automotive plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

The robotics were fascinating to watch. Armatures would pick up and place window glass while lasers ensured accurate placement. It reminded me of the old adage, measure twice and cut once.

Hydrolic lifts would raise the body to a comfortable working height. When not in use, tools were suspended at waist level for easy access. Jigs allowed for quick and accurate decal placement. Workers were able to function quickly and efficiently without added physical strain. Frank Gilbreth would have been proud.

We noted the careful planning of electrical grids that would allow for quicker retooling of the assembly line for different models. We also observed the supply chain flow and communication process that allowed the correct color doors and b…