Wandering and Wondering

Exploring the wonders of Science in everyday life!

Bring on the technology!

I got an iPad! As I mentioned before, my school is on a one-to-one laptop program with Apple, and all of our students from K-12 have their own laptops. Now, we are moving forward into the wild and wonderful world of iPads!

The main reason we are bringing iPads into the middle and high school is so our kids won’t have to lug those giant textbooks around all day. Also, the textbooks that are being developed for the iPad are amazing! Interactive review quizzes, videos, and images that you can manipulate. Check out this video from the Apple website: http://www.apple.com/education/#video-textbooks

Especially in Science, I have found that it is very difficult to convey to my students the motion of a process that is occurring. For example, an impulse traveling down a neuron is very difficult to draw on a white board. However, with some of the apps and in the textbooks on an iPad the students are able to not only watch the impulse travel down, but they are able to move the image, zoom in, zoom out, and pause the process at any point.

I can’t wait to see what these new iPads in the classroom will bring, and I am very excited to share my experience with you! Do you have an iPad that you use in learning or teaching? Which apps should I definitely check out? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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Mystery Creatures

Friday’s post on wonderopolis.org was all about Narwhals. These funny little whales in the cold Arctic waters are very elusive and mysterious creatures that have one giant horn (it’s actually a tooth!) growing out of their head! Check it out: http://bit.ly/zr6Iuz

This Wonder got me thinking about the other crazy creatures of the ocean. Have you ever heard of a frilled shark? Frilled sharks are one of the rarest fish on the planet, and while they sometimes turn up caught in fishing nets, a live frilled shark had never been captured on film until this one was caught off the coast of Japan in 2007. The frilled sharks usually live about 100 m under the sea, and feed on squid, fish, and other sharks.

Another deep water shark is the megamouth shark. Since being discovered in 1976, there have been less than 60 of these huge fish ever actually seen! They can grow up to nearly 20 feet in length, and feed by swimming with their huge mouths open to filter out plankton and jellyfish.

These and other great creatures of the deep are just the beginning. Check out National Geographic’s photo gallery about the weird and wonderful creatures discovered in the Antarctic: http://bit.ly/xkYWqx

Did you know? We know more about our solar system than we do about the deep ocean! What’s your favorite creature in the ocean? Leave me a comment below and tell me all about it!

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