Friday, July 24, 2009

How a Wii Remote Controller Can be an Educational Tool


TED.com website is cool. There is an engineer named Johnny Lee who added $10 worth of additional hardware to the $50 Wii remote controller and was able to show educators how to make it an interactive whiteboard. Click here to check out Johnny Lee demos Wii Remote

Click here for step by step instructions on Projects with Wii Remote Controllers. Dr. Lee provides user friendly, visual instructions on how to make the Wii remote a conduit to creating a low-cost whiteboard to tracking one's head motion to create a virtual environment.

For a Brain Blast - TED.com


TED.com is this really cool site that features many visuals, videos and talks by activists, artists, politicians, and thinkers who speak about different themes on a weekly basis. It is a great way to connect with the world. It's also a great way to take a mental break when proofing a dissertation proposal.

Green Construction Training Program - August 7th


If you are between the ages of 18-35, check out the Green Construction Training Program at STRIVE.

One can also click on McKee Money to get information about STRIVE.

Friday, July 10, 2009

McKee's Health Curriculum Covered by the SI Advance

The Staten Island Advance covers McKee's Health curriculum in using the infant simulators from Reality Works. Click the title or right here.

I feel as if the title of the article should be, "Child's Play is Unusually Hard Work."

By the way, 2 health classes, which means 40 students, were exposed to the pilot infant simulator program. Mr. Paulucci and Kim Watson were the physical education teacher and counselor, respectively, who conducted the pilot program in the second health class.

Interesting how the article ends. The subject of teen pregnancy is so terribly touchy. As long as we do not have the difficult conversations about the topic, the more we, as a society, will be blindsided by uncomfortable consequences.

Staten Island Advance Covers McKee's National Honor Society


Here's the scoop from the Staten Island Advance about McKee's reactivated chapter of the National Honor Society.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

NYC Schools on Facebook and Twitter


Just to show you how ubiquitous it is to be online:

NYC Schools is on Facebook

NYC schools is on Twitter

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

SI Advance Covers a Seagull Grad on his Skateboard

Click here to see an article in the Staten Island Advance about Andre Cofield, a recent McKee graduate, sailing on his skateboard .

I remember when skateboards came out, "back in the day." I gingerly stepped on the platform, and attempted to shift my body weight and lean in to the curve, like I saw on television and in the park. I leaned one way, the skateboard had a mind of its own and went the other way.

Check out Andre's dexterity captured by the Staten Island Advance photographer of the pavement athlete executing a balancing act on the ledge.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Dictionary Builder


Click the title or right here to a great vocabulary builder called Dictionary Squared. It has wonderful graphics, clear explanations, and interactive links that are engaging. The site has a limited free trial period. To permanently get the service, one has to pay a fee. By the way, one of the ways that different tutoring services have indicated are helpful is when a student reviews vocabulary using notecards. Dictionary Squared has a notecards making option.

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