What Now? Hawaii STEM STEAM STREAM HOA - View here LIVE or LATER

What are some excellent examples of STEM STEAM STREAM teaching/learning going on in Hawaii right now? 

View here LIVE Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7PM HST, or LATER, at your convenience.

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 See Part 1, last week: Hawaii STEM (STEAM, STREAM) [Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA #21] (with clickable index in YouTube description)

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Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA Playlist: http://bit.ly/GoogleRocksHIplaylist


12 16 Resource Sites for Teaching and Learning With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

I love the Olympics! So when I read Jennie Magiera's article Gold-Medal Learning: Teaching with the Winter Olympics, I had to know what other resources are available to teachers.

First, what are some good ways to follow the Sochi Olympics?

Sochi 2014 olympic coastal cluster map-en
© Sémhur / Wikimedia Commons

So without further ado, here are my recommended resource sites for teaching with the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Larry Ferlazzo's The Best Sites For Learning About The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Larry started his list in 2012, so you know it's comprehensive and that Larry will be adding more great sites in the next few weeks.

The National Education Association's 10 Free Things for Teaching about the 2014 Winter Olympics

NBC LEARN's Free Resources and Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games

TeacherVision's 2014 Olympic Winter Games: Sochi

Cybraryman Jerry Blumengarten's The Olympic Games. Jerry's pages are always solid.

Activity Village's Winter Olympics. Geared for the younger set.

TeachersFirst's Resources for the Sochi Olympics

Sharemylesson's 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Lessons are sorted by elementary and secondary, with a section on Russian history.

Education World's Countdown to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

For fun: Heidi Meier's Olympics Pinterest board. I love the Winter Olympics Cupcakes!

Added: Best of LibGuides The Winter Olympics - Sochi 2014

Added: Free Technology for Teachers' 26 Videos about the Science of the Olympics

Added: Julie Greller's 48 Resources and Lesson Plans for the 2014 Sochi Olympics which includes several great infographics.

Added: The New York Times' Teaching the Sochi Olympics | Science, Health and Math

The different countries have teaching resources too. Neat!

The Australian Olympic Team's Winter Games Lesson Plans

Canadian Olympic Committee's Sochi 2014 Class Resources

So many great teaching and learning ideas! 

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On a personal note: One of our library parent proctors competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics, so I'll be enjoying the Sochi Winter Olympics through her eyes too! 

Also: Notice that I copied Jennie's use of the word "with" rather than "about" the Winter Olympics in the title of her article. This is a small but important distinction, which I know Jennie thought out carefully.


Our First #edchatHI Twitter Chat was a success,
with a little help from G+ Hangouts

Our inaugural #edchatHI Twitter chat on January 6 was a success!

We wanted to be sure everything went smoothly, so we decided to do a private Google+ hangout as we moderated. We highly recommend doing this. It makes moderating easy and fun.

Our behind-the-scenes team? Michelle Carlson ColteEllen CordeiroMegan CummingsJoAnn JacobsMichael Fricano II, and myself.

These were the questions we asked in the chat:

Q1: Introduce yourself. Name, school, grade level, subject. (Please respond with A1)
Q2: Why are you here tonight? What brought you to our Twitter Chat?
Q3: What are your edu related interests, questions, and/or challenges?
Q4: What is your New Year’s Resolution as an educator?
Q5: What are some future #edchatHI topics you’d like to discuss? We need your help and we want you to own this.
Q6: Do you have anything interesting to share? (Upcoming events, a project you're working on, etc.)

This tweet is one of my favorites:

Check out the archive for yourself.

Most of the team tracked the chat with TweetChat, to test out its capabilities. Generally, we gave it a thumbs up. The one drawback we saw was that the app didn't make suggestions for Twitter handles as we started to type.

The #edchatHI Monthly Twitter Chat is off to an auspicious start!

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Please be sure to add the second #edchatHI Twitter chat to your Google Calendar!

The more conversations and connections the merrier!

P. S. Private hangouts add a delightful twist to Twitter chats. We met and cheered for +Michael Fricano II's new puppy, oohed and ahhed when familiar name David Wee appeared in the chat, and marvelled at how quickly the hour went.


2 Ways to Learn from #edcampHome 2.0:
A YouTube Playlist and a Pinterest Collection of Reflections

Here are two convenient ways to learn from EdcampHome 2.0, a spectacular online event held on January 4, 2014: a YouTube playlist, and a Pinterest Collection of Reflections.

A big MAHALO to the organizers!

YouTube playlist of recorded sessions

Direct link
Originals at EdCampHOME

EdCampHOME 2.0 Reflections



Best Blogging Tips in an Infographic, from Copyblogger

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Spoiler: Demian Farnsworth saved the best for last:

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Bookmarking Mashable's List of 2013's Biggest Moments in Tech and Culture

iPhone apps, powerful moments, tech products, viral YouTube videos, innovations ...

I'm bookmarking this Mashable post for more leisurely exploration.

Happy New Year!