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" I... have a naive trust in the universe –– that at some level it all makes sense, and we can get glimpses of that sense if we try."
(M. Czsiksentmihalyi)

A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy. John Sawhill

Falcon Cam

This Peregrine Falcon is sitting on a nest of eggs:

Picture of the day


Edutopia is looking for student input:

(Make sure it is okay with your parents to email. I suggest that you give me your information (I will not alter and probably have no time to read what you wrote. I will send them in an email to the reporter in order to protect your identity. Be sure to have your parents sign a permission for you to have your viewpoints sent by email.)

As part of Edutopia’s Digital Youth project — a multimedia package to launch in the June 2009 issue of the magazine and on — I’m collecting ideas from students for ways that their teachers can use technology in the classroom. Would you be able to forward this query to your students and/or colleagues’ students?
I’m looking for students who could email with responses to the following prompt:
What if you had to teach the classes you are taking now or something you learned years ago? How would you use technology to do it? What devices, software, games, networks, or applications would you use to help students learn more easily — and have more fun learning?
For instance, imagine that it was your job to teach algebra, Charles Dickens, volleyball, poetry, a foreign language, science, or the Civil War. Would you have your English students use Facebook to create profiles for each main character in Jane Eyre? Would you have them use Garage Band to create a World War II song or the national anthem of a fictional country? Would you use instant messaging or cell phones as tools for classroom discipline? Could you learn math from Mario?
The point of this is for Edutopia to gather specific ideas and advice from you for teachers to try in their classrooms. So, be sure to describe things in a way that a teacher – any teacher – would understand. You might want to mention any rules about technology and media that exist at your school and whether or not they would need to be modified. We’d love to hear as many suggestions as you can think of!
Student responses can be based on experiences that they’ve actually had in class or just ideas that they’ve come up with themselves. They should also feel free to offer basic advice for teachers about technology integration, or any other thoughts they have on the topic. This isn’t an essay contest, so no pressure — students can just drop a few lines into an email if they like (though I’d appreciate it if they could include their name, grade level, school, and location).

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Quick links of current projects

Animal Planet project in Academic Biology
Effects of global warming in Science for Living
Biodiversity on the Earth in Biology

For fun

Frog leap test
Large Hadron Collider webcast:

This will happen at 9 am european time (maybe 2 am our time on the 10th).

There really is no chance that there will be a black hole created. But a whole lot of questions about the universe may just be answered. View this site to see awesome photos of the collider:


This is the online space for students in Mrs. Maine's classes at Punxsutawney Area High School to learn, discuss issues, keep up with class deadlines, and collaborate with other students on class projects. Check the menu on the left side for links to the Calendar. The calendar provides information on day to day class work and assignments. All materials and links to classroom and assignment materials can be found here as well. View class team pages for each class and view noted for each class. We use our whiteboard for notes and will post them here.

Think of this wiki as a shared online whiteboard. Your entire group can obtain and share information using this wiki, making your information accessible to everyone. Comments can be added to a page. Be sure to make a comment to a discussion on the correct page.

Links to past projects:

White tailed deer management

Science for Living:
Global Snapshots of Weather


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