Summer Topics!

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Here’s my last post as your teacher!! As a teacher!!

There are two things you might want to look at:

1) New hoverbikes are coming! The military is now testing prototypes. Ricky in Period 1 made a commercial about hoverboards- (watch it here).

2) If you’re interested in robots, the New York Times has a whole section with videos of different kinds of robots – wow, I can only imagine what life will be like in 10 years!

Enjoy your summer and get ready to be awesome 8th graders! Enjoy watching each others’ commercials too. Be kind humans.

New Technologies


1) Research a new technology. Use one of these websites to get you started:

  • Gizmag – Gizmag covers invention, innovation and emerging technologies in all fields
  • iTechFuture – Future technologies, gadgets, devices, green technology and more
  • Wired - Gear -Daily technology news
  • PBS Technology –  News articles about new technologies

 Specialized webpages:

2) Create a 30 second commercial advertising your technology using Movie Maker or Animoto -call me if you want to use Animoto, and I’ll get you a student account.

  • Use one of the 6 advertising techniques.

  • Include a slogan.

  • Collect the URLs of the images you use.

  • Add music!

  • When you finish your commercial, get the instructions from me in order to embed it in your blog.



Movie Maker Portfolio


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I hope you enjoy using Movie Maker to create a portfolio of your work. Requirements:

  • At least 5 of your favorite projects
  • A screenshot of your blog
  • It should be only 30 seconds long
  • A 30 second soundtrack
  • Animations
  • Transitions
  • A title
  • A caption on each image
  • One or more visual effects
  • Credits (your name and soundtrack credit)

Use these websites for music: FreePlayMusic  or  Incompetech Music

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Mercury MESSENGER Spacecraft & Nepal Video


The MESSENGER spacecraft, launched in 2004, arrived at Mercury in 2011 to photograph the surface of the planet. Yesterday, MESSENGER ended operations — it crashed into the planet. The mission was only supposed to last until 2012, but since it was still operating, scientists guided it to lower and lower elevations, which resulted in the closest images ever of the planet. Unfortunately, that meant MESSENGER fell out of orbit and finally crashed yesterday.

To see images, click here!


Here is a video that shows a building collapsing during the earthquake. The magnitude was 7.8–huge, compared with our 3.4 earthquake yesterday.