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Nature has been busy!

As I went to sleep on Saturday, I was planning to have you investigate the hurricane and tropical storms in the Pacific. Then on Sunday, I woke up to the earthquake in Napa, Sonoma, and American Canyon up north. Take your choice!

The Napa-American Canyon Earthquake


1) Here are some quotes from Twitter:

“OMG GUYS!!! My 1st #California #earthquake just now!!! Woke up to the bed swaying, the window blinds shaking and dogs barking!!

“Wow. That was either really big or really close!”

“And…Worse earthquake I’ve ever felt.” “I can hear my neighbors outside in pitch black knocking on doors asking ‘Are you ok?’”

2) Here is a link to a news report with video and images about the Napa/American Canyon earthquake: 6.1 from NBC Bay Area News.

3) The USGS has information on the latest earthquakes around the world. Here’s where it occurred:


Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
Department of the Interior/USGS


Hurricane Marie is active in the Pacific Ocean. Right now it is south of Baja California. Scientists believe it will head further into the Pacific Ocean, between Mexico, Southern California and Hawaii. You can read more about it here: NOAA Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Marie

Image credit

Click here for how it might affect weather in Mexico: Accuweather

San Diego is a little worried about possible effects: Times of San Diego

The tropical storms AND Hurricane Marie: NOAA National Hurricane Center


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Welcome Back!

Welcome to my new 7th graders and my 8th grade yearbook class!

School starts August 20th. What a summer!

In the news:

World Conflicts:


Image from Pixabay

Ferguson, Missouri has had troubles with rioting after an officer killed a young man.

Israel and Hamas (a rebel Palestinian group) in Gaza are fighting and can’t agree to a long term cease fire.

The U.S. is bombing in Iraq and sending supplies to citizens caught in the middle.

Russia and Ukraine have been tense, fighting, and things are still uncertain. Ukraine gave part of their country to Russia. A Malaysian plane was shot down by Ukrainian militants using Russian weapons. What a mess.

Nature and Health:


Image from Pixabay

The Ebola virus has gotten extremely dangerous in West Africa.

The California drought is epic. Are you saving water?

Typhoons & hurricanes: Typhoon Rammasun hit the Phillipines and China. Two hurricanes glanced off Hawaii in August. As I write this, warnings have been issued in Japan for Typhoon Halong.

We saw a supermoon on July 12 and August 10.


Germany defeated Argentina to win the World Cup.


“Germany champions 2014 FIFA World Cup” by Danilo Borges

Football preseason has started.

The Dodgers and Angels are trying to make it to the playoffs.



Image from Pixabay

Summer movies included: Transformers, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Fault in our Stars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Again, welcome back to school, and welcome to Technology Exploratory.



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Image: 2014 FIFA World Cup – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Official FIFA Website


By the way, there are other big sports happenings!!


Image: Wikipedia

Spurs Win!


Image: Find Icons



Image: Wikipedia

The L.A. Kings win the cup!!

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For your blog post...
Read about a recent scientific development or discovery. Report about your findings in a blog post. Then embed a Voki to illustrate the main idea of what you learned from the article.

Here are some websites to look for your article:

Gizmag - Gizmag covers invention, innovation and emerging technologies in all fields

iTechFuture - Future technologies, gadgets, devices, green technology and more

Wired - Daily technology news

ScienceDaily - Updated several times a day with breaking news and feature articles, seven days a week, the site covers discoveries in all fields of the physical, biological, earth and applied sciences (medicine, health, brain, plants, animals, earth, climate, energy, computers, math, fossils, ruins)

BBC News/Technology - Technology news- worldwide

Green Technologies (cars, solar, wind, etc.) - CNET Green Tech and GreenProgress.com

Space Technology - NASA Technology

Sports Technology - Popular Mechanics Sports Science 

Live Science

NASA News (space)

BBC Science & Environment


National Science Foundation Discoveries

Make sure you keep the URL of your article. Below are the websites you’ll use to embed the main idea in your blog post. See the handout for what you should include in your post.

Here’s a Voki example:

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8th grade students, here is the link for the high school lists: UC Doorways


Here is the link to the list of classes University of California A-G Guide. I also printed this out- it’s on your tables.

Custom Graduation Bot
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Jenn and Tony Bot via Compfight

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This is a sample for Period 5:


I’ve always wanted to visit Australia, and I have heard that Perth is a nice place to visit. I did some research, and found some interesting things out about Perth. Use the Thinglink below to check out this city.

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Create an Avatar

After you finish setting up your blog, you may create and upload an avatar.

Step 1: Create an avatar.

Link 1 -Doppleme (drag image to your server when you finish)

Link 2 – Portrait Illustration Maker (click download, it will go to your Desktop, then drag to your server)


Step 2: Upload your avatar to your blog – 2 places!

Log into your blog, then ask me for the direction sheet!

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