This week’s stories


1) The Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, is putting on an awesome show right now in the northern reaches of Earth. It is connected to the solar flares, so I have linked to both below:

Aurora images: Washington Post

Solar Flares: Washington Post  This one has a video!

Here’s more on both stories from NBC News Science page.

2) This one’s silly: Photobombing cats

3) All electric car race…crashes just aren’t as bad! Mashable

4) The Navy’s new exoskeleton is amazing!

5) Check out the new iPhone 6 and iWatch.

Happy New Year!


Have a safe and fun New Year’s celebration!

You can enjoy the Rose Parade, or the Rose Bowl.

Take a look at the Google Doodle!

You can make some resolutions for 2014! I hope you resolve in technology to try new things and explore! Mess around and figure things out…

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.”

-Neil Gaiman

Happy New Year!

Happy 4th From the Quad Cities! (Explored)
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I hope you enjoy every minute and relax! However, don’t forget to help out your parents, it’s sometimes a stressful time of year for them and they’ll need a helpful hand. Here are some links to stories happening this week. I’ll add more as the week goes on.

December 16

Snow in Egypt and Israel! That’s not normal! Here’s a link to some of the images: The Guardian

The Pyramids of Giza
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Khalid Almasoud via Compfight

Google Glass – Click to read a review



If you have finished…

1) Have someone else check your presentation for: large images, URLs, easy-to-read text and animation effects.

2) Save and close your presentation.

3) Go to Edmodo and turn it in.

4) Take your choice from the extra activities below:

a) Today is the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Explore the September 11 Memorial Website.

b) Pick a story from Big Picture – Boston Globe and use 3 images from one of the stories…put effects on the images in PowerPoint.

c) Take today’s New York Times News Quiz. Go to Edmodo and let me know how you did-create a post and send it to me.

01 :: ROBOT :: 01
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Current Events during Vacation!

Week 1:

Story 1–The Health Care bill has passed and has been signed.


This video is the president’s speech about the bill’s passage on March 22nd.

I’ll have more as the week goes on. Do you think the Health Care law will have an effect on your family?


Story 2 –Google may leave China because of censorship issues.


Read more about it here. What do you feel are the pros and cons of Google moving its search engine out of China?


Story 3–March Madness

I’ll have more about this later in the week.

The men’s college Sweet Sixteen teams play starting Thursday. You can read about the teams here: My sister went to St. Mary’s so I’ll root for them, and Cornell has been surprising everyone, they’re a “Cinderella” team, so I’ll root for them too! Who are your picks? Why did they win or lose? Here’s a link to one slideshow, I’ll update it as the tournament goes on. Week 2

Story 1 — Happy April Fool’s Day at Google


You can read the story here, but I know it’ll be blocked at school, so here’s the first paragraph:

4/01/2010 12:01:00 AM “Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.”

What name would you prefer for Google? Did you pull any good April Fool’s jokes? Or did someone fool you?

Story 2 –Erupting Volcano in Iceland

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Slideshow at the Washington Post

Week 3

Story 1: The Easter Earthquake

Did you feel it? I know my family did! Here’s some information from National Geographic.


I hope any relatives you may have from that area are safe. Where were you when it happened?