Friday, December 7, 2018

Deep Thinking Friday, 12/7

More puzzlements from Ian Byrd...


Stop-motion in ancient Chinese paintings

Stop motion set inside four Chinese paintings, directed by Annlin Chao. Really cool combination of art techniques and (yay!) a behind-the-scenes video.

Earth Puzzle

Here’s a puzzle of the earth that has no end, no up or down, and no fixed shape! Scroll down for a great write about how it all works. Via

Puzzle Montage

This is a hall of fame Puzzlement! 🥇 Jigsaw puzzle makers often use the same pattern for pieces and just print different pictures onto the puzzles. Tim Klein combines these puzzles to create ridiculously funny images.

Storm Video

Incredible footage of storms from Mike Olbinski, created by driving 15,000 miles in Arizona over 32 days. This is his fifth Monsoon video. (Original YouTube link)

Surreal Imagery

This one's hard to describe. Russian Artist Vladimir Tomin creates some fantastically surreal video clips. My favorite is the bus stop sign around 1:10. Via Colossal

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Independent Project Reflections

Now that you're done presenting your projects, write a blog post sharing and reflecting on your experience.  Include the following:

  • Embed your project into your blog post.  If you did a poster or a model, take a picture of it and insert that picture into your post.
  • Briefly describe your project, both your topic and the format in which you presented. 
  • What was the best/your favorite part about your project?  Explain. 
  • What was the hardest part of this project, and why?
  • How did you improve as a learner or as a student during the process of this project?  Explain.
  • If you could do the whole thing over again, what would you change and/or improve?  Why?
  • If you have any genuine suggestions about how to improve this project or how to make this project more meaningful to future students, please include them at the end.

When you finish, you may visit any link under Idleness Prevention Society at the left-hand side of this blog.  You may also go to any of the coding or logic links provided (look at previous posts for links).

Friday, November 30, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Computer Science in Education week is coming up.  Let's celebrate a little early!  You will develop your own independent study course for coding.  Come up with a plan about what you want to learn.  You may use any of the following options: (drag and drop/block coding... this is the beginner level for those who haven't tried coding before) (more block coding... this site lets you use your imagination to create more than to solve puzzles like on (several coding activities... I don't know much about this one... maybe you could become our expert on this site!) (this is where you can learn different computer programming languages like HTML, JavaScript, and iOS) (a variety of computer programming experiences in the Khan Academy course platform) (another site to learn different coding languages)

Look through the sites and find an area that interests you.  Decide what you will learn in the next few weeks.  You will be submitting your plan & goals into Canvas.  Create an account for yourself using your school e-mail and password, and start learning!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Writing Assignment: Temple Grandin

Think about what you saw during the Temple Grandin movie, and reflect with an in-class writing assignment.
  • Choose one of the following selections.  
  • Brainstorm/outline  
    • What is your thesis statement?
  • Write.  Use elaborated communication.  Give evidence to support your claim/thesis.
  • Check over your work.  
    • Do you have a conclusion?
    • Did you make any noticeable comma errors?
  • Hand in.

  1. Temple Grandin is not a quitter.  How did this personality trait help her in her life?  How can it help you?  What other personality traits do you have that can help you succeed?
  2. Everyone needs a support system.  Who made up Temple Grandin's support system, and how did they help her?  Who supports you?
  3. Everyone learns in different ways.  How did Temple Grandin's way of learning and seeing the world both help her and challenge her?  How do your ways of learning both help and challenge you?
  4. Temple Grandin had to advocate for herself to be successful.  How and when did she do this, and what were the outcomes?  How can advocating for yourself help you to be successful?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe... Happy Halloween!

Read the whole story for yourself here!

And if you'd like a little soundtrack while you read... play this!  ;)

Friday, October 26, 2018

Deep Thinking Friday 10/26: Ian Byrd Puzzlements

What do you notice?

What do you wonder?

1. Giant Cross Stitch

This gorgeous outdoor cross-stitch took artist Ana Martins 760 yards of yarn to create. Let students predict how it was made before showing the close-ups of the screws (there are 2,300 of them) and yarn!

2. Light Up Piano

Almost like a real-life guitar hero, this light-up piano setup is mesmerizing! Watch Rousseau Musique play several classic pieces.

3. Butterfly Wings Up (Very) Close

Check out these photos of butterfly wings from Chris Perani! Perhaps let students see the photos first and then predict what they think they are. How does he do it?

4. Very Old Trees

Beth Moon photographs some of the oldest, rarest trees in the world on the island of Socotra, off the horn of Africa. After looking at the photos, read her artist’s statement.

5. Making Erasers

There is some striking behind-the-scenes footage of this video showing how rubber erasers are made

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Independent Project Brainstorm List

Need some help getting ideas for independent projects?  Look here!