Archive | October, 2012

Class Devices

Teaching a class of 32 year 7 students aged 12-13. Overview of what devices/technology they each have.  The whole of my class has their own laptops, additionally 50% of my class had their own iPad, and just under 70% had access to one at home. Devices Macbook Air              31 […]

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Pitcher Plants

Insects attracted to the sweet smelling liquid at the bottom of these Pitcher plants are fooled into a liquid death.  ‘Digested’ / broken down into the solution some plant then can use the proteins, etc for themselves others allow the pitcher to drop off enriching the surrounding soil for the plant.  

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Domesticated Cormorant

These beautiful birds are trained to catch fish, return them to the boat and releasing them to the fisherman. The birds have a tie or snare around their neck, this prevents them from swallowing large fish. This is not a common occurrence but interesting to see this practice in a remote Chinese village.

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Silk Worms

  Silkworms, after spinning their cocoons are gently steamed. The pupa passes away. Unfortunately, the pupa can not be allowed to reach maturity and cut its way free of the cocoon as it damages the single thread of spun silk. To collect the silk the cocoons are placed in a small water trough located at […]

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Saving Time with Podcasting

I’ve loved podcasting for my Technology and Enterprise class. This term has seen us commence sewing. Normally, I spend my time, threading needles, showing a variety of students different stitches and/or sewing techniques repeatedly. After making a series of podcasts showing ‘How to…’ students have powered ahead, what last semester took four weeks my class […]

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