Happy Mother’s Day

“The Mom Song” by Anita Renfroe, sung to the William Tell Overture.

Willard Staff: This YouTube video will be blocked at school, but you can watch it elsewhere.

“The Mom Song”
Get up now
Get up now
Get up out of bed
Wash your face
Brush your teeth
Comb your sleepyhead
Here’s your clothes and your shoes
Hear the words I said
Get up now! Get up and make your bed
Are you hot? Are you cold?
Are you wearing that?
Where’s your books and your lunch and your homework at?
Grab your coat and gloves and your scarf and hat
Don’t forget! You gotta feed the cat
Eat your breakfast, the experts tell us it’s the most important meal of all
Take your vitamins so you will grow up one day to be big and tall
Please remember the orthodontist will be seeing you at 3 today
Don’t forget your piano lesson is this afternoon so you must play
Don’t shovel
Chew slowly
But hurry
The bus is here
Be careful
Come back here
Did you wash behind your ears?
Play outside, don’t play rough, will you just play fair?
Be polite, make a friend, don’t forget to share
Work it out, wait your turn, never take a dare
Get along! Don’t make me come down there
Clean your room, fold your clothes, put your stuff away
Make your bed, do it now, do we have all day?
Were you born in a barn? Would you like some hay?
Can you even hear a word I say?
Answer the phone! Get off the phone!
Don’t sit so close, turn it down, no texting at the table
No more computer time tonight!
Your iPod’s my iPod if you don’t listen up
Where are you going and with whom and what time do you think you’re coming home?
Saying thank you, please, excuse me makes you welcome everywhere you roam
You’ll appreciate my wisdom someday when you’re older and you’re grown
Can’t wait till you have a couple little children of your own
You’ll thank me for the counsel I gave you so willingly
But right now I thank you not to roll your eyes at me
Close your mouth when you chew, would appreciate
Take a bite maybe two of the stuff you hate
Use your fork, do not burp or I’ll set you straight
Eat the food I put upon your plate
Get an A, get the door, don’t get smart with me
Get a grip, get in here, I’ll count to three
Get a job, get a life, get a PHD
Get a dose of,
“I don’t care who started it!
You’re grounded until you’re 36”
Get your story straight and tell the truth for once, for heaven’s sake
And if all your friends jumped off a cliff would you jump, too?
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said at least a thousand times before
That you’re too old to act this way
It must be your father’s DNA
Look at me when I am talking
Stand up straighter when you walk
A place for everything and everything must be in place
Stop crying or I’ll give you something real to cry about
Brush your teeth, wash your face, put your PJs on
Get in bed, get a hug, say a prayer with mom
Don’t forget, I love you
And tomorrow we will do this all again because a mom’s work never ends
You don’t need the reason why
Because, because, because, because
I said so, I said so, I said so, I said so
I’m the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom!!
Ta da!!!
What would be the words to “The Teacher Song?”

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TanTara Horse Ride 2

TanTara Horse Ride 2

Originally uploaded by GJM Garton Family

I shot this video with an Ultra Flip Video camcorder. I’ve been considering this tool for classroom use. It is not much bigger than my cell phone. Thus I was able to carry it in my pocket and easily use it while riding a horse.The simplicity of the tool is one of the things I love the most. It can record up to 60 minutes of video (640×480), no tapes or cards involved. It’s like a big flash drive with a lens. It runs on batteries, no charging before use. The back of the camera has a display screen and 3 buttons: play, delete, and a rocker switch. The rocker switch as a red button in the middle to start/stop recording. The sides of the switch control zoom, volume, and selecting a clip for playback. The zoom (2x digital) is minimal, but I don’t see that as an issue when considering how this camera could be used in the classroom.

There is a tripod mount on the bottom and a TV output port on the side (cables were included). The USB arm flips out to easily transfer the videos to your computer as an avi file. It has software that automatically appears when you connect the camera to your computer, which requires a few minutes to install upon first use. It includes a simple menu for downloading and organizing flip videos on your computer, sharing them by email or YouTube, and capturing still images from a clip. The quality of the video and the audio would meet classroom needs, and provide a good file size for editing and sharing.

No cables for transferring the video, no adapter for charging, no tapes or cards to keep track of, no software CDs to install. Simple. Easy to use. Inexpensive. I found it on Amazon for $150.

Willard Staff: Who wants to try it? Send me an email and I’ll deliver it to your classroom.

If you have used a Flip Video camcorder in the classroom I’d like to hear your comments.

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WHS Eye of the Tiger Goes Worldwide

hsvideo.jpgThe first webcast news story from our Willard High School Eye of the Tiger News Team is
now onavailable School Tube. Justin D, Eye of the Tiger weekly anchor, produced a segment entitled Environment in the Election. Donna Fishel, Publications Adviser and teacher promises more videos to come.

To view the video, click the image or the title link above. The embedding code from School Tube does not work with Edublogs.


Science Link

cancer.jpgChildren’s Hospital Boston Interactive Features webpage has a series of tutorials to present complex medical and biological concepts in an interactive format including: firing a virtual neuron, how cancer grows and spreads, how tissues form and diseases develop, etc.


Google Docs Forms

When reading the Google Docs Blog I learned of a new useful feature. The Spreadsheet Sharing tab now includes to fill out a form. Basically, a form is generated based on the column headings in your spreadsheet. You are given a url for the form that you can email to participants, or use to create a link to the form on your web page. When a participant completes the form, the data is dumped into your spreadsheet/form. The participants don’t need a Google account, or even an email address.

The form has some good customization features like adding help text, editing questions, and choosing question types: paragraph text, multiple choice, check boxes, or choose from a list. You can also write your own confirmation message that your participants will see upon submitting their data. You have the choice of including the form in an email, which might not work for all email platforms. If it doesn’t, the reader can copy and paste the provided link to access the form through his/her browser. While participants don’t have access to edit the spreadsheet, they can view previously submitted data, if you enable that feature.

Since I already use Google Docs, the idea of consolidating my documents into one web location is appealing. Currently I use Survey Monkey to gather feedback from my workshop participants. The spreadsheet graph button would be more efficient when summarizing the data from these evaluations. I use Jotform to collect workshop registrations. Now with Google docs, I can subscribe to the spreadsheet and be notified in my Pageflake of new registrations. Some teachers are using Jotform for students to submit their passwords for various sites to their teacher for future reference. Since these teachers are already using Google docs, I think they will want to start using this new form feature.

clapperboard.jpgA couple of features that I’d like to see added would be the option of making a question required, and password protecting the form.

Here’s a screencast to lead you through the process of creating, managing, and subscribing to your spreadsheet. Since it is a longer than usual tutorial (8 minutes), you will find a Table of Contents. Don’t let that the length of the tutorial scare you. The process is easy.

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