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Saturday, October 10, 2015

We often forget the power of perspectives. Our brain has the power to change perspective, which is why we must work with folks who are different from us in every shape and form, so we can benefit from their perspectives. Diversity is powerful. Embrace different perspectives. Embrace your brainpower.


Monday, September 28, 2015

THE Super Moon Eclipse 2015 Time Lapse
I might not have taken the amazing eclipse animation from Time Magazine above, but I did manage to watch this special event, as documented below. Looking forward to 2033 for the next event!

Rooftop view last night, when watching the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse 2015

The beginning of the Super Moon Eclipse around 9:30PM EST 09.27.15

Here is a great video to explain just how special last night was. Grateful to be spending it with families and friends!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

This is a great database for students to help them find after school STEM programs. Join the largest portal of STEM program providers.

In other news, I finally have a date for the weekly after school STEM club that I run in school. GatewayMSI STEM Clubs will be held every Tuesdays Period 9 in Room 440.

This and more websites and resources, including a STEM Planner will be shared with students who are part of this club.

Monday, September 14, 2015

I have always been a major proponent of literacy. One of the challenges has always been that students are at different reading levels, and not everyone can access the latest news from New York Times. Newsela tries to solve this challenge by including five different reading levels for current news. It also includes a comprehension check. This is a great free resource, and a must have for your classroom - which is why I am adding it to my list of Ed-Tools link in the menu. You never know which news article will spark your student's interest.

Screenshot: allows readers to read current news based on their reading level

To learn more about this product, watch this informative video below:

Episode 4, Newsela - Current Events Literacy from Jim Connor on Vimeo.

I hope you decide to try out Newsela for your classroom. Please keep me informed of your experience and best practices when using Newsela. I will update this post with my experience as well.

Mr. Jamal

Saturday, September 12, 2015

As a major proponent of Checklists, I love how the Orderly App lets you create multiple To-Do Lists and organize your them by Work, Personal, Project lists. On top of that, you can smoothly drag these colorful lists from High, Medium and Low priority. What seems very intuitive is most likely how our brain processes information, done in a visual manner. 

Their motto is: "Orderly is the most natural way to create and manage to-dos using simple iPhone gestures."

Download it from their website here: