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Friday, November 4, 2016

Leonard DiCaprio Documentary on Climate Change #BeforeTheFlood


Climate change is one of THE issues of our times. We only have one world, and yet, we are not doing enough to take better care of it. Happy to see one of my favorite actors, Leonard DiCaprio, take part in this documentary that has generated interest from around the world. In an effort to promote the documentary, it is widely available on almost all video streaming platforms for free - for limited time.

I decided to download the whole movie and play it for my students in the classroom to raise awareness on Climate Change. Not only is this covered in the curriculum, but my goal is to engage students to help solve problems of not just the present, but the future. We need critical thinkers who can solve the big pictures and folks who are aware of the issues and care enough to do something meaningful in their lives and influence others to positively affect our planet.

Amazon Video App allows you to "Rent" the video and download it for offline viewing. This is a useful feature especially when "Fast" internet might not be available to you. Take advantage of this tool to pre-download videos that you plan to show in your classroom, or in case you are planning a flight or know that won't have access to internet. 

Please visit www.beforetheflood.com to learn more. Watch the Trailer for the movie below -

"Before the Flood" Official Trailer from Positively 4th St. Productions on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

VR in the classroom: Future of Experiential Education is here!

"Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys." (https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/)

The future of virtual reality (VR) is almost upon us.  What started as Google Cardboard and the Expeditions App that was only available for Android, is now available also on iOS. Google just announced DayDream VR for their upcoming Pixel phone, which is predicted to take VR experiences to a whole new level. Microsoft is also experimenting with HoloLens and I am really excited as an educator to see how we can engage students through experiences. The power to take students on virtual trips around the world as well as inside the world of science (our body, space, under water...our imaginations are the limits here). We can really help students experience concepts, which is the best form of learning. NY Times VR has been at the forefront of Google Cardboard through their free google cardboard, which is how I was first introduced to this world of VR. My brother also happens to be working on a VR game: Paddle Up for the HTC Vive, which is quite exciting!

As a master teacher through MfA (Math for America), I hope to engage my fellow MfA community to figure out the best practices and see it in action within my classroom. Here's to the future of VR.  I hope to soon get funding through DonorsChoose or other means, for a classroom set of Google Expeditions, which are sold in BestBuy.

Currently, also ordered a test VR headset to see if I could improve the quality from the Cardboard. Wish me all the best.

-Mr. Jamal

What a classroom of Google Cardboard VR experience could potentially look like

Here is the what VR in the classroom actually looks like, according to Google:

Monday, September 12, 2016

Help NASA Scientists with your smartphone!


Would you like to help NASA scientists understand clouds better? Your observation of the cloud matters and this is an incredible opportunity to help NASA by submitting your observations on clouds in your neighborhood. You will improve your observations skills while helping scientists collect better data. The Free App also tells you when satellites are passing your specific locations, which is pretty incredible. Download the App on your smartphone, whether you have an Android or an iPhone. Learn more by visiting http://GLOBE.GOV

Watch the video below to learn more about this program through a FaceBook Live from NASA:

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Mr. Jamal. New Yorker. Bengali. STEM Educator. Data Specialist. MfA Master Teacher. Photographer. Music Enthusiast. Designer. Hiker. Biker. Blogger. Explorer. Life-long learner.

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