Wednesday, October 12, 2005

[TIPS] - The Big Here

From the site:
1) Point North
2) What time is sunset today?
3) Trace the water you drink from rainfall to the tap.
... Where does your garbage go?
 
And 20+ more questions like those. Why? We don't live in a vacuum, right? Where we live is part of a larger area which is part of yet another larger area, and so on. It can be quite an eye-opening experience even for adults when they realize how little they know about the area in which they live.
 
You probably won't use all the questions, but you may come up with questions of your own. What a cool project this could be. Perhaps a year long project, with the questions posted and the answers given as the students learn them during the changes of the seasons, etc. Got a digital camera? I'm sure you can think of a wonderful way to document this project, as well. Can you make a website? Each question links to a student-created page that answers it. I'm sure you can think of other ideas, as well.
 
If you DO choose to do something with this idea, please let me know what you're doing and then keep me posted as to the results. I'd love to be able to share your success story.
 
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Oh... and if you didn't visit yesterday's site, DON'T! I heard from one person that the site tried to drop some spyware on his computer. Non-threatening spyware, but spyware nonetheless. I use a special HOSTS file that diverts those requests to nowhere so that can't happen. I wasn't aware of a problem. If you did visit the site and would like to check your system for spyware, visit http://snipurl.com/aicz to download a copy of Ad-Aware. Install it and run it and you'll be clean as a whistle. Sort-of, anyway. :-)

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