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ShowMe of the Week: Financial Planning

This week’s blog reveals the main concepts of financial planning. Our Master teacher Spencer Leu, CFP Professional, is prone to believe that financial planning is one of those essential skills that isn’t taught at schools but must be learned by anyone. Mr. Spencer Leu’s course will provide you with basic insight on such topics of Financial Planning like Budgeting, Insurance, Estate planning, Retirement.

He wanted to share this important information with students, teachers and ShowMe users. Hope you find this information relevant for you.

You can find more on this topic in Introduction to Financial Planning course.


 

ShowMe of the Week: Paper Mache Fish

ShowMe of the Week
Paper Mache Fish

This week let’s try to make a Paper Mache fish.

Did you know that regardless its french name Papier-mâché (literally- chewed paper) has originated from China, where archaeologists have found old Chinese armors and helmets belonging to Han Dynasty(202 BC to 220 AD). In those days, Paper Mache armors were the most technologically advanced defense equipments: they stood the hit of an arrow and the sweeping blow of a sword. Along with good strength due to multi layer varnish coating, paper armor is very little weighed, allowing the soldier to move quickly in battle. Nowadays traditional Paper Mache coating paste is made of flour water and salt. Take a look at a series of ShowMes explaining how one can easily make a Paper Mache Fish and try it on your own. Good luck!

Step 1. Preparing the bottle

Step 2: Masking Tape Layer

Step 3: Begin Layers Of Paper Mache

Step 4: The White Layer Of Paper Mache


 

ShowMe of the Week: Fall of The Roman Empire

We suggest revising the Fall of Roman Empire this week. No doubt, you remember that the Roman Empire was a government headed by emperors occupying a territory around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Africa and Asia. The Roman Empire left an imperishable trace in all European lands, wherever the victorious roman legions stepped in while the stone ligature of Roman architecture survived to this day.

In 285CE Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered to divide the Roman Empire in two halves: Western Empire and the Eastern Empire or Byzantium.  But what made the emperor to make such a decision and what brought to the Fall of Roman Empire in 476CE? An analysis of political, social, economic and military reasons of the Fall of Roman Empire by Kristin Glaeser – world history teacher at a middle/high school in Charlotte, will help you to gain a deeper insight into the history of the word’s greatest superpower.


 

ShowMe of the Week: The Brain

The human brain is an amazing organ responsible for the functions of the body and interpreting information from the outside world.  Receiving information through touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight human brain governs our emotions, creativity and intelligence. In this way brain controls our thoughts, memory, speech and movements.

Enclosed in the scull, the brain is composed of tree parts: cerebrum, cerebellum and brainstem. This week’s ShowMe will help you to better understand the anatomy of the brain and it’s functions. Check out a ShowMe by Dale Ledford, Assistant Professor of Biology at Northeast State Community College explaining the brain anatomy.

If you are interested in anatomy, check out Dale Ledford’s page for descriptive ShowMes about different parts of human body.

In addition, here are 5 interesting facts about human brain that you might not be aware of:

  1. One can not tickle himself. The fact is that the human brain is tuned to percept the external stimuli, so not to miss important signals in the flow of sensations caused by his own actions.
  2. Yawning helps the brain to wake up.Yawning is often associated with lack of sleep and boredom, but in fact it helps a person to wake up. During yawning, the throat expands, which makes it easy to get more oxygen, which then moves into the blood, making us more cheerful.
  3. The size of the brain does not affect the intellectual abilities of man. According to researchers, the intelligence depends on synapses – contacts between neurons. The number of synapses grows in the childhood and adolescence of a person’s life and affects the intellect. The most rapid development of the brain occurs at the age of 2 to 11 years.
  4. The human brain uses less energy than the light bulb in the refrigerator. Messages between the brain cells are transmitted by electrical signals. At the same time, 12 watts of energy is used – less than for a bulb in a refrigerator.
  5. The brain is like muscles, the more you train it, the more it grows. Moreover, the more educated a person is, the less is the likelihood for brain diseases. Intellectual activity causes the production of additional tissues that compensates the ailing ones.

 

ShowMe of the Week: Origami Snowflake

ShowMe of the Week
Origami Snowflake
Feeling frosty? Grab some paper and let’s get crafty!  

3D Snowflake by Angie Golden, is an easy and cheap way to spruce up any boring space!

Angie has many ways to be creative in the classroom (or just for fun! Check out her page.) For this small, yet beautiful project, you only need 7 pieces of paper and a little glue.  This quick craft takes around 10 minutes to complete and is beautiful all winter long. Students of any age will love making these to decorate the room and you will appreciate all the skills making them supports (cutting, geometry, not to mention – following directions!)  You don’t even have to model it (or answer the same questions over and over) with this how-to step-by-step ShowMe.  

A great idea is to have this link somewhere students can access it individually, to watch or rewatch at their own pace as they create the snowflake.  Or just enjoy making one yourself!

Comment with any of your other favorite winter craft ideas!

 

ShowMe of the Week: 5 Facts About Space

      ShowMe of the Week

5 Facts about Space

Do you know how fast Earth travels through space?

This ShowMe by elementary student, Angel Davidson, who shares some fun facts about space!

This creative Michigan resident loves making ShowMes on just about anything for other kids her age. She simply researches something that interests her or explains a general concept elementary students may encounter. Here at ShowMe, we love to see community members (of all ages) who are excited to share what they know with the world. Be sure to like her work and show your support!

 

Featured Applications: Student-Made ShowMes

Students are the Expert!
Looking for a new way to engage your students?  Let them be the teacher!  In this Student-Made ShowMe, Adam from Mrs. Giannandrea’s math class, teaches us how to use expanded form to subtract two-digit numbers.  Not only does he show his thinking to his teacher, but she tweets about it in case any other students need help during their nightly homework.  What a great way to get all the students excited!  A new student is the “expert” for each new concept.  It also provides a great way for parents to see what their child is doing in class.  ShowMe is like having your own personal teacher anywhere you go, and what better teacher than your own students.

Share Presentations!
Want an easier way to share presentations than the long day of listening to every student talk in the front of the room?  ShowMe to the rescue!  In this Cereal Box Student-Made ShowMe, 2nd grader, Emma, is excited to share her Media Literacy project.  Her teacher Ms. Brooks sends them out to parents and features them in the class twitter page (the students were very excited to see ShowMe retweet their great work!) Students can watch each other’s ShowMes and share their hard work with each other.  

Valuable assessment!
In this Middle School Math class, different students explain concepts from different chapters. A girl is explaining how to solve an equation using order of operations in a personally created ShowMe. Her teacher can use this assessment information, send it to her family to show her understanding, or use it as an aid for other students in her class.  You can hear as her teacher supports her in one of the problems, modeling for anyone watching (parents or students) how to solve a challenging problem.

No matter how you use student-made ShowMes, explaining and capturing thinking is a strong tool.  Share them with family, collect them as formative assessment, create presentations, and of have students become the experts!  

 

Featured User: Matthew Forrest

We are excited to get to know Matthew Forrest, who teaches Precalculus, Calculus, and AP Calculus at St. Augustine Prep in New Jersey.  He is involved in many after school programs, works at a friend’s restaurant for fun, and loves spending time with his bird, cat, and dog (all of which love accidentally interrupting his ShowMe performances.)  He has been able to accomplish much more with ShowMe than he could ever do in tradition methods.  Let’s find out some of the ways that ShowMe has changed his classroom and helped reach students and teachers across the world.

Check out Matthew’s extensive portfolio (which he loves to share!)
http://www.showme.com/Matthew-Forrest

Tell us about yourself?
I have a bachelors in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science from Stockton University. I grew up and currently reside in South Jersey. I have been teaching for 7 years. Besides teaching, I coach football and track, and I’m the moderator for my school’s math club and Model UN club.

What inspires you?
I will never forget what my calculus teacher, Mr. Trenelli, did for me. He rekindled my passion for math. I bombed precalc and thanks to my calc teacher’s passion and willingness to work with me, I got an A+. He not only made me realize that I was capable of the material, but reminded me how much fun it is when I know what is going on. To this day, I owe my career and essentially my life to him. I will never forget what he did for me.

Every year I strive to be that teacher for someone else.

How has ShowMe changed the way you teach?
Last year I tried the ShowMe semi flipped method and I finished the same curriculum a month early, which is really awesome since it allows me time to review and practice for the AP exam. What used to take 3-4 days to cover in class takes 2-3. I’ve found that it allows students to learn at their own pace. The really bright ones might watch a video once or even skip part way through it, while the ones who struggle a bit more can rewatch it as often as needed until they feel comfortable. It’s kinda like having me at home and going at each student’s personal speed.

I assign a nightly video to watch along with a small set of problems to go along with what the video taught. I then reinforce the video’s material in class.

I also provide it for my non-AP courses as supplemental material. If a student is absent, falling behind, or just studying for a test they can watch a video to get the help they need.
They are great for cyber learning days. In my school, if we have a snow day, we are supposed to still send the students an assignment, and this works perfectly.

What tips do you have for ShowMe creators?
Spice it up. Don’t be monotone, if you are bored making it, imagine how the students will feel watching it. Keep the videos to 15 minutes or under for high school students, any longer and they will lose interest/focus.  Know your target audience level. Don’t make the videos too hard or too easy.

With over 200 followers, how do you feel about reaching teachers and students other than your own?
I make the videos for my students first and foremost. It’s a bonus for me when people who I don’t teach watch my videos and get benefit from them. I am very happy to have created three courses and still have alumni and students that attend my school that I don’t teach that ask me for help and I love to tell them to watch my video series on ShowMe.

What are some other cool tech tools you having been having fun with in the classroom?
I use notability on my iPad and, along with apple tv, where I mirror my screen onto the smartboard. This allows me detach myself from the front of the classroom. It also allows me to save the notes that I use and use them through all of my classes, without having to recopy them every time. I can also open up worksheets in here and do the work right on them or email them to the students to do for home/classwork.

Matthew’s commitment to his students, growth as an educator, and success with tech tools in a traditional classroom are only some of the reasons we have chosen him as our featured user this week.  His ShowMes are easy to follow, well-made, and will continue to support students and teachers for years to come.  Thank you for taking time to talk with us and for helping to build the ever growing ShowMe community of amazing educators!

 

Featured User: Ivona Maric

Today we have the privilege of talking with Ivona Maric, a math and physics professor in the Cleveland area. She shares our passion for reaching students in a meaningful way and shares, “If I can do it, anyone can, no matter what it is.”    She is excited to start expanding her ShowMes past her own classroom and into the world with Courses, Groups, and the Explore feature.

Visit Ivona’s awesome ShowMe Portfolio:

http://www.showme.com/Ivona-Maric

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I have a Bachelor’s in math and physics, and a Master’s in math. I have been a college adjunct instructor since 2007 and have taught at more than ten colleges/universities in the greater Cleveland area.  I always enjoyed sciences and explaining math to other students, even while I was in high school. It seemed like second nature and I am very organized and planned ahead that teaching seemed like the right route to take. It has been difficult to find a full time teaching job but I teach for the students, not the money. One interesting thing about me is that I was born in Bosnia (in Europe) and moved to the wonderful USA twenty years ago. I have achieved so much while overcoming new experiences that came with moving to a new country.

What inspires you?

This is a tough question… I would say seeing opportunities that are out there and what steps I can take to make some of them happen. What also inspires me is seeing that students realize they make some things harder than they should be, especially after I speak honestly, in a realistic way with them.

What are some tips you can share with other ShowMe teachers?

Keep the videos simple, use appropriate backgrounds, and minimize graphics used. When I need to have certain things stand out, I use the notebook look, even the yellow lined paper. It subtly prompts them to take notes. Some of my students have said they play my videos while they are on the bus to just listen.  

Have an outline of the video on paper and then start creating a few pages before recording. Make sure to minimize noise as well as control any other interruptions, such as unsyncing your iPad from your iPhone so your video doesn’t get interrupted.

I encourage everyone to try ShowMe, for anything. I accidentally found it when I needed something to serve the purpose of creating videos for my students in a simple and affordable way.

What are some of the biggest challenges that teachers face?

I think the biggest challenge the teachers face is soft skills that most students lack. We cannot spend a lot of time teaching students how to take notes, review them, do homework, and study for the exam. Time management is a big key. This is what I have found at the college level to be the case, on top of attendance.

How has technology made a difference for your students?  

Many of them find it very helpful but there are some that resist it. Once they see my videos though, they love the flexibility of it and that they can make a request to me and a day later have a video ready to watch, without any need for a login.

When you’re not teaching, what can we find you doing?

Well, you can find me at home answering emails, grading, preparing notes or assessments, and binge watching shows I miss due to my busy schedule. I also enjoy reading but I don’t get a chance to read as often as I’d like.

How has ShowMe played a role in your classroom?

I mention it to my students the first day I meet them and continue to remind them to let me know what they would like me to make a video on. Some of them have used KhanAcademy before and then I show them ShowMe website and they are shocked that they didn’t know about it. It plays an important role for me because it’s easy for me to use and I promote it in all of my classes.

Thank you to Ivona for taking time to share with us about herself and how she helps extend beyond her classroom.  Be sure to check out her new ShowMes and upcoming Courses.