Category Archives: Fun Friday

Fun Friday – Organising the bookcase

“Miss, have you seen that book I had the other day? It’s green and about this big.”

Uhhhm?!! In my idle moments I’ve occasionally thought life would be so much simpler if we just organised the library by colour and size. Well, here’s an example of what that might look like. Some people just have too much time on their hands!

Organising the bookcase. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/zhRT-PM7vpA

Making stop-motion animation can be easier than you think. Our iPads have an app called Stop Motion – could your students organise your bookshelf?

Fun Friday – great books and characters

Two fun things for you this Friday, neither of them technology related but there are some links worth clicking…

First up, great Australian books. Buzzfeed have put together a list of 50 Australian books you should read before you die. I was pleased to see some picture books and young adult fiction included and happy to find I have read 30 of those listed. I now also have a few titles to add to my holiday reading list. How about you? What do you think of the titles included? Are there any obvious titles missing? Please share in the comments.

Secondly, there seems to be a proliferation of online quizzes of late – from “What animal are you?” to “Which Superhero are you?” to “Which Chemical element are you?“. The list seems never ending and just a little ridiculous (there’s even “What Kind Of Person Who Takes Online Personality Quizzes Are You?“). Usually I find it pretty easy to ignore them but this one “What children’s book character are you?” instantly appealed (for obvious reasons). Who are you? Please share your result in the comments.

Which children's book character are you?

Fun Friday – Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin is one of my favourite comedians and musicians. I have always been impressed by his way with words and he excels here, giving an “Occasional address” at a UWA Graduation ceremony where he was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

In the address he outlines nine life lessons for the new graduates and there are some absolute gems among them. Number six – “Be a teacher. Please be a teacher…Even if you are not a teacher, be a teacher”. And number nine – “Don’t rush…Life is best filled with learning as much as you can about as much as you can”. If you prefer you can read the full transcript but it’s well worth watching the video for the immaculately timed delivery and the reactions of the Vice Chancellor in the background.

Tim’s speech runs for about 11 minutes, the remainder is another person speaking of his achievements leading up to the conferring of the degree.

Enjoy!

Fun Friday – Kid President’s pep talk for teachers and students

Kid President is on a mission to make grown-ups less boring.

So who is Kid President? Kid President is an eleven year old American boy (real name Robby) who together with his older brother-in-law Brad makes inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking videos in the belief that kids can change the world. Brad explains:

The two of us work on each episode together. There’s no fancy film crew or staff. It’s just us having fun and hoping we create something that makes people happier than they were before they clicked play.

Kid President has become a Youtube sensation and has even appeared in an official White House video in a simulated conversation with President Obama and, in an April Fools joke in 2013 when the White House released “A special message from the President“.

Kid President’s pep talk for teachers and students is my Fun Friday pick for this week.

Fun Friday – VVS

Have you heard of VVS?

Vertical Video Syndrome is an insidious condition that is afflicting more and more people. Regularly apparent, even on mainstream media like nightly news bulletins, I fear the worst if something isn’t done soon. It seems to have started around the time the first smartphones became available and its prevalence has escalated exponentially since.

Luckily Glove and Boots Puppet video series have created a compelling consciousness-raising video about this most serious syndrome. It should be compulsory viewing for everyone with a smart phone.

Watch, learn, and above all, share with your friends!