admin's blog en Run-on sentences and those that just run on, and on, and on <p>Grammar girl has a highly readable explanation of what a run-on sentence is and how to fix one depending on the writing style you want to achieve: <a href="" title=""></a> - also available as a podcast.</p> <p>Here is a fun example of a really long sentence, though not a run-on since it is all connected phrases:</p> <p>DEATH SENTENCE<br /> Have you heard how Cuthbert Hatch<br /> To find a gas leak struck a match<br /> And thereby hastened his dispatch<br /> To realms unknown to you and me<br /> Who have not yet been foolishly<br /> Inclined to leave posterity<br /> To puzzle for itself just why</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> audio stories grammar writing Wed, 12 Dec 2012 06:34:05 +0000 admin 64 at Adobe flash game-maker <p>'Sploder' looks promising - has game creators for different types of games : <a href="" title=""></a></p> programming Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:57:17 +0000 admin 62 at sniplits for the car <p>Making the best use of the morning commute is a challenge, when kids are still sleepy and not ready for anything too challenging. One possibility is to play an audio snippet. To play in the car without wifi, save the file ahead of time by right-clicking on the link to the .mp3 and choosing 'Save link as...' or similar. </p> <p><a href="" title=""></a> has free podcasts about 'this day in history' with Garrison Keillor reading</p> <p>Mark Twain snippets have been recorded and some of the funny bits are available here:<br /> <a href="" title=""></a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> audio stories literacy Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:54:49 +0000 admin 59 at A little too equal.."Harrison Bergeron" online <p>This was recommended by teen volunteers at our public library, who also liked The Giver, Hunger Games and Brave New World : <A href="">Harrison Bergeron</a></p> reading teen reads Tue, 07 Aug 2012 18:40:11 +0000 admin 58 at Online Grammar Exercises - roughly following Strunk & White <p>well written grammar exercises and explanations</p> <p><a href="" title=""></a></p> grammar writing Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:44:37 +0000 admin 57 at full page world map <p><a href="" title=""></a> prints on a full page, some other map sites print a smaller world map that is harder to label</p> Sun, 05 Aug 2012 21:26:37 +0000 admin 56 at Scratch with Friends <p>My 6 year old came up with this one: invite your friends to each add a character to a game, and see what happens.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> programming Mon, 16 May 2011 20:52:48 +0000 admin 48 at How much of the world is the United States? <p>"Is the United States about a tenth of the world?" Believe or not, my almost-six year old asked this last night. Her big sisters have been doing a lot of fractions, and we talk about sizes of things.</p> <p>I wasn't sure.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:02:34 +0000 admin 35 at Scratch that game-maker itch <p>Scratch from MIT : <a href="" title=""></a> is a graphical interface for creating logical object-oriented programs, quickly and easily. I read a review of it in MAKE Magazine some months ago and finally tried it out. Looks extremely promising, and its easy to put together a simple intelligent animation in minutes. (well, a bit more for reading the instructions - but after I read them it didn't take long)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> programming Fri, 24 Dec 2010 08:45:36 +0000 admin 32 at Game programming with Javascript? <p>I like to start off teaching Javascript, because everyone with a computer has all the tools you need: a browser and a text editor. Its pretty easy to have kids change the screen color, make pop-ups appear, take user input and munge it around. But kids want to program games, so I'm considering Flash. In the meantime, here is a full-fledged Javascript game we may try to edit.</p> <p><a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>This is a blog post rather than a lesson plan, as we haven't tried it out yet!</p> programming Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:02:38 +0000 admin 30 at