We had the opportunity today to start a part of our PBL STEM project, time-lapse photography. Over the summer I discovered the very cool tool this can be when discussing weather conditions as well as severe weather situations with my students. In July, my family stayed at a house on Lake Huron. One day a huge storm rolled in. I went down to the beach to take a short video of the waves. Then I went inside and set up the device in the window. I let it go for a while and then checked through the video file. Twice the timing was just perfect to see a lightening bolt striking the water. Today a winter storm was rolling in so we got permission to set up the iPod and Padcaster Verse in the Media Center windows. I wish we could have had it up longer but with the weather getting worse, I was all too happy to be going home. As it is, we enjoyed seeing the playground change and become covered with white. At times the wind (and the salt being put down near the building) made it look like there were waves.
That's Elementary Explains is a teacher with almost 2 decades of teaching experience and a technology degree who is still trying to figure out the new and unexplained.