Make an awesome Harry Potter wand from a sheet of paper and glue gun glue Now that Harry Potter fever is upon us once more, I thought you would like to have a go at making some really nice Harry Potter Wands. This is such a simple but effective instructable. With a sheet of paper, some glue and a bit of paint, and about 40 minutes to spare this instructable will show you how you can make a Harry Potter type wand that would not look out of place in the film itself. If you like this but want more of a challenge which not try it with added magic in the instructable A really magic Harry Potter wand for Lumos and Reveal Your Secrets charms, you get to make a wand with a UV LED at the tip that can reveal secret and otherwise invisible writing.
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Visual Art as Critical Thinking We've heard this story before. The first thing to go in budget cuts is the visual art program or another related art. Proponents of arts education counter with the usual rhetoric on the importance of self-expression and creativity. I, myself, am a product of arts education. From the early age of kindergarten I was in musical theater. Well, I have another argument to advocate for arts education. I had the privilege of visiting High Tech High and Middle in San Diego, California. Chris Uyeda was nice enough to sit down with me to talk about a recent chemistry project by his students. A colleague of mine, Dayna Laur, a social studies teacher at Central High School in York, Pennsylvania, worked with her art teacher colleague Katlyn Wolfgang to ingrate the study of art and politics. Teachers, your mission is finding ways to integrate art into the core subjects.
Woven Felt Place Mats Handmade placemats are a great way to add some color and a unique touch to your table. I wanted to create a modern set that would work well for outdoor dining in the summer that would also be easy to make. These woven felt placemats require no sewing so they can be a fun all-family project! Materials These materials will make a set of six 11-inch x 17-inch place mats: Finished Measurements 11-inches wide x 17-inches long Cutting Cut each of the ecru felt pieces to be 12-inches x 17-inches (you'll be cutting the width down to 11-inches in the last cutting step). Cut all of the green felt pieces into as many 12-inch x 1-inch strips as you can (make sure you have at least 84 strips total.) Mark and cut one of the ecru pieces with a water soluble fabric marker as follows: Using a rotary cutter cut along all 10 of your vertical marks. Using a pair of scissors cut the vertical slices so that they meet up exactly with the horizontal markings. Weaving Finishing
The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. Futility Closet Create Great-Looking Interactive Quizzes (in minutes) - embed in any website / blog! Font Viewer Museum Box Homepage Converting audio cassette tapes to CD, MP3 and other digital formats See more Audacity questions and answers at the Audacity Q&A. My parents recently redecorated a room in their house. While cleaning up, they found a cassette tape wedged in a back corner, covered in thick layers of time and memory. Just looking at it, you could tell it was old: The label, originally red and white, was now pink and brown. The tape rattled if you shook it gently, not a good sign. But we put it in a cassette tape player, pressed play, and heard our voices talking back from over twenty years ago! With the luck of having such an old tape still work, and containing rare audio of the mid-eighties, we needed to get this tape copied fast. What you need You'll need a cassette tape player with a headphone jack, a computer with a soundcard, the free "Audacity" software, and a 3.5mm (1/8-inch) male-male stereo audio cable. How to convert 2) Start Audacity, and change the input type to "Line in" or "Microphone", depending on what soundcard jack you're using. Readers Respond Arrow asks:
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