Cutting the Cable

Cutting the Cable

You don’t have to do much research to learn that people are dropping their pay TV services in record numbers. It’s not hard to imagine why. Personally, I finally got sick of paying $100/month cable bills for a bunch of junk channels that I never watch. It’s only due to laziness that I never cut my cable a long time ago – I was afraid of the hassle, but ironically, it’s been a lot of fun switching to alternate sources…

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Project Adult Literacy Society – A Very Noble Cause!

Project Adult Literacy Society – A Very Noble Cause!

When people think about English as a Second Language (ESL), we often don’t consider the full implications of needing to get proper language training. It’s often a lot more serious than just being able to participate in everyday conversation. Consider that many immigrants may want to qualify for colleges or training programs. For example, how do you pass an entrance exam for a science program, when you don’t know science vocabulary in the English language? Thankfully, there are some wonderful…

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Plastic Pump Bottles – An Environmental Scourge!

Plastic Pump Bottles – An Environmental Scourge!

OK, I admit it, I’m a bit of a “tree-hugger”, and that means I re-use and recycle pretty religiously. So take my following comments with a grain of salt! One consumer product item that gets my goat a bit is pump bottles. Have you ever taken these things apart? It’s surprising how many plastic, metal, and rubber parts contribute to these pump mechanisms: Now for some products, it might be a net benefit – for example, the liquid soap dispenser…

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Solar Panels Dangerous? Or Power Industry Propaganda?

Solar Panels Dangerous? Or Power Industry Propaganda?

I recently had a good look at the shingles on my house, and unfortunately, it looks like they need replacing. But then I got to thinking, perhaps, since I have to do work on the roof anyway, this might be a good time to investigate solar energy. What’s really neat is there is a great source of solar panel and off-grid information right in my backyard – SolarPanel.ca is located in Wabamun, AB, very close to where I live. I…

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Are Gas Ranges a Potential Carbon Monoxide Danger?

Are Gas Ranges a Potential Carbon Monoxide Danger?

Most of us have carbon monoxide detectors in our homes, but don’t give them a second thought. That was the case for me as well, at least until yesterday. While hacking away at the computer, I was startled by a repeating series of deafening beeps – once my slow brain figured out that it was not the smoke detector, I noticed that display on the CO detector was flashing with a reading of 357 ppm. It turns out the flashing…

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Scientific Explorer Series on the Sun

Scientific Explorer Series on the Sun

A stunning series on the Sun from Scientific Explorer has recently been published – this is an 8-part gem you really need to read. Here are the links to every excellent entry in the series: The Sun Part 1: Evidence of A Violent Star The Sun Part 2: From Gas Cloud To Nuclear Fusion The Sun Part 3: The Sun Is Full Of Plasma The Sun Part 4: Helium Eventually Seals The Sun’s Fate The Sun Part 5: How The Inner Layers…

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Surviving Teaching

Surviving Teaching

It’s natural that as education theory progresses, teachers have to learn, adapt, and make changes to their instruction. Just one example – as curriculum and resources implement principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), teachers obviously need to adjust their lessons and teaching techniques accordingly. Most teachers know this comes with the territory, and happily exercise their professionalism in putting in the extra time that is needed to make sure their students are getting the best instruction possible. However, teacher-time…

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Sustainability Articles at Scientific Explorer

Sustainability Articles at Scientific Explorer

Scientific Explorer has some of the best science writing on the Internet – if you aren’t following this blog, you’re really missing out. Each article has many interesting tidbits nestled into intriguing reading. Recently, Scientific Explorer has gone on an ecological journey, and written great articles on Ecotourism and Birding. There are some very neat stories and videos you can share with your students about sustainability, ecological awareness, and invasive species: Ecotourism: A Personal Evolution Purple Martins: One Man’s Journey…

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App Corner – Star Walk HD

App Corner – Star Walk HD

App Corner – Star Walk HD (for iPad and iPhone – $2.99) This is an essential app for amateur astronomers, but even if you have only a passing interest in the night skies, you should definitely buy this app. Teachers will find this very useful for solar systems images and information. Star Walk HD is incredibly intuitive and fun to use, simply hold your iPad up, and it will match sky with its beautiful display – and teach you about…

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