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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Let NASA begin!

Hi class! Well, I've taken video for you of my journey thus far but I've been staying at places with poor wifi so I have been unable to share them. But I will when I get the chance !

Anyway, I am now at NASA and wifi is working! At 12:30 your time the question and answer will begin. Watch if your teacher lets you or you are at lunch.

The link to watch it is on twitter!!! Please ask questions at @askbohn

Sunday, January 25, 2015

What to follow this week while I'm at NASA...

Hello students!
To get as much of the NASA experience as possible, you want to follow me on twitter. I will also be blogging/vlogging here whenever possible. During the actual launch I hope to be Skype-ing with my class at the time (or maybe a Google Hang out, we are still working that out.)

Anyway, here are some twitter tips-
1. Follow me @bohndrake
2. Follow relevant hashtags-# NASASocial #NASASMAP #EarthRightNow
3. Ask me questions! I'll answer as many as I can- #AskBohn

(Yes, you can have your "phones out" all this week! I am trusting that you will be using this technology as a positive tool, and not for all the other things it can be used for!)

I'll update more tomorrow!

Stay safe in this snow storm!

Friday, January 23, 2015

What is a history teacher doing at NASA?


Many of you know that on Tuesday morning I am leaving to spend two days in California to meet with NASA scientists and view the launch of the SMAP satellite. (See link below for information on what this satellite is.) I will be tweeting, blogging, and vloging the experience so that my students can learn along with me. Yet many have asked, "But wait, you're not a science teacher." How does this fit with what we are learning in world history and global studies?

Any student in my classroom hears me say from time to time "History did not exist in units, life does not exist in subjects." History and social studies are not isolated from math nor the sciences, everything is interconnected! My freshman learn about "renaissance men," people that were curious and well-rounded in many subject areas. We too, can be modern day polymaths.

Yet, if you want to think of  specific connections, here are some examples:

*   World History- We learned about the causes of the French Revolution, one was a drought in 1788 that caused crop failures and bread prices to increase. If the science was available to predict the drought, could measures have been taken to decrease its effects? Would the revolution have occurred differently?

What about the drought in Egypt that drove up wheat prices before the revolution of 2010? The recent drought in the Ukraine that increased wheat prices?

In other words...can such technology actually have POLITICAL implications?

* Global Studies- This connection is easy... we learn about droughts, floods, and the how resources influence international relationships. What social, economic, and political implications can this technology have on the world?

So as you can see, science shapes society in many ways. Life does not exist in subjects!

I hope this excursion will ignite curiosity in all of you!

To learn more about what exactly the SMAP satellite is about, please watch this short (under 2 minutes) video from NASA

:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgsIFyITvJE&feature=youtu.be




Friday, January 16, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr Weekend

Hello Class!
This blog was created so that we can stay in better contact when I am watching the NASA launch in two weeks, and with the hopes that it will help you follow the launch better.  This should correspond with our class twitter and youtube accounts.

This is our new "test" post.

This weekend is Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. We will be having a lesson regarding it on Tuesday and Wednesday. I will be posting articles, photos, etc. regarding it on twitter over the weekend. Take the time to view some of them and I'm sure it will lead to some awesome and insightful class discussions.