Big Time Internal Debate #1 of 2

Do I start posting my show and tell links?

I show two videos a week to suck kids back into their seats after break and get them geared up for whatever.

Today I showed the preview for Heima, a concert documentary of Icelandic band Sigur Ros, featuring stunning footage of (surprise) Iceland, set to stunning music by (surprise surprise) Sigur Ros.

Freshmen were like, wtf, mate?

After I told them the freshmen hated it, my sophomores were like, ah, yes, I think I like this.

No hard feelings if this sort of linkage ain’t worth your while. I only want to put my practice online to the extent that it helps out yon weary ‘net-dwelling teacher. No time for this long-tail nonsense.

Ten comments in the affirmative makes this happen.

I'm Dan and this is my blog. I'm a former high school math teacher and current head of teaching at Desmos. He / him. More here.


  1. Dan-

    Longtime reader, first time commenter… and someone who shamelessly borrowed ideas from your first day activities for my first day of my first year of teaching.

    I, for one, would love to see your show and tell links.

  2. dan you know how many times i shared that low-budget film festival link? that was awesome, educational uses be damned.

    #7, unless someone else has already beaten me to it…

  3. 8 + 1 = 9

    I save these tidbits as pick-me-ups for staff meetings. They far surpass the usual quasi-motivational drivel that usually passes for “inspirational.”

    Plus, Iceland is on my Must-Visit list.

  4. If you haven’t yet, you might want to use the Microsoft Surface website for one of your show and tells.

    If you don’t like Microsoft, you could show the TedTalk given by Jeff Han. (There are a lot of good TedTalks and they are all downloadable. There is an iTunes link somewhere in there too: )

    Preview them before you use them in the classroom though, because a few throw out a word or two that parents might complain about.

  5. Yeah, I played around with Photosynth after watching that demo. It is definitely something that will be great for “virtual field trips” if it ends up working like they say it will. I was thinking about letting my students play around with it but I don’t think the school computers could handle it (and I think there was a bit of a download?). Neat stuff.