Home Made Lava Lamp

Mister C creates home made lava lampIf you’ve found yourself on this page, odds are you are interested in building your own lava lamp at home.  The lava lamp that I have created is actually a heatless lava lamp and uses a chemical reaction to make the liquid “flow” and rise.  It’s actually a pretty cool way to build a lava lamp and it’s really really easy (even I could build it).

Let’s take a look at what you’ll need in order… Read more….

 

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Spider balls DIY experiment

Spider Balls

Spider Balls, Spider Balls

A science experiment for all of ya’ll!

It’s so much fun, For everyone

Grab a pack,Start watchin’ ‘em!

Alright, enough enough already!  Yes, you’re probably wondering, what’s wrong with Mister C!?!  I’m wondering that too.  :)

I did get the chance to purchase Spider Balls from Hobby Lobby recently (be sure to use the 40% coupon that can be found on their website most weeks) and decided to make a video to show how these orbs are fun to watch and observe as they grow and absorb the water.  I’ve included the Spider Balls video below, but it doesn’t do these little orbs justice.  They were awesome and so fun to use!

To get started you’ll need:

  1. Pack of Spider Balls
  2. Water
  3. A large bowl

We started the experiment one Sunday morning thinking these little guys would POOF up and absorb water fairly quickly.  Well, my hypothesis wasn’t correct at all.  It took a little bit longer than I had expected, but it was well worth the wait.  So, if you plan to do this at home, give yourself some time.  It will be well worth it.

During the process,  you’ll see the green slimy stuff dissolve in the water as the spider balls begin to expand.  I ended up filling the tub a few times with clean water for recording purposes only.  There’s probably really no need to do that at home.   Then, a few hours later, I was bouncing these things all over the place. Literally!  On the table, the ground, off the wall.  Looks of good science fun!   Be careful if you have animals or siblings in your house since you probably don’t want them to be eaten by anything or anyone.

  • I wonder if using something other than tap water would have an impact on how large the spider balls could actually grow.  When I was a kid, I used to take Haribo gummy bears and place them into carbonated water for days at a time! Those little bears grew, and grew, and grew, until they were ferocious jumbo monster, gummy bears.  I wonder if the Spider Balls would react differently to carbonated water as well?  Hmmmmm….sounds like a possible extension to the activity!
  • I also wonder if the temperature of the water could impact how long it takes for the spider balls to grow.  I used warm water for the activity, but I wonder if temperature has an impact?

Let me know what you think of the video and be sure to comment or subscribe to my channel.  More fun science videos on the way soon!

 

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Spine-tingling Thinglink fun with Mister C

So….it’s pretty obvious that this is a super awesome image of a person’s spine!  And thanks to Thinglink.com, you can create nifty images that allow users to actively engage in the content.  Whether you want to include text, images, video or links to specific URL’s, it’s easy…very easy!  Over the last few days, I’ve been playing a little more on Thinglink’s site.  In a matter of minutes, I’ve uploaded and created a number of Thinglink images that will now engage students and teachers (I’ll be posting additional interactive images throughout the month.

If you haven’t done so yet, I’d head over to Thinglink.com and create an account.  The best part is that it’s free, quick, simple!  Cool tech for teachers!!!!  Once logged in, you upload a few photos and then begin creating!  I had some issues using Safari (it wouldn’t allow me to scroll while editing my image), and ended up working in Chrome with no issues at all.  There are a number of upgradeable features if you wish to pay a minimal premium, but I found the free options adequate for my needs.  Once you’ve added everyTHING to your image, it’s ready to get published.   I even included a poll from my PollDaddy account!  Sweeeeeeeetttttttt!

So who should use ThingLink?  Anyone and everyone.  Students can use it and include additional interactive content when working on a blog (Edublogs), while teachers can send students on a treasure hunt, or provide weekly updates to families using a single image.  It can be a powerful tool in any classroom setting.  Who doesn’t love a good game of Eye Spy!?!

Now it’s your time to give it a try.  Create an account, build your interactive image and then watch how visitors interact with your image from your Thinglink dashboard.

 

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Home Made Slime

Welcome back to Learning Fun for Everyone!  I have to be honest, I’ve been in a very sticky situation since making this slime!  It’s ooey, gooey, and lots and lots of fun!  I spend a lot of time just playing and making all sorts of fun sounds.  This activity is easy and it’s fun to do!  You need to ask your parents to take you to the store and grab the following ingredients.  It’s super duper cheap and provides hours of fun!

In order to make the slime, you’ll need:

    1. Elmers glue
    2. Water
    3. Food coloring
    4. Borax
    5. A jar you can seal and “shake it off” just like Taylor Swift would expect
    6. spoon
    7. container to mix your ingredients
    8. Watch this awesome tutorial by Mister C

Mister C is also creating another video and plans to use 1 gallon of Elmer’s glue to create a gigantic blob of slime!  It’s going to be huge and mega, slime-tastic awesome.  The biggest dilemma I am faced with is what color should I make the slime!?!  I certainly could use your help with this decision.

How to make Slime at Home | Mister C

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1,000,000 YouTube Views

Mister C's YouTube Channel hits 1,000,000 viewsI can’t believe my eyes!!! Or I should really say, I can’t believe my daughter’s eyes!  We are about to break one million views on YouTube!  Don’t blink your eyes because you’ll miss it!   It’s been a few years in the making, but we are going to hit the mark in the next day or so!   Will you be the millionth viewer on my YouTube Channel “LearningScienceisFun”!?!  Who knows, but make sure you head over and take a look at some of your favorite math and science tunes!

Many thanks to all the people who share my videos, links, and website with friends and family members!  I can’t say enough how much I appreciate all of the ongoing support from everyone.  The comments and feedback have been wonderful, and it seems that my videos are helping students around the world learn science and math!  Learning this stuff should be fun and engaging!

Do you or your teacher use my songs and videos in class?  If so, send me an email or a video and let me know how my songs are being used!  I’m always interested in knowing how my content is being used around the world.

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Share your Screen with Join.me

Join.me

Have you ever found yourself wishing there was a way to “show” someone something on your computer instead of trying to articulate and explain the steps over the phone.  I know that I’ve been in that situation a number of times and this yellow belt tech tip is simple and easy to follow.   Join.Me is such an easy and effective tool, I feel obligated to share it with the tech ninjas of the world.

Join.me is a great site that allows you to quickly share…Read more here.

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Use Classroom Expertise that already Exists!

Have you ever had the idea to use technology in a new way in your classroom, but you’re concerned that you don’t know enough to be the expert? Wishing you had the classroom expertise to facilitate the learning of every new and cool app out there?   I think we all feel that way sometimes, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to be an expert in every app in order to use them effectively in your classroom.  Here’s a fun and easy way to get students to take ownership and become the classroom experts when using apps in the classroom and everyone, including the teacher, will learn something cool and creative during this process.   Read more here….

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2015! The Year of the TECH NINJAS!

2015 is just around the corner and many folks are determined to start, and successfully implement, their New Year’s resolution!  Some plan to get fit or begin eating healthier, while others are committed to improving the quality of life by volunteering, or saving more money! Goals will be set and goals will be accomplished!

As an educator, I too have a goal for 2015.  I plan to create more videos, songs and content to share with the world!  I hope to inspire and encourage teachers across the world to embrace technology in the classroom. From Garageband to Keynote presentations,  I aim to provide ideas, lesson starters, and tutorials to entice teachers to venture beyond the Smart Board or Eno Board, and transform the way they use technology in the classroom.

Mister C Tech Ninja I, Mister C,  declare 2015 to be the of the year TECH NINJA!  That’s right.  My goal is to teach teachers and students how to successfully integrate amazing apps into the class with ease!  My site will provide tech tips for various abilities.  Are you a white belt who is just learning the ways of technology in the classroom?  Perfect!  We’ll have ideas for you to use!  Or, are you a black belt who is prepared to SMASH some apps and create one-of-a-kind experiences for your students?  We’ll have nifty ideas for you as well.

Mister C is dedicated to revamping his site to make it user friendly for everyone!  What are you waiting for, it’s time to earn a new belt!  Tech Ninjas unite!

 

 

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Grab the MIC

Mister C created a fun video to share his passion with the world and hopes to inspire teachers, students and parents to integrate music into learning!  Take a moment to watch the video and be sure to post a comment to let me know how you use music in your classroom to make learning fun.  Why is music soooooooo important?  Because Mister C wants to make learning fun for everyone!  Even you.  So get out a scrap sheet of paper or maybe your smart phone, and start creating a song of your own!!!!  Don’t wait any longer…it’s time to start teaching to your own beat!  Seriously…it’s time for you to bust a beat!

It’s as easy as,

1…2…3…

Join me, create a song with me,

It’s fun – and you will see…

It can change the way you teach forever and endlessly!!!!

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Charlie XCX Break the Rules Parody

Mister C has his eyes on MusicMister C has been working to find the right song to use to create another Parody!  And…the wait is over!  As you know, Mister C has already created parodies for PEMDAS Style, What the Clock Says?, and now, this could be my favorite one so far, I Love School which is a parody of Charlie XCX’s Break the Rules!

We all know how much Mister C loves school and he knew immediately that a song like this was designed to have a parody!  Plus, I want to be in school every day learning new and cool stuff!  Seriously, I’ve had my eyes on a song like this for some time now and wanted to get the song posted to YouTube as quick as possible.

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