Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Seasprite visits King's High

At King's your librarian is not just your librarian, your librarian is also the careers advisor.  In this role I get to do all kinds of fun things like:  talk to you in class about the subjects you need for various courses and careers, talk to your parents about the same things, tell you about scholarships, bring in speakers to school, talk in assembly, interview you to help you make decisions, help you make a cv, give you lots of information about lots of different job and career information and all manner of other things.  Sometimes there is something very cool that happens as part of my role as careers advisor, and that is something like bringing a helicopter to school.  Or, more correctly arranging for the Navy to bring a helicopter to school.

Today the Navy bought a seasprite helicopter to King's,  it is rather large.  The crew spoke to the students about their life in the navy, about the helicopter, about the kinds of weapons they use, what their day is like when hunting pirates or naughty people fishing where they shouldn't be.  Here are some photos of the boys (and some of the staff) all watching the helicopter land and then talking to the crew.  It was pretty cool!

Sorry there are some 'issues' with the photos, they will not load from picassa today.  Further attempts will be made soon.  :(

Monday, August 22, 2011

Everything is a remix (Part 4)

Everything is a remix (Part 4) is about creativity and invention.  Watching this video will make you think about stuff you already know and you will come to realise that many of the inventions you think you know about were the result of not just one persons work, and not just the result of one 'lightbulb' moment.

The quote above is from Henry Ford

When you think the video below is finished, it isn't!  After the credits at about 7.44 minutes it starts again, just move the cursor along and you will find where it starts up again. 

The transcript is available here.

Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Battleground by Chris Ryan

Reviewed as part of the 50 book challenge by Nathan Adam (Year 9)

Ben Tracy goes on a school exchange programme to Pakistan where he has to live the life of a Pakistani schoolboy.  Everything changes when he is picked up by terrosts and used to destroy innocent lives.

I liked the bit the most after he was kidnapped, and the bit I didn't like was at the start before anything exciting happened.

This book is action packed like all the Chris Ryan books. 

If you click here you can go to Chris Ryan's website and see a short video of him talking about this book.


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