Tuesday, May 27, 2008

More Science videos

The third video in my Blinding You With Science series covered learned and instinctive behaviors in animals. We had a lot of fun with this one and found a use for all those old Beanie Babies we had been saving up.

Blinding you with Science #3 Learned and Instinctive Behaviors from Doug Valentine on Vimeo.

Monday, May 26, 2008


Does anyone else find it as amazing as I do that I can sit here and download images directly from Mars? What an amazing accomplishment and it seems so many people just take it for granted.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Smart Board Contest

Another contest we recently entered asked that you show an "extraordinary moment" using a Smartboard in a lesson. The time limit was 30 seconds! This is more difficult than it sounds. Since neither my wife nor I have a Smartboard we decided to do a commercial based on what a Smartboard might mean for a class science lesson. Here is the result.

SMART board video contest FINALIST from Doug Valentine on Vimeo.

Librareo Contest

We've entered a video into the Librareo video contest sponsored by Gale. The rules stated they wanted a 2 minute music video about a favorite book or author. We decided to put a video together based on our mutual experience in the school library. And so I present: MouseSpace:

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hello World!

I am Dr. Loopy. I am an elementary school librarian in the state of Tejas. I have a great many interests that I hope to write about here but lately I have been doing a lot of video. Over the last four years I have put together a series called "Blinding you with Science." In it, my wife and I teach science concepts in an unusual and hopefully amusing way. Most of my work is up on Teachertube and I am posting it here as well. I think my work got better as I went along, but here is the first episode of BLINDING YOU WITH SCIENCE. (No, my dog was not injured in the making of this video.)

Blinding you with Science: #1 Density from Doug Valentine on Vimeo.

My second video was about the concept of Layers and Erosion. Remember, each video was produced ONE WEEK APART throughout the season. so there is that "rushed" feeling to them. I have to say that the kids loved them and requested to see them over and over. Not coincidentally, our science test scores rose over the last four years and we went from being a school with an "acceptable" rating to one with an "exemplary" rating.

Blinding you with Science: #2 Layers and Erosion from Doug Valentine on Vimeo.

Not all of our work has been in science. Since I am a librarian and my wife is a teacher we decided to create a video about collaboration and the problems that sometimes arise. I have been fortunate to have a great staff that buys in to what I do. I know this is not always the case. Here are a couple of clips from our Classroom Teacher/Librarian collaboration video.

Librarian and Classroom Teacher Collaboration from Doug Valentine on Vimeo.