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My friend Nick posted this short video the other day on facebook, about his friend, photographer David McLain. Nick wrote, “Proud to work with David and call him a friend. If I post next week about quitting my job and taking more pictures, this is why.”

I repost it here for a few reasons, but mainly because I think it gets right to the essence of why McLain travels and why he’s a photographer, working, “trying to leave something beautiful.” It’s beautifully shot, and it also makes me want to take a trip back to Vietnam, soon.

When we teach, do we ever light a spark that ends up kindling some kind of desire to see the world, to capture images, to create, to follow passions, to tell stories? I hope so.

See also:

David McLain Photography

Nick Lambert Photography

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I just found this video/tutorial series from bozemanbiology as I was looking for a visual way to introduce cells, other than looking at the diagrams in the book (or using CellsAlive, which I also find incredibly useful). So we watched this video today in class with both my biology sections. Now, Andersen FLIES through this stuff, faster than kids can take notes on, but I think his explanations are really clear (and students can always watch the video again. That could be useful for them after they’ve learned more about organelles, as a way to tie it all together for review). I also love the podcast style and how he uses graphics and “smart pen” notes on the screen. It’s like listening to and watching Alton Brown explain animal cell structures. I’d like to make some of these tutorials myself, or have the kids make them to show what they know for assessments.

Paul Andersen is a high school biology teacher in Bozeman, MT, and he’s got a few hundred videos on his YouTube channel, most on topics on biology, but some in physics, chemistry, and scientific method. It’s like Khan Academy with more visual aids.

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