Volcanic eruption in Vatnajokull. Shot by Jon Gustafsson - http://www.JonGustafsson.com for http://www.ArtioFilms.com .
Wrote this when I posted this video:
Haven't really had time to watch the video. Volcano season keeps me pretty busy. I cut it on board the helicopter on the way back from the eruption. Threw some music from the fantastic composer Veigar Margeirsson (http://www.veigar.com) on it and posted it here.
It took us 90 minutes to fly to Grimsvotn with a strong wind against us. The eruption looked magnificent in the sunset. We got there at 11pm. Once we landed 5 miles away from the crater the cold glacier air hit us like a truck. We tried to work outside but I only lasted for a couple of minutes. Pilot Reynir Petursson also didn’t want to stay on the ground for too long since it was very windy and the ash fall was unpredictable. The light was also disappearing and he needs visual reference which is difficult on a white glacier. Once we got off the ground again we had to stay low because there were so many lightnings all around the eruption. Getting hit by a lightning in that strong wind, extreme frost and next to a live volcano was not desirable. We made it back to Reykjavik at 2am. Now the airspace has been closed in a 20 nautical miles radius because of ash.
Last time Grimsvotn erupted was in the fall of 2004. At the time I was making the documentary Wrath of Gods http://www.wrathofgods.com and the eruption became a part of the story.
Twilight by the volcano in Eyjafjallajokull. Filmed from the town of Hvolsvollur. Spent most of the day flying ove the eruption with the Helicopter Service of Iceland but grabbed this in the twilight before we headed back home for the night.
Ron Berger from EL Education demonstrates the transformational power of models, critique, and descriptive feedback to improve student work. Here he tells the story of Austin's Butterfly. First-grade students at ANSER Charter School in Boise, ID, helped Austin take a scientific illustration of a butterfly through multiple drafts toward a high-quality final product.
This video accompanies the book Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools through Student-Engaged Assessment.
This video from second graders at Conservatory Lab Charter, an Expeditionary Learning school in Boston, MA, demonstrates how EL can inspire students to master the Common Core State Standards through rigorous and relevant work.
These students built deep scientific knowledge of snakes (they became "herpetologists," they will tell you) by reading, writing, listening, speaking, and observing. Their work exemplifies the shifts required by the Common Core: they demonstrated reading for evidence and writing with evidence by reading challenging, non-fiction text and producing a high-quality informational book. They conducted field research at Harvard University and a nature sanctuary; they interviewed a herpetologist; and they created beautiful, accurate scientific illustrations for their book, revising their work through multiple drafts with peer critique. Finally, the second graders at Conservatory Lab Charter School wrote this song and produced the music video to persuade others not to fear snakes -- after all, snakes are "born that way." Their learning is public, meaningful, and joyous.