Welcome to the Learning Lab!

Here you will find educational videos created by Mr. Russo as well as others to help you with important topics covered in class. Whether were covering vital English, Technology or Science concepts, videos are always posted here for your convenience. Videos used in the classroom such as the “In a Nutshell” videos and many others can be found here!

To get started, watch the video on the left as it will guide you through how to utilize the Learning Lab to the fullest!

Character Traits

We explore the simple but complex nature of character traits and why they are essential to any hero or villain. Since we are talking about heroes and villains, why not see how Finn and the Ice King from the popular TV series Adventure Time match up with this technique!

Plot Pyramid

We cover the five different parts of the plot pyramid: Exposition (Beginning), Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and the Denouement (Conclusion) using the Disney movie “Frozen” as an example!

7 Parts of Figurative Language

The Seven Parts of Figurative Language are covered in this video: Similes, Metaphors, Personification, Alliteration, Onomoatopoeia, Hyperbole and Idioms.

Mood and Tone

Understanding mood and tone can be quite confusing, especially when its you feelings and the authors attitude mixed together. Check out this video for some really easy steps for determining the difference between the mood and the tone of a passage!

Point of View

Understanding who is speaking is essential in any story, whether it’s a book or movie. In this video we take a look at all three point of views and see how they match up with a little help from the cast of “The Regular Show”.

Transition Words

Knowing when and how to use transitions can be tricky. In this quick video, find out how you can use them to greatly improve your essays!

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Mood and Tone

Understanding mood and tone can be quite confusing, especially when its you feelings and the authors attitude mixed together. Check out this video for some really easy steps for determining the difference between the mood and the tone of a passage!

Character Traits

We explore the simple but complex nature of character traits and why they are essential to any hero or villain. Since we are talking about heroes and villains, why not see how Finn and the Ice King from the popular TV series Adventure Time match up with this technique!

Point of View

Understanding who is speaking is essential in any story, whether it’s a book or movie. In this video we take a look at all three point of views and see how they match up with a little help from the cast of “The Regular Show”.

Transition Words

Knowing when and how to use transitions can be tricky. In this quick video, find out how you can use them to greatly improve your essays!

Figurative Language

The Seven Parts of Figurative Language are covered in this video: Similes, Metaphors, Personification, Alliteration, Onomoatopoeia, Hyperbole and Idioms.

Plot Pyramid

We cover the five different parts of the plot pyramid: Exposition (Beginning), Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and the Denouement (Conclusion) using the Disney movie “Frozen” as an example!

What's the Big Bang?

How did everything get started? Has the universe a beginning or was it here since forever? Well, evidence suggests that there was indeed a starting point to this universe we are part of right now. But how can this be? How can something come from nothing? And what about time? We don’t have all the answers yet so let’s talk about what we know.!

Our Home in Space

An info-graphic trip through the wonders of the solar system. The solar system – well known from countless documentaries. 3D animation on black background. This info-graphic videos tries something different. Animated info-graphics and a focus on minimalist design puts the information up front. We take the viewer on a trip through the solar system, visiting planets, asteroids and the sun.

Understanding Earth

Planet Earth is this solid thing you are standing on right now. In your everyday life you don’t really waste a thought about how amazing this is. A giant, ancient, hot rock. How did it come into existence and how big is it really? You will be surprised. The ground you are standing on is just a very, very small part of the big picture.

Black Holes

What would happen to you if a black hole the size of a coin suddenly appeared in your pocket? Watch the video to learn about black holes and find out what would happen!

Where Are The Aliens?

The universe is unbelievably big with it’s trillions of stars and even more planets. So there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it? Why don’t we see any aliens? Where are they? And more importantly, what does this tell us about our own fate in this gigantic and scary universe? This is the Fermi Paradox Part 1.

The Fermi Paradox

Where are all the aliens? The universe is too big and too old, why have we not met aliens yet? Do they live in computers? Were they wiped out by an ancient super intelligence? Or are we just to primitive to understand their motives? Whatever the answer is, it is incredibly important for our own future. This is the Fermi Paradox Part 2.

Are You Alone?

Are you alone in the universe? To answer this question we have to take a look what “you” are first. What are you made of and where you stand in this universe. Let’s answer the ultimate question; “How you are connected to the big picture?”

How Big is the Moon?

How big is the Moon compared to the Earth? It might be much bigger than you think it is.

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