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PowToon + Katie = even more awesomeness (Updated!)

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I am a big fan of the talented, adorable and slightly wacky author/illustrator/kidlit blogger/podcaster Katie Davis. I am also a big fan of the slightly wacky, digital animation tool PowToon with its cool themes, props, animated characters and transitions. So what happens to the equation when a popular picture book author/illustrator partners with digital, comic-based presentation/video maker platform? [...]

Meograph launches its 4-D storytelling platform

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There’s a new digital storytelling kid in town.  And this one is just right for telling stories focused on time and place. Meograph officially launched yesterday.  Kind of like a Google Earth tour, this free platform makes it easy for students to tell media-rich stories combining maps, timeline, links, audio and video–to tell stories in [...]

Beeclip EDU: scrapbooking for schools

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We’ve used digital scrapbooking tools for creatively exploring the lives of historical events and figures using primary sources, for creating portfolios, and for presenting research projects. But I’ve been on the lookout for a scrapbooking tool that really works for school. The ones we’ve used the past couple of years have been a little clunky, a [...]

Our ESL kids share their stories

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Yesterday was Diversity Day as STHS.  One of the projects I was happy to help with was our ESL Stories. We asked our little group of students from Ukraine, China, Tibet, and Korea, to share their personal stories about coming to America. While our initial intent was to create opportunities for our ESL students to [...]

Samsung’s SUPERHERO Video Competition

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You and your students can vote for your favorite historical character portrayal from among 10 finalists in the Samsung Superhero Video Competition.  (All 519 videos can be seen on Samsung’s Superhero YouTube Channel.) Any K-12 student living in the U.S. or a Federal Territory may enter the enter the 2012 by submitting a 1-3 minute [...]

Still time for the Trailees!

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Good news!  The deadline is extended for SLJ’s Trailee Awards! If you missed the August 31 deadline to nominate your favorite book trailer–perhaps because of that little thing called summer–you still have time to gather those little video gems. The deadline is extended till September 15. Submit your favorite book trailer in any of these [...]

Mr. Database Man (a proof of concept)

This spring, I asked a few of my always game filmmakers to create a series of proof-of-concept films to promote the use of databases across industry and brand.  Maya, who is looking forward to a marketing career, delivered one of their products just as the school year ended.  It stars Matt as Mr. Database Man. [...]

Our new orientation video

Catherine and Greg just delivered the orientation video I asked them to produce for next year’s 9th graders.  Okay, so they didn’t get in all the details, and the focus is a little different from the original concept, but OMG, what fun!  And isn’t Chad a rising star?  I love it!

Vimeo Video School

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I recently discovered that the place I store and share my videos is also a place to learn how to make videos better. Vimeo Video School offers a growing array of sharp, clever bite-sized tutorials, illustrated with clear examples, created by the Vimeo filmmaking community. Here’s one example:  Shooting Basics, from the Video 101 section: [...]

Inspired by Walt Whitman

BethAnn Olesen, one of my favorite collaborating English teachers, developed a simple project that inspired some outstanding poetic efforts and I thought I’d share. The prompt was to create a digital poem inspired both by Walt Whitman’s I Hear America Singing and by your own personal interpretation of the American Dream. BethAnn explains the details: [...]