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Our ESL kids share their stories


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


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!


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


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: […]

Book Trailers for All updated


I met Teresa Schauer working with the SLJ folks on the Trailee Awards. She was the powerhouse and guiding force of our committee.

Voki for Education: Not just for avatars


Voki, the free Web-based tool that allows you to create speaking avatars for blogs and other websites, recently launched its site for education.  But it’s not just for avatars. Voki has potential well beyond blog greetings. Imagine creating a page in which students embed a lengthy, sequenced (albeit imagined) conversation between Generals Lee and Grant […]

Glogster now presents


I use Glogster daily.  As a interactive poster/presentation/research tool for my students.  As a tool for creating web-based interfaces professionally.  And I just gathered my Glogster search posters together as a presentation. Teachers who are serious Glogsters can now take a next step in sharing, archiving, and organizing their students’–or their own– work. A recent […]