Education in a technological world) During this half term, I've been busy working with our three lower school classes on a rather special project in their ICT lessons. It all began back in April when I blogged about an app I discovered in the app store that would allow a user to create an aged movie. My brain began to think just how I could incorporate this technology into our planned topic of 'Movie Making'. It seemed too good to be true - crowbarring a video creation app into a topic on movie making? How easy would that be! So, my plans began to take shape. Survival Tips for Digital Storytelling “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time.
Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT Every day, people around the world communicate, connect, and learn digitally on the go. Our students spend hours with their devices and digital tools. Imagine if some of that time was spent learning your content. 9 Podcasts for Teachers and Kids What! A podcast? I know what you’re thinking. Sounds complicated. Sounds expensive.
Language, Camera, Action! Motivating Young Learners with Video (by David Dodgson) Back in the sepia-tinged days of 2010 when I was still very much finding my way around blogs and Twitter, I was virtually introduced to Barbara and she kindly offered me the chance to do a guest post here on Teaching Village about how I used PowerPoint in class. 18 months on, we again get the chance to collaborate as part of the EVO 2012 Digital Storytelling for Young Learners team along with some other fantastic educators, namely Shelly Terrell, Özge Karaoğlu, Esra Girgin, Jennifer Verschoor, Michelle Worgan, and Sabrina De Vita (full details are included at the end of this post). As part of our EVO event, I will co-moderate a session about Video Stories with Young Learners with Özge. As a prelude to that, am delighted to have the chance to return to Teaching Village to share some of the ideas I’ve used in class, often with little more than a video-recording device and some editing software – and creative young students of course! The Strange Show! Life on Mitrax
Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories and Good News vs. Bad News “The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is.” This season has been ripe with Kurt Vonnegut releases, from the highly anticipated collection of his letters to his first and last works introduced by his daughter, shedding new light on the beloved author both as a complex character and a masterful storyteller. All the recent excitement reminded me of an old favorite, in which Vonnegut maps out the shapes of stories, with equal parts irreverence and perceptive insight, along the “G-I axis” of Good Fortune and Ill Fortune and the “B-E axis” of Beginning and Entropy. The below footage is an excerpt from a longer talk, the transcript of which was published in its entirety in Vonnegut’s almost-memoir A Man Without a Country (public library) under a section titled “Here is a lesson in creative writing,” featuring Vonnegut’s hand-drawn diagrams. Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter.
Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More LocoMotive Labs: Products - LocoMotive Labs Kid in Story Book Maker makes it easy and fun to create visual stories to support learning, social modeling, and early literacy with your child as the star character. How Kid in Story Book Maker WorksTo personalize the stories, LocoMotive Labs’ unique Locolens™ image detection technology allows you to superimpose your child or student onto the template backgrounds – similar to “green screening.” Just snap a portrait (or use one already saved in your library), and let Locolens™ pluck your “kid” out of the picture and place him or her in the story.
Futurelab - Resources Archive - Publications, reports & articles - Web articles - Machinima and education Flag for follow-up - use this tool to flag up items that you’d like to read later (use the customise page to view and manage these flagged items)Print - send a print-friendly version of this page to your default printerSend to friend - e-mail a link to this page to a friend September 2007 Diane Carr CSCYM, London Knowledge Lab, IOE, University of London During machinima production a computer game’s protagonists become actors, its dungeons or domestic interiors become virtual sets, and the player takes the role of director. Creating machinima can be as simple as logging into a game and recording the action as it unfolds in real time.
The Future Of Storytelling Is About To Get Wild Guest author Kim Gaskins is the director of content development and lead writer for Latitude, an international research consultancy. Many of us go about our lives constantly surrounded by screens, immersed in various "stories": movies, TV shows, books, plot-driven video games, news articles, advertising, and more. Whether we realize it or not, we're creating new behaviors, routines, mindsets, and expectations around what we watch, read or play—which in turn presents new challenges and opportunities for creators and marketers. In other words, while the fundamentals of good storytelling remain the same, technology is changing how stories can be told. But what does that mean exactly? Since last year, Latitude, a strategic insights consultancy, has been conducting an ongoing Future of Storytelling initiative to understand what audiences want for the long haul.
Titans' Digest - May Issue - Slipp by TitansDigest - Slipp.it I also enjoy taking in the natural beauty of the land (Cloud Catcher Canyon in Azerbaijan, for example, or Yosemite & Bryce Canyon National Park in the US) and exploring the magnificent architecture of a place (The Taj Mahal, Ahambra Palace, The Great Wall of China, Abu Simbel Temple, The Colosseum, The Parthenon, Angkor Wat, Sydney Opera House, Bibi-Khanym Mosque)… What was the most unforgettable or amazing thing you have seen during your travels? Amazing as in...nature ? The ice sculptures in Antarctica are breathtaking - absolutely unbeatable in beauty. Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil is larger than life - it’s a spiritual experience to visit that magnificent place. And a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia highlights the stunning rock spires there.
Creative Comic Interview with Bill Zimmerman of MakeBeliefsComix 19 Flares Twitter 15 Facebook 0 Google+ 3 LinkedIn 1 inShare1 19 Flares × It was a great pleasure to interview Bill Zimmerman for last week’s webinar on Creative Comic Collaboration For Fun Fluency development. Bill is the mind, heart and soul behind MakeBeliefsComix.com I’ve been exploring comics websites and creating all kinds of different comic lesson plans for the last few years. silent film lesson Video is often used in the EFL classroom for listening comprehension activities, facilitating discussions and, of course, language work. But how can you exploit silent films without any language in them? Since developing learners' linguistic resources should be our primary goal (well, at least the blogger behind the blog thinks so), here are four suggestions on how language (grammar and vocabulary) can be generated from silent clips. Split-viewing Split-viewing is an information gap activity where the class is split into groups with one group facing the screen and the other with their back to the screen.
English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories We’ve asked Larry Ferlazzo, a prolific blogger and Twitter user who has written a recent book called “English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work,” to do a guest post for us today. More than five million children in the United States enter school each year speaking a language other than English. That amount is expected to grow to 25% by the year 2025. It’s not surprising, then, that we hear from readers regularly that the more we can offer for this group, the better. Larry has an interesting background: he spent the first twenty years of his career as a community organizer in California, often working with foreign-born populations.