The Terror of Concentric Circles!
A great Onion news story. There’s enough vocabulary in it for a whole lesson and throw in a solid sample of parody as well.
Here’s a 10 minute video describing how one of our great elementary school teachers is using iPods to help with elementary literacy and reading fluency. The video needs some workI’m still learning and clearly I need to keep working. but the idea is sound and interestingBy the way, iRead is not my title of choice. I don’t put i or e in front of anything by choice.. It’s a bit of a HEF ad but they’re a good group that helps fund projects like this so I’m happy to help them out. iRead Project
I despise Animoto‘s use as evidence of learning in the classroom. It produces a veneer that implies intent but requires none. It allows people to put on the facade that their students are doing intelligent work. They seem to trick even themselves. That being said, I finally came up with a use that would require some thought. Pretend Animoto is an author with intent and intelligence. Analyze the choices in image juxtaposition, camera angles etc. Really break it down as if the director had some control and thought behind all the choices. You could do this with random videos from the showcase, have students contribute their own images etc. It’d also be fun to make comparisons between two auto generated versions of the same images. Which film was produced later in the artist’s career? What experiences caused the change in filming techniques. A simple idea but it does require some thought in a process otherwise devoid of intellect.
So in the theme of restrictions creating creativity and my own desire to be doing things more directly related to the classroom- I have decided to start Zombie VocabularyWhy zombies? I like zombies and I like the CC zombie pictures available in flickr and saw so many I wanted to use that I needed to make a reason to use them.. I’ll take a few words from Merriam-Webster’s word of the day and create a zombieI may switch from the zombie theme if it gets boring so other theme suggestions are welcome. themed use of the word that I’d use with my students (if I had them). So to start things off here’s facetious– WOD from Oct. 14th.