Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Digital Storytelling in the Younger Grades? You Bet!

Digital storytelling is all the rage! Many teacher resources are geared towards the middle years.

Thankfully I stumbled upon this book....

Make Me a Story by Lisa C. Miller

The 5 reasons I like it...

1. It places a heavy emphasis on the writing process...before the students even touch the technology.

2. Suggests online references...such as Digitales.

3. It is a quick read.

4. A rubric is provided.

5. It comes with a DVD full of age appropriate examples!

If you know any teachers that want a handy, readible and tech friendly resource...this is the one.

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Breakdown the Gates...Going GAGA Over Videosharing

Still the debate goes sharing in the classroom YAY or NAY...

As the grownups debate, the youngsters out there are kicking video sharing into high gear.

Remember the struggles that Joey Jeremiah had in efforts to promote the Zit Remedy!

Epic battles were waged to get bands noticed in the 80's 90's and the 00's.

So Lit Maven...what is your point?


Why are we continuing to think that we as educators are gatekeepers...serving the common good. Those of us who know better and no doubt reading this article understand the power of videosharing, reaching mass audiences, breaking free from ageism and the sharing of talents at young ages.

There is no longer a legal age to get discovered.

There are no locked towers where cassette tapes are dropped off to some old bitty at the counter.

No...there is one click of the publishers button on your laptop and the audience is right there. A judging of peers...

Check out the latest....


Here is 10 Year old Maria Aragon from Winnipeg.

And 10 Year old Heather Russell from Toronto...recently signed by Simon Cowell.

These young ladies went from commuting to school to communting to cities...overnight!

Their talent is obvious. They did not have to rely on the bus routes to travel down to the local radio station to plead their case.

There are no gates on the web...we must remove the gates at school or the kids won't bother trying to get in!!!

As Ronald Reagan would say, "Open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall!"
Okay different context...but you get the idea!

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Friday, February 18, 2011

5 Reasons to Listen to Audiobooks in the Car

Stallone likes to make the best use of his time while traveling.
I spend more time in my vehicle than I care to admit.

Recently I began to listen to audio books.

At first it was to ease my sanity but now I can say that there are some benefits.

SO...Here are 5 Reasons to Listen to Audio books in the Car

1. Talking to myself is now legitimate.

Sure the other commuters think I am crazy but I know I am having a conversation. And whatever I ever I reality!

2. You never get interrupted or lose the flow of conversation.

Turn on the engine and the conversation starts back up again. Rewind if you forget. Heck you can even abandon and try a new book mid-drive...can't do that with a friend.
Well I suppose if you slow down and let your friend out at soft grassy could...but too many times and you are driving alone.

3. You are much more interesting at work.
"How do you find time to read all this stuff?"
They don't need to know the truth.

4. The supply is endless.
With podcasts, there is no end to the learning or entertainment. Yes you can be educational...but perhaps your afternoon drive would improve with a steamy novel or a comedic rant!

5. What else are you doing?

Until Next Time,

Lit Maven Out!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Don't Use That Tone With Me

Recently I was presenting to a group of Junior High teachers. The topic? Introducing students to Tone and Mood. Tone is defined as the author's intention towards a character or something. Mood is the feeling an audience or reader gets from the author's piece.

I was specically intrigued by the recent explosion of mashups and recut versions of movie trailers. Here is an example from the Shining.

The Original Trailer

Now here is the recut version as... get this...a ROMANTIC COMEDY!

What a great way to present these terms to students.

You can also see this effect in songs.

Check out this common song.

And you can't deny a change in tone and mood with this one.

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

The Secret to Getting Things Done

I came across this phrase yesterday..."half the battle". Here are some definitions of Half the Battle. 1. to be the most ...