July 23, 2017

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Plotagon now free for educators

A couple of years back I was thrilled to discover Plotagon and posted about it here. Today, I was thrilled to discover that free one-year teacher licenses are now available at Plotagon Education. (Currently, students may sign up for 30-day trials.) Reminiscent of Xtranormal, Plotagon encourages writing skills as users craft professional-looking animated movies. Plotagon movies […]

Baby Brother Blues | “The Boss Baby” Movie Review

Author/illustrator Marla Frazee’s titular tyrannical tot from her acclaimed picture book waddles onto the big screen, wreaking his own brand of mayhem.

Google Launches Toontastic 3D, an App for Telling Animated Stories

Unlike other tools that focus on the technical aspects of filmmaking, Toontastic 3D emphasizes storytelling, according to Google, which released the free app for Android and iOS devices today.

Alone and Abandoned | “The Little Prince” Movie Review

The new animated feature film of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella premieres on Netflix.

A Sneak Peek at the 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival

The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), the largest such event for kids and teens in North America, runs this year from February 26 through March 20. Think of the NYICFF as the movie equivalent of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

iPads Reimagine Art Class

Here’s how one elementary-school art teacher used iPads and a Do lnk app to extend learning digitally and expand the curriculum.

Plotagon for scripting cool animated stories

I recently discovered Plotagon, an digital storytelling app for iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac to tell animated digital stories. Reminiscent of Xtranormal (now called Nawmal), Plotagon encouragesusers to script a story–selecting locations; building dialogue;  adding emotions, attitudes and postures;  responding to characters; choosing sound effects and music.  Dialogues can be read by a choice of computer  […]

Fusenews: Gravel in the bed

“If kids like a picture book, they’re going to read it at least 50 times, and their parents are going to have to read it with them. Read anything that often, and even minor imperfections start to feel like gravel in the bed.” – Mark Haddon I’ve just returned from speaking at a magnificent writing […]

Animation Made Easy: The best tools for student projects, from stop motion to GIFs

With accessible tools, you and your students can create your own simple animations to convey powerful ideas. Screencast tutorials will have you up and running with the latest “Cool Tools” from Richard Byrne, SLJ columnist and blogger at “Free Technology for Teachers.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.