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April 16, 2014

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Google Slides and images news

Among the reasons I’ve been reluctant to build more of my presentations in Google Slides was, frankly, that working with images in Google Slides was a painful process. But then, collaborating anywhere else is a painful process. This morning I got a sweet little surprise when I began a new preso. The little note said: [...]

Pick of the Day: The Painting | DVD

The Painting

This animated film bursts with lush colors, excellent voicing, sophisticated artwork, and music that varies from gentle piano notes to menacing brass.

Emily’s PLN choice (and my own network rut)

Emily’s PLN choice (and my own network rut)

What teacher doesn’t want to share their most awesome lessons?  Emily is home for Thanksgiving and I’ve never seen her this charged about her teaching before. I’ve never seen her this charged about networking before. What I discovered is that Emily’s PLN journey is very different from mine. Our conversations revealed that I haven’t questioned [...]

PowToon + Katie = even more awesomeness

PowToon + Katie = even more awesomeness

I am a big fan of the talented, adorable and slightly wacky author/illustrator/kidlit blogger/podcaster Katie Davis. I am also a big fan of the slightly wacky, digital animation tool PowToon with its cool themes, props, animated characters and transitions. So what happens to the equation when a popular picture book author/illustrator partners with digital, comic-based presentation/video maker platform? [...]

A Must-See Movie for Book Lovers Now on DVD

A Must-See Movie for Book Lovers Now on DVD

On top of everything else that they do, libraries with collections of thoughtfully published art books are also, essentially, museums.

I love these markers! (But it’s not about the markers)

I discovered Crayola’s Crystal Effects Window Markers purely by accident at Five Below.  No one wanted them as a prize at our Poetry Slam and I am so glad. Last week, my student assistant Amber yawned at the suggestion of book reviews, logo making, working on our website, and other activities that I myself consider [...]

Sparking Visual and Cultural Literacy with ‘Reimagined’ Movies

Sparking Visual and Cultural Literacy with ‘Reimagined’ Movies

Which of these movies would you most want to see?

Comics Creation Tools: Thoughts From ‘The Graphic Classroom’

“Visual literacy is as old as humanity. Humans learned to communicate visually before they communicated with text. It’s really not new; it just might feel new.”

Pick of the Day: My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey (CD)

Book cover: Romare Bearden painting

My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey. By Jeanne Walker Harvey. cassette or CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4640-0209-0, CD: ISBN 978-1-4640-0206-9. $15.75; hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-7614-5810-4: $17.99.
K-Gr 3–In a first-person narrative that incorporates some of artist Romare Bearden’s phrases and ideas, and using his famous painting “Watching the Good Trains Go By” as her inspiration, Jeanne Walker Harvey gives voice to the history and experiences that inspired his famous collages. Born in North Carolina, [...]