February 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Three tools for “in-text” video analysis and why it matters

For many of us, the go-to platform for learning and sharing is video.  Our students increasingly consult YouTube to get up to speed on any topic.  We learn from TED Talks, the Khan Academy, as well as the growing number of videos we ourselves create for flipped. blended and hybrid instruction. Though film media prevails […]

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today. The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive. So what’s new?  There’s an array […]

Crumbling the message

Okay, I am not sure this activity packs any learning punch, but it’s kinda fun making and sending little Crumbles videos. Simply type words or sentences into the Crumbles text box and they are converted into videos composed of one-word clips from movies and television.  In addition to standard dictionary of videos that appear to […]

On school library resurgence: Craig maps the trend

Back in 2010 I posted about Shonda Brisco’s library crisis map, A Nation without School Librarians. Back in April, SLJ‘s Rebecca Miller shared her optimism about crisis reversal. In her editorial, Now Hiring: Recent Wins on School Library Positions Spark Optimism, Rebecca notes a trend toward reestablishing school library positions in such places as St. […]

Hyperlapse: for telling and sharing your story a little more quickly

I’m been brainstorming all the things we might do with Instragram’s recently released (and free) Hyperlapse app. Introducing Hyperlapse from Instagram from Instagram on Vimeo. Quite simply, it makes filming time-lapse videos a simple point and shoot experience, no fancy equipment necessary.  There is virtually NO learning curve.   Instagram’s announcement shared: We designed Hyperlapse to be […]

A round-up of interactive video options

We take for granted that we can interact with text, but up until recently it’s been a challenge to interact (read/write/talk) with media.  I last looked at tools for annotating and interacting with video more than a year ago.  The field has changed a bit. Why interact with video? Being able to interact with video […]

Girl Power! All about that acceptance

In the past couple of weeks I’ve come across a couple of videos that refreshingly reaffirm the importance of girls’ voice and what beauty is really about. In case you missed them  . . . Twenty-year-old Nashville songwriter Meghan Trainer creates a pastel universe that is all about acceptance and positive body image in her […]

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

Wouldn’t it be great to provide a video tour of your library for students and teachers? You can do this easily with TouchCast, an app for creating video for the iPad, enhanced with linked content: photos, maps, polls, websites, and more. Our screencasts show you how it’s done.

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Teach with Movies is now free!

TeachWithMovies offers access to more than 350 lesson plans and learning guides for movies and films. I’ve long been a big fan of reading and studying movies. I’ve been a fan of this site’s rich curricular materials for many years. I just discovered that I do not need to re-subscribe. The site is now available for free (though it will […]

Pick of the Day: Never Forget to Lie | DVD

Documentary filmmaker Marian Marzynski revisits his Polish roots to tell the story of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of those who were children during World War II in Never Forget to Lie. Read the starred review.

Joyce Valenza Test Drives FlipGrid

I recently discovered FlipGrid and I am truly excited about sharing this (currently) free, interactive discussion platform at the high school school and about using it with my grad classes, perhaps in a way similar to the way I currently use Voicethread. But first, please help me test drive it by recording your video response […]

Pick of the Day: I Want My Hat Back | DVD

The brown bear’s hat is missing, and he almost gives up all hope of ever finding it in the DVD version of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.

Pick of the Day: Defiant Requiem | DVD

Defiant Requiem is a powerful film that presents first-hand accounts by survivors who sang in the Thereseinstadt concentration camp and highlights the efforts of conductor Murry Sidlin to bring the Requiem back to Terezin six decades later with a full orchestra and his chorus. Check out the starred review of this moving DVD.

Pick of the Day: Blackout | DVD

Where were you when the lights went out on August 14, 2003? John Rocco’s Caldecott Honor book, Blackout, presents an inspirational portrayal of that iconic night in New York City. Be sure to check out the starred review of the DVD version.

Pick of the Day: Sukey’s Circle (DVD)

Sukey Molloy delivers 15 mini shows that encourage young children to play, sing, and move in Sukey’s Circle! Vol. 3, a DVD not to be missed.

Pick of the Day: Timeless Thomas | DVD

Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives focuses on Edison’s legacy. Learn about his many inventions in Spoken Arts Media’s DVD version of the book by Gene Barretta.

Pick of the Day: Nelson Mandela | DVD

Kadir Nelson’s evocative biography of Nelson Mandela receives stellar treatment in this exceptional DVD presentation from Weston Woods. Forest Whitaker’s rich voice reads the story with background music and crowd sound effects that draw viewers in. Be sure to read the starred review.

Pick of the Day: Constitution USA with Peter Sagal | DVD

Constitution USA with Peter Sagal broadly examines our Constitution in both historical and contemporary contexts in a manner that will transfix viewers. Check out the starred review.

I’m a librarian: that’s my j-o-b

We don’t read all day.  Our hair’s not in a bun. We don’t all wear glasses. Don’t always says shush.  We do love books. We’re the bosses at the Internet.  We do provide the freedom to escape the room you’re sitting in.  . . We’re on a quest to teach you how to find the […]

Pick of the Day: Big Mouth (DVD)

Big Mouth is a quirky, creatively animated short about a girl who his brutally honest. Be sure to read the review of this DVD from National Film Board of Canada..