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Creativity & Inspiration
Videos Cleese, Jobs, Mitra, IB
Video2 Chomsky, Gilbert &
What if Money didn't matter ?
Video3 SHOCKING! The real purpose of your life!
FLOW, The SECRET to Happiness, How I fell in love with a FISH.
Video4 How a boy became an ARTIST
Infinite Thinking MACHINE
Video5 Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful.
Ken Robinson says SCHOOL KILLS CREATIVITY
What will be OBSOLETE in 2020
Video6 Dr Eric Topol & the SMART future Health care
Why Education in Finland Works
Finland's Revolutionary Education System
Flashmob, Jane Goodall
George Lucas Visual Literacy Martin Scorsese Visual Literacy
Video9 Ramsey Musallam Curiosity Comes First
Video10 Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music
Articles & Seminars
A platform for writers, readers, and artists of all ages.
Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images
into fresh stories.
It's a simple idea that has attracted millions of writers, readers, and artists to our platform. Families and friends, teachers and students, and amateurs and professionals have created more than 5 million stories—making Storybird one of the world's largest storytelling communities.
Storybird Watch the video
PS can setup the kids passwords before you start - you will need to be creative with the usernames as there are many already taken.
Will the Real Martian Please Stand UP?
22minutes of Amazing StoryTelling
A black and white masterpiece ideal for studying narrative storytelling.
Here are some great questions to get you started:
What are the settings?
Name the characters and provide a brief description.
What is the problem?
What things increase the tension?
What is the climax?
(stop the tape at 17mins in and ask.....)
Who is the Martian?
What do you predict will happen?
What is the resolution?
What did you think of the story?
CHALLENGE: Write a Twilight Zone story.
Use the headings above to make a story map.
You might like to start with the opening narration:
You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only
of sight and sound but of mind.
A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of
imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the
Art and Prepositions
Use this to produce artwork on prepositions. Simple and
MondrianEsq..... This would make a fabulous informative display.
Plot Device Video
Great Plot device video - very entertaining and engaging
Plot Device explanation
Luminaris from Juan Pablo Zaramella Stop frame animation multiaward winning short film.(6mins)
eBOOKS The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - view the video.(15mins) View the APP PRomo. Buy the APP - award-winning short film is now an interactive narrative experience. William Joyce's "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore", blurs the line between picture books and animated film.
SENTENCE SURGEONS - Sentences to correct
The spider who couldn't hide...... Splendid TEDED Lesson
Narrative voice is another name for a person telling a story. The narrative voice adds clarification and can better explain what is going on in a scene -- it's even an insight into a character's thoughts. Take, for example, this spider who couldn't hide. Fabulous. Use this as inspiration for making a video, use iPads. Write and record POV for the For the Birds | Original Movie from Pixar(3.26m) or for Pigeons (2.5min rest is credits) Also try some live action videos from the Discovery Channel - try activities with whole class first then in pairs. (short videos about 2mins)
Use Padlet for students to ask questions http://padlet.com/cathy007/spider
Suction Cup Ducks - Great to discuss walking in straight lines
Possible MUTE FROM 4.00 - 4.20
Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe. Watch the TEDED video
Some ideas, take notes from the Video. Make a list of 5 truly awesome things. Write a sentence about each. Write a list of 5 ways you use the word awesome this week, go on be honest. Replace the word with something more suitable.
More Adventure, use iPad app 'Explain Everything' to docment things that are awesome and things that are not. See if you can go for a comparison by opposites. Show a high level of skill and context in your presentation but add some humour.
Even more adventure - Work in powerpoint and use the exit animations to setup a reveal on click option for things that are truly awesome and things that are just well NOT.
Some visual writing ideas that are alternatives to the standard book report from John Spencer.