Time to Play

Fall_leaves__1___large_copy Last Friday I got to spend the day at a Star School, Alta Vista Elementary, with Brook Peabody, Jillian Gay, and Ted Eldridge. I bribed Brook with the shirt he’s wearing if he’d just model it for the blog. He willingly obliged. (Okay, so I played with the blue screen in Ted’s video workroom and then Photoshop Elements.) Do you want one? Hold a Learning Adds Up Night, report it to me in blog format with permission to send it to Stephen Wakefield for his blog. Pictures with permission to publish would even be better!

But today’s been all about play. Today we had our team call with Lance and he gave us some homework for our upcoming Winter meeting. One of the assignments is to present our territory to the others and he gave a few suggestions. Well, I couldn’t get my address list to load in Google Earth (kept saying I needed to buy the software to make it work) so I started browsing for another way of creating a map of North Florida DEN Members. It was amazing to see just how spread out we are and boy, do I have some places to infiltrate. Here’s the link for the site: http://www.batchgeocode.com/map/?i=c265b1f5a305cca9de9c5649ddbd9f71 Go ahead and play. Create your own with your family and see how far apart you really are.

My playtime actually started before that call though. It started when Joey and I were playing around with rhyming words today. We created a little Photo Story project with words that rhyme with "can". We used Image Blender from Tech4Learning, images from unitedstreaming, and PhotoStory to put it all together. Then I shared with him this cute little story that Nancy from Putnam created during our Digital Storytelling Class. I had to share this fun little project with you. I hope she doesn’t mind, but it’s just so cute. Download best_one.wmv

Speaking of fun, check out these Education Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen. I particulary like the one about the math student wanting to call Tech Support. Well, the teacher’s right, you can’t call tech support to solve math problems, but you can look it up on Cosmeo. With Nutshell Math, you can’t go wrong. (Why didn’t they have this when I was a student?) Hey, South Florida, ask Karen about her Cosmeo Math story.

Need a good laugh for the Holidays? Try out Humor Matters. Cute stuff on there. I might try that with my own turkey this year.

Yes, today has been a very playful day. Between creating stories, maps, watching Magic School Bus on unitedstreaming, playing on COSMEO, and then reading the comics – well I guess it was a day worth taking off for. Now we’re watching and playing this game show and up flashes "Make a video, win $100,000". It’s got Kenzie’s favorite guy on the site and she’s great at this type of stuff. Wonder if she’s entering? Hey, you all are Stars! Go win it! And then you can take me out to eat and let me win the prize.

Have anything fun to share? Post it in the comment section below!


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  1. Robin Daugherty said:

    Thanks for the tip on Magic School Bus videos being on unitedstreaming! I did not know that and I am sure my school doesn’t. I will be holding a training session and sharing with everyone that information! I have been renting these videos to show in class, now all I have to do is turn on unitedstreaming. 🙂

  2. Tom Turner said:


    So are over 40 of Jeff Corwin’s “Jeff Corwin Experience” videos can be found on unitedstreaming. I know as a reward for positive behavior I use him. My 6th graders LOVE seeing all the stuff he does. Thanks for the fun stuff Danielle. Good to see that you put me to HARD work and you were doing all that. 😛 j/k

  3. Kay Teehan said:

    Hey! Talking about fun thingse–has anyone seen the program COMIC LIFE? It is software that allows you to to make any digital photo move its mouth and speak words… It is really fun. Check it out at: http://plasq.com/comiclife

  4. Danielle Abernethy said:

    Yeah Kay! I thought this was a MAC only program. Hmmm…………maybe we ought to do a contest for the best DEN Comic. Don’t rush out to win, just an outloud thought.

    Tom, you were working hard. He’s been playing with wetpaint at http://wetpaint.com Great Wiki site.

    Robin, always check unitedstreaming before you go out and buy/rent movies. We probably have them. 🙂

  5. Tom Turner said:

    The only drawback I’ve seen so far of wetpaint is not finding anywhere to upload files. Only images. Will continue to work with it.

  6. Karen Seddon said:

    I love the North Florida map. Maybe if I get smart enough I’ll try it with South Florida! Which Math COSMEO story do you want, Danielle? COSMEO is so amazing!

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