A word by any other name…

…would still benefit from a visual representation that, of course, includes full context. I am marveling right now as I watch my two year old granddaughter acquire not only language but gestures. For example, when Hall Davidson was visiting just before Thanksgiving, she was chatting him up pretty good. I’m not sure any of us got more than a quarter of what she was saying, but she obviously didn’t want him to feel ignored. Just for fun Hall called her from his cell to mine and then she really got into high gear with her free hand gesticulating wildly. Even though nothing in the room had changed, she knows the message needs a little more oomph when you’re on the phone and can’t see each other. Ah, but I digress (which is par when I get going on the grandbabies). This post is not about my grandkids’ learning vocabulary, it’s about your SAT/ACT test takers! BrainyFlix has a video contest going through March 16th. Make a video illustrating one of the words on the SAT or ACT vocabulary lists and win one of the $600 in prizes or an iTunes download for every fifth entry (will that be DRM free now?)

What a great way and model to make words come alive! Imagine how quickly your students could teach each other words and spelling by acting them out in a no frills video.


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  1. Hall Davidson said:

    Don’t forget that she called me back. Blowing the mind of everyone in the room. Her phirst phone call, so to spheak.

  2. Joe Brennan said:

    Yes, a minute or so after uncle Hall hung up, Addie managed to hit the send button twice and do an automatic call back, a trick none of us knew at the time. Of course, it was just luck, but plays right into Hall’s thinking that humanity is returning to its roots of being creative tool users.

  3. Anita Hutton said:

    Joe, this is a great contest! I know that the students would definitely get the vocabulary words this way. I’ll try to get some of the teachers interested. An activity like this could cover a multitude of language skills in addition to vocabulary, especially if used in context with the readings or topic under discussion.

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