Breakout Session

Tuesday Evaluation

Good Reading, Good Writing and the Icing on the Cake--Animation!

Jill Chang, David Fuerst, Rick Magnuson, Joyce Teibel - St. Paul Academy and Summit School Team

12/13/11, 1:20 PM-2:10 PM
Lake Superior B

In an interdisciplinary unit, students read graphic novels for literature, wrote comics for a writers' workshop and used Animation-ish to animate their stories. The icing on their creative concoctions came through the skyping inspiration of Peter H. Reynolds, author and founder of FableVision. Learn how to inspire your students with these ingredients.

Materials for Reading and Writing Graphic Novels:

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Resources for Animation-ish and FableVision Learning

Animation-ish - Make Your Mark...Move!
Animation-ish is an easy-to-use animation software program that inspires creativity and enables children to "show what they know."
FableVision Learning
We are big believers that a well-educated student is not complete without less "test-able" skills such as creativity, communication, self-expression, problem solving, and cultural understanding. We also need students with self-determination and a desire to learn.
These foundation skills are the building blocks upon which a lifetime of learning can be built. While the details of educational goals and outcomes vary from state to state and country to country, we all share these fundamental goals.
FableVision’s mission is to help educators inspire their students to develop and strengthen these fundamental skills. We will continue on our "200-year mission" to develop, discover, and share creative tools for educators and students to help all learners reach their true potential through meaningful challenges and authentic learning.
Peter H. Reynolds
When I was in 7th grade, something remarkable happened that changed my life in a wonderful way. An amazing teacher, Jim Matson, pulled me aside for drawing in class, instead of paying attention. Rather than scolding me, Mr. Matson asked me to try a project, tapping into art and storytelling to help other students understand a math concept.
Dizzy with excitement, I ran off to make a comic book. I cracked open the dense math text book and saw, for the first time, that these numbers were only ways of quantifying things and actions. Things and actions I could see and put to paper. When I brought in the completed project, Mr. Matson didn't just see a comic book, but also a storyboard. "You've got the beginnings of an animated film if you're interested." A few months later, I had finished my first animated film designed to teach. And now I do the same professionally through my stories, films and the company I founded, FableVision.
My journey has been dedicated to helping kids, especially the "off the path" kids. I was one of them myself. Not every student is lucky enough to have a teacher, or adult, see his or her potential.
When I visit students in schools they ask me what my hobbies are. I say thinking, dreaming. If my art and stories can help inspire others to do the same, I'll feel my life had meaning.
Reynolds Center For Teaching, Learning and Creativity
The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity is a non-profit dedicated to improving learning for every student. Founded by Peter H. and Paul Reynolds, the Reynolds Center TLC offers workshops, retreats and professional development programs to inspire and nurture innovation and creativity in educators and school leaders. We design, develop and evaluate new media, tools and initiatives to foster authentic, engaged learning wherever it occurs. The Reynolds Center TLC is committed to fostering inspiration, innovation and community.