Thanks to technology, our kids are growing up in an amazing time. Homework assignments that I would have had to use construction paper, crayons and Elmer’s Glue to complete are now being accomplished with laptops and PowerPoint. Ã‚Â Stacks of papers and notebooks have been replaced by files on keyÃ‚Â chain sized USB drives. Ã‚Â Those are just some of the obvious uses of technology in the classroom.Ã‚Â With all the cool “web 2.0” and “Social Media” tools available kids are coming up with new and creative ways to fulfill their homework assignments and recently I was happy to make a suggestion that that helped my son get an “A.”
The Animated Ghost of Christmas Present…
My son was frustrated with an assignment to act out “Stave 3” of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Ã‚Â Most of his class was going to create a skit of the scene between Ebenezer Scrooge and the second of the three spirits he would encounter, however my son was having a hard time getting together with his classmates to write and rehearse a skit.
I suggested, “Why don’t you make a cartoon?” Ã‚Â He looked at me like I was crazy. Ã‚Â “Seriously,” I said. Ã‚Â “I saw this really cool animation called ‘The Social Media Guru’ that was made using a website where you type the script, direct the characters, and it spits out a YouTube video!” Ã‚Â He was intrigued. Ã‚Â I pointed him to www.xtranormal.com and he was off to the races.
While the hysterical Social Media Guru video is NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR KIDS, my son’s assignment for his class is, and it is embedded below.
How have your kids used new technology tools for their class assignments? Ã‚Â Please let us know in the comments.
Jeff Sass is the proud dad of ZEO (Zach, 21, Ethan, 19 and Olivia, 18).Ã‚Â He is also a seasoned entertainment and technology exec and active social media enthusiast.Ã‚Â You can see more of JeffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s writing at Sassholes! and Social Networking Rehab.
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