Tarheel Reader, Smart Board, and Autism

A school last week – -profoundly autistic highschoolers — teacher having student create a story using Tarheel Reader on the smart board. The student was using the onscreen keyboard to add the text to the story.

I filmed the scene with my cell phone camera.


Video Game Mashup

Another mashup idea: harvest video from video games to use in an original iMovie. Grabbing video, music soundtrack, anything, and making a movie. It does not need a plot necessarily, although a cherent theme probably makes a better narrative. A non-narrative movie a la Bruce Weber (?) could also work.  The Machinima movie genre is like this.

Musical Mashups

I developed this idea from I watching so many students spending their computer lab time accessing music sites. I have seen kids listening to rap songs from piffdat.com, beemp3.com, bearmp3.com, and so on. There is probably a new one a week. Anyway, the idea is to have students take samples of songs and import them into Garageband to make a Musical Mashup. The result needed be a great sounding song or even make sense. (I am thinking of beatnick poetry -type mashups along the lines of of the cut-up poetry of William Burroughs.) It would demonstrate the ability of students to harvest content (not always an easy task), to evaluate lyrics and song melodies and choose, and to recombine all the elements into a New Thing.

January 2011