Inspiration from the “Differently-Abled”

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Music video by X Ambassadors performing Renegades
Directed by: ENDS and Alex Da Kid
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From Trash to Treasure (A Must-See Video)

Clarinet Made from Trash

The following trailer is for a documentary about The Recycled Orchestra, a “group of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made entirely of garbage. It is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution” (Source).

“People realize we shouldn’t throw away trash carelessly.
Well, we shouldn’t throw away people either.”

Children’s Book Author Encourages Our Youngest

As I mentioned last week our youngest and I had a great time reading The Pout-Pout Fish. It was an evening filled with lots of silliness and laughter. We had such a great time and I liked the book so much I wrote a blog post about our fun and included a few ideas regarding educational connections that could be made with the story, rhymes, etc. Less than 3 hours after my blog entry posted I received the following message on Twitter from the book’s author, Deborah Diesen.

It would be an understatement to say that our youngest was excited to have received a message from the book’s author. The reaction was so strong that I felt compelled to tweet the following reply to Deborah.

Needless to say, we since have read The Pout-Pout Fish many more times, we have enjoyed Pout-Pout Fish-inspired videos, a full-scale search is underway to get access to Deborah’s other children’s books, and our youngest has a renewed interest in reading and writing.

Many, many thanks, Deborah!

Musician Juggles Three Sticks While Drumming

I juggle and I can play the drums, but I can’t do this.  How long do you think Adam Gray to master this rare skill?

Fun Music Video for The Pout-Pout Fish

Yesterday, I shared how much our youngest and I enjoyed the book The Pout-Pout Fish. I ran across this video of the book set to music. Enjoy!

The Pout-Pout Fish

Our youngest and I had a lot of fun reading The Pout-Pout Fish this evening. It’s a fun tale about Mr. Fish who always has a pout on his face despite many efforts by his friends to cheer him up. The artwork and surprise ending made us laugh with enjoyment.

Educational Connections

  • Younger readers will enjoy and benefit from the repetition of verses.
  • The author incorporated some clever rhymes and introduces interesting vocabulary to youngsters.
  • Provides great opportunities to play with rhythm, alliteration, and dramatic reading.

Our Family’s Favorite App

I decided to share AudioBoo during my presentation at TeacheMeet Memphis. Our kids and I have a lot of fun with this service. AudioBoo makes podcasting and audio blogging a snap and can positively impact your classroom (See previous posts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). Here are my notes as well as the Ustream archive from my session. My full presentation notes are also available on my wiki, Learning Telecollaboratively.

Publishing to AudioBoo from a Web Browser
Creating an AudioBoo from iPhone

Teacher-Created Examples
2 Announcements
AudioBoo in the Classroom
More Examples

Student-Created Examples

First Day of Preschool

Kids Get Creative

Dear Mrs. Estep…

Let’s Connect
Clif’s AudioBoo Profile

I Need My Teachers To Learn 2.0