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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Vimeo's Video School Teaches Us About Movie Sets

Vimeo's Video School is an excellent source of advice on video production. The Vimeo Video School covers everything from lighting to acting to editing and just about everything in between.

The latest video added to the Vimeo Video School is a fun video about the people present on a movie set. If you've ever wondered why there are so many assistant directors or what an assistant director does, Who's Who on a Movie Crew will tell you.



Who's Who on a Movie Crew from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.


H/T to Open Culture.

The Whiz Times - News Stories & Quizzes for Kids

The Whiz Times is a news site designed for kids. The site features a wide array of news stories covering everything from serious stories about things like Edward Snowden seeking asylum in Russia to lighter stories about things like panda bears and kittens. Students and teachers can browse through The Whiz Times by selecting a news category and or an age level.

In addition to the articles, The Whiz Times has a fairly sizable collection of educational videos (most hosted on YouTube). I've embedded one of the videos from the Money Smart Whiz Kids video section.


Applications for Education
The Whiz Times offers a news quizzes to go along with many of the articles on the site. Students do have to be registered to use the quizzes and registration requires confirmation of email addresses.

Even if you don't have students register on The Whiz Times, the site could still be a nice with elementary school students to talk about the news. I could see The Whiz Times being used once a week, on Fridays perhaps, to have students explore the news of the week. 

The Week In Review - Go Do Epic Stuff

Good morning from sunny Greenwood, Maine. I hope that all of you had a great week and have fun things planned for the weekend. Earlier this week I was feeling stuck in a rut, as we all do at times, when a friend reminded me to "go do epic stuff!" This is something we say to each other when it's time to get outside and go hiking, biking, or paddling. We could say "go do something fun" but "epic fun" sounds infinitely more fun to us. Doing fun things can break you out of a rut and get you moving again. So as the new school year starts if you feel yourself stressed out or stuck in a rut, go do epic stuff!

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3. A YouTube-free Video Search Engine
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7. Going Beyond Google With the Help of Friends

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