Thursday, October 1, 2009

Comments for Kids

Anthony said...

Wow, your story was great-- especially the Halloween timing! I am also new to vocaroo-- thanks for the introduction. Your story is a great combination of audio, video, and text! The moral to your story seems very clear, great moms and good friends are the best!
October 28, 2009 6:40 PM

To help me keep organized, I have compiled all of my reflections from C4K into one blog post. I have sorted them by the date that I commented. The Blogs I have found most helpful for me are available on the right side column of my blog, under "Important Links".

September 6, 2009 4:56

How creative! I hope to become a teacher one day very soon, and I hope that my students can express that talents as well as you have with your Humpty Dumpty story, even if it does have a sad ending. :-(
This is a great example of children combining narration with background music and most impressively, animation.

September 9, 2009 4:39
Keep up the good work guys! By looking at your blog posts, I have learned so much about what I want to include in my future classroom. Your creations have been very inspiring! Thank you!
One student leads her class in thanking the EDM 310 students for our input on their blogs. I think this is a great example of building confidence in students and developing student/teacher relationships across the globe!

September 11, 2009 4:47
This is phenomenal! Y'all are so fortunate to be able to spend so much time expressing your limitless creativity with your amazing talents. I was exceptionally impressed with your animation-- it makes me wish I could have gone to the assembly myself!
I am studying at the University of South Alabama to become an elementary teacher. I am grateful that Dr. Strange tipped me off to your website. Please continue to inspire!
This is reporting at its best. The student of Point England collaboratively reported on an assembly they had about storytelling. They digitally animated their experiences and compiled them into one storyline to create a more complete report of the event. HOW EXCELLENT!

September 11, 2009 4:52
Congratulations! Netball looks a lot like basketball. I have played all my life, but I can't imagine playing without a backboard!
Great video April, the voice report flowed nicely into your background music.

This videocast opened up a whole new realm of ideas for possible implications in my future career. Most significantly, I think it would be fun to sponsor a journalism club that reported anything going on in our community that effects the student population: sports, festivals, theater, or academic competitions (geography bees, spelling bees, scholars bowl, etc.). They could also highlight community volunteers, exceptional students (character, grades, etc), student clubs, and club leaders. The student journalists could also interview our school leaders for updates about what may be coming to our school next (teacher layoffs, better cafeteria food, new funding, new technology, etc.).

September 16, 2009 9:15
Phenomenal! Each time I run across a blog like yours I become more and more inspired, motivated, and excited to become a teacher! Currently, I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I am taking EDM 310 (an educational media course) with Dr. Strange in order to attain my degree in elementary education.
I just wanted to thank your class for giving me such great insight to Roman architecture, Julius Casar, Cleopatra VII and gladiators. Your narrators were so expressive and clear! I especially appreciated the transitions, subtitles, and background music. Keep using your creative talents– y’all are fantastic!

As a future teacher, I do have a question about your scripting. If you have time, please email me at or comment my blog. I would like to learn what method you used to assemble your script, select your narrators, and how much time it took to create a post like this. Thanks so much!

This comment was especially fruitful for me because the coordinating teacher of the class blog, Mrs. Carrie contacted me and answered all of my questions. She was very prompt and helpful. I eagerly await her class's next post so that I can see some more great work, and remain in touch with her, who I have found to be such a great learning resource.

October 2, 2009 6:26
Hi, my name is Anthony and I am a student of the University of South Alabama where I am studying to become an elementary teacher. I just wanted to say that this is so impressive. I wish I had the creative talents that Mr. Stu Duvall shared with y'all. Thanks for sharing his visit, it has my brain reeling for possible guest speakers for my future classroom here in Alabama!

I really appreciate the way Mr. Stu Duvall connected art, literature, and music to entertain the student of Point England. What a great way to teach students how to apply brainstorming, teamwork, and improvisation to create. I can't help but think that Sir Ken Robinson would appreciate how the Point clear students were able to use art and music alongside their writing and reading skills.


  1. I read your comment to Joe McClung on At the Teacher's Desk. I can see you are doing more than just getting a certificate. (Completely unlike myself at your age!)

    I think your question is amazing and I would like to answer it for myself. The most important tool I use is my blog. It is the basis for all things good that have taken place to me and my students on the internet.

    While I am not a first year teacher, the way we are now using technology makes us all relatively new. I have had a class blog for over three years now, but that is a very short amount of time in my career. The ability to share our classrooms is still relatively new and mostly unadopted. Even though you may feel you are getting a late start you have the ability to learn from those of us that have already done these things and you will have opportunities to learn new things as we learn them.

    Mr. C

  2. So Mr. C and I agree! Not surprising.

    This is a marvelous post. You can see by reading it how thoughtful your comments are. And I am certain that will be very important to the students and teachers involved. Mr. C taught me the secret about blogs: comments! Thank you for setting an excellent example of what should be done in commenting, and how to report back on what you are doing.

    And it looks like you applied the techniques I showed you in class last week! Great!