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Pay attention, kids

October 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Remember this from my blog post last week?

For those of you who haven’t seen the video or didn’t read the post, here’s some quick background: last week, my son brought home an assignment to make a short movie.

Later, when I asked him how he did on his assignment, he said, “We were supposed to write it.”

That answered my question of, “How are kids who don’t have access to a video camera supposed to do this assignment?”

Pay attention, kids. Read the directions. Listen to your teachers. 🙂

What do you want to be when you grow up?

October 6, 2010 2 comments

I’m spending today and tomorrow talking with high school sophomores at My Success Event.

We’re in an arena that’s divided into career “pathways.” Students choose one pathway ahead of time, but–time permitting–get to check out the others.

Here in the Arts and Communication pathway, photography is a big draw.

They’re also having a lot of fun learning about graphic design.

I’ve been taking Jaime Dial‘s advice, trying to find out what their post-graduation goals are. But I’m also encouraging diversification–for them to learn different disciplines; and innovation–you want to go to college for engineering, but enjoy writing? Start a blog about engineering. Start it now.

Legos, Camera, Action!

October 3, 2010 1 comment

When my nine-year-old son brought home the assignment to make a movie, I knew which parent would be tapped for homework help.

With equal parts trepidation and excitement, we dove into storyboarding earlier this week. The kid had all kinds of ideas. I wanted to keep the project simple without squashing his creativity.

We agreed on a few things: A fictional Japanese city 1,000 years in the future would be a great setting, some use of Legos in stop-motion animation, and our dog would be the star.

We just finished making the movie, and it was a fun learning experience for all involved. The kid learned a new form of storytelling, the dog learned how to earn extra treats and I learned that homework projects like this can turn into great family time.