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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. 🙂

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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.