Sunday, June 29, 2008

Reflections of a NECC Newbie and a Constructivist of Sorts

Although our luggage was lost in transit, our first day in San Antonio was a success!

We started our day at Gary Stager's, Constructivist Consortium
where we were reminded how important it was to allow our students to nourish their creative souls by encouraging project based constructive technology use in the classroom.

During this session we were introduced to the new Fablevision software, Animationish. It is a cartoon drawing application that allows the students to create animation videos. I can't wait to play with it more. There is a free trial on their website.

Another great application was Frames , it is a digital storytelling application that not only allows you to create photo stories, but it has blue screen technology, and you can even make claymation videos. Lisa and I are eager to use this with our kids next school year! It was so easy and fun too.
This was a great conference and it helped to get our creative teacher juices flowing. Check out the Constructivist Consortium Bookstore, with book recommendations that will help to foster your constructivist spirit. Also consider attending the Constructing Modern Knowledge Conference that is happening July 28th in New Hampshire.

Go out and create something beautiful. Smiles to you. -Christine

2 comments:

loonyhiker said...

Thanks for writing about this. I wish I was there!

TJ Shay said...

Christine,

Waiting to see some great Animations! Email me when you have done one done! I can't wait. Also, drop me an email when you have a minute!