Don't Crush my Dreams was selected as a finalist in the Next Vista for Learning online student video contest. Judges will determine winners in each of the two categories by the first week of June. Watch the videos and look at the scoring guidelines to decide who you think the winners might be. It's a great way to think about craftsmanship and storytelling.
A few times a year, NextVista.org hosts student video contests. These videos teach something learned in school, are 90 seconds (+ credits) long, and fit in one of three categories: student, collaboration, or teacher created. They are screened by a panel of judges and posted to the site. Those that score the highest points are posted as finalists. Winners are awarded after the finalists are viewed by teachers and students around the globe. We entered 4 movies this time into the contest and 2 of them were selected as finalists in two different categories. Click on the movie titles below to see them.
Soaring Creativity: Teacher Category
Soaring Creativity: Collaboration Category
We entered a tutorial explaining the 2nd grade rotational symmetry lego design project in the teacher category. View it below and visit my post to learn more about this project.
We entered a shortened version (to meet requirements) of "How to be Kind" in the collaboration category. View the full version below and visit the post to find out how Dryden's youngest animators created the beating heart effect over their still images.
There were 2 other videos entered during this contest that were not chosen as finalists.
Deep Space (the remake) was given an Honorable Mention. View thefirst version here and learn about animated aliens to play instruments, beatbox, dance, and sing here.
How to Stay Neat was also a remake by the 2nd graders of 2015-2016 school year. It was entered in the summer contest but since they had no other collaboration entries it was put into the current contest where it didn't score as high as the other entries. View the first version here and the remake below.
Here are thescoring guidelines that the judges use for the videos. Try going back to each category (Teacher, Student, Collaboration) and score the movies so you can guess who might win. There are "bonus points" for turning the movie in early and following the directions when the movie is turned in, so your score may be a few points off because of this unknown factors.
NextVista.org hosts an online video contest for students. They give feedback to filmmakers, have a panel of judges, and encourage students to view their movies around the country. Each video entry teaches a school related concept or lesson in 90 seconds or less. Many of ourFugleflicks have qualified for this contest so we've entered it often.
Last Spring we entered LEARN TO FLY in the teacher made category and MOVEMENT in the collaboration category into their Creative Sprouts contest and WON BOTH!
Congratulations to all the students who helped make these fun and informative videos.
Since Dryden's art room began the year with a class set of iPads (find out how here) loaded with awesome creation apps (likeDoInk Animation App, Green Screen App by DoInk, and Superimpose), I decided to offer an animation workshop to students who wanted to learn how to create a film entry for the PTA Reflections contest. The contest theme this year is "Let your imagination fly" which lends itself perfectly to animation.
The workshop filled up with 4th graders almost immediately. Most of the students were uncertain what they wanted to create, so they learned techniques. Here are some animations they created:
One student, Katie, came to the animation workshop with a very clear idea of what she wanted to create. She had already written an original song and wanted to make an animated video to accompany it. So she worked with me a few more days to create an acapella audio recording in Garageband (with her own backup vocals) and a series of animated scenes to tell her story. She explored a bunch of animation tricks using still images, layered animation, and mixing live video with animation using green screen effects. View her little masterpiece here or below.
Her piece was selected by the NW Cook region PTA to advance to STATE! Congratulations!
P.S. Did you notice that Alexis' art is the Peanut (as in Charlie Brown and friends) version of herself?
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View all the other Peanutized Dryden Students here.
Update: Alexis received 1161 votes! Normally that would be enough to win, but the winner had almost 4x's as many (wow!). So it was a really tough competition. Thank you to everyone who showed your Dolphin Spirit and supported Alexis! See results here.
UPDATE: I just received an email this morning congratulating us for being in the top 20 of this nationwide contest for BIG prizes. Your help with voting this past month put us in the finalist round! Thank you.
Judges will review the top 2o entries and determine in January who will win prizes valued up to $15,000 for their schools. Stay tuned :)
I made a video of one of our most innovative class projects and entered it into the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curious Classroom Contest. We are hoping to win prizes for our school and you can help by voting daily from now until November 30th. The top 20 videos will then be judged by a panel to determine who wins prizes valued up to $15K. Here is more info from my original post of our Green Screen Stop Motion Station animation project where students demonstrated movement over their art. This project was funded by a grant received through ABC/25 foundation.
To sign up for a simple text or email notification daily with a link to the voting page please join my REMIND group here:
Update: Unfortunately we did not win. Thank you for all your votes of support!
My experimental video featuring Adam the Doodles Man, his dog Rover, and one of my animated robots made in DoInk Animation app was chosen as a finalist in this contest: http://designideas.net/adam/AdamContestEntries/Default.aspx
Please take a second to vote- it's super easy and there is no registration.
The video was edited in the Funimate App with footage from layering stop-motion animation and drawn animation in the DoInk Green Screen app. Learn more about these robot animations here: http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/animated-robots
View the finished movie, Allow us to Illustrate here or below.
These little wire Doodle creatures arrived via FED EX yesterday with a note for me to create a movie by next week. I had asked for this film contest challenge after I learned about it via a tweet from Janine Campbell, art teacher in Michigan. I thought it would be a great time to try using the MyCreate app (a stop-motion animation app) I received from winning the NextVista.org contest last week.
I enjoyed using the MyCreate app for the ability to quickly duplicate a photo in my sequence which significantly reduce my labor, to delete my blurry pictures as I went, and grab-drag to reorder the photos in the timeline as needed. All of these features are missing from the free app we used for stop motion in my classroom this year (iMotion HD). So now, I see the benefits of this paid app.
I did some app smashing for the part of the video where Doodles drew a doodle. It was drawn using Procreate app and exported as a video showing every stroke of the drawing to my camera roll (oh, did I forget to mention this was all made on an iPad?). Then I took a still picture of Doodles holding the pencil and masked out the background in Superimpose app and saved it as a masked PNG. This was then brought into DoInk Animation app over a solid green field of color. I created an animation path as if Doodle was moving the pencil to draw. It was random because I could't view the actual drawing at the time. Then I exported this as a video and brought it into the Green Screen app by DoInk. I layered the pencil animation over the drawing video. The green was eliminated in the app and created the final look of drawing the doodle with a pencil. The whole video was put into iMovie so I could trim reorder the clips and add audio. If you are wondering about my odd voiceover I should admit I looked for inspiration from Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. (Don't know it? It's a Must!)
I was thinking about the school year during my first week of summer and realized we had a very winning year….or I just enter my students into a ton of contests until our odds are really good to win something. I also personally entered a bunch of contests, raffles, and giveaways through out the year to win more resources for my students.
One of the contests I entered was an art contest to design the cover for an education conference hosted by the college I took a professional development class with back in January. They wanted an image that matched the conference theme for the Educational Paradigms Conference: Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Assessment, Leadership for Student Success.
My art was selected! (Yeah!) I used images from my students actively engaged in different learning settings to communicate the theme. I drew the art on the iPad using an app called Procreate. It is a bizzillion layers and took me many sessions to complete. As I was creating I was reflecting on how perfect an art room can be for giving students a chance to explore 21st century skills. I put this 1-minute video together to show how this image was made and the photos of my students used for inspiration.
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View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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