CTRL-ALT-DELiver We look at Kate Messner, Brian Selznick, KickStarter, and CTRL-ALT-TEACH?
And now…on to the EdTech!
As you know, CTRL-ALT-DELiver: The Podcast is devoted to technology, EdTech, and Web 2.0 sites that enhance education. With the first 27 episodes already done, it is time now to raise the bar on production levels. Looking to add segments, and possible separate podcasts that will feature EdTech, This Day In History as it relates to Elementary curriculum, and Economics, will require better resources than I am currently using.
And so, I am launching a KickStarter project that will allow me to expand into the future of technology and how it is being applied by teachers and students. We will begin to look towards apps, SmartBoards, and eBooks. This KickStarter Project will allow me to expand CTRL-ALT-DELiver beyond the single podcast that I currently produce.
I am a proud member of the NetcastStudio Family, but I want to let my listeners know that this KickStarter project is entirely being done by me and CTRLALTDELIVER: The Podcast. NetCastStudio is not benefiting financially at all from the project, should it be funded. Steve is supportive of my efforts and my goal to improve the podcast and this is not in any way a sign of division between us, but instead a commitment on both of our ends to providing the best possible content.
This week’s pick is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
- THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET
- 2008 Caldecott Medal
- National Book Award Finalist
- A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2007
- A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2007
- 2007 Quill Award Winner
- 2007 Borders Original Voices Finalist
- 2007 #1 Best Book for Kids from Barnes and Noble
Our Audible Pick and KidLet Author of the week is Brian Selznick. Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and after he graduated from collegehe worked at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. His first book, The Houdini Box, which he both wrote and illustrated, was published in 1991 He has illustrated many books for children, including Frindle by Andrew Clements, The Doll People by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which received a 2001 Caldecott Honor. His new book is WonderStruck, which several of my students are reading.
Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.
Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories–Ben’s told in words, Rose’s in pictures–weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful–with over 460 pages of original artwork–Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.
This week’s EdTech spotlight falls on Catherine Horton Flippen
Ctrl+Alt+Teach is her blog. Catherine is a public school foreign language and fine arts teacher with a strong passion for instructional technology and professional development. She is a self-proclaimed educational technology evangelist and makes it her mission to not only spread the word of modern and cutting-edge tech in education, but also to integrate them in her own classes and self-development so she can be an example of effective and appropriate pedagogy using 21st-century technology. Additionally, Catherine incorporates frequent lessons on digital citizenship, copyright, multiculturalism and web safety into her lessons to make her students more prepared for their future in an online global society. The blog has been nominated Ctrl+Alt+Teach for May’s Blog-o’-the-Month! To vote for Ctrl+Alt+Teach, you need to log onto Second Life and visit the Blogger’s Hut at the new ISTE SIGVE location on Eduisland 9 (which just yesterday put up their official building, so you should visit anyhow). Click on the blue square to vote for Ctrl+Alt+Teach!
And now for our feature on KidLit
This week’s KidLit Spotlight is on Kate Messner, Author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.
Gianna Zales is a star runner with one more hurdle to jump before she goes to cross-country sectionals – a monster leaf collection project. To get it done, she’ll have to survive a rival who desperately wants to take her place at sectionals, a grandmother who leaves her false teeth in the refrigerator, and a best friend whose feelings about her are changing like the leaves. Gianna Z needs a stroke of brilliance to make it work!
- Winner of the 2010 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers
- Bank Street College of Education Best Books of 2009
- IndieBound Fall 2009 Kids IndieNext List
Along with posts about her own books, Kate has provided great posts about writing. For example, this month being National Poetry Month, she has written a great poem about poetry that I will be sharing with my 5th grade students next week. On her great, What To Read Next page, Ms. Messner provides young readers with a great resource of recommended authors like Tom Angleberger and Andrew Clements, both favorites of my students and my own children. Under her Writers page, she offers excellent advice on writing and provides an extensive list of blogs from other authors that describes their writing processes, revision strategies, the business of publishing, and the overall life of a writer. I will be pulling a lot of information from the revision strategies to share with my students, as that is an area that I feel many kids are missing. You can follow Kate on Twitter at @KateMessner or go to her website KateMessner.com