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    I have been in the field of educational technology since 1988. I began as a computer teacher for Futurekids Inc. in Los Angeles. Soon after, I purchased one of their first franchises, which I operated for three years. In 1997, I began Computing for Kids, a computer enrichment program for young children, which operates in local private schools in Southern California. I earned a Master’s degree in educational technology in 2008 and for the past four years, I have served as the technology specialist at a private elementary school, teaching students in grades 1 – 5 in a computer lab setting.

    My goal with this blog is to provide elementary classroom teachers with Internet resources that will enhance their curriculum. Some websites are very simple to integrate into a lesson, and others require a more thorough approach. But there is something for every level of comfort with technology.

    Please let me know what you think!

Go Animate!

Posted by J. Miller on January 11, 2011

What is is? Go Animate for Schools is a fun, easy to use site that gives students the ability to create their own animated movie.  Students simply drag and drop backgrounds, characters, and objects to create each scene.    Go Animate for Schools is free for teachers with up to 100 students.  Once teachers set up accounts for their students, only those students can access this online world.  It is a safe, teacher controlled learning platform where students can share their animated creations with their classmates.

Why use it? Go Animate for Schools gives students an alternative way to express what they know.  Instead of the traditional report, in which students either write with pencil and paper, or use Word or PowerPoint, Go Animate gives students the ability to creatively express what they have learned.  This new platform can encourage reluctant learners and is highly motivating and engaging for all students.

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