How to use animation in school with GoAnimate4Schools


Go Animate is a great site where students can easily create cartoons by typing in their scripts and the cartoon characters will automatically speak it out. There is a difference between Go Animate and GoAnimate4Schools, and there is a more advanced GoAnimate4Schools that my students will be participating in so that they can make longer and more creative animations.   Listed below is an example of the work that I did with this web 2.0 tool

Check out my students’ work that they used with GoAnimate on Anti-Bullying

Interested on bringing Animation into your school program? Check out my Yahoo Voices article on Open Source / iOS tools for Animation

Here is a commercial that I made up for our school in order to get 8th graders to create work for their prom Prom Decoration Commercial by James Gorcesky

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate4Schools. It’s free and fun!

Which of These Programs is a Great Digital Film Editing Tool?

A Variety of Sites and Programs to Help Create Your Digital Storytelling Project


If you have read my previous article on Windows Movie Maker, then you should know that I would like to continue my series of articles on digital video editing programs. I recently did a project with my students that involved Flip Cams and creating short films. During that process, I have examined a lot of ways that either my students could easily edit their own footage or what I could use in order to easily display my student work over the internet.

Due to the fact that the format that the Flip Cam records on is MP4, you are instantly confined with choices on what to use……

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What are some of best tools to digitally edit movies

A Free Essential Tool for Your Latest Animation or Digital Storytelling Project


Over the course of the next few weeks, I would like to discuss a few sources for programs that can be used to edit film and for your students to create forms of digital storytelling in your classroom. Going back to my previous career of an independent film maker, I have used programs such as Windows Movie Maker, Flip Share, IMovie, FinalCut Pro, Ulead Media Studio, Dell Movie Studio, Picasa, Quicktime Pro and there are also some great sites out there such as and You can use a variety of software and/or hardware for this project, but for the sake of argument, I have four Flip Cameras, which I purchased through the great web site of, which has one of the best deals to buy two Flip Cameras for the price of one……

You can also check out WeVideo, which I have a few tutorials here in my YouTube playlist

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Student Google Sketchup Images

Here is a collection of images that my students made utilizing Google Sketch Up. They got most of their information on the video tutorials provided by Google Sketch Up and they were able to modify and/or use pre-existing models that were uploaded to the Google Sketch Up model library. When the students were done, they also had the option to add their work to the library and share their work with the world.



The Movies that Made Me Want to Get into Education: Lean on Me


I can remember first watching this movie in our Marlboro house when I was around twelve years old. The concept of the film was quite engaging: One no nonsense principal attempts to clean up one of the toughest inner city high schools before they are taken over by the state. He is up against tardy students who hang out in the hallways blaring out their ghetto blasters while smoking cigarettes, apathetic teachers, a community that is trying to get him fired for kicking out a lot of the bad kids without due process and even the fire marshal because “Crazy Joe” has to put chains around the doors during the school day to prevent gang members and drug dealers from sneaking back into his school…..

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Toon Doo tutorials: Digital storytelling in the form of embeddable comic books


Here is a collection of my Jing tutorials that I made up for my students so that they could independently publish their work from ToonDoo into the form of a comic book on our Edmodo site.


How to take your completed ToonDoo pages and arrange them into your book



Once in Toon Doo, click on “Toons” and then “Your Toondoos” Afterwards, click on EDIT under a page and you will be where the video starts



How to take your completed Toon Doo Book and publish it to edmodo