Books, Donuts, & Me: A Love Story

When I’m on vacation, there are only two things I’m interested in:

1)  books

2)  food

Often, but not always, in that order.

Thus, for the two weeks in January that I spent vacationing in the Pacific Northwest, #etmooc and all other “real world” stuff got pushed to the back burner while I went in pursuit of two of my great loves…

A corset book, one of the many wondrous objects in the University of Washington’s Book Arts Collection.


Delectable, made-to-order beignets served with vanilla marscapone and raspberry jam at Seattle’s Dahlia Bakery. (My apologies for the poor photo quality and harried “hurry-up-and-take-the-photo-so-I-can-eat” expressions)


A couple of chickens preparing to cross the road.  (okay, not a book, nor food, but representative of my third great love:  funky local art)


By the end of my vacation, I felt refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to jump back into #etmooc-ing but, alas, the universe had other plans.  By the time my homeward bound plane touched ground, I was knocked nearly unconscious by a nasty flu.


After a week of bed rest, coupled with large doses of fresh ginger, o.j., and gallons of soup, I’m now (mostly) back to normal – hurray!

To ease myself back into the swing of things, I spent the evening catching up on some #etmooc blog posts.  Here are a couple that knocked my socks off:


Charlie Chapman, move over!  Amy Burvall’s silent film, ‘Hat Check Girl’, is absolutely the bees knees!


My favorite stories are always the ones with elements that I can relate to.  Linda Pemik’s first digital story of ‘A Family of Firsts’ had me awww-ing and grinning and reminiscing about some of my own “firsts”.


Having lived in Hawaii for most of my life, I found Tim Brenner’s collage of Boston blizzard photos an utterly fascinating story.  (Gee, look at all that white stuff!)


Diana Samson shared ‘A Pep Talk From Kid President to You’.  In a word:  ADORABLE.


Ed Tech Tool Review: GoAnimate

What it is…

GoAnimate is an online do-it-yourself video maker for businesses, educators, and students.  Basic accounts are free, or you can pay a nominal fee for extra features like uploading images, video clips and sound, or publishing rights to social media platforms such as YouTube.  School accounts are also available, affording educators a safe, private and monitored environment to help students create their own mini masterpieces.

What I liked about it…

After breezing through a quick sign-up page, I was guided through a fun tutorial which showed me all the basics I needed to know in order to create my video.  The user interface was very intuitive, featuring a simple yet colorful layout and family friendly images to work with.   I especially loved the cute animations that I could use to make my main character dance happily across the screen.

I think that students of all ages would get a kick out using GoAnimoto to present book reports, point-of-view debates or to illustrate a story.  Teachers might use it as a fresh method of introducing a new topic in class, posing hypothetical scenarios or to create tutorials.

Without further ado…

I used GoAnimate to create my #etmooc self-introduction…enjoy!