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.

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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:

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

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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”.

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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!)

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

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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!