Category: Cool Stuff on the Web

Everything is a REMIX

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As you start to design your remix, I want you to consider your own creativity.  Use other people’s works to create something cool and original.  Put your own spin on it.  Add your own perspective.

The more you create and regard media, design and art through the lens of a designer, the more original and creative your pieces will become.

If you need more copies of the storyboard template, you can find them here.

If you have time on your hands, this is an interesting series called Everything is a Remix.  I think it’s really good.  However, I think that it is more directed towards adults.  I’ve shown examples in class that I think connects more closely to media and culture of your generation, but this video is really interested and I think can introduce you to some great music and artists from the past fifty years and will deepen your understanding of copyright, fair use as it pertains to a remixer.

Secondary School Blog Round Up: August-September 2015


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The blogs are buzzing with so much great learning and reflection.  This blogpost is just a small sample of the number of blog posts that have been written since school has started this year!  Please read and comment on student blogs.

There is alway a lot of great learning, reflecting, service and activities going on at CA.  Here are some student posts that highlight all of this great learning in and out of school.


Read what Masao wrote as he analyzed 3D printers and their ethical use in Japanese class.

This past month, all middle school students went on trips to foster teamwork and friendships and learn more about nature and Japanese culture.  There are many fantastic blog posts about individual student experiences.  Check out a few here: Piya’s trip to Green Echo, Aki’s trip to Awaji and Haruki’s trip to Wakasawan.

This summer a few students and teachers went to Tohoku to continue CA’s work with area schools after the horrible earthquake in 2011.  Read Shaun’s blogpost about his service and impact from his Tohoku trip this past summer.

High school art classes are sharing their work and reflections of their first pieces this year. See Aya’s and Hina’s artwork and reflections here.

This year, Drama students are using their blogs to showcase and reflect on their work.  Watch Ahmad’s group as they perform a movement sequence and read more about the process and his reflection. Sohan also shared his groups’ performance and he reflected on how they created still images from a song.

All students and teachers at CA are required to create goals to improve our learning and performance. All students post their goals on their blogs.  Check our your child’s blog and see how you can support them with their newly created goals.  Here is an example of a tenth grade student’s goals by Kyu-Hyeok.

In Japanese class, Jessie wrote a blogpost for a reading response to her independent reading.

Grade 10 students have been diligently working on their Personal Project and have started their inquiry.  They will be documenting their personal projects through their blogs to share with the community.  Here are some examples of this year’s projects: Karuna’s, Fayaz’s and Min-Suk’s .

Saakhi posted about her art class field trip to the Kobe Biennale Museum.

Grade 6: The Exciting World of Graphic Design


Image Credit: Japanese Graphic Design by Maryellen McFadden via Flickr CC

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I love graphic design.  I hope you learn to appreciate it through this unit.

This is the video we’ll watch in class:


If you are interested in graphic design, this is another video I found by a graphic design student from Portugal, which I think is kind of cool:

THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN Presentation Used in Class.


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YouTube Playlist

Pixlr Tutorials

Inspiration: Making Fun Videos & Bakkaikoii

I saw this on the web tonight and thought of all of you (my dear students).

For both 6th and 7th grade, your last projects were videos, but videos are so fun to make, I hope you continue to play around and make videos on your own.  If you don’t have time now, definitely play around this summer!

Be a creator not just a consumer on YouTube!