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by CATHY BROWN No:264 03 09 2023
Hello [NAME],
I hope you're having a great day today!
I have just finished my first eLearning Course. Filmmaking 101 - The Trailer is up on my YouTube Channel, the course will be ready to view shortly. Check it out I'd love to know what you think. Filmmaking 101

Students love filmmaking and it covers so many KLAs and outcomes.
LOVED the BigBen Word Puzzle, How AMAZING - the kids love it, and I do as well. We're having a competition to see how many points we can get. I will warn you, it's addictive.

CHECK Out one of my favourite Fables. And Also the Mystery of Pizza.
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This has been one of my favourite cautionary tales for quite a while.
A couple of events this week have reminded me of it again.
The dancing girl, the car mad boy and the amazing origami maker.
What do the measures of success look like?
Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of "a new world".

So they organised a school.
They adopted an active curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying.To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.........


I have just finished my first e-Learning course on Filmmaking
above is a slide from the course.
This course introduces you to the basics of Filmmaking using iPads, which is a brilliant way to capture the attention of young learners.It covers how to use stills and videos to enrich any subject, and how the language of film can be seamlessly integrated into various
Key Learning Areas.
Let me know what you think and if you like my jacket of course!
The lessons have been designed to keep students engrossed, and the learning outcomes are exceptional, regardless of abilities.
The full eLearning Course will be available on ClassCover Learn shortly

Students aren’t just consumers of videos - they’re producers as well.

Once students are familiar with the process of filmmaking, they can become class documenters, teachers, reporters and much more.

The 'idea' of filmmaking is the hook that kids love!



I have been using ChatGPT for a lot of my writing. At first, I was a bit reluctant. But now I use it all the time to help with lessons and also more recently my eLearning course.
Here’s what I have learned.
ChatGPT is incredibly useful for experts. At first, I thought the results were pretty vanilla and well quite often wrong. And they still can be. But there’s much, much more to ChatGPT than that.
Knowing your subject gives you a greater knowledge to fashion ChatGPT prompts. It’s this fashioning of prompts that is important.
1. ChatGPT can do an amazing amount of research in an incredibly short amount of time, so long as you get your prompt right.
2. ChatGPT can’t think for you but it can certainly improve your thinking. Even a wrong answer prompts thinking and leads to more precise prompts.
3. ChatGPT can summarise and simplify texts, which is brilliant. You can ask it to summarise for Kindergarten or at Year 6 level.
4. It can provide historical context, and avoid the current trend to presentism.
5. You can have a conversation with ChatGPT to clarify your ideas and point out holes in your argument. Or just start the day with something amazing.

6. ChatGPT helps generate ideas and comparative examples from literature and movies. I love this.
7. ChatGPT can provide improved writing from a rewrite prompt. eg. Rewrite this in a more friendly, authoritative, colloquial, more formal, more optimistic, or more amusing, for Year 3 or Year 6.


Who doesn't love a game that tells the time in London then scrambles the letters? Kiddos love it. Splendid for a fast finishers ativity on the SMART board. Get out your whteboards and figure out the longest word you can make from adjoining letters.
SEE if we can Strategically clear the board.
WRITE down the best strategies for playing the game.
YOU CAN turn the sound on or off. Sound on is great for signalling the game is about to commence.


My latest YouTube video is the Intro for my Filmmaking 101 Course.
You might also like to check out the RAMPS Video. My kiddos loved this. So many concepts, friction, momentem, angles, gravity. If you want just the Ramps start in at 39 seconds.

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