Category Archives: creativity

Book Murals from around the world


As part of the OZTL – net group I belong to, I received a post about amazing wall murals featuring books. I wanted to share it with you.


How creative and wow is this street art?


Was sent this ppt by one of the art teachers at school and wanted to share it. How could you use it in your classroom? Same way as the Worth 1000 images – as stimulus for discussion, writing even persuasive writing, looking at the detail – ‘reading’ the image, working out how and with what it was made, where has the idea come from? – symbols of peace (dove), don’t enter road sign….

piano steps

snow white and apple symbol

leg sticking out of wall

friendly tree

Street art

My first go at iMovie


As part of being an Apple Seed at school (people who get extra training to help others on staff use iPads ), we are required to run some pd sessions for staff, which is fair enough. The pd I am going to help run , with my colleague Natasha, will be about iMovie, so I thought I had better get on and have a try myself, as I have always asked my students to use it and just watched.

It has taken me a few hours, to search for the right images and then work out how to put an iMovie together, but here is my first attempt. I really enjoyed creating it and by using a pre-existing template, didn’t have to make very many decisions about layout or design – it’s done for you.

So a good way to start.

If you would like to watch it, you need a password, which is jb130563.


Book trailers – a great way to hook readers into books


Book trailers – showing and creating your own, or letting your students make them is a succinct way of letting readers know what the featured book is about and why they should read it. There are many great and some not-so great examples of book trailers on YouTube. There are even children’s book publishers that have entire channels on YouTube devoted to book trailers of their books.

A very popular series at school and this trailer gives the flavour of the series. But usually whne I am creating book trailers with students, we work out that about 1 minute is the optimal length. At over 2 minutes, this one is a bit long.

This is one of the best book trailers that I have seen. It captures the atmosphere of tension and horror of this book – really gets you in!!!

This trailer’s narration, image and soundtrack combination makes it just like a movie trailer.

Picture books are ironically quite tricky to make trailers for, as the simpler the storyline, the more difficult it is to distill its essence. In this book trailer, they have played with the plot from the book. In the book, the reader is looking for the green sheep. In the trailer, the green sheep is looking for the books’ author, Mem Fox.

Creating book trailers with students is another thing altogether. When I have got a class involved in this in the past, the first thing you do is watch lots of book trailers and create your own rubric as to what makes a good book trailer – one that ‘hooks’ you in, is the way we explain it. Is it the images, the soundtrack, voices, colours, speed of transition from one image to another, choice of image that makes the biggest impact. Why? is it different for different people? Then students start creating by drawing up a storyboard so they think through their trailer before they start making it. This is particularly important when you are working in a team – there must be a shared vision, otherwise there will be no end product. Then they can begin the process. It is interesting to see all the many ways that a ‘book hook’ can be created – some are fantastic, others pretty ordinary. But the process is an important part and going through the steps leads you closer to making your own book trailer.

Our Story in 2 minutes


I was sent this link today and what it reminded me of, was what we learnt last night at our apple educator run pd session – creating a video is a complex way of showcasing your understandings of whatever it is about . It is a way of summarizing your knowledge about a topic and can be very powerful. What I am reminded about when I watched this was how many hours of fiddling around, playing with making movies this person spent to enable him/her to create something of such a high standard. I suppose something for us primary educators to remember – we need to provide students with time and reason to practice and perfect the craft of making multi-media. Lead up time so they can make videos like these.

National Simultaneous Storytime – May 21, 2014


Here in Australia, the Australian Library and Information Association organizes NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME, which involves participating school, public, early childhood centres and playgroups all reading the same book at the same time on May 21st. Last year, it was the hilarious book ‘The Wrong Book’ by Nick Bland. This year it is the ‘very funny also’ book ‘Too Many Elephants’ by Ursula Duborsarksy. She is a bit of a crazy lady and I came across this interview with her talking about the book. Gives you an incite into an important Australian author.

Worth1000 – an amazing and inspiring site


I had forgotten about this amazing site full of WOW images.


I was introduced to it in a pd about multi-modal literacy and ways to engage students. The images are sorted into galleries alphabetically that have been contests, with a particular brief. For example, Coolest Toy Ever, Work Safe Art, Sound of Music and Garden Freestyle.

Have a look below and think how you could use these images.

Some of the images are not suitable for schools, but there is so much available that is, it is worth (get it?) checking this out. Certainly they are useful for visual literacy, but also for displays that make you stop and think, as great starters for creative story writing, for ‘ putting yourself in someone else’s shoes’ thinking, for discussions about characters – why they are imagined and portrayed as they are physically, for springboards to creating your own images  in technology classes or art…..the list goes on.

smiling tomatoes tiny cauliflower poodle butterfly painting gorilla island tiny man sawing seedling arboretum hiding mouse frog made of cotton bugle hut