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Now there’s more than one way to use a document camera

With so much technology in the classroom -- whether you specifically requested it or not -- it'd be really nice to be able to use it for more than one purpose.   That's why we're super-psyched about announcing our partnership with Ken-a-Vision, an OEM of document cameras and microscopes based ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation

Trial and error is a necessary evil

When I was studying engineering I experienced a very significant moment during my junior year of college.  A fellow student was sharing with one of my professors about how frustrated and ‘stupid’ (as he put it) he often felt by having to try over and over again to solve problems ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation

What did you do this summer …. The Movie!

Summer is coming to a close (was that fast, or what?) and another school year is about to begin. Inevitably the question, ‘what did you do this summer?’ is about to asked about 127 gazillion times in the coming weeks. Here’s an idea to jump start the year. How about ...
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At iCreate the term "inanimate object" does not exist

Years ago I was listening to CNBC financial commentator, Jim Cramer, discuss how his children enjoyed going to stores such as Michael’s and AC Moore versus Toys-R-Us.  Not having children at the time, I found this hard to believe.  Now, eight years later, I completely understand. Yesterday, my family and ...
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/ Art, Children, Guest Post, HUE Animation

Get Animated with Cartoon Network and HUE Animation Studio

Cartoon Network is currently hosting a competition for viewers to win their very own copy of HUE Animation Studio, and best of all it's very easy to enter! Just head to our special site at Cartoon Network's website and vote for your favourite animated video to be in with a ...
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Skittles … Taste the Ratio !

One August 1st we hosted a workshop at Boston Public Schools to give teachers - of all content areas and grade levels - an opportunity to dive in and create. Because we strongly believe in learning by doing, it's only appropriate for us to have teachers learn how to incorporate ...
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B.S.M.E. – Bachelor of Science in Marshmallow Engineering

My daughter recently came home with a very unusual request. “Would it be OK if I built the Eiffel Tower out of marshmallows?” she asked. First, since she is eight I had no idea she knew about the Eiffel Tower. Second, this seemed like such an odd but specific request ...
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/ Art, Children, Education, HUE Animation, K12

SAM Animation and LEGO bring engineering to life

I remember when I was an incoming college freshman and among all the other challenges we face at that time in our lives I had the daunting task of deciding exactly what type of engineer I wanted to be!  I mean, I had already gotten in to engineering school, wasn't ...
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Using everyday objects in animations

Here’s an example of how you can use ordinary everyday items from a classroom to make an animated movie. Amelia (10) came up with the idea of telling the story of sea life using just what she found nearby (with a few extras thrown in by her mum!). A sponge ...
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This iCreate team member’s desert hike was awful until…

Arizona in the summertime. What could be better than a hike through the desert at 100+ degrees with tired and crabby 6 and 8 year old children? That’s what my wife and I decided to do on a recent vacation. My feet hurt. It’s too hot. This is boring. There’s ...
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/ Children, Education, HUE Animation

Creative uses for HUE

Over the years, we've heard of some fantastically interesting things that people have been doing with our HUE camera, and today we learned about another. The folks over at this blog have set up Hue as the 'eyes' of a rover they have built. The rover itself is a Raspberry ...
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iCreate with SAM Animation at 30,000 feet

My wife and I are heading off to the Grand Canyon this week with our six and eight year old daughters. I don’t know which is scarier – the possible mule ride into the Canyon or trying to not go nuts on a plane with two kids who have already ...
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One person’s trash is another person’s iCreate movie

I had a conversation this week with a person who was complaining about how much kids’ toys and play items cost. She was agonizing over the fact that she would have four kids for the week (her two nieces and her two young children) and that it was going to be “an ...
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Dancing paper towel rolls? Yes, iCreate can bring anything to life!

If you gave kids a card board box, egg cartons, paper towel rolls, construction paper, and some popsicle sticks, what would they make? Probably a static yet elaborate structure with the vague resemblance of a castle.  Unfortunately, this probably was carefully constructed on the dining room table so the minute dinner ...
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/ Children, Education, HUE Animation, K12

What if kids designed a school?

Imagine if you went to an area of the world where there were no schools and children had no idea what going to school was like, especially in the United States. Now imagine how they might respond if asked the following question – how would you like to learn about math? Assume ...
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/ Children, Education, HUE Animation, K12

Can I just go back to 1st grade, please?

Sometimes I wish I could go back to first grade and never leave.  Not because of the lack of responsibility, or the excuse to have recess regularly, or the coloring sessions (while those are definitely amazing), but because of the true uninhibited desire to just do. I had the pleasure ...
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The beach, ice cream….and learning? Balancing relaxation with insanity.

Summer is close and so are the great trips to the beach, getting ice cream, day trips and, most importantly, no school. Many parents believe it’s just a peaceful time to relax and enjoy the outdoors. On the other end of the continuum there will be some parents that will be ...
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Dedicated educators gather at the Blended Learning and Technology Conference

This past weekend was absolutely beautiful, and so it was a telling sign that only the most passionate, dedicated, (crazy!) educators and entrepreneurs were inside at the Highlander Institute in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday for the Blended Learning and Technology Conference.  When you live in New England and start ...
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/ Education, Events, HUE Animation, K12, USA

Being gray in a black and white world – lessons from Kermit the Frog

Kermit the Frog is famous for saying, “It’s not easy being green.” If Kermit was a student in today’s world, he may have altered his statement to be “It’s not easy being gray.” He would not be referring to the color of his scaly frog skin, but rather an overall sentiment on ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation, K12

Can we use our iPad as a bike helmet please?

We are excited to announce the beginning of development for the iCreate iPad app !    Now, why would we do this when we often joke (internally) about some of the more useful ways iPads can be used based on some of the incredibly non-useful ways they are being used in ...
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