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iCreate Elite Educators

iCreate to Educate was born out of a desire to bring technology researched and developed in the university space into the K12 classroom.  Not only did the founders want to integrate digital tools into the curriculum, but they also relied heavily on testing and feedback done by a group of ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation, K12

Should technology be the goal or help us reach the goal?

I recently completed a project at a public school in Massachusetts where the goal was to help second grade students conduct research and then report out by telling a story about a country in Africa. Wait - did I just say 'goal?' Yes, we actually had a well defined and ...
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/ Animation, Education, HUE Animation, K12

Your kid is SO smart … or is s/he??

I recently downloaded a physics app to my iPad for my daughter to use.  Although she is only in elementary school, she is already starting to be exposed to various science and math concepts so I thought the app might be helpful. Later that day she came up to me ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation

Three Lessons Learned Over the Last Two Years in Growing iCreate

Back in December I wrote about the EdTechup conference and the wonderfully balanced energy in the room among both entrepreneurs and educators.  We just celebrated the one-year anniversary of EdTechup here in Boston and it was a huge hit – on a Friday night no less.  I was lucky enough ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation, K12

How we’re helping meet the realities of assessment

We cannot get away from the fact that we need to measure outcomes.  Sure, it’s not that fun, we all hate tests, but it’s just one of those things in life that can be right up there with taxes.  It’s just something we have to do.  We are cognoscente of ...
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All students are Khan – let’s give them tools to show us!

With the recent explosion around Khan Academy, I'd like to ask:  SO?!  Yes, videos for explaining things in a visual way are great, but come on, instructional videos are not new.  This is similar to those studies that come out saying, "It's better for you to eat fruits and vegetables ...
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Spelling tests or vinegar with baking soda? Neither!

What sticks with you the most from grade school?  Learning about volcanoes with that vinegar and baking soda experiment or the weekly spelling tests?  My hunch would be the popular volcanic simulation. Well, the knowledge of volcanoes in this day and age is not particularly useful day-to-day, but that’s what ...
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/ Animation, Children, Education, HUE Animation, K12

Animating the Whole Classroom

One of my favorite anecdotal stories around the use of our tool in the classroom was one that involved the solar system, and there were actually two separate movies created from the project.  The first project was implemented on the desktop, where all students were assigned a planet and had ...
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Will the classroom tablet market behave like the cell phone market?

There’s a lot of excitement around pushing iPads and other tablets into the K12 system right now and while it seems there are more and more being used in the US-based classrooms, my hunch is that it will take some time before there’s a wide-spread adoption, especially in the 1:1 ...
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Announcing Scinemation 2012 Topic: Machines!

Based on the success of the first annual Scinemation competition at the Singapore Science Center in November 2011, Singapore has announced the dates and topic of this year’s second annual event! The competition will be held at the Science Center in Singapore again Nov. 6th – 9th, 2012 and the ...
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Gettin’ into the classroom!

One of our requirements at iCreate as a new hire is to attend an iCreate teacher workshop and also observe a classroom in action with SAM Animation.   On Monday of last week Rich, Kristi, and I visited the 4th grade classroom of Michelle Scott at the Field School in Weston, ...
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/ Animation, Education, History, HUE Animation, K12

Virtual Education: It’s just not the same.

As our team at iCreate is growing, we are becoming less virtual and it’s amazing how much more effective we are as a group when we can be with each other physically, interacting in-person beyond just email and phone.  It’s also just a lot more fun. This first hand experience ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation

iCreate will be turning two this year!

It’s 2012 and in just 6-months iCreate will be 2 years old!  On one hand it seems like not that long ago we sat down to think of a company name, register with the state, come up with a logo, and launch a website.  But in looking at how we’ve ...
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/ About HUE, HUE Animation

Accessing SAM Animation keys & downloads on our new site

With the start of a new year we launched a new website!  For our existing customers, this means that accessing your downloads and license keys have changed. We've emailed this out to all of our customers, but wanted to include it in a blog just in case the email is deleted ...
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/ HUE Animation

Hue Animation Studio gets a mention in Autism Eye!

The Winter 2011/12 issue of Autism Eye has a mention of HUE Animation Studio in the product update section, describing it as a "model present". We've been thrilled to hear how HUE has been helping children with autism discover new ways to express their ideas, and Autism Eye is packed ...
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Wishing all a Happy (stop-motion) Holiday!

We thought that we'd appropriately create a stop-motion Happy Holiday animation... We would love to see other holiday animations created this season! ...
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/ Animation, HUE Animation, Seasonal, Videos

#EdTech2011 – 3 take-aways for innovating in K-12

This past weekend I had the honor of attending -- as a panelist -- the 1st annual EdTech Boston Conference. This event brought together both entrepreneurs and educators to engage in discussions ranging from how to break the barriers of integrating tech in the classroom to what role teachers and ...
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/ Education, Events, HUE Animation, USA

Putting an "A" in STEM … STEAM by iCreate

There has been plenty of buzz around STEM in the last few years -- "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math" -- with many organizations and policies looking at how we can improve our students' literacy in the STEM areas for an overall more innovative society. But, what about the Arts ? ...
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Flipping the teacher workshop

We have a teacher workshop model that has worked time and time again ... and yesterday as I ran an iCreate to Educate workshop at the Meadowbrook School in Weston, MA I realized that what we do in the teacher workshops is exactly how we idealize the classroom -- where ...
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/ Animation, Education, HUE Animation, K12

Spirit of Christmas Fair 2011

Thinking about doing your Christmas shopping next week and don't know where to go? Come to the Spirit of Christmas at Bluewater from 30th November to 4th December. And if you're struggling thinking about what to get your kids we have the perfect gift! Come see us at stand A46 ...
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