May 8, 2016

Hue Animation Studio

I am certain that I block this time of year from my mind every year because I completely forget every year how ridiculously crazy these last few weeks are!  I swear I don’t know if I am coming or going!! 

I have been meaning to post a follow up review about the Hue Animation Studio I received after attending the amazing teacher retreat in French Lick. 

Y’all…this retreat was AMAZING and just what I needed during this crazy season of life.  Lots of much needed FRIEND time!  And it was made even better with all the fun teacher SWAG we received…including the Hue Animation Studio! 
This product is amazing because the possibilities for it’s use are endless!  Because Mother’s day was approaching, we decided to create video for our ‘Rock Star Moms’.
The students created a band name and described 3 things that make their mom a rock star.  Using a pic of the child, we created a ‘concert’ to showcase the reasons that make our moms so worthy.  Check out one of our finished products below. 

Hue Animation Studio is perfect for engagement and enhancing creativity in the classroom.  The great part is that Hue Animation Studio encourages student driven instruction and it is a perfect addition to any blended learning classroom.
If you have used Animation Studio in your classroom, I would love to hear about your experience with it!


Happy mother’s day to all you amazing mommy’s…you more than deserve this special day devoted to you!!

March 14, 2016

No more lies!

Hey y'all!  So:  I give up!  No more lies, no more excuses.  Let's just be honest.  I completely stink at blogging!  Give me some social media and I'm good to go but lordy...blogging is my weakness!  I will tell you, life has gotten a bit in the way.  Between chasing these two beauties around
and having a house built, I am just plum busy!  P.S. if you are building a house then you know what it's like to get sucked into the Pinterest black hole when you are looking for inspiration.  And let's not forget my obsession for Chip and Joanna and their amazing designs!!  I can only hope and pray that I can pull off the "farmhouse" design that I have brewing in my little head!

But in between all of this crazi-ness, I have found a wee bit of time to discover an amazing teaching product.  Have y'all checked out HueHD and their fab cameras?!  Not only do they offer document cameras which, in my opinion, are a necessity in every classroom,
but they also offer this super fun gadget!
If you don't have a doc camera in your classroom, you MUST grab one ASAP!  Hue offers two HD cameras at a super reasonable price:  less than $100!  The HUE HD Pro classroom camera and visualizer is the latest addition to the HUE range of USB cameras. This camera can view a full sheet of paper and project it onto the whiteboard via your PC and projector.  Check out all that it offers:
  • The length of the neck makes this camera perfect for viewing a full A4 or US letter page.
  • The built-in LED lights will help illuminate your subject.
  • Available for Windows and Mac OS X.
  • It’s full of character just like its older brother the HUE HD camera – but with a new design for the head and base.
Use the HUE HD Pro for:
  • Demonstrating a science project
  • Taking snapshots of student work
  • Recording a technique or experiment and replay it to the class
  • Chatting with remote schools in other countries with software such as Skype™
But that's not all they offer!!  You HAVE to check out their Animation Studio!  

The kit includes everything that you need to create your own stop motion animation videos.  Take a peek at all you get and everything it can do:

The kit includes:
  • The HUE HD camera, a flexible plug and play USB camera with built-in microphone.
  • The fully-featured HUE Animation software designed for children by teachers.
  • The HUE Book of Animation has step-by-step instructions for creating 20 hilarious stop motion videos and ideas for even more. You can view these videos here. The videos, sound effects and backdrops are also included on the CD that comes with the kit.
HUE Animation Features:
– Play your movie back at any time
– Import music and sounds, or record your own
– Add text and special effects
– Copy, edit, move and delete animation frames
– Share movies on YouTube
Hue products will engage your students and inspire them to think beyond their imagination!!  Check them out by clicking here.

Hope y'all are catching up on your sleep from day light savings time!!  Check back this Sunday for a fun little surprise...I promise you won't want to miss it!!

January 3, 2016

New Year...New Tools!

Hi there...long time no blogging for me!  I'm finally back with a few of my sweet friends for a fun blog hop! A few of the girls over at SeeMamaTeach and I are linking up for a fun New Years blog post!

We’re sharing ideas and freebies to help you ease back into January and I’m stop number 2!

Having a growth mindset is life changing…especially in the classroom! Use this resource to help change your students from a fixed mindset to one that will help them learn and grow with a positive attitude! Included are instructions for how to create the flip flap book for Growth Mindsets.  Click the pic below to grab this freebie!

Keep on hopping through to grab some more amazing tips and freebies!  Don't forget to enter to win a gift card & a bunch of great teaching resources!

Here’s the resource you could win from my TpT shop (click on the pic to see more)!
Growth Mindset

My freebie above is a snippet from this resource. 
*Note: The bulletin board pieces are slightly different than those posted in my pics on instagram and facebook*

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