Thursday, August 30, 2012

You Tube Creators- HOA Lighting Workshop

YouTube Creators- Hangout On Air Lighting Workshop

Workshop starts at 9:00 minutes in.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema

135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema from Flavorwire on Vimeo.

Edited by Jason Bailey Music by Clint Mansell

Here is the link with that list all the films as they appear on screen.

135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith In Cinema- Annotated

Thank you to for posting and Jim Sill of for tweeting this link yesterday.  

What a impressive collection of clips.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Advice/Resources for New Theatre & Film Teachers

I use Edmodo with my students and recently was logged into their Creative Arts teacher section.  I noticed there were multiple posts about teachers teaching Theatre and Film/Video/Media for the first time.  It inspired me to write this post. 

Words of Wisdom from one who has been in trenches-

  • Take care of your secretaries and custodians.  They are the unsung heroes of your school.  Offer them free tickets for your productions and  thank them in your program.
  • Learn the purchases order process of your district.  
  • Connect with other Theatre teachers and ask for advice and ideas.  Go to and look up who the chapter director for your state/providence for the Educational Theatre Association/Thespians. Contact them and see if there are festivals for students or teacher conference.  Attend these events.  
  • Plan for more than you think you will cover.  It is always easier to adjust than to stretch a lesson on the fly. 
  • Try  to find an hobby or interest outside of Theatre.  You need an outside interest, so you can recharge.
  • Take time to observe master teachers in your building.
  • It does get easier. 
Here are some helpful books and sites as you begin your journey.

Theatre Links
Film/Video/Media Studies Links
I wish everyone a great start to your first year of teaching.  It goes by fast.  I can't believe I am starting my 18th teaching. 

Please e-mail me with any questions 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

YouTube Creators HOA- Directing Workshop

Here is the latest workshop from YouTube Creators.
Skip to 12:46 to start the actual workshop. Great resource mentioned in the workshop.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Drama Week at The New York Times- The Learning Network

The New York Times

Photo by Niall Kennedy

This Week, The New York Times' The Learning Network focused on how all teachers can use  drama strategies in their classrooms using New York Times content and theatre techniques.

The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content. 

Thank you to Larry Ferlazzo for including this in his Google+ Feed.  You can check out his blog at

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Basics of Cinematography by YouTube Creators- Hangouts On Air

The Basics of Cinematography Workshop  

Visions of Light and Cinematographer's Style are two documentaries that give a detailed view of cinematography in the world of film. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Show Shirt Ordering Made Easy

When ever I do my Ed Tech workshops for teachers, I call this my 5 dollar ed tech tip.  Google Forms are  life savers.  Google Forms are always linked to a Google  Spreadsheet.  All the information entered into the Google Form will appear in the Google Spreadsheet.

I am starting my 18th year of teaching, which means I have overseen the ordering of over 50 different show shirts in my career.  Life became easier once I started using Google Forms, no more lost sheets of paper.  I simple copy the embed code or if your website is a Google Site just click insert and show shirt available to order.

You can also add more questions, if you needed to do an order for dance shoes and/or  make-up kits.

Another use for Google Forms creating a contact list for you productions.

You can also customize your confirmation message.  For this, one I reminded them the day the money was due.

Here is  links that can help you learn how to use forms.

Please feel free to contact me if you need help.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Theatre Folk- A 21st Century Play Publisher

Theatrefolk understands the needs of Theatre teachers in the 21st century.  Teachers are able to decide what format you would like the script- traditional book form or  a downloadable pdf file.  If you are producing the play then you can purchase the photocopy rights to distribute the script to the cast and crew.  You can read the play now, so you don't have to wait a week for it to be delivered. 

I appreciate that Theatrefolk has chosen secure pdf as file format so it can be read on different readers not just an i-Pad.  I encountered  this problem with another publisher this summer in selecting my fall show.  The playwright's website said read on your I-Pod, I-Pad or on your computer with I-Tunes.  I do not own any Apple products and was not able to read the play after I had bought it.

Theatrefolk offers more than just scripts, but other resources for Theatre teachers.  Ever thought about teaching playwriting, they have two new resources that will help student create original scripts.  

Theatrefolk also is very adept at using social media on their website they have a blog with videos, a new podcast, and free stuff.  Be sure to check them out.  

If you are organizing a Thespian Festival or a Theatre teacher conference,  Theatrefolk presents great workshops that help teachers and students explore the playwriting process.

Theatrefolk Website
Follow Theatrefolk on Twitter

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Power of Theatre- ArtsEdge Videos

ARTSEDGE The Power of Theatre Video 

The Kennedy Center instituted ARTSEDGE in 1996 as its educational media arm, reaching out to schools, communities, individuals and families with printed materials, classroom support and Internet technologies.
Check out their website ARTSEDGE.  They offer many different resources for teachers of the arts.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Use Google Forms for Workshop Evaluations at Thespian Festivals

Create a Google Form to get feedback from your Chapter Festival Workshops.  Use an url shorter, like and then create a QR code to link them to the Google Form.  Include the QR Code in the workshop signage and on a laminated card for the presenter to pass around for attendees scan with their mobile devices. You can create Forms that would cover the whole conference, each separate session or each individual workshop. All the data collected is place in to a Google Spreadsheet and you can use various tools included in Google spreadsheets to analyze your data.

QR Code for the Google Form below