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Innovation and Learning

Start with clarity of intent.

Now build it out with an evocative vision. Improvise progress by tinkering: with lots of trial and lots of error. The not knowing is the best bit: the mysteries the surprises, and from time to time the windfalls! 

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A young reluctant writer WRITES! How!?

Imagine a Primary student who is extremely reluctant about writing...


...composing a careful, polished, 10 minute script where two individuals dig deep in their quest to understand what 'democracy' really is, invoking history and the original Greek root of the word in the process, and all this in every day language!


How is this possible?


Well, via a little tool called 'Xtranormal'. Xtranormal allows students to compose a comic film, including camera angles, actors, speech intonation, and so forth.


The student in question chose to make the conversation to be between Queen Elizabeth II and, well, some guy on the street. It is actually very witty, to boot.

In the first 45 seconds or so it's a bit slow to start, but the rest is pure gold:



Kudos to @misscmorrison and @ldeibe for the link, the idea, and for inspiring their student.