Writing Contest: Be a Super Hero. Read!

5 04 2013

Here’s a great opportunity for students, especially those who love super heroes, courtesy of DC Comics and Capstone Publishing! The deadline for entries is coming up soon (April 15th), so there’s not a lot to spare. It’s open to grades 3 to 6, and prizes include a trip for four to tour both DC Comics offices and Warner Brothers Animation Studios. I may have to pretend that I’m a fifth grader so I can win this myself! Details for how to enter are below, and at the official site!

– dEV

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DC_SUPERHEROES_EBLASTWho Is A Hero In Your Life?

Super heroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman have super powers, like the ability to fly. They also have many human powers that make them heroic, like courage and imagination. Who is a super hero in your life? What makes that person special and what “super powers” does he or she have?

How It Works

If you’re in grades 3–6 , write about the real super hero in your life. Your submission should describe your hero and describe why that person is a hero in your eyes. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and heroism. The top five entries will be posted online, where kids from across the country will vote to determine the grand prize winner!

Official Contest Prize

A trip for four to:

    • An exclusive tour of DC Entertainment Offices
    • A VIP tour for four of Warner Bros. Animation Studios (including travel, lodging and transportation)
    • A collection of DC Comics and Capstone merchandise

Plus:

  • A collection of DC Comics and Capstone merchandise
  • The hero featured in the winning entry will win $2,500 to be donated to a charity of his or her choice
  • The top five finalists will win a set of Capstone’s Man of Steel chapter books!

(Full Details)

http://www.capstonesuperhero.com/contest.html?utm_source=Eblast&utm_medium=Announcement&utm_campaign=BeaSuperHero.READ





Bleeding Cool: Comic Books – Related To High Levels Of Learning, With Superior Recognition

4 02 2013

Been saying it for years. And now, SCIENCE!

– dEV

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How much of this article will you remember? You’d remember more if it were a comic book.That’s according to a new paper by Jeremy Short, Aaron McKenny and Brandon Randolph-Seng for the University of Oklahoma, entitled “Graphic presentation: an empirical examination of the graphic novel approach to communicate business concepts“. The full text will appear in Business Communication Quarterly. It seems to make the case that business, and other information, generates greater recall if presented in comic book form.

Here’s the summation (our bold letters)

Atlas_Black1Graphic novels have been increasingly incorporated into business communication forums, including university courses in business and management. Despite potential benefits, rigorous empirical research examining the merits of the graphic novel approach has not been conducted. In response, we engage in a two-study approach. In Study 1, we explore the potential of the graphic novel format to impact objectives associated with key learning outcomes. In Study 2, we directly compare the impact of the graphic novel approach with that of a traditional textbook. Results of Study 1 suggested that use of the graphic novel related to high levels of learning experiences consistent with Kolb’s (1976) experiential learning theory. Results of Study 2 find that verbatim recognition was superior with graphic novel texts compared to traditional textbooks. Overall, we provide the first comprehensive examination of the graphic novel as a tool for effective business communication to date.

Which is a pretty useful thing to know.

Short said he believes his study is the first of its kind in business or any field that directly compares the impact of traditional textbooks and graphic novel/comic type content. He’ll host an exhibit about using graphic novels in education at Friday’s TEDxOU at the University of Oklahoma.

Anyone go?

(Original Story)

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/01/25/comic-books-related-to-high-levels-of-learning-with-superior-recognition/





Teach to the tests…

24 01 2013

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Superman over California spotted by an unsuspecting witness

4 01 2013

This is pretty darn awesome.

– dEV

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Superman over California

January 3, 2013
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Superman over California was spotted by Kyle Gough while cycling in California. The “Man of Steel” (not really), turned out to be just an impressive life-size remote controlled toy. When noticing the Superman figure, Kyle was able to capture the unusual sight on his cellphone.

In the video, you can see the figure along with a mini-replica version of Wonder Woman’s invisible jet.

Kyle Gough’s interesting video has been gaining popularity and he posted the following statement under his YouTube video:

“I was cycling down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) in S.Cal with my buddy and during our casual conversation, we had to stop because Superman flew overhead. We pulled up just in time to watch him land, and after a quick battery change, I grabbed the only thing I had on me, my cell phone, and recorded the second flight.”

Gough also told media sources:

“(It) is easily the coolest custom RC (remote control) plane I’ve ever seen. Damn near life-size and complete with a cape.”

(Original Story)

http://www.examiner.com/article/superman-over-california-spotted-by-an-unsuspecting-witness





TODAY: Are Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang too mean for today’s kids? Good grief!

24 10 2012

Is there a difference between teasing and bullying? Are the pranks and name-calling that he constantly endures a bad example for kids? When I read stories like this, I think we may be taking things a little too far. It does raise some interesting questions about where the line is, and if the things that we enjoy watching with our kids are maybe not as wholesome as we think they are.

As for me, I’ll be watching ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ with my kids this Halloween. How about you?
– dEV

 

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Are Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang too mean for today’s kids? Good grief!

By Dana Macario

As Halloween nears, many families will gather around the old television set for the annual viewing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” But, one dad says it’s time to retire the classic cartoon because of its taunting messages and unkind words.

“The show is riddled with the kids calling each other stupid, dumb, and blockheads. There is continous teasing and bullying. Charlie Brown is supposed to be the hero, instead he is kicked and demeaned at every turn, even by the adults giving out candy,” Buzz Bishop, otherwise known as DadCamp, wrote at Babble.com recently.

Bishop argues that apart from a sense of nostalgia for parents, the Charlie Brown specials have nothing of value to offer today’s kids. He finds the shows’ acceptance of schoolyard teasing to be antiquated. And, as the father of young kids, he finds the constant use of words like “stupid” “dumb” and “blockhead” to be a bad message for those little ears. “Charlie Brown is always an outsider, the cool kids continue to play tricks, and nobody is ever held to account. In an era of hashtags like #RIPAmandaTodd, these types of attitudes are no longer appropriate,” Bishop wrote.

As the gang goes trick-or-treating, Charlie Brown is repeatedly given a rock while the other children are given treats. Bishop points to this as evidence that even the adults are in on the bullying. Of course, since Charlie Brown is wearing a costume, it could be argued that the adults aren’t intentionally singling the poor kid out.

Throughout life, most of us have times when we feel like everyone else is getting treats (or bags full of candy, if you will), while we get nothing but a sack of rocks. Maybe it’s helpful and reassuring for kids to know that everyone else has those “sucks to be me” moments once in a while. Admittedly, old Charlie Brown seems to have more than his fair share.

Although Bishop believes it’s time for a new era in children’s programming, not everyone is on board.





BleedingCool: Disney Characters Get Size Zero Makeover For Gross New Cartoon

1 09 2012

Yuck.

– dEV

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Written on August 30, 2012 by in Film, Recent Updates

Oh dear, Disney. This isn’t going to go down well at all. You’ve made a very bad match here.

The House of Mouse have teamed up with various fashion luminaries for a new promotional project with Barneys, the New York department store. They’re working on a campaign for the holiday season, comprised of:

 

“a three-dimensional electric light show; a moving art short film in the window displays that will turn Disney’s most favorite heroes into runway supermodels and fashion regulars into Disney types, and an original score by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino.”

The film will recount a story of:

“Minnie Mouse’s fantasy to be at the Paris shows. There she comes across key Disney characters — Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck, Cruella de Vil, Princess Tiana and Snow White — all decked out in unique designer clothes as they make their way down the runway.”

And we now have the first, fashion world-ified images of Disney characters. And they look painfully thin. They come from Women’s Wear Daily, whose Executive Editor makes some kind of cameo appearance in the film.

Each of these three images is more upsetting than the last.

 

(Full Story)

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/08/30/disney-characters-get-size-zero-makeover-for-gross-new-cartoon/