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Friday, March 23, 2012



*Teacher's note: The link above will bring you to a 'how to' art lesson on cartooning and animation.  It explains how any teacher, with access to IPads or IPod touches, can use the app 'Animation Creator' to teach animation. 

The lesson also mentions how cartoonists, animators and other artists can make a real difference in society by raising awareness about  any social injustice.

 I have included some art history links, highlighting famous cartoonists, past and present, who have made the world a better place through their art, and a few links to anti-bullying websites.  

I am not an authority on bullying nor I would never be so presumptuous as to try to teach a middle school student anything about what it feels like to be be bullied.

For the past week, my students have been teaching me about positive ways to deal with bullying. The most important message from these fifth and sixth graders is that kids need adults who will listen. If you want a list of adults who consistently listen to and help children, click here to visit the McGinnis School website.
 Each one of these teachers is 100% dedicated, each and every day, to making middle school a bully free experience for the students of Perth Amboy. 

Special thanks to  Lindsey.TischJorge Rodriguez, Kurt Rebovich Jr. Jim Baio
 Dr. Myrna Garcia and  Dr. Janine Walker-Caffrey
  for believing in our students and making this project possible.

For this project we used the iPad App 'Animation Creator HD' 

Please click on the link below to read my review of the iPad App Animation Creator HD in the Spring 2014 issue of Scholastic Administrator Magazine:

UPDATE: Please watch and share this important film, "THE BULLY EFFECT", by Cartoon Network. Raising awareness and speaking up can save a life.

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