Monday, November 17, 2008

George Washington Animated Lecture

After weeks and weeks of work, another arrow has been added to our animated quiver.

Now kids can watch an animated history lecture about George Washington, presented by our very own Professor Adam Smith.

At our site, kids can also watch the lecture and read along. We would love to hear some feedback from teachers and parents to find out if their children enjoyed the presentation.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Classic Short Story DVDs -- Now Available FREE*!

We have received hundreds of requests from teachers and parents to make our animated movies of the following classic short stories:

"The Boarding House" by James Joyce
"The Bet" by Anton Chekhov
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce
"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
"Tobermory" by Saki
"The Gift of the Magi" by O.Henry
"Pigs Is Pigs" by Ellis Parker Butler

available on DVD -- for those unable to use the internet in their classrooms -- and now we have!

The best part is, through a generous gift, we can now make the DVDs available for FREE! And, when we say free (just like any other business), we need to add the charges for the costs of shipping and processing. Those aren't free to us. *So, the total comes to $5.95 with shipping and handling. But, the DVD itself and the content is at no charge, so that your students can enjoy this new way of learning the classics for increased comprehension and retention.

Additionally, for those that have the ability, the DVDs can be "ripped" (as the say in the industry), so that the content can be transferred to an iPod or iPhone. So, it has a dual-purpose.

Should this new way of distributing our content be successful, we're looking forward to making more of our titles available in this fashion.

Monday, November 3, 2008

"A Christmas Carol" - AudioText & Animated Movie

Okay, if you're anything like me (I hate seeing Christmas commercials and mailers too early), you're probably asking yourself, "Isn't it a little early to be posting Christmas reading material?"

Yes and No.

Yes: If you plan on doing "A Christmas Carol" as a play at your school.

No: If your students, sons or daughters have not read "A Christmas Carol" yet.

If you are in the later camp, then it's time assign our AudioText version of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. With our AudioText version, your students can listen to the audio of the text as they read along. And, at the end, they can watch an animated version of the story.

While I'm somewhat partial to the Alastair Sim's black-and-white version of the story, we have found that kids like the animated version better.

So, please enjoy! and "Merry Christmas, Everyone!" ... albeit a little early.