I love a good story. Some day I may actually sit down and write my own, but not today. Other things to do than to share the characters and their stories that run through my imagination.
Anyway, my love for a good story is well known. I enjoy them in paperback form and in movie form. I haven't read a good book in awhile, not since I finished a Judith McNaught book on December 6th at breakfast. I was to start a new book, Sign of the Cross by new author Chris Kuzneski, but couldn't get past the tears. Those of you who know me well, know the importance of December 6th in my personal (or should I say professional) timeline. I finally talked myself into seeing two movies, one which is the point of this post. The other, Night at the Museum, was absolutely fun and I'm willing to see it a second time.
The movie that inspired this post is actually The Holiday. Yes, it's a romantic comedy and I'm not here to report I finally have romance in my life. Now I'm too busy looking for employment that I can continue to share my passion with technology in education with others. And no I'm not looking for someone to trade houses with me in another country so I can enjoy a well deserved holiday. Instead, it's about something that kept happening to Cameron Diaz's character, Amanda. Amanda was this great Hollywood Movie Trailer maker, and after her little breakdown, a movie trailer about her life kept running through her head. After each event the trailer changed to reflect her decisions. It made me think - what would a movie trailer of my life look like? Also -can Kate Winslet play me in my movie?
This is a great lesson for your students as they return from the Christmas Holiday. As they start the new year, ask them what they think is their greatest moment in life so far, or worse, that helps define who they are. They can use the site from the Holiday (there's a little movie tralier maker built in) or they can use this other site that does almost the same thing, Tech Story. Or better yet, have them use their own pictures and build it with your favorite software, such as ImageBlender or PhotoStory.
I've rambled enough here. Since I'm back in the swing of things, I've finished one book and am reading another. Therefore, I have a book to read (Sign of the Cross is really good - pick up a copy today and support a Florida author) and a house to get ready for a pre-New Year's Party.
And maybe it'll be a celebration about the job offer I just received today. :-)