Jim Cullinane makes interactive digital stories to entertain and engage primary school kids with reading, music and media.
A primary school teacher, Jim discovered simple interactive media like sound effects and quizzes gave many kids the much needed hook into a story, especially for reluctant readers.
So he began writing stories and songs and taught himself how to make animations, eBooks and iBooks.
He now promotes this Digital DIY approach in schools with performances and workshops on the many iPad apps to make music, videos and eBooks to help our children become great iPad creators – not just great iPad consumers!
iPad Labs for Primary Schools
Jim’s Digital DIY iPad Labs use simple iPad apps to help children become better digital storytellers and discover exciting new ways to engage in reading, writing, technology and learning.
Some of the iPad Labs include:
• Songlabs – songwriting, recording and music production using Garageband on the iPad (from making a rap song and video about the habitat of the Kiwi with new entrants through to writing and recording a new school song with seniors). It’s an empowering blend of music, creativity and literacy where children don’t need to play an instrument to write their own songs.
• Movielabs show how to make better videos and animation using iMovie, Green Screen, Animation, iMotion, iStopmotion etc. Simply pointing a camera and hitting record does not a good movie make. No doubt you’ve had to sift through hours of unfocused video…
• eBooklabs show how to make interactive eBooks – using Book Creator through to iBooks Author and even more advanced skills like widget creation using Hype.
• Augmented reality apps like Aurasma
Jim also tailors PD workshops on all the apps above for busy teachers.
Please feel free to browse through the website and get in contact with Jim to find out more.