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Technology projects from the 2006 Summer Institute

Two women at computerFairy tale radio commercials

Assignment: Create a movie trailer style radio commercial for a fairy tale or children's story. We used a digital movie camera and extracted the video in the program iMovie, added music and sound effects and converted the audio tracks to QuickTime.


Three Billy Goats Gruff

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Three Little Pigs, version 1

Three Little Pigs, version 2

Little Red Riding Hood, version 1

Little Red Riding Hood, version 2

Little Red Riding Hood, version 3

Video essays: Minnesota summer festivals

Assignment: Use pre-recorded digital movie footage from Monticello's annual River Fest to write an essay or other genre inspired by some aspect of these small-town Minnesota summer traditions. Add the reading of the piece to video footage. The creativity of these examples belies the short amount of time we had for the demonstration assignment.

Lena and Hulda actors

Lena & Hulda's Parade Commentary


July 4th, Before the Apocalypse (The inkling of an essay by Kendrick)

Woman at computer

The Parade, an essay without words (This brief "rough draft" is a great example of communicating ideas in visuals and music only.)

Extra credit

Jen Budenski enhanced her poem, "By What Luck," with video.