Site Update: Safety First in GoAnimate for Schools

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We’re in a day and age where protecting children and students on the Internet is THE number one priority for schools and teachers. Now, every GoAnimate for Schools site has SSL enabled to add one more level of protection for teachers and their students. Instead of visiting an HTTP site, your GoAnimate for Schools site has one more letter: HTTPS.

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Site Update: Introducing a New Look and Feel to Video Creating

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We’re thrilled to announce that a major renovation of GoAnimate for Schools has begun. This is much more than just a fresh coat of paint! There will be major upgrades to functionality, look & feel, and the asset libraries.

Here is a list of what has changed already. We’re still working on a bunch of other changes, but thought we’d send this early update to keep you posted.

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Waving Good-bye as Kerpoof Rides Off Into the Sunset

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Kerpoof provided a fun, flexible tool that allowed its users to spell a picture, make a movie, make a drawing, and tell a story. Acquired by Disney in 2009, Kerpoof quickly became a child-friendly, popular creativity site for classroom use in the K-8 setting. As of April 15, 2014, Kerpoof will close their doors as their parent Disney shifts its focus toward mobile-friendly play offerings.

If you’re a former Kerpoof subscriber, we are offering a discount to new GoAnimate for Schools customers. To get yours, follow these easy steps to get started:

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Introducing LerGO – Free Kids’ Education

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This is what LerGO is all about: a new non-profit venture dedicated to self-education. With LerGO, anyone can create animated and interactive online lessons.

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GoAnimate For Schools: First Choice For Practicing Second Languages

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Our students begin learning French in grade 5, which can be a challenge to get students interested in. I introduced GoAnimate for Schools at the start of a French unit I created on basic conversation. It was used as a culminating activity that the students worked towards throughout this unit. They were excited to learn the vocabulary and do the accompanying activities because they knew that they would be able to create their own animations in the coming weeks.

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Calling All Student Filmmakers…The President Of The United States Has An Assignment For You

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When the President of the United States of America calls on you, the only real answer is “Yes, sir!” …are we right or are we right? We thought so.

Enter your students’ most important assignment of the year:

Make a video for the first-ever White House Film Festival!

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Webcast: How To Use The GoAnimate For Schools App In Edmodo [Free Download]

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Ever wondered how to navigate the GoAnimate for Schools app in Edmodo?

Need ideas for how to spice up content in your classroom?

Stephanie Schiff, our Manager of Education Products, walks everyone through the how-to in this webinar via Edmodo: CLICK TO VIEW.

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Flipped Learning Served With A Side Of Fun

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You’re ready to flip your classroom. You’ve seen it done with the usual tools and methods – screencasts, teacher-created videos, Khan Academy, or other curated videos. But what if you could flip your lesson in a fun and humorous way?

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Site Update: Scheduled Maintenance For Text To Speech Voices

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One of our Text-To-Speech voice providers notified us of their plans for a scheduled maintenance.
As a result, we will temporarily block access to the following list of English voices in our Themes and Templates on the following date and time:
September 18, 2013, from the hours of 6am-11pm EDT
while the maintenance is being carried out.

For the list of affected names, please click HERE.

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Press And Mentions: Review Of GoAnimate For Schools

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GoAnimate for Schools can support a variety of classroom needs. Students can use GoAnimate to put their writing into action, re-recreate an ending to a novel, create an historical scene between two stakeholders in a period of history they are learning about, teach others about a concept they are learning in class, or as a presentation tool. English language learners can demonstrate their mastery of English by recording a scene in English with their own voice. This can also be a way for kids with disabilities, who may not be able to type, to still successfully show what they know to an audience.

-Mary Beth Hertz, Graphite, August 13, 2013

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