The Many Hats of Author Barri Bumgarner

Author Barri Bumgarner currently is a content provider for Cooperating School Districts’ New Links distance learning program. For 2011-2012, Barri’s videoconferences will be available upon request. For costs, email Rebecca Morrison at CSD. Here are the interactive writing videoconferences she’s offering upon request for middle school & high school classes:

“Let’s Get Digital”: Teaching today should embrace technology when it works for a unit, not just for technology sake. This interactive workshop, with students in a computer lab or with laptops, will demonstrate how to tell a story digitally, using free PC software. We assume kids are tech-savvy, when in reality, they only know the technologies they’re surrounded by everyday (Facebook, texting, gaming). Enticing students to tell a story digitally will open up the world of research, creativity, and show them that they can express themselves in a variety of ways with the world at their fingertips. Join author Barri L. Bumgarner in an interactive workshop that will teach students and teachers the possibilities with digital software.

“Soundtracks of Our Lives”: Let your students explore their lives through the lens of songs. In this session, students will listen to songs during a modeling session, consider the stages of their own lives, and illustrate each with a song that fits that portion of their lives. This interactive session will let students self-evaluate, use media to accentuate their writing, and see the value of technology in the writing world. Join author Barri L. Bumgarner in an interactive workshop that will allow students to see themselves through the eyes of music.

“The Many Hats We Wear: Getting Inspired to Write What You Know”:  Tapping into inspiration for students is often as easy as helping them figure out who they are when they write… and can they change “hats” to write something different? This session will help students explore their many inspirations and find out how differently they can write when they don different hats. Join author Barri L. Bumgarner in an interactive workshop that will motivate kids to self-reflect, write, and explore the nuances of who they are when they write.

“Crime Scene Analysis”: The focus is on a writing exercise designed to be creative, deductive, and interactive. This writing workshop videoconference is for 8-12 grades. Students will see a portion of an episode of CSI. After viewing the initial “crime scene footage,” each writer will play investigator through a variety of interviews. Once they conducted each of their interviews, students will then write their version of what happened. Join author Barri L. Bumgarner in an interactive workshop that will get their creative and analytical juices flowing!

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