October 4



Plano, Texas

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I am an elementary school librarian. I love finding ways of taking old, dull materials and making them relevant to my students. I use video extensively in my lessons. I believe that school librarians are in a unique positions as teachers and that we should take advantage of it!

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  • Greetings Doug, 

    I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight.

    If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


    Mike McQueen

    Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

    Lakewood, CO

  • I love your book reviews posted here! I am going to try to do the same thanks to viewing these! I also would like to hear more about how you animate these characters?
  • Doug, I'm still interested in learning more about your animating characters technique. Are you interested in giving a few tips to a amateur? I will be in Dallas June 27 - July 24.
  • Hi Doug,
    I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.

    Mike McQueen

    LET'S NETWORK HERE TOO (request me as a friend):
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  • I love those READ posters. I don't think I am that talented in photo shop, but my husband is. Maybe he will do it for me.
  • Thanks again for the info. It was very helpful. I believe that I will purchase the Crazy Talk Pro after trying the basic version this morning and hearing back from you. I do have a few more questions: First, Do you know if I have windows for Mac if the Crazy Talk would work on the Mac, Second, Do you record the voices on the crazy talk software or type it in and the character mechnically talks what has been typed, Third, Does the Crazy Talk Pro save into a quicktime movie format, and Fourth, Does the Vegas Software accept quicktime movies for editing. I don't mind a PC and actually I prefer them but my district has a Mac preference. Mid-Del School District is North of Norman and a suburb of OKC. I'm not an OU grad but attend meetings there such as Festival of Books, Computer related workshops, and Nat'l Brd meetings as a mentor. Norman is a nice town but I understand you have go where the best opportunity is. Actually, I'm going to be in Dallas to assess for NBPTS with Pearson on Central Expressway in July. Would you be interested in giving a short seminar on your Movie Making around that time. I'll pay for your services. Thanks KSK
  • Thanks for the info on making the video book review. I have similar questions that are listed already. Such as, which version of Crazy Talk do you use, do you use mac or pc, and which movie editor version of Vegas would work best for a beginner?
  • Thanks for the info. Not sure if I am techy enough to do it. I have checked out your kids books reviews and I love that they are anoymous.
  • Is the standard version of Crazy Talk enough to make the book reviews or do you have the "Pro" edition?
  • Can you please tell me what program or website you used to make your reading slides with the teachers in them?
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