Books, Movies, Graphic Novels, & Presentations – OH MY!

As I previously mentioned, I will be studying The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel over the span of the next couple of weeks. I’m intrigued that this story has been retold in several mediums, from book (2004) to film (2008) to graphic novel (2012), and for this week’s post, I thought I would give you a taste of the movie:

What do you think? Did anyone else find it odd that the creative team behind the movie dropped the “The” from The City of Ember? Any opinions on why they did that?

I also discovered I’m a little behind on all things Ember… in case you weren’t aware, The City of Ember is actually a part of DuPrau’s “Books of Ember” series. To my knowledge, it was a trilogy, but I discovered there’s actually a fourth book called The Diamond of Darkhold. Turns out, it was released in 2010! The things you find out when you get to researching, huh?

http://busyteacher.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/retro-reads-the-books-of-ember-by-jeanne-duprau/

Jeanne DuPrau’s Books of Ember

On another note, we’ve been experimenting with different types of visual presentations (from PowerPoint to Prezi to Projeqt) over the span of the last two weeks in class. Now, I’ll be honest. I’m not typically the kind of person who likes change, so I’ve always been a straightforward PowerPoint-girl. I had attempted to work Prezi in the past, but being someone who’s prone to motion sickness, it didn’t sit well with me. Today was our Introduction-to-Projeqt day, and while it gained rave reviews from my classmates, I’m not really sure I felt the same way. In fact, after testing out Projeqt, I’ve found that my opinion of Prezi has been slightly raised! I’m finally starting to grasp just how much Prezi can accomplish, and I think if I keep the “jumping around” feature to a minimum, I could create some pretty stellar presentations!

The Redesign Switch

I thought I would try something a little new this time. Now that I’ve been in this class for nearly a month, I feel like a switch in my brain has been flipped into the “ON” position. Let’s call it the Redesign Switch, because every time I see something that is poorly made, I want to go fix it!

After receiving this week’s Paw Prints, I was just browsing the e-newsletter to see what cool events Student Activities have planned for the upcoming months – yes, I am one of those people who actually read their emails – when I saw it. Not because it was beautifully designed, but because I saw so much potential. What it could be.

Property of Gardner-Webb's Paw Prints.

Property of Gardner-Webb’s Paw Prints.

With my Redesign Switch on, a little extra caffeine, and some basic Microsoft Publisher action,  I created this:

http://photos.gardner-webb.edu/keyword/adventure/1324321044_8CK5LRs#!i=1324321044&k=8CK5LRs

Created in Microsoft Publisher.
Picture property of Gardner-Webb.

WAH-LAH!

…and yet, I still feel like it could use some work. Opinions? What do you all think?