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« on: April 02, 2020, 04:02:38 AM »

Hi everyone,

If you happen to have kids (or know someone who does) here's a brand new free resource that I hope is helpful. It's a video learning series I created called “Dune’s Island,” which aims to teach kids environmental stewardship in a really fun way through stories and characters. Here's a link to the episodes:

https://soundimage.org/dunes-island/

I've also created a website that includes tie-in curriculum (like vocabulary, math problems, writing prompts and more.) Here's the link:

https://www.dunesisland.org/

Enjoy and please share!
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2020, 07:10:26 AM »

If anyone happens to wonder what I get up to when I’m not creating music for everyone, I write and direct films that hopefully help kids (and grownups) learn important things.

Here's a link to the page on my new site where you can freely access all of the "Dune's Island" episodes. I’ve enabled the download function on Vimeo so you don’t even have to be online to share it with your kiddos.

https://soundimage.org/dunes-island/

Enjoy…and please feel free to share with anyone who might find it useful.

Stay safe and healthy.

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2020, 12:36:32 AM »

I had always intended "Dune's Island" to be an immersive learning world. The idea was to produce films that teachers and home educators could actually pull lessons from to share with their students. After completing the episodes, a team of science teachers went through the films and created curriculum for grades K-5 that ties into the episodes.

Here's a link to it: https://www.dunesisland.org/curriculum

Please feel free to share it!
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2020, 04:34:22 PM »

Here’s our page where you can access all of the episodes. I think it looks pretty good for a community project! Please help us share it with the world.

https://www.dunesisland.org/episodes

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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2020, 09:19:03 AM »

If you've been following my music sharing thread over the years, you know that I'm not one to toot my own whistle, but I've been getting some very positive feedback about "Dune's Island" from parents and teachers so I included a "Praise for Dune's Island" page on the site.

Given the current environmental situation, I believe that this is a very important project. Getting the word out about it is a massive challenge, though...especially since it has no advertising budget. If you think "Dune's Island" might be helpful to someone you know, please share it with them. Thanks in advance!

https://www.dunesisland.org/
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2020, 03:55:11 PM »

Here's Episode 1 of my free learning series. Mr. Binnacle sends Dune and friends to the inlet to try to spot Buster, an endangered sea turtle whose tracking device is faltering. For ages 7-12. Please share with family, friends and teachers! :-) https://www.dunesisland.org/

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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2020, 11:02:01 AM »

Here’s a short clip from one of our episodes: “Pelican Problems.” All of the episodes are free to watch and even download to your computers so you don’t have to be online to use them. I sincerely hope they are helpful to you and your families!

https://www.dunesisland.org/



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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2021, 11:08:25 AM »

Hi everyone,

I’m working on worksheets and activities that parents and teachers can download for their students…the idea being that the island serves as a microcosm and provides a way for kids to build their math, science and reading skills. I think this will be a really cool way for kids to learn.

If you haven’t seen the videos yet, here’s a link the website:

https://www.dunesisland.org/

Check them out…they are free to watch and download.

Eventually I’d like to have tie-in video games…any ideas?
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