Nashville Special Education Students Build Social Skills with Xtranormal

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Tennessee elementary school teacher takes a multi-sensory approach to special education with Xtranormal; uses the popular moviemaker education platform to stimulate learning in the classroom

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We expanded our focus into the realm of education because we saw the need for interactive tools in the classroom, and we are amazed at how creatively teachers are using Xtranormal to integrate technology into their curriculums.

Xtranormal™, the revolutionary online approach to movie-making, is pleased to announce that the growing trend of using Xtranormal videos for education is already creating a lasting impression in classrooms across the country. Cari Parr, a special education teacher at Barfield Elementary School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, uses Xtranormal videos to capture her students’ attention, making the learning process fun and engaging. Cari’s movies introduce various social skills to her third through fifth grade students.

“I was at an in-service [workshop for teachers] this school year and we were working on hooks, attention-getters teachers can use before a lesson to grab students’ attention,” recalls Cari. “I was sitting there trying to think of something different, a technology my students would enjoy, and it just came to me… I thought if I made an Xtranormal movie with characters that could literally speak to the students and address our specific subject matter, it would make it more personal. When I first showed it to them, they couldn’t believe that a robot knew what was happening at school. It certainly got their attention.”

Sophia Kim, Xtranormal’s CEO, comments, “We couldn’t be more thrilled that teachers like Cari are using Xtranormal in simple yet powerful ways to a make a difference in the lives of students. We expanded our focus into the realm of education because we saw the need for interactive tools in the classroom, and we are amazed at how creatively teachers are using Xtranormal to integrate technology into their curriculums. We’re constantly learning and incorporating feedback from our users to continuously evolve and create innovative ways to use Xtranormal in the classroom and our everyday lives.”

Parr, who’s been teaching special needs students since 1997, reported that, while she’s used a variety of digital media tools with her students, she’s never used anything as dynamic as Xtranormal, which allows her to change content frequently and customize it to her class and their needs.

“My kids don’t always feel comfortable talking to adults or even real people sometimes. I knew if I found something they could latch on to, it might make a difference. They’re so drawn to the Xtranormal characters I’ve created,” Parr explains. “I’m putting good dialogue into their brains that will help them outside the classroom. My students remembered every word the robot characters said! It usually takes three to four days of repetition to get an idea to stick with my students. With Xtranormal videos it only takes one to two days!”

For press related inquiries, please contact Megan Linebarger at megan(at)zazilmediagroup(dot)com.

About Xtranormal
Xtranormal brings movie-making magic to the masses with a storytelling platform that instantly makes stories come alive. Their motto, “if you can type, you can make movies,” inspires creativity and transcends generations - from a 4th grade student completing a video project to an advertising firm creating a private label movie for a client. Xtranormal’s contagious technology has made it a viral sensation with millions of users playing out their movie-making dreams through the simple act of typing. To learn more, visit http://www.xtranormal.com.

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