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Geek Culture / Dune's Island - A Free Video Learning Series

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Eric Matyas
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Posted: 2nd Apr 2020 12:49 Edited at: 28th Apr 2020 16:00
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 website for my video learning series, “Dune’s Island,” which aims to teach kids environmental stewardship in a really fun way through stories and characters. Within the site you can freely access all the episodes, support documentaries and even tie-in curriculum (like vocabulary, math problems, writing prompts and more.)

In the coming weeks, I’ll be expanding the site with all kinds of activities and more cool documentaries, so please be sure to bookmark it. In the meantime, any and all feedback is welcome and very much appreciated. Enjoy and stay safe.

https://www.dunesisland.org/

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Posted: 5th Apr 2020 21:27 Edited at: 5th Apr 2020 21:29
Quote: "“Dune’s Island,” which aims to teach kids "

it works on adults, too

i viewed the episodes and enjoyed them thoroughly before you built the site, which looks very nice. i can't add more than what's already been said except that the young actors we're great.

on the site, i would increase the contrast between colors on the buttons a bit and give the home button its own color to make it more obvious.

otherwise, don't make us copy and paste the link. some won't offer the effort (and will miss out) https://www.dunesisland.org/
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Posted: 23rd Apr 2020 15:56 Edited at: 23rd Apr 2020 16:00
Thanks so much...I really appreciate it! I'll try to improve on the site in the coming weeks...for the moment I just wanted to get it started.

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

https://www.dunesisland.org/episodes

Enjoy…and please feel free to share with anyone who might find it useful. Getting the word out is a massive challenge so any help from the community is much appreciated!

Stay safe and healthy.
Eric Matyas
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Posted: 29th Apr 2020 09:32
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!
Eric Matyas
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Posted: 6th May 2020 01:16
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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Posted: 13th May 2020 18:14
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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Posted: 22nd May 2020 00:46
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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Posted: 22nd Aug 2020 19:39 Edited at: 22nd Aug 2020 19:46
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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