CustomFlix for Teachers7 Sep, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf
Amazon.com's DVD-on-demand production arm CustomFlix is teaming up with The George Lucas Educational Foundation to give teachers a multimedia boost as the school year begins with Edutopia.
Edutopia is a magazine published by GLEF, the Star Wars director's nonprofit group founded in 1991. Edutopia created as part of a mission to help reinvent schools. Edutopia also produces documentaries and publishes books, DVD and CD-ROM product, all geared toward classroom learning.
Via CustomFlix's “Create Your Own DVD” service — included at www.edutopia.com and the CustomFlix E-store at www.customflix.com —teachers can browse and choose from 100 GLEF-produced documentaries about best practices in K-12 education. These cover topics such as technology integration, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, community involvement, assessment, school-to-career education, math, science and more.
Users can select the topics they want and create customized DVDs for in-class presentations and workshops, including up to nine segments or 90 minutes of video. The discs come with customized artwork, packaged in Amaray-style DVD cases.