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CA State Standards in Internet Safety, Cyber Bullying and Online Harassment

Friday, February 5th, 2010

The California State Standards have recently included a clause stating that schools must promote “safe internet use” particularly in 5th and 6th grades. Adina’s Deck is one way to help your school meet the new standards in health and technology education. If your school is looking for a solution, we are a one stop shop as many of our episodes address different topics!

For more information, visit the CA Content Standards and Framework in health here.

Happy New Years!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Happy New Years!!

Wishing everyone a safe, wonderful 2010!

Nomination for Kids First Best Film Award!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Adina’s Deck, The Case of the Plagiarized Paper was just nominated for the 2009 Kid’s First Film festival awards, in the category of “Best Independent Short Film” for 9-12 year olds.  To read a list of all of the nominees, click here. The awards will be taking place this fall in New Mexico. We are so honored and grateful to the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media!

Back to School Plagiarism Prevention

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

It’s the beginning of the school year and the perfect time to address plagiarism in the classroom. It’s a great time to introduce  The Case of the Plagiarized Paper!
With the twenty-five minute DVD, the perfect length for any time of day, and the facilitator’s guide, it’s easy to integrate into the classroom for a fun-filled, engaging lesson!

Screenings in San Diego, CA and Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Adina’s Deck has been accepted into the 6th Annual International Children’s Film Festival! The episodes that will be screened are The Case of the Plagiarized Paper and The Case of the Cyber Bully. The films will screen Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 at the beautiful New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego. The films will screen in the teen space area of the museum. Stephanie Cameron “Melody” as well as other actors and crew will be attending! For more information check out:

In addition, check out Adina’s Deck: The Case of the Online Crush and The Case of the Plagiarized Paper at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in NY through mid-August! Contact the museum through their website for more information!

Back to School!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

It’s almost time for the new school year! This year we are excited to announce “The Case of the Plagiarized Paper!” It’s ready for schools across the country! This episode is brand new for the year, and has already received recommendations from the Video Librarian Publication, Dr. Toy, and the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media. It has been accepted into several film festivals- including San Deigo and Brooklyn. It’s appropriate for students of all ages, especially between 4th grade-10th grade. You can easily integrate it into your writing and technology lessons, or use it for a schoolwide assembly.

This summer, the actor’s of Adina’s Deck have been up to lots of fun stuff!

~ “Adina” Amelia Varni is acting in  “Bye Bye Birdie” at the Gallo Theater in Modesto

~ “Clara” Ciera Trussell is gearing up to enter the 10th grade in the Sacramento area!

~ Full updates on the actors can be found in the July edition of the Adina’s Deck Newsletter

We hope you have a great rest of the summer!

Review on Three Different Directions Blog

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Tammy Litke, a parent, homeschooling mom and blogger, contacted us about writing a review about Adina’s Deck. We sent a copy of each episode to review and also for one lucky reader to win! She wrote a review on the three episodes of Adina’s Deck on her blog “Three Different Directions” which can be read here

Check out the website and enter the contest, which will be going for another week!

Dr. Toy Best Vacation Products- List

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

We were so happy to have won a spot in the Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children’s Products 2009 awards!

“For nearly twenty five years, Dr. Yoy has been awarding children’s products her seals of approval. These items have distinguished themselves over other products in quality and excellence, providing both lasting value and lasting learning. And of course, providing lasting fun.”

Technology Teacher Uses Plagiarism DVDs

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Here is an email from Aletta Sauer, CA
“I teach technology education and business education at a rural high school in – Southern Humboldt County (in Northern CA).  Since I see all the 9th graders in Computer Literacy class, I decided to order all three of your current episodes, to help me teach a unit on Copyright, Web Ethics, Plagiarism and Internet Safety.  So far, I have used the Case of the Plagiarized Paper  to introduce lessons on avoiding plagiarism, and I have used Adina’s Deck to help with lessons on Web Ethics, Web Etiquette, and Internet Safety. I spent two days on bullying because we are a Gr 8-12 high school campus, and the 9th graders still have memories of their time as 8th graders as well as the benefit of moving 1 step up in the campus pecking order.  We use the Community of  Caring model for character education, so the Adina’s Deck footage was especially appropriate.  Our discussion on bullying was one of the most open that we have had all year – my students were totally cued into what cyberbullying is all about and our discussion ranged from what happened at Columbine to vandalism between classmates on our school wiki.  My timing could not have been better – as it turned out, the day before we had our pre-video discussion, we had our own horrendous incident involving cyberbullying.  2 younger female 8th graders vandalized another female 8th grader’s locker with fake blood, wrote messages like “whore” and “bitch”, and then sent cell phone pictures to the victim of a third student trying to look scary with knives also dripping with fake blood.  It was truly a memorable teachable moment, and gave us all an opportunity to understand just how offensive mental bullying can be. Also, I have an investigator from the DA’s office coming to meet with my students about Cyber-safety, and we’ll use the Case of the Online Crush then!

Thanks for the note, Aletta!

Watch Adinas Deck in Danville and Pasadena!

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Adina’s Deck Episode 2 will be screening at “Pasadena Learns” click the link for more information! This is part of the Kid’s First Film Festival. Aidna’s Deck Episode 3 will be screening at the Danville International Children’s Film Festival!

Come watch “The Case of the Plagiarized Paper” on Sat. May 16th, 2009. Perfect for children, english teachers/classes, history teachers, technology eduators, feild trips and anyone else who is educating their 9-15 year old students about Internet Cheating!

The Cast

Adina - Amelia Varni
Amelia Varni
Clara - Ciera Trussell
Ciera Trussell
Skye - Kelcie Stranahan
Kelcie Stranahan
Melody - Stephanie Cameron
Stephanie Cameron
Michael - Sam Ison
Sam Ison
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