Photos, text and publish

I’m going through a bunch of links that have accumulated from my Google alerts. I’m on the hunt for those innovative ideas for the classroom. Most often you’ll find the links I like in my account (on the right).

I thought I’d post a video here from 826 National which I found on the Hackney Pirates website. 826, is a non-profit tutoring, writing & publishing org., originally established in San Fransisco and now has 6 sister centers across the US. It’s one of those personal, creative centers that helps the students enjoy writing by incorporating the arts in their storytelling.

The photography in this short video about their process is great!

In passing, Andrew, from Laurenhill Academy in St Laurent QC, has been doing something similar with his students with much success…minus the publication!

About cayoup

Colleen Ayoup was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She has been engaged in media creation for nearly twenty years. After attending the Dawson Institute of Photography (Montreal), she worked as a commercial photographer for several years until the craving for different creative pursuits gave way. This desire led to two subsequent degrees in Psychology/Film Studies and Film Production (B.A., B.F.A) at Concordia University in Montreal. Her short fiction films and documentary, Kings (2001), about drag-king culture in Montreal toured festivals internationally. In 2004, she joined the National Film Board of Canada where she coordinated Doc Shop, a program designed to give emerging filmmakers an opportunity to learn trade skills from industry professionals and produce a short documentary for broadcast on CBC. She also contributed to the development and creation of CitizenShift (, the NFB’s first social-media website that she subsequently coordinated for five years. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media at Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)