Dune's Island - A Free Video Learning Series

Eric MatyasEric Matyas United StatesMember Posts: 600

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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  • adent42adent42 Key Master, Head Chef, Executive Chef, Member, PRO Posts: 1,786

    Activities like games? :)

  • Eric MatyasEric Matyas United StatesMember Posts: 600
    edited April 23


    Yep, I plan to create learning-based video games that take place in the world of "Dune's Island." Also print-outs and paper-based things for teachers...(lots of schools don't have computers for each student.) But for homeschooling families, video games would be great. It might be a cool project for indie developers to get involved with. :-)

    Lots of folks have asked if I created the music for the films, but that wasn't my function on them. I wrote and directed these films with the intent to hopefully help kids (and grownups) learn important things regarding the environment.

    Here's a link to the page on my new 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 them with their kiddos.

    Enjoy…and please feel free to share with anyone who might find it useful.

    https://www.dunesisland.org/episodes

    Stay safe and healthy.

  • Eric MatyasEric Matyas United StatesMember Posts: 600
  • Eric MatyasEric Matyas United StatesMember Posts: 600

    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 MatyasEric Matyas United StatesMember Posts: 600

    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


  • Eric MatyasEric Matyas United StatesMember Posts: 600

    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! 


  • Eric MatyasEric Matyas United StatesMember Posts: 600

    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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