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Turn your room into a pinhole camera with our latest Howtoon, Camera Obscura! We are excited to announce our new book Howtoons (Re)Ignition published through Image Comics due out Summer 2014. For this book we have assembled an all star creative team; writer Fred Van Lente, artist Tom Fowler, colorist Jordie Bellaire, letterer Rus Wooton. Writer, Fred Van Lente, describes (Re)Ignition “Tuck and Celine’s parents anticipate a coming ecological apocalypse and put their family to sleep deep underground with the hopes of riding it out. At some unspecified point in the future they wake up when their bunker runs out of power — and their parents have mysteriously disappeared. So these two kids have to embark on a quest through the brave and dangerous new world they find to be reunited with their mom and dad — and they have to use the gadgeteering and project-making skills to survive and battle the many strange things and people they encounter.”

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26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Free Tools for Creating Comics One of the most popular posts that I've published on Free Technology for Teachers is a list of ten free tools for creating comics online. I wrote that post three years ago. Since then some of the tools have gone offline or started charging users. So I think it's time to share a new list. Here are five free tools for creating comics online. Comic Master is a free tool designed for students to use to create comics in the "graphic novel style" that is popular with a lot of kids in the ten to fourteen years old age range.

Classroom Guide We want to help you bring DIY to your classroom. DIY is a platform for students to discover Skills and share what they make and do with a global community. Educators everywhere are using DIY to explore skill-based learning and introduce collaboration into their classroom – during homeroom, Genius Hour, after school, and even regular classes. Blend the DIY Skills platform into your core curriculum, or let your students explore new subjects while practicing skills. Register If you're already using DIY in your classroom, or want help getting started, please register below to let us know.

Learn To Use Glossi - Glossi by Alexandra Piotrowski Greetings Glossinauts! Thanks for taking the time to have a look at our "Learn To Use Glossi" Glossi! This is an ever evolving issue of Glossi, that we're updating with new product features, reviews, and suggestions on making creating beautiful Glossies even easier. If you have yet to make your first Glossi, you're in for a treat. Thanks to our simple Editor, anyone can create a digital magazine with ease-- there is no technical or design experience necessary! All that you need is an idea.

Answers Grockit Answers is just-in-time Q&A for video lectures. In Grockit Answers, interactions happen around video lectures, and participants ask and answer questions about specific points in the lecture. Since every question is attached to a specific point in time in the video, Grockit Answers displays a question and its answers at the point in the lecture that they are most relevant. And since the things that confuse you are likely to be the same things that confuse others, you'll find that answers to your own questions pop up on the screen just as you're starting to get confused.

Saul Griffith Discusses Starting From the Global Warming Finish Line (Video) Saul Griffith shows off a highly detailed graph of his carbon footprint during 2007.Saul Griffith is an incredible thinker, and we at TreeHugger are quite the fan. So we were excited to see him speak at Compostmodern this weekend. Griffith spoke on how designers can start from their goal for climate change, and design products and solutions based on that goal. DigitalStorytelling4Kids [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Week2 Week 2: Sharing Stories through Comics During this week, participants will become familiar with web tools to create comics with young learners.learn how to create comic stories with these tools.reflect on the use of comics in the classroomexplore ways to integrate comics in their classroom in ways that improve reading and writing skills of learnersdiscover mobile apps for creating comicscreate a comic using one of the tools from this week Task 1, Day 1: How can we use comics in storytelling with young learners? Comics and cartoons compress stories into a just a few frames.

Maker Space In Education Series… 20 Reasons Your Students Should Be Making It’s still summer time in the States and I couldn’t help but think of the idea of play, and that of course made me think of Maker Space. I have long encourage Making in the classroom. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that this idea is now a movement and one that I suggest all 21st century educators Make some room for. I hope you enjoy this series and I encourage you to send me information and resources, as I am also Making time to learn. First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States. Based in Chicago but supporting non-profit organizations that work in 60 countries, MacArthur has awarded more than US$4 billion since its inception in 1978. With an endowment over $5.7 billion, the foundation provides approximately $230 million annually in grants and low-interest loans. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, also known as "genius grants", topics of interest to the foundation include international peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, population and reproductive health, human rights, international migration, community development, affordable housing, digital media and learning, juvenile justice, and public interest media, including public radio and independent documentary film.

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