Comic Creator The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on). The organizers focus on the key elements of comic strips by allowing students to choose backgrounds, characters, and props, as well as to compose related dialogue (shown at left). This versatile tool can be used by students from kindergarten through high school, for purposes ranging from learning to write dialogue to an in-depth study of a formerly neglected genre. The tool is easy to use, made even easier with the Comic Strip Planning Sheet, a printable PDF that comic creators can use to draft and revise their work before creating and printing their final comics. After completing their comic, students have the ability to print out and illustrate their final versions for feedback and assessment.
14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom Smartphone cameras are becoming more powerful than they’ve ever been. Thanks to smartphones, the digital camera is getting a serious run for its money. All you’ve got to do is check out the camera specs for the upcoming iPhone 7 to see where things are heading. You can look forward to getting features including 12 megapixels, image stabilization, and improved low-light photo capability. Videos will also be better than they’ve ever been. The Galaxy 7 from Samsung is just as impressive. "A Raisin in the Sun": The Quest for the American Dream Activity 1. What is the American Dream? Lead students in a succession of questions that engages them in a discussion about the concept of "The American Dream." Comic Life Desktop For Mac Comic Life 3.5.14 – Release HistoryUpdated January 17th, 2020 Requires macOS 10.10.3 or later64-bit processor 1 GHz+ Intel Mac 1024 MB RAM (2 GB rec.) 384 MB of video RAM 300 MB of available disk space Minimum 1024×768 display (Mac older than macOS 10.10.13? Download Comic Life 3.5.10 here.This version requires OS X 10.6.8+) Try Comic Life: 30 day free trial!
Comics Once considered only child's fare, comics have emerged as a genre worthy of serious study and application. Comic books not only engage, they help develop analytical and critical-thinking skills. They prompt students to decipher meaning, purpose, and tone. The Four Things Students Need to Create Good Book Trailers Creating book trailer videos is a great alternative to a traditional written book report assignment. In a book trailer video students highlight their favorite elements of a story and try to entice viewers to read the book themselves. Much like a movie trailer that tries to get viewers to watch the full movie, a book trailer should give viewers just enough to be interested in the full story without giving away the conclusion to the story. If you have heard of book trailers and wanted to try having your create book trailers, here are the four things they'll need to get started after reading a book. A script/ outline: Before I let students start to assemble a video, I make them write a script or outline for the video. Writing a script or outline forces students to think about the points that they want to emphasize in their videos without thinking about the technical aspects of the video creation process.
Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Diigo Close reading is a strategy for reading complex text. In Part 1, the focus is how to do a close reading. The focus in Part 2 is how to annotate with iPads. The focal points of this post are the teacher steps in close reading; how to create text dependent questions for informational text in 6th-12th grades; annotating in Diigo; and creating writing activities to go with close reading. Below are the teacher's steps for creating a close reading lesson.
How can we use comics in the classroom? Book Creator 4.0 comes with comic book templates. Here’s some thoughts about how and why comic books can be used as a writing stimulus, and more. “I think Hitler was a beginner compared to the comic-book industry.” This was the vitriolic derision spouted by Fredric Wertham, godfather of the anti-comics movement, as part of a hearing into juvenile delinquency in 1954. BAM, Your Life, Kabam! Comics Help the Bam! Bunch through the day... Give the best advice to the characters for each scene. Click on the character you want to help first, check out the situation, and give your wisest advice. 10 Interesting Ways to Integrate QR Codes in Your Teaching (Infographic) July 3, 2016 With the advance of mobile technologies, QR Code technologies open up a vast terrain for educational uses. There are several ways teachers can leverage the educational potential of QR Codes in their instruction. The visual below sums up 10 interesting examples of how you can use QR Codes with your students. We have also included some interesting resources and video tutorials to help better understand the whole concept of QR Codes in education. Check them out and share with your colleagues. Enjoy
Mrs. Orman's Classroom: Top 10 Websites For 1:1 Schools I'd like to share with you 10 helpful websites for the secondary teacher when using laptops or utilizing a computer lab. My school district adopted the 1:1 laptop initiative four years ago, purchasing Apple MacBook Pros for all students in 6th - 12th grades. So while I am no expert on technology in the classroom, I have used all of these websites in class with my students.