22 Rules of Story Telling every Teacher should Know about Writing is a scary task for students because it is partly a single-minded activity that calls for a lot of serious thinking and partly due to the overarching focus that has being placed on teaching writing as product and not process. Donald Murray, a writing theorist of grand calbire, is unequivocal on this, in his Write to Learn , Murray emphasizes the importance of teaching writing as a process. For him the problem with teachers of writing is that they are trained as teachers by studying a product and when they are teaching writing to their students, they basically focus their attention on what students have produced and not what they might have done. Worse than that, teachers employ all their autopsy skills to dissect students writing and in doing so they confirm students feeling of lack of self-respect for their work and for themselves. Another cause of students writing crisis is related to the new learning habits these students have developed via technology.
6 Free Sites for Creating Your Own Comics In the days of cold, hard newsprint, only people who could draw were successful comic strip authors. In some cases, this resulted in comic strips that had very nice pictures, but weren't all that funny (cough, Blondie). Thankfully, the Internet has taught us not to accept an inferior form of comic artistry, but a more flexible one. Comic strip enthusiasts who want funny but don't care about pretty drawing can have their strips, those who want artistry have theirs, and even those with very specific tastes can find something just right. The best part about these developments is that they allow you, regardless of any talent as an artist or comedian, to create your very own comic strip. Depending on what you're going for, you can use one of these six sites to help you do it. 1. MakeBeliefsComix.com is easy enough for children to use, but there are enough options for adults to get a message across, too. One limiting factor is color. 2. The site does have some rough patches. 3. 4. 5. 6.
50 Recommended Links for ELL/ESL Educators by Angelita Williams, onlinecollegecourses.com Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of the help they can get! Thankfully, many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective. We’ve scoured the Internet to share 50 of the best of these resources, and we hope you’ll find lots of valuable content and tools through these incredibly useful links for ELL educators. Websites Resource tools, printables, and other great stuff for ELL educators are all available on these sites. Articles & Advice Check out resource lists, journal articles, and ideas for best practices in ELL on these links. Organizations Take advantage of the great opportunities and resources available from these organizations that benefit ELL teachers. Learning Resources
7 Great Note-taking Tools for Teachers and Students This is another post that was prompted by a reader's email. The email was looking for a list of recommended note-taking tools. I've reviewed a lot of note-taking tools over the last five years, but I have never made a list. So here's my list of seven great note-taking tools for students and teachers. InClass is a free iPhone and iPad app that could be a very useful tool for students carrying those devices. InClass provides students with tools for taking text, audio, and video notes. Color Note is a simple note-taking app that I've been using on all of my Android phones for the last year (yes, it's been a rough year for phones in my life). Save Meeting is a meeting recording app for iOS and Android devices. Notes.io offers a simple platform for taking and sharing notes. No list of note-taking tools would be complete without mentioning Evernote. mySchoolNotebook is a service for taking, saving, and sharing notes online and offline.
ArtisanCam - Home How to create great infographics | .net magazine If you're used to visiting netmagazine.com every day, then you'll notice something a little different about the site you're looking at right now. That's because .net magazine, the print publication that's been the web industry's bible since 1994, is now publishing all its online content via Creativebloq.com. UPDATE: We've migrated around 250 of 1,800 old articles. More are coming online every day. Where to buy .net magazine The print title remains unaffected - to buy a copy, head here: What's Creative Bloq? Creative Bloq is a multidisciplinary site for designers and creatives of all types. So where can I go for my daily fix of web news/inspiration? Stay right here! How do I filter out the other stuff? If you want to view general web design articles, then use the web design tab in the nav. In short, at Creative Bloq we're addicted to design - and we're really happy to have you on board.
Alternatives to Book Reports Being able to consume, critique, and create media is so important for our 21st century students. While I love to write about books in my book reviews, lots of children don't share my enthusiasm. If your kids or students groan at the mere mention of writing a book report, consider some alternative ideas. Instead of a book report, have your kids make a book trailer! You can find many examples of downloadable book trailers suitable for children at Book Trailers - Movies for Literacy. Making a book trailer or any short video with your kids/students is a perfect time to discuss copyright with them. Instead of a book report, have your kids design a poster. Instead of a book report, have your kids design an advertisement for the book. Instead of a book report, have your kids design a cartoon or comic. Instead of a book report, kids can turn their family, pets and friends into stars. Instead of a book report, sum up a book (or movie or song) in four icons.
A Fun Way To Make Your Own Newspaper Clippings I stumbled upon a simple web tool the other day that, among other things, animates cat GIFs with speech bubbles that say whatever you want. We all know the internet loves its cats! See example to the right. Upon further exploration of the site, I discovered that they also have a newspaper clipping generator , which allows users to input their own information and the program generates a fairly realistic looking newspaper article which could be used as a part of a larger project or for a stand alone assignment to write a newspaper article on a particular topic. Teachers could use the tool for special events, student birthdays, classroom blogs, or any other timely topics. 10 Digital Storytelling Projects
How to Create an Awesome Infographic [INFOGRAPHIC] There's no better way to show companies how to create an engaging infographic than through outlined steps in the form of an infographic. A new infographic by Infographic Labs — first published by Performancing.com — highlights the best practices of developing a creative way to get the word out about new data. As the amount of information we consume on the Internet grows and attention spans decrease thanks to a bevvy of distractions from email to Facebook, market research firms and other companies are packaging new data in visual ways. In some cases, infographics even go viral. SEE ALSO: 20 Reasons to Switch to Google+ [INFOGRAPHIC] From how to pick color schemes and graphics to approaching layout, this infographic gives you a rundown on how to best get your information out to others. What do you think makes for a great infographic? Infographic via Infographic Labs
Photobus ~ Home 8 Exam-Prep Activities Students Actually Like After Christmas break students will return to school for 8 days of review prior to taking their End of Course Exams. I can give my students a review packet with hundreds of problems, but that would only lead to them giving up, sleeping, and not even trying. So below are 8 fun activities I created to motivate and engage my students in their final exam reviews. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. These are 8 fun review games that is sure to get students motivated to review for their final exams! Visit my blog for printables, instructions, and examples!