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20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning

20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning
There are so many good free tools for creating comics and cartoons on the web, as well as apps for tablets and smartphones. I've built out a list of fun tools I am looking forward to trying out over the upcoming holiday break. I can't wait to brainstorm creative ways to leverage these in lessons! Click to view original, large image Note that some of these tools offer very different types of functionality. It's important to explore them yourself before introducing them students. Web Apps for Cartooning and Comic Creation ToonDoo: “Fastest Way to Create Comic Strips and Cartoons”: BitStrips: Make Belief Comics: (you don't even have to create an account to use this) Create Your Own Comic from Marvel: Pixton: Comic Creator from Read Write Think: Strip Creator: Toonlet:

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Create a new strip You are using an ancient web browser, Stripgenerator does not work properly in it.Get rid of Internet Explorer 6! Upgrade to a new version or use another browser like Chrome, Opera, Safari or Firefox. StripGenerator Say hello to manoli_martin 384,910 Members 1,059,569 Strips Sign in 16 Modern Realities Schools (and Parents) Need to Accept. Now. — Modern Learning 16 Modern Realities Schools (and Parents) Need to Accept. Now. It’s been interesting to watch over the last year or so a growing chorus of parents, authors, educators and even some policy makers begin to articulate their concern over the relevance of the current practices that we use in schools to “educate” our kids. While the arguments and discussions vary on the edges, it feels like there is finally an admission on the part of many that the world has changed, and that like most other parts of society, schools are going to have to change with it. Really change.

12 Ways To Use Padlet In Your Classroom Tomorrow! Let me introduce you to one of my new go-to tech tools: Padlet. It’s free, it’s easy-to-use, and it’s awesome. Oh, and did I mention… no signup needed? Padlet is essentially a digital poster that can be individually or collaboratively created. Simply visit the website and click “Create” to get started building your “wall” today. Then, double-click anywhere on the wall to begin adding your content, whether thats images, videos or text. Creator Processing ... Personal $ Svg $20 ✓ Up to $75 merchandises for personal use. Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools - University of Houston System About the Course Are you overwhelmed by the tidal wave of new technology tools available for teachers and learners? Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools can help channel that flood into a manageable power source for student engagement and motivation in your classroom! This course is designed to provide teachers with strategies to effectively integrate Web 2.0 technologies into their instruction.

Apps - Rory's Story Cubes “My daughter didn’t want to stop playing. She was so eager to create stories orally and now wants to also start writing them. I can’t wait to try this in my own classroom. Very impressed.” Teacher mum from Australia Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning - Course Thank you for your interest in the Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning, a Massive Online Open Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed). This MOOC-Ed is brought to you by the New Literacies Collaborative (NLC) a program of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University's College of Education. It is designed specifically for teacher educators and 6th - 12th grade teachers in: English & Language Arts Science History/Social Studies

Back to basics – writing professional emails I’ve been teaching English for 16 years, and there are very few courses I’ve taught which haven’t requested email writing practise – business or general English. Although most learners in the workplace who have some element of regular communication in English already write emails, most need reassurance that they’re doing a good job. I work in Germany and there are a few issues that arise time and again – Can I/ Should I really use small talk in emails? Are abbreviations and smileys unprofessional? How can I be more polite and diplomatic? Language, literacy and learning in the contemporary world On this page This online module is for people interested in exploring language, literacy and learning in today’s world with its increasing linguistic and cultural diversity and rapid technological development. Focusing on the English language, it uses key current ideas and debates, together with audiovisual examples of practice from different language learning contexts, to explore new and more effective ways of helping students to learn language, to learn through language and to learn about language. It is designed for those who are interested in the role of language in education including professionals teaching English either as a first, additional (EAL) or foreign language (EFL). Register

The Seven Best Short Animated Films for the Language Classroom - Kieran Donaghy Animated films are ones in which individual drawings, paintings, or illustrations are photographed frame by frame. Traditionally animated films have been associated with children, however, nowadays they are designed to appeal to everyone. With the increased ease of creating animations, there has been a huge rise in the number of animated films being produced, and the vast majority of these are short animations. Many of these short animated films can be exploited in the language classroom as they are short enough to be used in a single session, offer a complete narrative in a short space of time, have a unique capacity of grabbing and holding students’ attention, and deal with contemporary subjects and issues, such as bullying, racism, sexism, homelessness, and human rights, which are relevant to students’ lives.

Media Literacy & Fake News - A Lesson Plan C-SPAN Classroom has a new lesson plan that is quite timely given all of the recent stories about fake news stories created and shared through social media. Media Literacy & Fake News is a free lesson plan that is based on five C-SPAN videos featuring authors and other experts talking about the role of media in influencing how people think about political topics. The last video in the lesson plan features writers from The Onion talking about why they're disappointed when people believe their stories are real. Media Literacy & Fake News can be viewed on the C-SPAN website or as a Google Doc here. This lesson plan could easily be expanded by asking students to identify fake news stories that are circulating in their own social media echo chambers.

The Seven Best Short Films for ELT Students - Kieran Donaghy I’ve been writing lesson plans designed around short films for my website Film English for six years. Teachers often ask me how I find the short films I use in my lesson plans. The answer is quite simple: I’ve watched literally thousands of short films and developed an instinct for the type of engaging and simple short films which will work in the ELT classroom. In this article I’d like to share what for me are the seven best short films for the language classroom. The Mirror The Seven Best Silent Short Films for Language Teaching - Kieran Donaghy As many short films are artistic, they have limited appeal in the commercial marketplace and are funded from diverse sources. To make them easier to sell worldwide, they often contain little or no dialogue, which makes comprehension much easier. As a result, they offer intensely ‘filmic’ experiences, using images and movement, sequence and duration, sound and music to tell their stories. These silent films are perfect for the language classroom as they can be used with any level – the teacher just needs to adapt the difficulty of the task to match the level of the students. Here are the seven short films which I have found work best in the language classroom. Your Secret

50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels The collection of prompts below asks young writers to think through real or imagined events, their emotions, and a few wacky scenarios. Try out the ones you think will resonate most with your students. As with all prompts, inform students that their answers should be rated G and that disclosing dangerous or illegal things they’re involved in will obligate you to file a report with the administration or school counselors. Finally, give students the option of writing “PERSONAL” above some entries that they don’t want anyone to read. We all need to let scraggly emotions run free in our prose sometimes. If your class uses daybooks (an approach recommended in Thinking Out Loud: The Student Daybook as a Tool to Foster Learning), wait for composition notebooks to go on sale at Target, the Dollar Store, or Walmart for $0.50 a piece.