Useful Links (Weekly)

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Useful sites (weekly)

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Useful sites (weekly)

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Useful sites (weekly)

   

 
 

   

 
 

    I liked the above presentation, especially the E words.

This weeks interesting links are:

  • MyPaint MyPaint is a fast and easy graphics application for digital painters. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it. Comes with a large brush collection including charcoal and ink to emulate real media.  
  • CriticalPast.com: Search over 57000 videos and 7 million photos  CriticalPast provides thousands of hours of video and millions of still photos drawn largely from U.S. government agency sources. Clips from 1890 to 1990 included.  
  • WeGame, a free Fraps alternative – Record Games, Capture Games, Game Record, and much more!  WeGame lets you record your own video games and capture screen shots. You can even start making your own machinima. 
  • Java island gaming, tropical flash games paradise – Mario games – Sonic games  Java Island Gaming provides many java and flash games. Puzzles and strategy games included.
  • Welcome to ABookandAHug.com  ABookAndAHug.com is a resource for finding the right book for a child. The site provides reviews and categorisation of many popular book and series titles, organised by genre and by reading levels, starting with babies, young listeners, picture books, early readers and independent and higher level readers. browse by category, age, reading level, gender… Special section on books for boys and the Books Alive is a selection of author interviews.  
  • MAKING A BOOK TRAILER | Gabrielle Wang A blog post about Making a Book Trailer by Gabrielle Wang (Aust YA Author)  
  • Free Online Favicon Generator Tool  This lets you generate a favicon to go in the address bar of your website.  
  • A Bloggers’ Code of Ethics – CyberJournalist.net – Online News Association – Ethics and Credibility  Some great guidelines for bloggers. Useful ideas in relation to the ethical issues with technology. Voluntary but important from the cyber journalist Web site. This site posts a blogging code of ethics, which has become a huge ethical issue since the invention of blogging technology.  
  • iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » iPads in Education  
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    Useful sites (weekly)

    • Educational Software | Teaching with Comics | Bitstrips for Schools   This site offers software that would allow students to create their own comic strips. Not free
    • Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking  “Here Be Dragons is a free 40 minute video introduction to critical thinking. It is suitable for general audiences and is licensed for free distribution and public display. Most people fully accept paranormal and pseudoscientific claims without critique as they are promoted by the mass media. Here Be Dragons offers a toolbox for recognizing and understanding the dangers of pseudoscience, and appreciation for the reality-based benefits offered by real science.”
    • Blio eReader An e-book reader supposed to launch in 2010. The software should be pc combatible. Offers features such as highlighting and annotating books, texts will be stored virtually so reader’s notations are available anywhere. Will also have read-aloud feature.
    • World eBook Fair  Offers a subscription approach to world e-book library. From their site:  “Our goal is to provide free public access for a month up to 2 Million eBooks. During the rest of the year you may continue to download your selection of about 750,000 PDF eBooks by joining the World Public Library. Annual membership is only $8.95 (US) per year.”
    • iPod Touch Project A great resource about how an Auckland school has trialled the introduction of iPod Touches in the classroom. 
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    Useful sites (weekly)

    Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

    Why use comics?

    I have been looking a different ways for Year 8 students to present some work at the end of the year. It is going to be part of an “Immersion week” of activities. Students will undertake various tasks that they will work on for the day. Different faculties are working on a range of topics for their areas and some are undertaking cross-curricular work. The Personal Development  teacher came up with an idea for her area. The option is called “Summer Fun” and the idea is for students to come up with suggestions for activities that could be enjoyed by other teenagers during the holidays.

    AIM: 

    • To have students research what activities are available in the Manningham/Whitehorse C C over the summer holidays. 
    • To have them suggest interesting, worthwhile, inexpensive activities to keep young people active during the summer.
    • To have them research the ‘dangers’ which young people could encounter during the summer.
    • The final product they come up with may take the format of a pdf of a brochure; or digital poster using glogster; or website; or comic format –  advertising safe, interesting activities for young people for the summer.

    Comic life  is one option that has been used by a number of classroom teachers this year. It is a great tool. This may be a good tool for students to use for their entire final piece or as an instructional part of the overall work. There are  numerous examples of the creative use comics to tell a story, explain a concept, etc.

    However just the other evening I again heard other teachers discussing various digital tools and it was clear that they are still not sure about the benefits of using many such tools and comics are not considered highly. 

    Comic Life is not free tool but there are plenty of free sites that can be used as well as . They are many and varied in their level of difficulty and how the final product looks and is shared. Some tools for creating cartoons and comic strips are here.

    The following slide show by S. Hendy offers a good explanation of the benefits. This might be a good way explain how/why comic strips might be used in classrooms. She also has some other good slide shows worth looking at on SlideShare.

    Another useful site those that offer a number of rubrics the teachers have shared that might be a useful for teachers just beginning. One that I found useful in another context was ReadWriteThink: Lesson Plan: Book Report Alternative: Comic Strips and Cartoon Squares  A website for teachers to use in lieu of writing a book report, students create comic strips to illustrate facts. Includes a template.

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