Christmas has come and gone and we now get into the final half of the school year – so much to do and so little time to do it in. For myself, my capstone is looming in the horizon – March 21st!!
I’ve been asked lately for some recommended comic creators. Teachers see these as a great way for ESL students to develop a better understanding of the English language. As well, they would be a great way to present their information – a fun and creative display! So I have the following to consider:
Comic Master (http://www.comicmaster.org.uk/) – this graphic novel creator would be great for students between 10 and 14 years. It has a drag and drop interface and students can select from a variety of layouts, backgrounds, characters, effects, and fonts. It’s free and students have the options to create and print multiple page stories! (Thanks to R. Byrne)
- Witty Comics (http://www.wittycomics.com/)
- Artisan Cam (http://www.artisancam.org.uk/)
- Super Hero Squad (http://superherosquad.marvel.com/create_your_own_comic)
- Pixton (http://pixton.com/)
- Strip Generator (http://stripgenerator.com/)
- PikiKids (http://www.pikikids.com/)
- Write Comics (http://writecomics.com/)
- Make Beliefs (http://makebeliefscomix.com/)
- Be Funky (http://www.befunky.com/)
- Chogger (http://chogger.com/)
Have a look at the following link – “Tap into the World of Comics – Strategies for using Comics in the Classroom” (http://www.slideshare.net/shend5/tap-into-the-world-of-comics). Created by S. Hendy (Digital Tools for Teachers – http://digitaltoolsforteachers.blogspot.com/).
Other neat sites:
Nine neat NASA Resources for Teachers and Students (Thanks again to R. Byrne)
- NASA’s Lunar Electric Rover Simulator – a free iOS app that you can use to explore the moon!
- NASA 360 – a twenty-two episode series of videos about NASA
- NASA @ Home and City – a virtual tour of NASA related science in our homes and cities
- Moonbase Alpha – an online game developed by NASA to be played as a simulation in which players assume the role of an astronaut working to repair equipment in order to restore oxygen delivery to a settlement on the moon.
- NASA Space Place – a sizable collection of fun projects, games, animations, and lessons about Earth, space, and technology.
- NASA’s eClips videos – videos are arranged by grade level. The videos are short clips designed to show students the work NASA is doing and how that work impacts space science as well as its potential impact on everyday life.
- NASA Brain Bites – a series of videos designed to answer the questions that kids typically have about the science of space travel and the daily life as an astronaut.
- NASA Interactive Timelines – timelines tracing the history of astronomy and space exploration .
- NASA TV – streams many different feeds to the web. Viewers can see images of the ISS, educational content, mission control video, press conferences, and more.
National Geographic “Visions of Earth” (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/visions-of-earth/visions-earth-2011) – This is a neat collection of photos that the National Geographic displays on a monthly basis. I can see teachers using these images in Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. Like any collection of photos from NG, they are of high quality and worth looking at.
LearnZillion (video math lessons you can monitor!) – http://learnzillion.com/
Look out Khan Academy – there is a new kid on the block! LearnZillion has a ton of math videos that end with a quiz. As well, the lessons are created by teachers, the lessons are free and teachers can create ‘virtual’ classes and monitor student progress. Just like Khan Academy! Might be worth looking into.
MeeGenius (http://meegenius.com/store/books/free/) – a source of free and paid eBooks for kids. MeeGenius provides word highlighting to accompany the narration of each book. This is something that not all eBooks provide.
Here is a really neat interactive map site called the Breathing Earth (http://www.breathingearth.net/). From the moment you access the page, the data collection starts. You’ll see the carbon foot print being created, the number of people who have been born during the time you visit the site (you’ll see where the births and deaths are occurring around the world – this alone could lead to a very interesting discussion!), and the ‘current’ world population. When you hover your mouse over a particular area/country, you will see the stats for that area as well.
Richard Byrne (http://www.freetech4teachers.com/)
suggests the following 9 tools that students can use to create music online:
- Loop Labs (free) – http://www.looplabs.com/
- Music Share (free) – http://eng.musicshake.com/create/
- Aviary Roc – http://advanced.aviary.com/tools/music-creator
- Beat Lab (free) – http://www.beatlab.com/
- Incredibox – http://www.incredibox.fr/
- UJAM – http://www.ujam.com/
- Soundation (free) – http://soundation.com/
- Wolfram Tones – http://tones.wolfram.com/
- Monkey Machine (free) – http://www.rinki.net/pekka/monkey/# (drum focus – really neat!)
Looking for some Physic Resources – try the following blog for recommendations from David Andrade – http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2011/12/great-physics-resources-for-students.html.
The physic sites include The Physics Classroom, PhET, Physics Study Guide wikibook, Motion Mountain – free downloadable Physics textbook, FHSST Physics online wikibook, AP Physics B video lectures, Learn AP Physics and Online Physics Study Guide.
The last one that I’ll leave you with is “How Rich You Are” (http://www.givingwhatwecan.org/resources/how-rich-you-are.php). Type in the annual household income and the size of the household and see where you might stand in the world’s population! This would one of those sites that a teacher could use to initiate a class discussion on the wealth dispersal within our world.