Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

2009 is here and with it new opportunities for growth, both for our students and for ourselves. I'm not usually one to do resolutions; the word has become synonymous with "failure" for me. Instead, I'll set a few goals for myself and my students for the remainder of the school year.

Let's start with adding even more technology to our curriculum! We've just started blogging and I've set up a class account on Diigo so I can teach my students how to bookmark online. I am currently making plans for working with wikis, but I also want to incorporate a little bit of techy fun for my seventh graders.

This morning, one of my Plurk buddies sent out a cartoon from a website called FunnyTimes. I decided to check out the site and discovered you can also create your own comic strips there using their playground. I'm thinking this could be a really fun way to have my students use their vocabulary words! Check out what I created this morning for the word "apathy":

Game Time by McTeach, funnytimes.com

There is also another website called ToonDoo that is much more elaborate that I would love to explore. It has a few characters available to choose that aren't quite appropriate at my Catholic school, but I could definitely see using ToonDoo to create stories or summaries of, for instance, a current social studies chapter. I know most of my students would love it!

6 comments:

Kevin Hodgson said...

Glad to see the comic post. Another site is called MakeBeliefs Comics and it is nice for kids because it is easy to use, is a closed system (no links to any other content) and is free. I have used it with my sixth graders as intro to comic creation.

http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

And, I create my own comic about kids, teachers and technology: http://sites.google.com/site/booleansquared/

Adios and good luck, and thanks for the link to Funny Times (a new one for me)
Kevin

Lee Kolbert said...

I love this! This is now on my list of site to show on PalmBreezeCAFE. http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=PalmBreezeCAFE
Thank you for sharing.

ehelfant said...

Here are two other comic creation sites that might interest you- http://www.comeeko.com and http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/

We use ComicLife and images made with photoshop or drawn with inkart on our tablets to make comics too. Upload the pdfs to issuu.com and you have an online comic book- http://issuu.com/ehelfant/docs/team_oz

If you want to go with animated comics try http://goanimate.com/

Sean Nash said...

Love it. Nice blog. I arrived here through a tweet from mr. gardenglen.

This reminds me of another one (Bitstrips) that I highlighted in this post: http://nashworld.edublogs.org/2008/11/10/the-art-science-of-questioning-ok-mostly-the-art/

Cheers!

Sean

DigMo! said...

Hi, I have actually written a short teaching guide for Comic Life here http://www.digmo.co.uk/tutorials/teaching-with-comic-life-download/

McTeach said...

Thanks everyone for these great suggestions! I look forward to checking out the different comic sites with my students. There's such great stuff out there...I can always count on my PLN to find the best sites!

Lee, I'm looking forward to your next show!