TechTips

Tech Tips to help teachers teach with Technology

Inspirational/Cartooning Extra

Last weeks Tech Tip about Cartooning started some interesting buzz.  I’ve heard of several teachers using a Cartooning site with their students for writing.  If you found www.toondoo.com to be difficult to work with, found objectionable material, or you just didn’t want to create an account here are two others that you can use.  These are also free and do not require you to sign up for anything.  http://www.comicstripgenerator.com/

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/index.html

Here is a link to a lesson that someone created for comic strips in Second Grade. http://www.glc.k12.ga.us/BuilderV03/LPTools/LPShared/lpdisplay.asp?LPID=15747

These two sites have several lesson plans for 3-5th grade. http://comicsintheclassroom.net/xlessonplans2.html

http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00001222.shtml

There are lots more lesson plans out there for Comic Strip Lessons.  Google is a good thing.

Again with any site “you” preview it first before you let your students on it. Be Safe!

Btw: www.toondoo.com is working on a student version for kids.  I’ll let you know when that comes out.

 

This week’s new Tech Tip is more inspirational than it is a tip.  The George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia web site is a site for education and technology.  It has a video that dignifies the use of technology in the classroom.  It is 5 min long and worth it.  Let it inspire you to use technology in your classroom.  http://www.edutopia.org/video/frame.php?id=Art_1127&keyword=137

By the way, www.edutopia.com is a great site for learning more about technology integration. 

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 12:07 PM by GregSmith
Comments

Doug said:

I used to get the Edutopia magazine. It was free, and had some pretty cool ideas for a periodical founded by the creator of Jar-Jar...

# May 8, 2007 12:48 PM

MysteryTeacher said:

thank you. I looked at Toondoo and it was so awful I almost fell over.  The kids don't need that kind of garbage.  They get plenty at home.  Safe sites are what I was looking for.

# May 8, 2007 2:22 PM

GregSmith said:

Tech Tips are to help teachers generate thoughts about ways to use technology.  Personally, I would use a drawing program such as “Inkscape” or one of the many others.  I like to think of it this way, I’m giving strategies for teaching not applications or programs.  

I always justify my posts with placing responsibility on the teacher for checking sites before they send their students to it.  Things are different for high school students than they are for elementary.

# May 8, 2007 2:54 PM

Barbara Rice DeShong said:

I love this.  I usually start a workshop with , "If you don't take life seriously, it's not worth living.  But, if you ONLY take life seriously, it's not worth living.

I write on psychology and schools as MysteryShrink.com

# April 4, 2008 7:00 PM

theodusa said:

I use sites like these to come up with drawings of my own. Being an artist already has its perks. Try deviantart.com for some art-related stuffs. They have a wonderful array of comics art and regular art of all sorts AND an adult content filter.

# September 13, 2008 10:38 PM

Teacher728 said:

Hey I found this neat website with teaching supplements and some fun activities for students. Thought I'd share...

http://www.biceveryday.com/

# March 26, 2009 2:27 PM

teacherr500 said:

I was wondering how to utilize the www.comicstripgenerator  After you change the text for the comic bubble, where do you find the "customise comic strip button"  I do not see it anywhere on the page.  Thanks teacherr500

# July 13, 2009 1:10 PM

Kelli Garner said:

Thats very good to know... thanks

# October 2, 2009 6:08 PM

teachhub said:

Hmm thanks for sharing! Not exactly on topic, but I thought you might appreciate it... Have you seen Teacher Toons? The comics here give me and my teacher friends a good laugh...

http://www.smartycartoons.com/teachertoons.html

# October 12, 2009 4:53 PM
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