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Using Comics in the Classroom
Are you looking for an alternative way for your students to write a story? This week I read about a great Comics site called makebeliefscomix . Students are able to create their own comics using this site. The site is available in many different languages. Below is a tutorial that walks you though oof this digital tool. I think that this is a very valuable tool that all students can access. If you have questions about this please let me know.
The other school morning my 6 year old daughter who is in Kindergarten got up with me around 5:30 AM . I am in the kitchen getting the coffee going and I typically read for a few minutes to get going in the AM . Ruby walks in the living room without saying a word and goes and gets her Kindle Fire tablet and her headphones and sits on the couch. Not a "Good morning Daddy", nothing, just wakes up,gets her device and sits on the couch and stares at the screen. I immediately think, "well great!, parent fail, we're having too much screen time and she's addicted to the screen and she is 6. Am I modeling this behavior for her? ". Just to put myself a little more over the edge I say Good morning and then I inquire about what she is watching. Her device has parent controls enabled so she can play kid games, and watch kid videos etc. . . so, anyhow, to put me over the edge a little more she is watching a Youtube Kids video of girls her age playing with Barbie…
Happy Last Friday of the 2018 School Year!
Wow! It is hard to believe that we already almost have half of the School year in the books. For this weeks blog post I wanted to highlight 12 things from 2018 that I think really can impact instruction and how we can teach our kids. Some are events, some are books, and some are Technology Tools. I would love to hear your comments! Please post some of your things in the comment section of this post! These are in no particular order but I dunno. I'm a huge fan of Year End list. I'm a music buff and I always enjoy seeing what are the best albums of the year Or the best moments in Sports.
Dot Rutherford, the Media Specialist at ECCHS, introduced me to Classhook in her blog post a month or so ago. What a great way to introduce a lesson! I am so thankful that I learned about this. I often find myself searching all over Youtube to find that perfect lesson opener or a way to engage a class and this makes it all the more easier
This week I have had the chance to participate in some great Professional Learning about Computer Science. On Monday Will Dodd from GYSTC came to the Elementary school and led Professional Learning on robotics in the classroom. I was able to share what I know about letting students know how to code using the free resources on Code.org. Also, I was able to learn about how Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality are changing the way Professional Athletes train. Bottom line, I believe that this is a skill that all students need to have knowledge about. There will be jobs that will be available for our students that do not even exist yet. I'm the father of six year old twins and I sometimes have to take a minute for that to sync in. It just makes me sit back and think about how I need to teach and preach my two to be open to new things, be open to change, and apply the skills and think creatively. The world is wide open to innovators. So, there are a few easy w…