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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…
Last year around Spring Break I talked about the importance of unplugging. Again, I encourage all of you reading this to take a couple of minutes around Spring Break and ask yourself "Am I being intentional with my technology? Am I creating spaces for my students where they are using technology intentionally?" It is sometimes a struggle for my family.
We cut the chord at my house about a month ago in an attempt to be more intentional about how and why we use devices in our house. We still have a television but we have decided to go with a streaming service and get far far fewer television channels. Because he is a kid and he has ninja/ Russian hacker technology skills my 1st Grade son was sneaky and found a way (and I kid you not) to watch 1970s era Popeye cartoons. It drives me and Allyson absolutely up the wall. I mean, I'm proud of him but it drives me crazy for a couple of reasons.
1) Look, I'm Sorry, 1970s Popeye is no where as good as o…
We have tomorrow off so I thought I would go ahead and create my blog post today. Did you know that Youtube is now the number 2 search engine in the United States?
My son and I are playing Lego Avengers. We have a deal at home and if he keeps up his end of the deal we play Lego Avengers for 20 minutes before bedtime a couple of nights a week. We had the hardest time getting past this one level. The Hulk has to go underwater and ride a crab then use the crab to trigger a crane that breaks through a underwater power generator?! It sounds so strange typing it BUT if you played it with a 7 year old it gets way weirder and more frustrating. Anyhow when we were really frustrated Ty said, "Come on dad get out your phone and look it up on Youtube". We did and with the help of a video from a teenager in Australia we found out what to do. It took all of 3 minutes. It is mind blowing to think that we had instant access and knowledge from a kid, thousands of mi…