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Educational Software | Teaching with Comics | Bitstrips for Schools

Educational Software | Teaching with Comics | Bitstrips for Schools | etlobest - Travis Doyle | Scoop.it
Bring comics to the classroom with educational software that helps students create, share and collaborate on comics - without drawing a line. Use Bitstrips for Schools to teach reading comprehension, writing and digital literacy.
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#etlobest #ELA.8.W.C9.1 #ELA.8.W.C9.2 #ELA.8.W.C9.3  Bitstrips has been a popular social comic program for years, and they have branched out in the industry to incorporate an academic version of the program.  Through using Bitstrips for Schools, students may actually create their own comics to help them understand materials - they say you never quite understand something until you've taught it yourself!

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Neely Tindall's curator insight, November 16, 2015 8:26 PM

I think this would be a really cool tool for students to use for various lessons.  Right off the top of my head, I'm thinking that students could create a comic bitstrip when we get into our Ecology unit with food webs.  This can really bring out my students creativity.

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Design flyers to spread the word online | Smore

Design flyers to spread the word online | Smore | etlobest - Travis Doyle | Scoop.it
Want to promote something online but don't know how? Smore makes it easy. It's also fun, for a change.
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#etlobest #ELA.8.W.C9.2  Smore is a secondary web 2.0 tool to this collection.  This tool may be used as a presentation suite for students to develop fliers and various other academic materials for the purposes of speaking, listening, and presenting.

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Lincoln's Mustache - Lost in Translation

Lincoln's Mustache - Lost in Translation | etlobest - Travis Doyle | Scoop.it
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#etlobest  #ELA.8.L.C17.2  Lincoln's Mustache is actually written by a gentleman I went to High School with.  This specific comic is written about the use of irony in a silly interpretation of a historical event.  Generally, Lincoln's Mustache is a history comic, but there are some good English ideas in it.

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Hyperbole and a Half: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything

Hyperbole and a Half: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything | etlobest - Travis Doyle | Scoop.it
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#etlobest  #ELA.8.L.C17.2  Hyperbole and a Half is a fantastic resource, provided the instructor previews for profanity.  It is a great example of an author using literary canons in their writing, as well as teaching lessons in a fun manner for students to read.

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Comics :: Grammar - The Oatmeal

Comics :: Grammar - The Oatmeal | etlobest - Travis Doyle | Scoop.it
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#etlobest  #ELA.8.L.C15.2  The Oatmeal is a phenomenal resource, actually creating several resources that may be used in the classroom.  The material helps students embrace concepts they would otherwise be revolted by.

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xkcd: Literally

xkcd: Literally | etlobest - Travis Doyle | Scoop.it
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#etlobest  #ELA.8.L.C17.2  This funny webcomic about misused terms can be used to help develop a problem based learning course on literal and figurative language.

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Introduction

This list is comprised of a very narrow list of resources that are accessible through PC, Mac, and tablet platforms.  While the pages containing these links may have some questionable material (comedians tend to say inappropriate things for a laugh), the specific resources I have chosen are an example of how these comics may be used in the classroom.

Travis Doyle's insight:

This list is comprised of a very narrow list of resources that are accessible through PC, Mac, and tablet platforms.  While the pages containing these links may have some questionable material (comedians tend to say inappropriate things for a laugh), the specific resources I have chosen are an example of how these comics may be used in the classroom.

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easel.ly | create and share visual ideas online

Easel.ly is a simple web tool that empowers anyone to create and share powerful visuals (infographics, posters)... no design experience needed! We provide the canvas, you provide the creativity.
Travis Doyle's insight:

#etlobest #ELA.8.W.C9.2  easel.ly is the mandatory addition of a web 2.0 tool to this collection.  While it has little to nothing to do with what I was going for, I am including it for the sole purpose of getting credit for this part of the assignment.  I could, potentially, use this tool to have students make infographics, which would be really neat, but unfortunately won't work on an iPad (nor will any Web 2.0 tools).

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Grammar Girl

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Quick and Dirty Tips : Helping you do things better.
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#etlobest  #ELA.8.L.C17.2  Grammar Girl is a technical writer, writing under a pseudonym, to conquer some of the things that personally annoy her in regards to writing, especially in the online environment.  Students love the approach she takes to presenting this material.

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ZEN PENCILS

ZEN PENCILS | etlobest - Travis Doyle | Scoop.it
Cartoon quotes from inspirational folks
Travis Doyle's insight:

#etlobest  #ELA.8.R.C2.6  Zen Pencils frequently boasts inspirational quotes put into context to make them more relatable for children to understand.  These materials are a terrific resource for character education, as well as expressing the power of language.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal | etlobest - Travis Doyle | Scoop.it
Travis Doyle's insight:

#etlobest  #ELA.8.L.C15.1 This webcomic frequently describes language used in creative and intuitive ways.  Students tend to like the artwork.  This website must be previewed for content.

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