As text and image converge and blend, complement or replace one another, and become something new, our ways of reading and writing and studying have become transformed as well. If we want to help our students become effective communicators, that is, effective users and producers of image-texts, we need to understand these media from the inside out and become better users and producers ourselves.
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Stykz is completely free to download and use to create animations that you can show off to others or import into other applications. No hidden costs, license or permission are required to use Stykz to its fullest. It is the first multi-platform stick figure animation program in the world (as far as we know), so you'll be able to use Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux* to create, edit and preview your animations.
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The Google Cultural Institute helps preserve and promote culture online. Explore the Cultural Institute sit. This site provides a visually rich and interactive online experience for telling cultural stories in new ways. Discover exhibits by expert curators, find artifacts, view photographs, read original manuscripts, watch videos.
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A useful Venn diagram for sorting multiples of two numbers. Click and drag the numbers into the correct places and watch them change to red or green for whether you are right or wrong. Adjust the multiplication table from 1 to 12.
Examines what Google Earth is, provides resources for learning how to use Google Earth, discusses Google Earth & relevance/utility in the classroom, points to wasy to get started, and introduces Keyhole Markup Language (KML), a standard format for storing and distributing geographic data.
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A great citizen science site where users can upload and view photos of animals or use the free Apple device and Android Apps. It's a great way to do real science with what you already have in class. Check out the education section for more ideas.
This is a great video site showing the life and careers of famous scientists. Find out about Richard Feynman, Rosalind Franklin, Gregor Mendel and even Mister Spock in interviews with scientists in their field today.
Ten Terrific Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools Today, I am running a workshop about using mind mapping and brainstorming tools to help students meet some of the Common Core standards in English Language Arts. Below are some of the tools that we will be using today. On a related note, if you're interested in having me come to your school or facilitate a virtual workshop, please click here for more information.
One of the most enjoyable games has been recent times has been an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) being run by an innovative teacher from Australia. Jess McCulloch's participation at StoryWorld 2012 last week sparked a lot of interest. So, here's an article from the archive which gives great insight into the fantastic work that she's doing .
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The Digital Citizenship and Creative Content program is a free, turnkey instructional program. The goal is to create an awareness of the rights connected with creative content.
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Travel the many wonders of the world and go on a whirlwind adventure of historical, scientific and geographical significance as you discover our amazing planet. From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.
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