Express Yourself Through Comic Strips

March 28, 2007

A brand new website was launched today that allows users to create their own comic strips. Toondoo is a site that allows the user to create their own unique 1, 2, or 3 panel comic strip and quickly publish it to the Toondoo website or a blog. Now I have zero artistic ability and under normal circumstances I would never be able to express myself in this format, but Toondoo makes it easy. Toondoo provides a series of backgrounds, characters, props and text boxes to choose from, or if you prefer, you can upload your own pictures and use them. Once you pick your elements you can resize, rotate, or move them around the page as you like. You get total control of your comic strip. When your done you can publish with a single click and your comic is viewable on the Toondoo site by all.

This is a free website that can easily be used in classrooms from elementary to high school. As we look for new and exciting ways for our students to express themselves, websites such as Toondoo offer even the right brained challenged an easy way to create a visual statement. Utilizing a website like Toondoo is a good way incorporate art, technology, and content in a fun way and get an attractive and potentially meaningful product.

Here is my Toondoo comic strip.

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I challenge you to make your own Toondoo comic and post the link in the comments section.

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Quizlet – An online vocabulary study aid

March 23, 2007

 If you are looking for a tool to help your students study their vocabulary you might want to try QuizletQuizlet is a very simple free website that lets you create vocabulary tests based on words and definitions you provide.  You don’t even have to type them, if you have lists generated already you can upload them.   Once the words are in it allows your students to move through 3 steps, Familiarize, Learn, and Test.   It also allows them to print word lists and flash cards.  The tests are very nice and include spelling, true/false, matching and multiple choice questions.   Here is a link to an SAT vocabulary set you can try on your own.

As a teacher you can sign up for Quizlet for free and create your own vocabulary lists for practice tests, enrichment, and study aids.  When students access the tests it randomly creates an individual test for them.  Once completed it corrects their work and offers them the chance to take another randomly generated test.

Quizlet is a nice web site that is worth checking out.


Newsletters for your classrooms

March 13, 2007

I have run across a very simple web site for making attractive newsletters. Letterpop is a free website that provides you with several high quality graphic templates and allows you to fill in the content. It is easy to do and produces an attractive product. You could easily use this to make classroom newsletters or have students create a newsletter about their family or some other topic.

LetterPop

This is what is great about the new world wide web (Web 2.0), it allows you to easily create products. Before we could only read knowledge from the web, now we are able to create and present.