FlashFace (aka the Literary or Historical Persona Creator)
My title makes it sound much more academic so use it in the lesson plan and flashface with your kids.
A fun way to get kids thinking about the characters in a novel or history. Send them to flashface and have them create their characters for use elsewhere (as icons for blogs). Bonus points for aligning them to the descriptions used in the work.
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Ideas and Thoughts
Photojojo, one of my favorite DIY sites, has a great post on taking a photo a day for a year. Imagine getting your students to snap shots (maybe around a common theme, maybe without any boundaries) and post them to a blog or flickr. This raw material could be used for discussion or as writing prompts, web publishing lessons or [insert your idea here–serious]. I’m inspired and plan to take on the challenge–using only my camera phone (low rez 4 life!). via Lifehacker
This presentation is essentially a pitch for the idea that we ought to be looking at the world with open eyes and paying attention to the content that is exciting to ourselves and others- the things we read/watch/listen to without being coerced. The introduction it is a rehash of the RSS aggregator pitch that I’ve given off and on since 2002. I know Twitter is much cooler and RSS is pronounced dead on a regular basis but Twitter fills a very different niche for me and I think the RSS aggregator still has a lot of value. I also stressed the idea that you have to aggregate feeds you actually want to read. That’s very different than feeds you feel you ought to want to read. Make this unpleasant for yourself and you will never, ever, read them. Build feeds that rejuvenate and interest you and then bring that into your instruction.I will note that if you aren’t interested in your subject or the world in general as it applies to your subject you might consider alternate employment. My goal was to point out the huge swathe of low hanging fruit waiting for the right teacher to look at it in the right way- essentially the antipode of most of the content we use in education. This is really more […]
cc licensed ( BY SD ) flickr photo shared by bionicteaching Discovery brought together an interesting mix of people to talk about the future of the textbook.Full disclosure – Discovery funded my travel/room/board. Also Steve Dembo encouraged me to start my own blog in the dark ages of the early 2000s so I still like him for that. The particular focus of this conversation was the math textbook. The repeatedOften, I confess, repeated at my insistence. request was to aim high and describe what you would really want not to water things down to describe what would sell or what others might be willing to use.It’s harder to do this than you might think and that is one of my own personal fears. I worry a lot about the chains I don’t feel. There is a lot to think about. Semi-Summary Doing digital content properly would have a parallel, intensive, and ongoing professional development element that would inform the container, tools, and the content in very specific ways. The content would need to be very granular and editable by the teacher at a variety of levels. The student should be able to annotate content in a variety of ways (highlighting, notes, audio/video) and associate other pieces of content (internally or externally) in a way that builds rich text connections between […]