Other Uses for Comic Life

I’ve been using Comic Life for a while now (which is probably pretty obvious to anyone who reads regularly) BUT I’m trying to help get a site license approved for the county so I made up two quick examples of other types of uses today and figured I’d post them. If anyone has done anything cool with Comic Life and feels like sharing some examples of student or teacher work I’d appreciate it. The history example hits on SOLs 6c and 6d dealing the Revolutionary War and why the colonists won. This example is meant to show how it can make relatively dull vocabulary work more entertaining. Sure, could do something similar in Word BUT the key is that Comic Life makes this both very easy and very fun. I seem to recall that fun things work better with kids.

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Comment is free: See no evil?

Comment is free: See no evil? But every filtering enterprise to date is a failure and a disaster, and it’s my belief that every filtering effort we will ever field will be no less a failure and a disaster. These systems are failures because they continue to allow the bad stuff through. They’re disasters because they block mountains of good stuff. Their proponents acknowledge both these facts, but treat them as secondary to the importance of trying to do something, or being seen to be trying to do something. Secondary to the theatrical and PR value of pretending to be solving the problem. The quote is from a Cory Doctorow article on filtering that is worth reading. I realize that some filtering will be in schools no matter what but the poor quality of filtering teachers and students have to deal with is unacceptable. The way decisions on filtering are (too often) made by those without any educational experience is unacceptable. gyrhead wrote an interesting comment saying, in part, If you have a one size fits all filtering solution like Bess you will end up with a very restrictive environment; if you go with your own locally managed and customizable solution you will have much better results. I think that’s true up to a point. For me, it all depends […]

A Little Trick for Mac Folk (now PC as well!)

THE PROBLEM I download a lot of Flick CC photos* for various presentations. I’m doing a decent job citing them but I usually do that on the spot so unless I want to re-find the picture or dig out the old presentation and find the citation there I can’t easily re-use them. *go to advanced search for CC licensed photos THE SOLUTION Now when I download the picture from Flickr I select the photo and hit Apple+i (some people say command-i) and then put the flickr URL in the spotlight comments box. So now if I need to use the photo again, I just hit Apple-i and I’ve got the citation right there. It’s also not a bad place to throw in a few tags. And while this is simple and I’m sure lots of people already do this it’s helped me out already. PC UPDATE A wise man (my dad who is a serious PC guy) writes in to tell me- There is a PC counterpart. Right click on the file, Left click on “Properties,” Left click on “Summary” tab. Quick video below, if you’re a visual person. I used keycastr to add the keystrokes I used like Jim suggested in an earlier post. In case the Teachertube embed doesn’t work click here.

What the World Eats

An interesting photo essay from Time that shows you the food eaten by families all over the world along with the grocery bill for one week and their favorite foods. It’s pretty interesting and would make a good way to expose students to other cultures, explore geography, talk about economics and even get into some health related concerns. It worries me how much Coke the family in the picture above is drinking in a week and the amount of processed food some of the families eat is kind of scary as well. I’m not a health food nut so I imagine my own groceries would look as bad all piled up. That might make for an interesting project. Have your students bring the receipt from a weekly grocery trip in and compile a digital image full of all the food their family bought. It’d make for an interesting conversation starter. You could also graph the results, total how many bags of potato chips, how many gallons of Coke were bought. It’d be a great project to do collaboratively in Google Spreadsheets and then export to Swivel for graphing and manipulation If you wanted to go the extra yard it’d be fun to calculate the total calories and the amount of exercise needed to burn them- how many miles of running, […]

Continuing Millennials Comic Book

So I’m up to page 4 on the Millennials comic book which is what I’m using to brainstorm and story board for a movie I’ll be making for our teachers. It’s below if you’re interested. If you’d like the whole set click here. Click on the image for the larger version.

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Free Screencast From Your Browser!

Screencast-O-Matic Amazing and free! This ought to make a lot of people happy and I like the social aspect of free hosting/sharing of screencast. The whole deal is a pretty neat trick using Java. Screencast-O-Matic is the free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install! The length is limited to 15 minutes but really that’s a good thing. I’d keep it way under 15 if at all possible. Link via Kevin J. Amboe