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
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 […]
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
Clarence Fisher of Remote Access has been kind enough to work through some thoughts on creating a classroom studio on his blog. I find his insights and questions helpful as I try to more fully realize my goal of making my classroom more construtivist and less legalistic. I can’t help but pine for what he is attempting as I look ahead toward two major standardized assessments this year. While I wish for more freedom to give my students space to explore their interests and see the power of language, my time is being chipped away to make standard-based assessments, test and quizzes that mirror the state assessments, and lessons that teach a narrow set of concepts that every eighth grade student must have minimal mastery (lord, is that an oxymoron or what?!). Sometimes I feel like Moses as I look at all the amazing potential technology has to frame real learning (skills and desire as opposed to lists of concepts, etc.). Moses asked god to let him see the promise land even though he knew he would never step foot in it. I look at the “put out the fire” mentality of education today and get impatient and frustrated. A quick pedagogical revolution (another oxymoron) could unleash a time of learning not seen since The Enlightenment, yet I sit on […]