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Bitstrips for Schools: Unlock the Educational Power of Comics

August 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Bitstrips for Schools is a web-based resource that enables students to create original comic strips no matter their artistic ability. Bitstrips can be used to enhance student writing ability by making the writing process visual and fun. Students can use the site to design characters that can be used in curriculum-related comic strips. They can even use an image-uploading tool to add their own photos. The site allows students to focus on composition, sequencing, and writing rather than drawing, thus enhancing the writing process. The site offers a 30-day free trial, with a monthly fee of $9.95.

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Edublogs Teacher Challenges: Free Professional Learning

August 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Edublogs Teacher Challenges provide opportunities for teachers to increase their instructional skills while participating in an online learning community. Each challenge lasts for 30 days and includes a series of tasks that can be used to increase knowledge of Web 2.0 technologies. Teachers who participate have opportunities to make connections with a global community of colleagues. The best part is that each challenge can be completed in just minutes right at your computer, a huge plus for busy teachers looking for creative ways to enhance their technology skills.

Have you ever wondered how Twitter could be used for more than simple entertainment? Have you ever wanted to start a classroom blog, but weren’t sure how to make it happen? Are you looking for webinars with hot topics just for educators? Are you looking for ways to connect with colleagues around the world? The Creating a PLN series presents ways to increase your Personal Learning Network (PLN) using Web 2.0 resources.

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