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Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Week In Review - A Trip to Sunday River

Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where the fog is so thick I cannot see the end of my driveway. Fortunately, the weather is supposed to clear just in time for a beautiful Mother's Day tomorrow.

This week I did some more preparation for the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp. After meeting with the event coordinator on site at Sunday River, I spent some time taking pictures of neat things around the resort. This picture of the covered bridge over Sunday River is my favorite from the day. Sunday River is one of my favorite places in Maine and I hope that those of you coming to the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp enjoy it as much as I do.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 7 Web-based Tools for Creating Short Video Stories
2. Rubrics for Blogging and Multimedia Projects
3. Learn Art History With Smarthistory
4. Sugar and the Human Brain
5. By Request - Good Alternatives to Google Image Search
6. AnswerGarden - Embed an Open Response Feedback Tool Into Your Blog
7. Project Based Learning - An Explanation and Model Rubrics

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Three Free Webinar Recordings About Using Comics in the Classroom

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This year I've hosted a handful of free webinars about using comics in the classroom. The three webinar recordings and slideshows embedded below provide a variety of ideas and directions for using comics created on Storyboard That in your classroom. Some of my favorite uses of comics include using them as story prompts, having students create them to tell personal stories, and to illustrate key ideas in a book as an alternative to writing a traditional book report.

Creating a storyboard can be a good way to organize a story and plan a video project. As Rebecca Ray shares in the slides below, creating storyboards can also be a good way to deconstruct and analyze a story.



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The recording of Rebecca Ray's presentation is embedded below.






In the following webinar we discussed how to create comic strips with Storyboard That and how to use them in other services including WidBook and WeVideo.

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