Showing posts with label teaching with cartoons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teaching with cartoons. Show all posts

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Headlines and Heroes - A New Resource from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress offers many excellent online resources for teachers and students. Even just following the LOC's Twitter account will provide you with fun history facts. In fact, it was through that Twitter account that I learned about a new Library of Congress blog called Headline and Heroes: Newspaper, Comics & More Fine Print.

Headlines and Heroes launched this week with the purpose of sharing stories and fun facts about some of the 145,000 comic books in the LOC's collection. It will also feature stories and interesting facts contained within some of the library's vast newspaper collections. The first blog post appeared yesterday and it was, fittingly, all about Star Wars comic books. Future entries on the Headlines and Heroes blog are scheduled to appear on Tuesdays.

Applications for Education
Headlines and Heroes has the potential to provide interesting stories that could spark some students' curiosity in history lessons. Students who currently enjoy comics and superhero movies may be intrigued by the stories from older versions of those that they now enjoy. I'd use that interest to prompt students to into the evolution of some other comics and stories.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Storyboard That Offers Posable Characters to Use in Your Cartoon Creations

Disclosure: Storyboard That is a long-term advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers. 

Earlier this summer in my post about popular ed tech tools updated over the summer I teased Storyboard That's new posable characters. Those characters are now available to all Storyboard That users. When you open the Storyboard That editor you will now see a character menu that is labeled "basics (fully posable)." All of those characters can be posed a wide variety of ways. There is even a character based on my likeness, see if you can find it.

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For those readers that aren't familiar with Storyboard That it is a service that provides templates in which you can create your stories in a comic strip style. To help you create your story Storyboard That provides dozens of scenes, characters, and text bubbles to fill your storyboard's frames. Each element that you drag into your storyboard's frames can be re-sized, rotated, and re-positioned to your heart's content. Your completed storyboard can be saved as a comic strip, saved as a set of images (one image for each frame), or saved as a set of PPTX slides.

Applications for Education
Storyboard That offers fantastic guides for teachers. In the teachers' resources section you will find dozens of comprehensive lesson plans for teaching language arts through comic creation. One of the guides that is quite timely is the guide to teaching The Giver through comic creation.