Saturday, November 29, 2008

Exploring Comic Life

I was lucky enough to go to the VITTA (Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association) conference this week, and one of the sessions I attended was Jen Cole's session on Comic Life. This is one of the things I want to learn so that I can use it in my classes next year as an option for the students to represent their knowledge in English. I was quite keen to see that there was an option to use a Graphic Novel template. I had used a graphic novel this year in my Year 11 class's study of Macbeth and I thought that there was a lot we could do with this (e.g. using the same style to interpolate a scene not in the play, and many other ideas). I was also reminded of Andrew Churches' Blooms Taxonomy for the digital age note that creation includes "designing, constructing, planning, producing, inventing, devising, making, programming, filming, animating, Blogging, Video blogging, mixing, remixing, wiki-ing, publishing, videocasting, podcasting, directing/producing, creating or building mash ups". I can definitely see the use of Comic Life in there, especially when "you can make slideshows of comic pages in comic life," which can then be shared. This resource, Teaching Literary Devices with Comics, also looks valuable.

I have downloaded a free 30 day trial of Comic Life so that I can have a play and learn lots. Jen's tutorial can be found online here. Or if that doesn't work go to Southmoor Primary school, click on Staff, then on ICT PD, then there you are. Thanks heaps Jen for your great session and valuable ideas. I'm glad I went.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Connected students: a resource

I have been following the Connectivism 08 online course on the fringes (not registered or anything) but catching up with the Friday chats when I can and have enjoyed them very much. Really good and thoughtful work going on there. The course is put together by George Siemens and Stephen Downes and lots of people are doing the course. And then today I found a video on YouTube via twitter, which I wanted to share as a great resource and example. Thanks Wendy

The Networked Student was inspired by CCK08, a Connectivism course offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes during fall 2008. It depicts an actual project completed by Wendy Drexler's high school students. The Networked Student concept map was inspired by Alec Couros' Networked Teacher. I hope that teachers will use it to help their colleagues, parents, and students understand networked learning in the 21st century.