Pictures Sounds Numbers Words

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Pictures Sounds Numbers Words

MLTI is offering an online conference for educators, May 4-7. This is an exciting new venture for us. For the first time we are running a conference that includes no face-to-face workshops; everything is online.

Former Maine Governor Angus King will be the keynote speaker, opening the conference on Monday, May4. There are 28 sessions scheduled for the four days of the conference – something for everyone. Registration is not required but is encouraged. To receive a certificate for contact hours you must pre-register.

My session Promoting Literacy with Cartoons, Comics and Graphic Novels will be the last one on Thursday night. This will be my first webinar and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to reach a larger audience than I would with a traditional face-to-face workshop. The one-hour time frame may be a challenge for me, but I want to make the participants aware of the possibilities, with the hope that they will follow-up with some hands-on work on their own.

As we were discussing how to market this, I came across a tool that has some possibilities for story-telling with comic characters. (Thanks, David P.) Xtranormal is a tool for easily making movies from a your written script. While it can’t really be classified as a comic creator, it serves the same purpose. I like it because it allows those students who may not have strong drawing skills to create a visual piece using their writing. If you create an account, you can save your movies on the Xtranormal site, or you can export them to a YouTube site.

As I was trying it out I had the online conference on my mind so that became the content for my first movie:

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2 responses to “Pictures Sounds Numbers Words

  1. Hi, I came across your tweet on this and it caught my attention right away. I introduced toondoo to our secondary staff and students this year and it blew them away. They’ve used for English, Spanish and French, Economics, even Business Studies. It is quite a simplistic little tool, but a great way to create comics as part of the learning activity. Do check it out at http://www.toondoo.com.

    Enjoy!

  2. comicteacher

    Thanks! I’ll add it to my list of comic creators. I’m finding that more and more language teachers are using comics as a way to teach vocabulary and dialogue. And kids find it so engaging.

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