My friend, Nelson Gonzales from Belize City asked me about online reading books for his students. We discussed the International Children’s Digital Library which is a repository of digitized literature available in many languages for use by students. The growing collection is curated by the ICDL Foundation and contains stories that exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas.
The URL: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Today, my new friend, Brenda Cleland and I wrapped up a collaborative project that my ComTech 10 class and her Grade One class did together. The Grade One class (the Clients) have hired the high school class (the Freelancers) to animate their drawings. The students were paired up and assigned a blog post in which they were able to have a conversation in the comment section. The Freelancers asked the Clients how they wanted their drawings to be animated. They were not allowed to change the artwork in any way; it would be like changing a client’s logo! We hope you enjoy the results below. Be sure to read the comments in each blog post to get a feel for how well the two groups communicated without meeting in person.
The URL: https://sites.google.com/a/epsb.ca/winter-traditions/home
And on that note, Mrs. Teacher List and I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the coming year! Rest well and we’ll connect again in January.
My work pals, Noel Taylor and Karly Kulpa, passed this one on. The Polona Typo project, based on the new Polona API, (Polona.pl is a National Library of Poland website) makes it possible to type, share and print your own sentences using thousands of letters from the books, posters and maps created over more than six centuries.
The URL: http://typo.polona.pl/en/
Edmonton teacher, Corey Lee, suggested this site quite some time ago and it got lost in the shuffle. CultureUnplugged.com is a grassroots collection of new media stories told by global citizens. From the site: “In brief, Culture Unplugged, by and for global community of conscious storytellers, culture explorers and world citizens to reflect on issues and life experiences in contemporary world – a new media studio focused on producing as well as promoting socially & spiritually sensitive stories/films that does not merely express but pulsate to energize, enchant, enlighten, engage or embrace the humanity in us all.”
Given the content of socially conscious storytelling and film, please take the time to preview any content that you plan to use in your classrooms.
The URL: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/
Cheatography is a collection of 899 cheat sheets and quick references in 19 languages for everything from science to google!
The URL: http://www.cheatography.com/
I haven’t seen magnetic poetry for a while now but here’s an online version that your students can use to explore word order and construct meaning from the selection of offered words. There is a “more words” button that keeps the creativity flowing.
The URL: http://play.magneticpoetry.com