- New Tool: Storyjumper is an online storybook creator. Students can go online and create their own storybook by choosing a background, props, and characters from the ones provided or from their own saved pictures. Next they add the text for their story and voila! Instant storybook. After they are finished making their book, students can email the book to others or print out a copy. The books can also be ordered in a hardback form but that costs money. One of the best parts about this site for teachers is that you can create a classroom and assign your students their own usernames and passwords without having to enter an email address for them. The site says that it is for elementary school students but I could see this even being used in middle and high school to showcase writing. Here is a video tutorial that shows you how to use the site.
- Computer Tip: The computer tip this week is actually a list of tips for using Google. Google has become so much more than just your standard search engine but most people have no idea of the many ways you can use it. My favorite tips are for using Google as a dictionary and as a calculator. Here are the top ten unknown Google tricks.
- Relevant Article: When I was a classroom teacher, the only collaboration I did (if I did any) was with other teachers who taught the same grade and subject that I taught. When I became a Media Specialist, I saw that not only could I collaborate with any and all teachers, but it made teaching more fun. I started collaborating across disciplines and grades and the results were amazing. In this article, Ben Johnson gives some great advice on how to make collaboration with others more meaningful.