Every Friday, I’ll send you a wonderful website (or more) that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine.
4th and up
Across the board, my students loved this website. It is a creative method of teaching writing skills and story construction, through a medium most kids can relate to. It’s simple enough that my students taught each other in my fifth grade student-directed unit on Web 2.0 Communication tools–a six-week unit where they taught each other eighteen fascinating web-based communication tools.
Saving the ZimmerTwin videos was a problem and I’ll explain why. It’s difficult to get fifth graders signed onto a website that requires not only a specific log-in, but verification via email (though see my work-around under Tech Tip #103). My fifth graders don’t have school emails, so I was dependent upon home-based emails which was not very successful. Students could create the video, but not save it, which meant they couldn’t share it.
My eighth graders came up with a work-around. One organizational note: Be sure that you (or your students) teach Jing and it’s screencast tools prior to ZimmerTwins. That will be required to completed this exercise. You’re going to love this:
To upload movie to the student’s wiki page:
- Create Zimmer Twin video
- Use Jing to take a video of the video (unfortunately, no sound)
- Save the file to the network folder (it’ll be a swf file)
- upload file to wiki page
If you use comic creators in your classes, how do you incorporate them into your curriculum?
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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.