By Tag: Class Projects

Newseum: Daily Newspaper Front Pages from around the World

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Newseum, the world’s most interactive museum, released a cool new web app several months ago that displays the front pages of daily newspapers throughout the world in their original, unedited form.

NewseumWith an easy to use interface, users can browser through a gallery of available papers or scroll over an interactive map to view snapshots of current front pages for each paper. Though the count varies daily, Newseum records on average more than 700 different newspapers from nearly 70 different countries.

The Newseum also keeps an archive of national and international front pages that chronicle events of historical significance such as the recent presidential election and the 2008 Olympic Games.

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Pixton for Schools: Create, share & remix comics in the classroom

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PixtonPixton for Schools lets teachers and students create, publish, and share their own comics – without having to draw. A powerful and intuitive comic editor makes it easy to design characters, insert props, and add speech bubbles – all within the comic pane. Characters can be articulated, their facial expressions changed, and attributes such as hair and clothing style selected, simply by clicking and dragging. Browse Pixton Comics »

Pixton’s unique features include: translated subtitles on foreign-language comics; the ability to remix comics; teacher-student messaging functionality; and automatically-generated print-ready PDFs. The Lesson Bank allows teachers all over the world to share lesson plans and search by subject area, level, and region.

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Building a Class Website: Should I use a Blog or Wiki?

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I get this question all the time… usually after one my teacher friends has attended a “tech” seminar where the speaker mentioned something or another about Edublogs (blog) and/or WikiSpaces (wiki), so let’s examine the two platforms.

Blogs Wikis
Management Single Facilitator (teacher) Community (teacher & students)
Collaboration Discussions through commenting system Open editing for all content (depending on privacy settings)
Design Multiple themes available; Complete HTML & CSS access Limited
Expandability Plugins available (YouTube/Flickr integration, Polls, Calendar, etc.) Limited options
Privacy Built-in Built-in
Spam Software Managed Community Managed
Cost Free Free
Setup Simple Simple
Platforms WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Live Journal, Edublogs (powered by WordPress) WikiSpaces, PBWiki

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