Instructify's top 10 posts of 2009

December 22, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS It’s that time of year again when lazy bloggers rehash old material under the guise of “Best of” lists rather than come up with new stuff. Instructify is no exception. Below are the top 10 Instructify posts … Continued

Teach history with these comic collections

December 7, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Today we’ve got two resources dealing with comics for you: Before political cartoons devolved into crude drawings depicting a guy wearing a T-shirt labeled “TAXES” and smashing something with a hammer, they were elaborately drawn works of … Continued

Build an online portfolio with Carbonmade

December 4, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS You can use portfolios for everything from exhibiting student projects to creating a teaching portfolio. Back in my day, though, building a portfolio meant shelling out a few bucks for a three-ring binder and those plastic pageholders … Continued

Build Flash-based websites for free with Wix

November 24, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Just because you don’t know web design doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice-looking website. Wix lets you create a Flash-based website from one of their many templates, or build a site from scratch. Here’s a sample … Continued

Build your own typefaces with FontStruct

November 12, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS As the perpetrator of some of the worst handwriting in a fifty mile radius, I’ve grown to love choosing the right font. The right typeface can produce the sort of artful lettering my hands can’t. Or so … Continued

ToonDoo makes creating comic strips easy

October 6, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Just because all your students aren’t artists, that doesn’t mean they can’t create their own comic strips. ToonDoo makes it easy to create a comic by using stock characters and scenes. If kids would rather provide their … Continued

Kids can create movies, drawings and more with Kerpoof

September 25, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Many years ago, Walt Disney drew a little cartoon mouse who in turn built a theme park with his own four-fingered hands. Or something. Today, your elementary students can create cartoons of their own, as well as … Continued

Five great online tools for art teachers

August 6, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS As school budgets dwindle and schools focus on high-stakes testing in core subjects, some schools see art programs as the go-to budgets to slash. Fortunately, there are a lot of tools and projects out there for art … Continued

Grant watch: Apply for these upcoming educational grants

July 22, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Check out these upcoming educational grants, as listed on Grant Wrangler. Last minute: Gladys Marinelli Coccia Awards — Deadline August 1 This award recognizes young (14 to 17-year-old) female social entrepreneurs who start enterprises for the common … Continued