More and more educators are seeing the value in alternative literacies such as graphic novels and comics. To understand the wealth of thinking that goes into a comic (both as a writer and as a reader), Blambot has created a chart of “Comics Grammar.”
Juxio is a platform for gathering images and writing together in a nicely designed format, which can then be shared easily with other websites or networks. The finished product looks like a web 2.0 postcard, with a images and text laid out in a style that you choose.
VocabGrabber helps students organize, analyze, and understand a reading. Simply paste a passage of text and VocabGrabber generates a word cloud of the most frequently used terms. Clicking a word shows its definition and an example of how it’s used in the passage.
My StoryMaker is the perfect tool for younger students just learning about plot design and character development for short stories. Hosted by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, My StoryMaker walks students through the process of story creation using a variety of online tools.
The origins of words and phrases from the English Language gets a nice twist with Etymologic, a fun online quiz that can be difficult to master. You have to show an uncanny knowledge of English (or be incredibly lucky with your educated guesses) to get all the questions correct.
At Interactives at Learner.org, you will find interactive activities in the content areas of Math, Science, Language Arts, History, and the Arts. Within each activity there is a combination of text, animations, pictures, and interactive material.
If you and your students are charting a voyage through any of Stevenson’s work, consider packing this URL in your trunk, right next to your spyglass and doubloons.
Crocodoc is an alternative to Google Docs that seems to have a lot of the same features, particularly around collaboration and storing of documents online that can be easily accessible from just about any computer.
The “I Write Like” website is an interesting diversion that could lead to some interesting conversations around text analysis. And it is sort of fun to see which famous writer will pop up when your own piece of writing is put into its analysis engine.
Smilebox offers slide-show and scrapbook-creation options, as well as the ability to make invitations, collages and greeting cards.