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22 October 2009

Create your own (SuperHero) Comic

If you read super hero comics, and you'd like to try writing your own, check out this web site: Create Your Own Comic. The interface is simple, but the flash mouse work might take some experimenting. You have a choice of 54 Marvel hero characters, 10 fonts, a variety of speech bubbles, and lots of backgrounds. When you're done, you can print or download your book.



This would be a fun thing to do with a small group in class, or a friend on a rainy day. All you need is an exciting adventure story idea.....

If you're not into super heros, consider buying ComicLife software (for MAC or Windows, free 30 day trial). There you have many many many choices, and can use your own pictures and photos.

this sample of a ComicLife creation is on the Plasq web page (MAC)
There is a different page for the Windows version of ComicLife..


Thanks to Jonathan Wylie for the good idea!

08 October 2009

Frindle Book Reports

How many ways can you make a book report?

Our Seniors Class has been reading Frindle, by Andrew Clements. Here are some Frindle "book reports" from around the web:

Frindle Commerial


Jake's Storytube Video



Frindle



Frindle - 2000 Kids' Picks Reviews


section of Five children's books


Findle


Frindle


Play Findle Jeopardy at this web page

Read a non-video Frindle reviews by students here. Scroll down on this LibraryThing page to read 35 reviews of Frindle by readers.

06 October 2009

The Cham Library

Everyone in school knows about the Cham Library - die Bibliothek Cham.  Did you know they have a good web page at  http://www.bibliothek-cham.ch/biblio/  ?  You can find out what the library hours are, find out how to get there, how to borrow books and media, read about what's new in the library, and read about the history of the library.




Did you know that you can translate that web page with your computer, if you have trouble reading all the German words? Use a site called Bebel Fish.



Paste the URL for the website in the "translate web page" line, choose the language you'd like to read it in, and "presto!" you'll see the page in a new language.



The translation's aren't perfect, but usually they're good enough to help you understand what the page is communicating.






Here's the link to the Babel Fish translation from German to English for the The Cham Library page