I love comics. They’re fun, to the point and a little sassy. This week, I found two that I’d like to share with you.
The first one is of a man in a confessional and the priest thinking, "Oh, This is SO going in my blog." This happened to me today when I was talking to this gentleman at the service station. My car started smoking, figured I better get it checked before it explodes. I was stuck there without a book or computer, which is not a good thing. Anyway, this older gentleman, a retired teacher from Orange County, and I were talking about the outsourcing of American jobs and it made me think of the book, "The World Is Flat" and all sorts of things I’d love to put into a blog post. The comic is "Off the Mark" and was posted on September 8, 2006. The book is an excellent read and may be more motivating than any other educational professional book you’ll read this year.
But before my car started smoking I was at a meeting with the Social Studies Leaders from the different districts. Ladies and gentlemen – find out if your rep was there and get the information from them quickly on the great projects involving We The People and more. Some fantastic professional development opportunities for teachers! Anyway, I shared unitedstreaming with them, bragged about how the teachers are using the videos in creating ways – including PowerPoint. Well one leader said that their district uses a lot of PowerPoint to the point where the point is lost. I was asked to come to the district and share ways of making PowerPoints that are interactive or just more interesting. Then I read FoxTrot where the father complained about all the presentations. Oh, just go read the comic from September 8. It’s much better than my explanation.
My point in sharing this with you is – well for the blogging, I just thought it was cute. The FoxTrot though had more of a point. Kids may think it’s cool to make a PowerPoint, but be careful that your PowerPoints have enough jazz to them so they don’t make the kids want to scream. Make sure you add some unitedstreaming video clips, images, sound effects (3,000 sound bytes and counting), and clipart to really jazz up your presentations. (Makes me think of Daniel and Jeff’s project from Regional.)
And then, don’t forget to share with the rest of us by uploading the document to the resource section of the Discovery Educator Network.