Microsoft’s Learning Tools

Microsoft have recently been devoting a lot of attention to making their products more accessible. They really have made great strides in the past 12 months. This video webinar gives a great overview of how the new tools can be used in the classroom.

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There are 2 other webinars in the series


http://aka.ms/SETCWebinar2 

http://aka.ms/SETCWebinar3 

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Read&Write and Equatio free for teachers

Texthelp’s assistive learning solutions help people of all ages achieve their potential by understanding, reading, writing and communicating with greater ease and confidence. Their  products are great for people with learning difficulties, dyslexia or visual impairments. Now you can get their flagship product, Read&Write, and their Maths equation writer are now free – all  you have to do is register.

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Free Comic Book Makers

I find that comics have a very positive role to play in the classroom, especially if the students create their own. Some of the Key benefits of using comics in education include the following :

– They present what is essential
– Students can convey their understanding easily through comics
– It is easier to remember a visual graphic containing key information
– Students are engaged through thinking, creating and writing.
– They motivate students with low interest in writing as the amount of
writing is quite small.
– They help organise thoughts through storytelling and storyboarding
– Using visual images convey meaning to a story or topic
– They help foster creative and higher level thought processes
– Enriches reading, writing, and thinking
– Serves as and assessment and evaluation tool
– Sequencing promotes understanding

(based on suggestions by Marilee Sarlitto)

Here are a few examples of Free Comic Book makers.

Artisancam (Free) : This is probably the easiest to use. You just change the background, character and speech bubble. You can change the size and pose of the characters.


http://www.artisancam.org.uk/flashapps/superactioncomicmaker/

Cartoon Story Maker (Free) is a downloadable program. It gives more options and control than Artiscancam

comic book generator

This site (developed by Dept of Educ. in Victoria) has very good help files, storyboards etc.
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/games/cartoon/index.htm