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iboard: Treasure Hunt

What it is: Treasure Hunt is an interactive game where students practice following directions to coordinates on a grid.  Students are given a set of directions that they must follow to find a hidden treasure.  Directions are in the format of left, right, up, and down. How to integrate Treasure Hunt into the classroom: Treasure Hunt gives students a platform to practice direction.  Students are given directions such as take 3 steps right, take 1 step down, take 4 steps left, dig.  If students have followed the directions correctly, they will reveal a hidden treasure.  Use Treasure Hunt for a whole class game.   Split students into two teams.  Have each team form a line at the interactive whiteboard.  Team one sends up their first player to follow the first direction, then the next player on team one takes a turn, etc.  If they correctly follow directions and dig up a treasure their team receives a point.  Repeat with team two.  Students could also practice coordinates at a math center on the classroom computers. Tips: iboard has a variety of activities for the interactive whiteboard that can be purchased.  Treasure Hunt is one of their freebie samples. Leave a comment and share how you are using iboard: Treasure Hunt in your classroom.

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Be Funky

Posted by admin | Posted in Character Education, Fun & Games, Language Arts, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Science, Secondary Elementary, Web2.0, Websites | Posted on 18-01-2008

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What it is: Be Funky is a web 2.0 application that lets students take any picture and transform it into a cartoon or a sketch.

How to integrate Be Funky into the classroom: Use Be Funky in conjunction with other tools such a Bubblr (see post from the 16th) or software like Comic Life (check out iLearn Technology store for Comic Life). Since Be Funky changes a regular photograph into a cartoon, you can create cartoon comic strips in class. Transform field trip pictures into cartoons and invite students to create a comic strip retell about the field trip. Students can be the star of their own comic strips where they create a comic autobiography. Take pictures during a science experiment and create a comic strip with the scientific process of the experiment.

Tips: Be Funky requires you to have an account (this is free but asks for an email address). If you plan on having your students transform the pictures into cartoons you may think about creating one class account for students to use. I wanted to download the cartoon picture to my computer so that I could use them in Comic Life. This is not an option that Be Funky offers so I created my cartoon and then took a screen capture of the cartoon to save it as an image to my computer.

Please leave a comment and share how you are using Be Funky in your classroom.

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