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Picture Book Maker

What it is: Picture Book Maker is a fun little online picture book creator (bet you couldn’t have guessed that from the name!).  What makes this picture book creator unique is the great illustration elements that students can use in their story.  The illustrations look hand drawn with crayon and can be adjusted to fit the story.  Each picture has actions, these are multiple poses of the same character.  Even the text looks like it is hand written.  All of the characters for the story are animals (this site comes from London zoos).  There are also several backdrops and props for students to include in their story.  When the book has been completed, it can be saved to the gallery, sent to a friend via email, or printed out. How to integrate Picture Book Maker into the classroom: Picture Book Maker is a fun way for students to publish stories online.  I love how the stories look like they were created by children. Students can pick animals to write a story about, the penguin could be used as a spin off of Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  After they are finished writing their story, it can be printed out or sent in an email to parents.  Picture Book Maker would be a good platform to create a story as a class using a projector or interactive whiteboard. Tips: Be sure to visit the gallery of stories to see other student’s creations. Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Picture Book Maker in your classroom.

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Edublog awards: a thank you note

Posted by admin | Posted in General | Posted on 03-12-2012

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Wow!  Somehow the #Edublog awards snuck right up on me without me noticing. The problem with this: I completely missed the part where you get to nominate your edu heroes.  That is a bummer!  I seem to be about a week behind in my life in general this year.

I am so honored to be included in this year’s nominations.  Thank you to those of you who considered me worthy of mention.  I so appreciate all of my readers and those of you who give me consistent encouragement- you keep me going (even a week behind)!

This year I was nominated for  Best Ed Tech Blog (I assume that means iLearn Technology).  This blog is truly a labor of love.  I haven’t been as good at updating daily as I have in the past, but I do manage a few times a week.  For now that is a MAJOR accomplishment.  Thank you to all of my readers.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you and how it keeps me going to know that others benefit from iLearn Technology.  You are wonderful.

The next award, I’m not quite sure what to do with this one.  It is a lifetime achievement award.  Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely floored and flattered.  However; I am 30 years old.  I hope this doesn’t mark my lifetime achievement :)  I still have the Learning Genome to launch.  THAT will be an achievement!  On the other hand, if I have peaked at 30- I am blessed.  I’ve started a school (Anastasis Academy) that I believe honors children every day.  That is an achievement!

 

Thank you to all of you who have nominated me, who believe in me, who cheer me on and keep me going.  I honestly couldn’t do what I do without you.  Thank you!

If you are interested in finding some truly incredible blogs/projects/people to follow, you should take a look through the Edublogs nominees.  SO many people to inspire you!  Voting is taking place until December 9th here.  Of course I am flattered by votes.  If you recognize or find new eduheroes, it really is an encouragement to be recognized for what you do.  Vote for your favorites.

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