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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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Timelapse: 3 decades of photo imagery of the world

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Timelapse: a satellite veiw of the earth (iLearn Technology)

What it is:  Timelapse is an incredible visual satellite timeline powered by Google.  Timelapse is about as close as you can get to a time machine, if that time machine hovered above the earth and gave you a bird’s eye view of development and change. Students can choose from some highlighted Timelapse views including: Las Vegas, Dubai, Shanghai, Oil Sands, Mendenhall Glacier, Wyoming Coal, Columbia Glacier, and Lake Urmia.  Alternatively, students can use the search box to view a satellite timelapse of any place in the world. Students can change the speed of the timelapse, pause the satellite imagery, and zoom in or zoom out.  The imagery begins in 1984 and goes through 2012.

How to use Timelapse in your classroom: Timelapse would be a fantastic way to begin an inquiry unit. The site itself sparks lots of questions.  Depending on the location, students may inquire into climate change, history, development, expansion, human impact on land, satellites, etc. Timelapse could also be used in science classes and history classes. This is a great tool for students to use to analyze and evaluate visual data.

Timelapse would be a neat way to explore history of the world from a completely different perspective.  Students could use Timelapse as a creative writing prompt to imagine the world from a new perspective. What changes when you aren’t down in the midst of life on earth? Do problems appear different? Does success get measured differently?

Tips: Below the Timelapse map, students can read about how satellites are used to capture the imagery they are exploring. Well worth the read!  It is also separated into “Chapters” that each tell a larger story about the featured Timelapses.

 

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Thank you for sharing your blog. I never knew that it was called a timelapse. This is a great idea to be used in the classroom.

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