Monday, June 8, 2009
Maupin House had the pleasure today of speaking with Bob Levy from Professor Garfield, an amazing, interactive, and free learning portal in which kids can express themselves while having fun with reading, writing, art, and more. Bob was kind enough to take us on a guided tour through some of the other initiatives being launched later this month: a Toon Book Reader where younger kids can read and be read cartoon books, and a comics creator for older kids to try their hand at making their own comics. Both free sites offer lesson plans for the classroom and an abundance of features such as translation into French, Spanish, and other languages. Teachers, while you're eagerly anticipating the launch, check out their Teachers' Lounge for materials you can use right now (summer reading). Professor Garfield will officially release the Toon Book Reader and comics creator at the National Educational Computing Conference June 28-July 1 in Washington, D.C. Who can wait for the school year to begin again now?!