Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Borders Educator Appreciation Week

Borders Educator Appreciation Week runs September 29-October 7. Current and retired educators save 30% off the list price o purchases for personal or classroom use. Now you can buy all the graphic novels you want! Just bring proof of your educator status.

Some other Educator Appreciation Week events/specials:

  • Teacher Town Hall Meeting with networking, refreshments, and giveaways: Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Where the Wild Things Are Wild Rumpus Teacher Celebration with activities, crafts, giveaways, and more for the whole family: Friday, October 2 at 6 p.m.
  • Borders Classroom Discount Card: Educators receive 25% off purchases for their classroom every day!
-who can save: Individual teachers, from preschool through high school, as well as school librarians and homeschool educators.
-how you benefit: Save 25% off the list price of books and music CDs and 10% off the list price of DVDs for professional use.
-how to get a card: Applications are available at all Borders stores, and signing up is completely free. You'll need to show proof of your educator status when you submit your application. Homeschool educators will need to document certification in states that require certification.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Inatimate Alice

"Inanimate Alice" is an interactive, online narrative that "tells the story of Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her imaginary digital friend, Brad." Alice's life spans ten episodes, where readers see her grow from a child into a twenty-something animator/designer with a games company.

According to the website:

Because the level of interactivity starts out low in episode one, increasing with each subsequent episode in order to reflect Alice's own growing abilities, we've found that we can take an audience unfamiliar with multimedia fiction with us. Educators like "Inanimate Alice" because of this; students from primary to post-graduate level find the work engaging.

...But how can teachers successfully integrate new media literacies into the classroom?

"Inanimate Alice" is easily assimilated into learning environments; its use of multimodality (images, sounds, text, interaction) enables students to see storytelling in a new, multi-sensory light. "Inanimate Alice" is a new media fiction that allows students to develop multiple literacies (literary, cinematic, artistic, etc.) in combination with the highly collaborative and participatory nature of the online environment.

Well, you already know that Teaching Graphic Novels embraces this multiple-literacies approach and encourages teaching both print-text and image literacies. So go meet Alice! Teachers can even request a free downloadable education pack to use with the stories in their classroom.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The best of the best: K-4 graphic novel recommendations

With the explosion of graphic novels for younger kids, it can be hard to know where to begin. Luckily, literacy education consultant and graphic novel expert Peter GutiƩrrez has done the hard work for you. He offers a nice round-up in School Library Journal of great graphic novels for the K-4 crowd that have recently been published but often overlooked.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Great Graphic Novel Resource

Hi everyone!  

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the start of the new school year.  

I just wanted to offer everyone a quick link to an excellent graphic novel resource maintained by my new friend Stergios Botzakis.  Enjoy and thanks Stergios!  


Taletube: graphic novel meets audio book

Taletube is an online storytelling site that combines the features of audio books, graphic novels, and videos into a "video book," or "taletube." Taletubes are available for purchase in a variety of formats from DVDs to podcasts to streaming.
"Our vision is to provide our community of users with a vast array of compelling tales from around the US and the world. From timeless tales, to contemporary thrillers to Biblical classics, to delightful children stories with lessons for us all, we’ve harnessed the talent of both professional and amateur authors, and the creative genius of artists and composers to offer a fresh, immersive, and engaging new way for people to enjoy stories."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A comics dare

It started out as a dare between comics and non-fiction author Scott McCloud and his friend Steve Bissette. McCloud dared Bissette to draw a 24-page comic in 24 hours. Bissette did his, McCloud agreed to do one, too, and since then thousands of cartoonists have met the challenge as well. Will you be one of them? Here's the scoop from McCloud's website:

The Dare

Read the official guidelines for making your own 24-Hour Comic.

The First

Read my own effort, "A Day's Work," the first 24-hour comic [includes adult content].

The Phenomenon

A brief history of the 24-Hour Comic and its fallout, including the 24-Hour Plays, 24-Hour Comics Day and the original (i.e., out-of-date) index of finished comics.