Pixabay.com (2016). Public Domain Picture/18403. Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/en/america-appalachia-appalachians-219896/ CCO
This image spoke to me. Not only am I in love with the mountains, but the curve of the road drew me in. What’s around the bend? At this time of year, maybe I myself am around the bend. The school year is drawing to a close, and things are, indeed, hectic. I found the tranquility of this picture soothing.
I enjoyed playing around with many of the tools in the sandbox this week, and I am excited to use some of them next year in my classroom. I found several of the features on Big Huge Labs fun to play with. I would like to have my students use this site to create movie posters based on books they read. They could find images that represent what they think the characters in the book look like and put them on the posters. Another Big Huge Labs tool I like is the CD/DVD cover maker; it would be great for students to use to make a cover for a soundtrack they put together that fits the mood of the book they read. The Trading Card feature would be fun to do a character study with; students could find a photo that fits, and give statistics about each character. Additionally, the Motivator tool could be used to explain different literary techniques, such as irony, foreshadowing, conflict. Students would select photos to represent a feature of each element. I also think that the Fold Play website is interesting. The Foldbook would be a fun and engaging way for students to show sequencing in a story. So many fun tools in the sandbox.
Pixabay.com (2016). Public domain pictures/18043. Retrieved from: https://pixabay.com/en/childhood-sand-pit-plastic-play-71651/ CCO