Here's a place to find creative, educational ways for your children and students to use the computer and lots of online tools. They'll have fun and be learning about computers at the same time. Adults will have fun too!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011! Collaborative Drawing.

Imagine this, you moved to New York and your best friend still lives in Connecticut.  You both love to draw and do artwork but you don't get to see each other much anymore.  Enter  This is collaborative drawing online.  It's not the most powerful online drawing tool but it's got a built in chat room and enough to do to keep my 8 and 13 year old kids busy for a long time.  Plus, if you e-mail the web address of the cosketch room you're in to a friend, they can paste it into their address bar and join you!  Then you can work together on a sketch, take turns adding to a sketch, or play any other online drawing game you can think of from tic-tac-toe to creating a masterpiece.

Here's one my son did yesterday.

Both my kids committed to the drawing for 365 days in a row game yesterday so this day 1 of 365.  My son wasn't too excited about the idea until I told him he could draw online and all of a sudden it was a cool idea!

As with all my favorite online sites, it's free and has no log-in. 

Try it with your kids!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mythology Movie Fun

It was a rainy summer day and I had 4 kids ages 6 to 13 around the house all day.  Not surprisingly, they wanted to watch a movie and chose Clash of the Titans (2010) or Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.  Imagine their surprise when I said, "Let's watch BOTH movies and we'll make a Venn Diagram for what is the same and different in each movie."  They loved the idea!  We watched Clash of the Titans in the morning and they needed a little prompting.  I typed their thoughts into a readwritethink venn diagram.  We took a break for several hours and came back to Percy Jackson and the Olympians in the afternoon.  By that time they were ready to start typing their own thoughts into the diagram - which is so easy to do on the readwritethink template.  Then the wanted to know if Perseus was Zeus' son or Poseidon's son in the original myth so they did some research in Wikipedia too.
All in all a great, rainy, summer day.