When most of us were in school, the definition of an ‘attentive classroom’ meant rows of desks with students sitting up straight in absolute silence while the teacher delivered a lecture in front of the chalkboard. In fact, the greatest compliment a class could receive was passing the dreaded “Can I hear a Pin Drop?” test, conducted by the teacher (usually right after recess) to make sure everyone was as powered-down as possible. The message it delivered? Don’t get too excited, kids, you’re in school.
Luckily those days are behind us (well…they should be at least;). Today, a happy class is an engaged class. Finding ways to capture student attention and motivate them to want to learn more is the key to learning.
To help you in this area, we are declaring Show and Tell Friday (huzzah!). Each Friday, we’ll highlight a web 2.0 tool, technology, or really cool idea that we’re seeing teachers using in Edmodo to engage students at all grades and learning levels.
Pixton Comics for Schools is a great way to start. Pixton allows students to create interactive comics to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or idea. We’re seeing a lot of Pixton projects posted to Edmodo across all subject areas and it seems to be a great tool for all disciplines. Students can write book reports for Language Arts, create a timeline of events for Social Studies, or create a math riddle to be solved by other students — all using the features provided in Pixton. (It gets even better! There’s an Edmodo button so you can post completed comics directly to the Edmodo library)
Ok – so now we’ve “Shown” – it’s time for you to “Tell”: Have you tried Pixton yet in your classroom? What do you think?