Halloween on Bitstrips

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There are lots of ways to get into the Halloween spirit with Bitstrips for Schools!

Your students can edit their avatars to reflect their Halloween costume this year. Just direct them to this tutorial on creating their own outfits to get started.

You can also check out our featured Halloween activities, where your students can create fun and spooky comics all while improving their writing abilities:

The Stuff of Nightmares
In this horror-themed activity, students practice their narrative and retell skills by showing a frightening comic situation unfold.

Ghoulish Greeting Card
In this activity, students get a chance to let their imaginations run loose by creating a spooky Halloween-themed greeting card using items in the Bitstrips for Schools Art Library.

Halloween Safety
Students create a comic strip that reminds others of important safety rules to follow for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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Halloween scenes in Art Library

Students can make their comics extra spooky with our Halloween-themed scenes. These scenes are available in the Bitstrips for Schools Art Library – just look in the Seasonal section.

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Go Purple on Spirit Day!

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Spirit Day is an annual show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who are often the victims of bullying at school and in their communities. Organized by GLAAD, the event asks participants to “go purple” on October 17th.

Observe this important day in your classroom with our Stop Bullying: Speak Up Comic Challenge which is full of bullying prevention comics. You can also find these activities to assign to your class via the Activity Library – just search ‘bullying prevention’.

You can tie-in Spirit Day with these bullying prevention activities by asking your students to focus on the challenges faced by LGBT youth, or to dress their avatars in purple. Check out this tutorial on creating outfits for instructions on how to change your avatar’s clothing.

We hope everyone has a fun Spirit Day and that we can continue working together to create an inclusive and safe environment for all our students!

World Smile Day

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October 4th is World Smile Day and we want to celebrate with you!

Since 1999 World Smile Day has been celebrated annually as a day to perform small acts of kindness and help spread smiles. Consider asking your students to create a comic about what makes them smile or an act of kindness that could help others smile. On October 4th, celebrate World Smile Day with your students by sharing their smile comics in your class gallery.

Additionally, you can show your students how they can add emotions and custom facial expressions to their avatars with this helpful video tutorial.

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Student Safety Activities

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Help your students keep out of harm’s way with this selection of Featured Activities. These activities are designed to reinforce safety lessons for both school and home. You can create your own safety activity and share them with other teachers by following the instructions on our support page.

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School Safety
Students create a dialogue where their avatar explains two or more school safety rules to a new student.

Science Lab Safety and Etiquette
Students show their knowledge of lab safety by demonstrating 4 do’s and don’ts of working in a lab environment.

Science Gone Wrong!
Students illustrate one science safety rule and what could go wrong if the rule is not followed.

Fire Prevention
Students show their understanding of various fire safety and prevention practices.

Internet Safety
Students create a comic depicting one of the ways they can stay safe on the Internet.

Electrical Safety
Students create a comic that demonstrates how to use electricity safely.

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Teacher Talk: ESL and Bitstrips with Brandon Zoras

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Each month we like to feature teachers who are making a difference and using Bitstrips for Schools as a teaching tool. This month our feature is on Brandon Zoras.

For 10 months during the year Brandon Zoras is a science teacher for the Toronto District School Board. However, in the summer, he travels to Taiwan to teach English as a part of the AYJ Global Interactive English Program. Although teaching science to teenagers in Ontario is quite a different experience than teaching English to students in Taiwan, Zoras enthusiastically uses Bitstrips for Schools in both classrooms: “Even though I am into Science I have always loved Art.  So being able to bring an arts based activity in my classes is amazing.  I also wanted the students to be able to express themselves in different ways.”

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Zoras uses Bitstrips for School as a fun way to help his ESL students demonstrate conversation skills. Zoras decided to use Bitstrips for Schools in this unique teaching setting as “it allows students to show understanding in a non-traditional way.  Students get bored of the same old “make a brochure” assignments so why not combine technology, art and whatever concept you want the students to understand.  The biggest benefit is the ease at which the students pick it up and want to continue using it.”  Additionally, students who may have been too shy to participate in class used the comics as a way to express themselves and further develop their skills.

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While the activities assigned by Zoras in his Ontario science class versus his Taiwan English class mark the biggest difference between the two classes, he found that both groups of students are able to reap the learning benefits of Bitstrips for Schools. In regards to his ESL class he told us that “the students love using Bitstrips… [They] asked to go back and make more comics and many logged in from home and started making comics for fun using English.  Many parents at the parent teacher interviews saw the comics and were impressed that they could learn English through comics. “

We are very excited to see that Bitstrips for Schools is helping teachers like Brandon Zoras make a difference in global and diverse settings. How are you using Bitstrips for Schools in your classroom? If you have found a fun or unique way to teach your lessons using Bitstrips for Schools, send us a tweet at twitter.com/bitstrip4school

Back to School With Bitstrips!

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We’re excited to enter another fun and educational year with Bitstrips for Schools! This year we hope to introduce teachers to a great selection of activities through our “Featured Activities” posts. You can stay up to date with our Featured Activities, news, and updates by following us on Twitter, or liking us on Facebook.

This month, we’re happy to help welcome students to their new classroom with  Back to School activities. These activities have been selected as they’re great introductions to new classmates, classrooms, and schools.

Introduce Yourself
In this introductory activity, students design their avatar and create a comic strip introducing themselves.

My Summer Vacation
Students practice their storytelling skills by showing what happened on the best day of their summer vacation.

School Rules
Students choose one of your school rules and show their avatar demonstrating why the rule is important.

Classroom Rules
Students consider the rules of your classroom and create a comic explaining their thoughts on the 3 most important ones.

Learning About Learning
Students broaden their awareness of the extra-curricular educational opportunities available to them at their school (including courses, volunteer work, and e-learning).

End of Year Activities

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Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time for report cards, vacations, and summer jobs! End the school year with a fun Bitstrips activity for your students. Suitable for all grade levels, our selection of end of the year activities provide students with an exciting way to reflect on their school year and look forward to the summer holiday ahead.

Job Interview Gone Wrong
http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/activities/6M1/
Students use their avatar to demonstrate 6 job interview “don’ts”, using a combination of dialogue, facial expression and body language.

The Journey to My Career
http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/activities/DPQ/
Students create a comic strip to illustrate their career pathway plan. Along the path, students illustrate their choices that support their career aspirations.

Dress for the Seasons
http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/activities/ZPT/
Students use vocabulary associated with the seasons by showing their avatars performing seasonal activities, wearing the appropriate clothing.

My Report Card
http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/activities/TXP1/
Students create their own comic report card, explaining what they did well this year and what they can improve on.

My Memorable Moment
http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/activities/RZW/
This is an end of the year memory writing activity where students recount their most memorable moments from this school year.