Monthly Archives: February 2010

Class of the Week: Adam Urbach’s Grade 8s!

Chelsea, a student at Moraine Hills Public School, wrote a blog comment suggesting that her class- Adam Urbach’s Grade 8s, should be our next Class of the Week. After reading their whimsical Bitstrips, we couldn’t agree more!
Here’s what Adam says:

Tell us about your students’ reaction to Bitstrips for Schools.

They love it.

Your students have made tons of Bitstrips! What kind of stuff have they been about?

Everyday school life, silly jokes, and some PSA’s.

Did you learn anything new about your students through their comics?

I found out what their sense of humour is like through what they put into the comics. It is very enlightening.

How has Bitstrips for Schools helped you teach?

It has given me another tool to help connect kids with curriculum. They also make their school life more exciting and fun  by what they produce.

What advice do you have for other teachers on getting the most out of Bitstrips for Schools?

I would use it at the beginning of the year to get to know your kids. Use it mid-year to change things up and grab their interest in an assignment that you have struggled to deliver with success. Use it to let them express their social issues and discussions in a fun way.

You’ve sent us some examples of student work. What can you tell us about these strips and the students who made them?

(with help from Chelsea)

Chelsea: This one is funny because of the double word meaning. The fork is “spooning” in bed.

Mr.Urbach: I swear I have seen this one before, it is that good! She swears it’s original, and if that’s true she is one funny kid.

Chelsea: Trouble was very funny because the detective was so into his work that the sign looked like someone was in trouble.

Mr.Urbach: This is one of those jokes that is so lowbrow and funny that you can’t help but laugh. It is also feels like a joke one would tell when actually walking around and observing their surroundings, which I am glad these kids may do that.

Chelsea: This comic was funny because of the irony. They went down the street to get a watch, even though they work in a clock store.

Mr.Urbach: Evan has a tremendous sense of humour and is always trying to make people laugh. He came in today with a glue gun in his hand, posed and said “Bond, James Bond.” I nearly spit my coffee all over the desk.

Chelsea: I liked Yousuf’s comic because it was funny how Henry still stayed in his dream after everyone was dismissed.

Mr.Urbach: This is also an inside joke that may need some explanation. We did WW1 Skits and Henry, who is Russian and still learning the language, said pretty much word for word what you see here. It slayed us all…including Henry after he realized what he had said.

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THE ONE MILLIONTH BITSTRIP created by Ontario students!

We just hit a major milestone for Bitstrips for Schools and for Ontario students: the millionth Bitstrip created in this province!

It’s by Sam B of Angela Youmans’ Grd.8 English class. And it’s a good one!

Ms.Youmans asked her class to illustrate an event from Canadian History. Sam chose the story of Laura Secord.

Here’s an excerpt (full strip here):

Congratulations to Sam B, Angela Youmans, and every teacher and student using Bitstrips for Schools in Ontario. You’ve created one million educational comic strips in just 6 months!

We can’t wait for the next million.

Class of the Week: Barb Morris’ Grade 6/7s

Teacher Barb Morris of Gracefield Public School and her students have had great success using Bitstrips to illustrate scientific principles.  Here’s what Barb has to say:

Tell us about your students’ reaction to Bitstrips for Schools.
Extremely excited and motivated.

Your students have made tons of Bitstrips! What kind of stuff have they been about?
Started out getting familiar with the program (family potrait, speech bubble lessons)  and then I created my own assessments based on learning in the grade 6/7 science classes. (Thermal Energy)

Did you learn anything new about your students through their comics?
Students that normally struggle to answer questions orally or in writing found this format helpful.   They were able to express their understanding through using Bitstrips.

What advice do you have for other teachers on getting the most out of Bitstrips for Schools?
Don’t let the students drift on the program.  Give them a focus and take advantage of the posted assignments.  Also, make your own assignments.  It’s really fun and easy to do.

Examples of her students’ work: