Monthly Archives: September 2013

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).