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Teaching Art with Comics

Comics are a great gateway to art and drawing. Comics range in style from stick figures to realism, but they all tell a story to the reader. Hopefully you're convinced that you (and your students) don't have to be "good" or "talented" at drawing to draw comics. Drawing is a skill that can be improved with practice -- no inherent "drawing talent" required -- and drawing comics can be a great incentive to practice.

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Teaching Humanities with Comics

Perhaps the most obvious use of comics in the classroom is to help students learn to read – and enjoy reading. Comics with popular characters – including superheroes like Spiderman and cartoon characters like the Powerpuff Girls – can entice reluctant or struggling readers and help them develop intrinsic motivation to persevere with reading. But comics can do so much more for reading and writing.

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Teaching with Comics

Have you ever used a comic strip in class? Have you ever turned to a comic for your own education? (If you’ve ever read the flight safety pamphlet on a plane, the answer to that question is “yes.”) Despite their historical reputation as “low brow” non-literature (they were even blamed for juvenile delinquency back in the ‘50s) comics have proven useful for everything from motivating kids to read to instructional manuals for the military.

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Cyber Peer-led Team Learning

In "peer-led team learning," groups of undergraduate college students works together in small groups (six to eight students) to solve problems with the help of a "peer leader" -- an undergraduate competent in the course content as well as group facilitation. This group work compliments traditional class lectures, but does not replace it. Research from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) explored a model of online peer-led team learning ("PLTL") using connectivity tools (such as Adobe Connect) to engage students during synchronous online sessions.

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Science for The New Year

Looking for a science education resolution for the new year? Try nature journaling! You don't have to be an artist or a biologist to keep your own nature journal. All you need is paper, pen or pencil, and a willingness to find and observe nature.

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8 Resources for Teaching STEM with Magic

What does magic have to do with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? Everything! Magic tricks aren't fooling the laws of nature, they're only fooling our brains. Best of all, they can incorporate everything from surprising chemical reactions, mathematical patterns, and counter-intuitive physics to "gimmicked" magician's props and the psychology of misdirection.

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Computers Can Help Students Learn Science

A recent study found that even brief use of an educational app called SolarWalk (for Apple devices) improved students' understanding of the solar system.

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Children as Makers

How do you encourage kids to be curious, to build things and take things apart, and to become the designers and engineers of the future? Be supportive! MAKE has a great short video about children as makers by engineering professor and maker mom AnneMarie Thomas.

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205 Trillion Online Instructional Resources – Feeling Overwhelmed?

As an educator, have you ever felt overwhelmed by the plethora of educational resources and techniques available - on top of and including state and national standards? If so, this news will either make you cry or jump for joy. Perhaps both. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon and Temple University have found that there are "more than 205 trillion instructional options available" for educators to choose from.

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Improving Museum Education: Get Big or Get Out?

When it comes to learning things, why should people choose museums over the internet? Most museums' answers have centered around the idea of authenticity: museums provide access to real things.