Wednesday, November 21, 2007

ComicLife Meets Curriculum and other great resources ...

Last Thursday I hopped on board the Amtrak express from Chicago to Springfield, to attend and present two sessions at the IETC (Illinois Educational Technology Conference). My session on Google Tools for Educators was filled to capacity. I also presented on using Wikis -- one of my favorite Web 2.0 tools. I recorded both sessions and have posted the audio files on the websites. After listening to myself (doesn't everyone hate hearing their own voice?), I think that I need to work on slowing down a bit. However, by providing the audio from the session, at least the attendees can rewind and play back anything that I zipped through.

One of the sessions, "Comic Life Meets the Curriculum," was presented by Marilee Sarlitto from Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96, and Judith Epcke of Northbrook School District 28. Although I couldn't attend, I was able to review the resources on their website, which is a goldmine of information on this very engaging software. I would encourage you to check it out.

Check out the handouts and weblinks from other sessions: and


  1. Hi Charlene,

    What a wealth of resources you provide in your post here! I am very impressed with all the learning I could do through your blog. I checked out your presentation. It will help me with an article I have to write on literacy later this spring.

    I need more time in my life to explore what's here. Thank you for sharing so much with the world. I hope your colleagues appreciate what they can learn from you.

    By the way, I didn't know you worked at Stevenson High School. Is that the high school Rick DuFour was principal? I was at a conference with him last week.


  2. Thanks Dennis
    Yes I am at the same Stevenson HS that Rick DuFour was principal and then our superintendent! We are known to be a model for Professional Learning Communities and we host monthly "site visits" on our campus. Each summer, Rick and Becky return to Stevenson with Solution Tree for a large PLC conference.

    Be sure to click to my website at Stevenson for more resources
    Link on the left or


  3. The first link is really good though it appears the handouts have gone offline. We did a half day workshop integrating Comic Life with our reading curriculum, Open Court.