The Elephant in the Flipped Classroom

Original post February 17, 2015. Migrated to new blog: June 10th, 2017 Can we discuss the elephant in the room? You know, the one about flipped classrooms? As I see some teachers drooling over the concept, I can’t help but think to myself that this idea isn’t all that novel. A few years ago a new teaching revolution…

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Illustrated Urban Planning Manual, Summer 2017

Graphic novels are taking off everywhere! In it’s latest form, Gabriel Lyon of Chicago’s Architecture Foundation is running a successful Kickstarter campaign to provide graphic novels that teach Chicago Public School students about urban planning. The book is titled, No Small Plans, and highlights the lives of three youth individuals during three separate times periods in the…

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Decisions…Hardcover vs. Webcomic

About a week ago I made a BIG decision. Since the beginning, I always envisioned this as a textbook in the hands of students. Here we are, seven years later, and no book. It is the typical trap for any wannabe self-publisher and I’ve fallen into it myself. My reservations of self-publishing, no less a textbook, involved…

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I think I’de like to write a book.

Originally posted on old blog: Feb 17, 2015 1:09 AM Today is the day that I finished the meat and potatoes of my 1st draft. I was so excited that I ran to FedEx to print out a copy on 11×17 paper so that I can start taping them to my wall for proof reading and…

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Unboxing a 27” Wacom

Original post form old blog: Apr 10, 2015 8:25 PM That’s right! After a long couple of years dreaming and saving up some cash (tax return), I bought myself a shiny new Wacom Cintiq drawing screen, 27” of HD goodness. Though I am aware it will not make me a better artist, I do need it…

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Making Basic Comic Panels using Illustrator’s Direct Selection Tool

I took an online design course a couple years back and was asked to create one new piece of SOMETHING every single day for one month. For one of the projects, I created blank comic panel ideas for my pages. By using the Direct Selection Tool in Adobe Illustrator, I am able to double-tap the bounding box circles…

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Inspiration: Latino USA – A Cartoon History

Original Post from old blog: Aug 19, 2013 6:00 AM For about ten years I have had Latino USA: A Cartoon History on my bookshelf in the back of my classroom. I think that it is difficult for anyone in the genre of non-fiction and graphic/comics to give a title to the genre, but I think it safely…

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A Rabbi, an Imam, and a Pastor all Walk into a Juice Bar

Original Post date on old WordPress site: Jul 31, 2013 10:32 PM Words can not even begin to describe how difficult this past unit has been to write. This unit consists of language and religion components. The language section flew by and then I began to teach three weeks of summer school which really put a…

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Inspiration: Graphic Medicine

This is an interesting academic application of illustrated material that I stumbled across while searching for a good comic podcast. From what I gather, the field includes illustrations for medical and health explanations; including the dark, gory, and informative. via Inspiration: Graphic Medicine | Exploring the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of…

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Chapter 2 of 7 Completed!

Originally written 4 years ago. I am excited to say that I am officially done laying down the text for my chapter on political geography.  It took me about a week longer than I hoped, but I it is one of the longer units to cover.  I am going to set the chapter aside for…

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