Funny page fun
The educational comic strip site www.MakeBeliefsComix.com is posting a new theme or topic each week for students to use in creating a comic strip.
Using the site's free generator, students can create a strip and then submit it. Samples will be posted on the site's Facebook wall.
Stoked for STEM
To raise enthusiasm for STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — studies, Samsung is asking teachers and students in grades 6-12 to produce creative videos that explore how science or math can help improve the environment in their community.
Teachers can apply through Oct. 24 for a chance to take part in the contest.
Fifty selected classrooms will receive a Samsung camcorder and laptop along with Adobe software to create videos responding to the question. Visit samsung.com/solvefortomorrow.
Demo a de-louser
School nurses and other child care and health care professionals can obtain a free sample of Lice Off, which the manufacturer describes as "a non-toxic, all-natural formulation of 100 percent pure essential oils." Go to http://freesample.liceoff.com.
More from the news
The Wall Street Journal offers a package of free teaching tools for making best use of the newspaper in class. Tools include videos and teacher and student guides. Go to http://info.wsj.com/professor/orderTeachingTools.html.
If you're a band, chorus or orchestra director you can get a free, personalized promotional T-shirt from Patricia's Spiritwear.
Go to www.pswear.com/ and click on "free sample.
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