Share any comics or comic creators that you have used in the classroom with your students or other teachers? What are the Pros and Cons of each Comic? Is it intuitive? What grade levels are appropriate? Does it require a lot of instructional time? And most importantly, is there a fee? If you have any student or teacher samples, feel free to upload them. We will love to see their creativity.
Vanessa, here is one I use. It is comic creator from Thinkfinity. http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/ I use it occasionally to have the teachers introduce themselves. I have also heard of it being used with ELL students to create a "Who I am" creation. It is free, easy to use and did I mention, FREE!
I am just starting to take a look at SPORE Creator. I hope others can tell us more about it because I don't know very much. It appeared that a login was necessary to save and share your work, so I registered (for free.) There is no media or drawing tool that I could find. I had to upload my own, which took some time. However, I was able to make my account private, and that was a plus. I don't know if this one would be blocked by most districts...
I haven't used a lot of comics creators, but this didn't seem very intuitive to me, especially relative to the other one I tried, MakeBeliefsComics. (reviewed by others in this thread...)
I think this tool would be most interesting to older students- perhaps middle and high school, and for younger students it might take too much instructional time. If you know more about it than I do, please tell us here, so my comments can be moderated!
For the summary of April 29th, 2010's webinar over Comics in the Classroom, be sure to check out Intel Teach LIVE April 2010 - Comics in the Classroom Recap
If you happened to miss the Comics in the Classroom webinar - this summary is well worth a visit! There were excellent ideas presented. I'm already looking for ideas on how I can implement the ideas in my classroom! Thanks Smoke and Vanessa for providing a great discussion!
If I use Comics for Science Safety ... I'll be sure to share here! Right now, I'm reviewing the schedule (mostly required state testing) for the end of this year. I may not be able to fit it in this year. I'm confident it could be fun for my students - and I'm confident it will help them remember Safety Rules better.
Here is a list of Comic Creators that you can use in your classroom. If you have used any of the below comics, please share your reviews with us or just try some of the below resources and give us feedback.
What an incredible list of resources relating to Comics in the Classroom! I took the liberty of editing the HTML of your list so each link will open in a new window.
Did you realize that the links are the same for:
I probably would not have noticed it if I had not been going through them in such detail. Are they supposed to be a link to the same location? If you change either of these links, please let me know so I can make sure it also opens in a new window.
It was not a huge problem to fix the links - they are awesome! I understand the challenge of making such a large post in a short time. I've found the new window option helps me return to check other links on the same page. I am still considering how to use Comics effectively in my classroom. Thanks for taking time to organize these links for us.
Are the links in Slideshare duplicates of the links you posted above?
I noticed the implementation ideas in Slideshare and was very excited. I've already shared several of the ideas with another teacher at my school. We are both considering how we might implement comics in our classrooms to engage our students. I'm very glad you shared this with the community.
Do you know anyone who has used Comic Creator tools in a secondary classroom? I'd like to provide several secondary examples to teachers in my building. While the Slideshare provides excellent ideas on implementation, I think having specific "been there, done that" examples might encourage these other teachers to allow their students to use Comic Creator tools.
Myths and Legends is a great site but if you go to the home site then you can get to a teachers page and some examples. I used the site a couple of years ago for a presentation and realized the site is not a US one so when I used it I did not know if I could get an account. I emailed the support person and they assisted me with getting an account....so if you are interested then it can be done...don't let the registration page scare you!
I just remembered about e2bn's (creator of Myths and Legends) recipe creator http://cookit.e2bn.org/recipe_creator_beta/ It was in beta a couple of years ago and had some glitches and I see it is still in beta but it is kinda fun....great for Home Ec classes or students learning about sequence.
One of the sites/programs which was not mentioned in the webinar is "Comic Life." It was originally for Macs,> but now is available for both major platforms. There is a fee, but it's not exorbitant. You can use your photos to add to the comics, and there are loads and loads of features.
It's got tons of features!
OK...I had a brainstorm for using comics with my students. My students love graphic novels and comics. The comic of choice is Manga especially the Cirque du Freak series. I know it sounds crazy....welcome to middle school! I was so clueless about Manga books that I did not know you read them backwards so when I got new Manga books I was going to return them because I thought they were bound wrong! We have a Manga club...yes a club of these readers who quickly educated me. I am going to have the Manga club create comics with some of the tools mentioned to promote the reading/love of comics and graphic novels via a comic. I had to pull the comics/graphic novels out of the nonfiction and put them on a separate spotlight shelf because they were destroying my 700s. The comics the students are going to make will be displayed around our new shelf to increase the excitement of this medium of reading....I will share some! Do you have any examples of comic activities or student comics? Please share.
OK Vanessa well I met with the Manga club today since they give up their recess to talk about comics and they were so excited about the idea. They cheered and they want me to co-chair the club...WHAT! It is amazing what you can get trapped into...LOL! they said they would postpone their own writing of a manga version book to create some comics...should be interesting!
OH Yeah Vanessa...met with the club toady and they voted to create the comics for the library. I think they felt sorry for me when they saw my sign for the comics/graphic novels. I am so glad it passed the vote I don't know what I would have said if they had said no...LOL. Will share those comics soon!
We've used comics with teachers in all grades. The resources on the Professor Garfield site are great for younger students. http://professorgarfield.com/pgf_home.html
The Comic Creator on ReadWriteThink is a simple tool and the Comic Vocabulary Interactive http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/vocabulary.html is great for teaching the "genre" of comics. We've used Comic Life with HighSchool Students as a way for them to demonstrate their knowledge in various content areas. Many students are excellent artists. They created original drawings that were either scanned into ComicLife or the teacher took a digital picture of the artwork and imported it into ComicLife. The students then their own artwork to create the comic. Some of the topics included Romeo&Juliet, The Water Cycle, Global Warming.
Now that I am a Manga nut Nancy I love Prof Garfield because there is an option to create Manga comics. I am running into a problem. I get the options to add scenery, characters etc only in the comic book creation and I get an empty space in the area for Manga, graphic novels and even the cartoon strip. I have checked specs and even tried different computers with no luck. Have you had this problem? I have my Manga club dying to start using the Comic Lab Creator Extreme so I am looking for answers. I will try to email because this site is so cool! I encourage others to definitely check it out and please share more examples.
Good...I am glad that it is not just me...LOL! I sent a message through the support link for the site but there was no place to put your email so I am sure if I will hear anything. I will send it again and but with my email address in the message so that way I may hear something...I absolutely love the site and my Manga group is anxious to get it working!
My 9th grade Biology students were given the opportunity to use creativity to show their understanding of how systems help organisms stay live. This followed several weeks of dissecting different organisms to determine what parts they were made of. I had one team of boys who decided they were going to use "Comic Life" I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the project these young men created. I am disappointed that my district does not allow online publication of student work (yet ) so I cannot share their work with you. I had not considered students would decide to create a comic to show organism survival.