Tap Into
   the
World of
 Comics

Strategies for using Comics in
        the Classroom
Entertaining   Humour      Characters



                           Action and
Fun                        Adventure


    ...
The comic making
 process itself offers
    many learning
opportunities and with
 the incorporation of
   content delivery...
Literacy
                                Skills
                 Develop                     Design
                Charac...
Online                           Online
                          Games
Character                         Drawing
creators...
Here are a few of the best online comic
creators available for students. They offer
characters and design options for stud...
http://www.toondoo.com/
•Register to use
•Create your own one to three panel comic strips
• Simple drag and drop tools
•Has a good range of charac...
By read write think


•No registration
•Make 1, 2, 3 or 6 panel comics
•Line drawings with no colour
•Easy to use great fo...
•You can use without registration
•Must register to save
•Can export as PDF, email and
embed
•Many design option
•Make a c...
•No registration
•Make a comic strip 1 or 3 panels
•Choose from Garfield characters
•Easy to use
•No save option
•Print fr...
•No registration
•Make a comic strip 2, 3 or 4
panels
•Characters have emotion settings
•Easy to use
•Black and white imag...
•You can use without registration
•Must register to save
•Can register the school
•Create 10 panels per chapter, up
to 10 ...
•No registration needed
•Create up to 6 panels
•Give advice to characters first on
how to deal with everyday issues
•Image...
•Must register to use
•Create 1 – 10 rows
•A range of design options
•Is more suited for older students
•Alter pose and em...
•Must register to use
•Create many panels
•Large range of design options
placed in themes
•Drag and drop tools
•Save to ac...
The following Comic Creators are blank and allow you to add your own images
•Create a virtual poster
•Create a free teacher account
and create accounts for students
•Make comics using your own
image...
You can create comics using PowerPoint. You change the page size to A4 so you can
print it out if you wish. Add the images...
Students can create their own designs to create their comics using online drawing tools




These drawing can then be adde...
Students can learn
new processes and
skills by creating an
instruction manual.

                   My Sims
This could be used for activities which involve building, safety,
cooking, science, craft making and any other practical a...
This site provides many comics which provide instructions.
Computer Games contain
     some of the most
   spectacular graphics
available, so why not utilise
       this resource.

...
Students could do screen
captures of scenes from their
 games and create a comic
 strip. This could be done
  using softwa...
Some games     Some great ones are
allow you to    My Sims, World of
design your    Zoo, Zoo Tycoon 2,
    own
           ...
There are also games   Wow, there is no end
 which allow you to     to how creative you
  take screenshots            can ...
Create a comic using images from a game using
PowerPoint, Comic life or sites such as Pikikids.




                      ...
http://www.mashon.com/spore/creator/


                          •You can use without
                          registrati...
Explore the
Comics are                                            theme of
   often                                       ...
http://superherosquad.marvel.com/create_your_own_comic

           This site              Or a comic
        allows you to...
http://superherosquad.marvel.com/comics/




http://www.dccomics.com/dckids/?action=stuff


                              ...
Marvel Comics                           Marvel Kids
http://marvel.com/digitalcomics/free/   http://marvelkids.marvel.com/c...
Create your own
superheroes to use in
 comics using these
 Superhero creators




                        Hero Machine



...
Students can
       combine images
        with text in a
          comic strip
            using
      information from
 ...
How could     Characters can
                                    The teacher could
 you create    ask each other
         ...
Engage students’
              interest in stories
              by asking them to
               convert a novel,
       ...
Students
 could select
from classic
   tales or
contemporary
    novels.




                             These classics a...
Charlotte’s Web
Creating comics is a   It allows them to create
great method to help       a sequence, explore
students learn how to      ...
Choose a
                                     theme or
                                       create
                     ...
Here are some examples of Web Comics also referred to as Graphic Novels.
    They are comics which can be read online and ...
Students can
              use comics to
             investigate and
               respond to
 Current        social or
...
Due to the dialogue
aspect of comics, they
    are perfect for
 learning languages.

Characters can speak
   to each using...
Comic books in
                                                  other languages
                                         ...
It could be
 Comics are a great tool   represented as an
for students to use when      interview or
   reflecting on a tas...
Students can
     make judgments
      and give their
     opinion on how
       they did and
     what they learnt.


You...
•The task for this unit was ……..
•I got my ideas for this task from…………
                                                  ...
Comics are        This allows you
divided into     to explore order
frames and          placement
 sequences




You could...
As an activity
                      at the
                  beginning of
                the school year,               ...
Comic
                   creators
                      can         Comics
                  provide a       provide
     ...
Allow
 students to
develop their
  creativity




       Provide a comic
           with empty
       speech bubbles
     ...
This may help
                                        with
Develop Photography skills        inspiration for
 by planning ...
You don’t have
 to use your
 own images
 you can get
  them from
    flickr.

 This site will
do it for you,
 type in a ta...
Use any of the
 Students can    webcomics or graphic
 use comics in      novels already
comprehension         mentioned
  ...
Check for
                       understanding by
                       allowing students
                         to rev...
Students can learn new     A good activity is to provide 5
words by applying them in
 the correct context in a   words whi...
Comics can     This can
be used to    be used by
   give        teachers
directions.       or
               students.



...
Try using Song
    Lyrics as              This will allow
                            students to
inspiration for a
      ...
Students can
  extend their        Ballads, in
 knowledge of a    particular, can be
    poem by        very successful in...
This can be
                                   or using a
                   done using
                                 c...
Comics are a
  great way to
create interest to
 a boring page.


Teachers can use comics
    to add interest to
 worksheet...
Students can learn
about internet safety
  and demonstrate
 their knowledge by
  creating a comic
   which explores
intern...
Comics about Internet Safety
Why not take advantage
        of the great graphics
       available in many of the
      online comic creators and
     ...
Why not use comics to write reports or
                                                         Yeah! That will make it fu...
For more ideas on how to integrate technology
                         into the classroom go to
World of Zoo    http://dig...
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  1. 1. Tap Into the World of Comics Strategies for using Comics in the Classroom
  2. 2. Entertaining Humour Characters Action and Fun Adventure http://www.toondoo.com/
  3. 3. The comic making process itself offers many learning opportunities and with the incorporation of content delivery, comics can provide an effective teaching and learning tool.
  4. 4. Literacy Skills Develop Design Characters Elements Develop Computer Creativity Skills Comics Create a Decision setting for a Making story Problem Sequencing Solving Storytelling
  5. 5. Online Online Games Character Drawing creators tools Online Software comic creators Images http://www.toondoo.com/
  6. 6. Here are a few of the best online comic creators available for students. They offer characters and design options for students. My Sims
  7. 7. http://www.toondoo.com/
  8. 8. •Register to use •Create your own one to three panel comic strips • Simple drag and drop tools •Has a good range of characters, settings and objects •Change characters emotions and posture • add speech bubbles •Upload your own photos using the ImaginR •Create your own characters using the TraitR •Use book maker •Draw your own images using DoodleR •Save to Toondoo account or print •Private or public option.
  9. 9. By read write think •No registration •Make 1, 2, 3 or 6 panel comics •Line drawings with no colour •Easy to use great for younger students •Select setting, characters, speech bubbles and objects •Focus on a panel at a time •No save option •Print from the site
  10. 10. •You can use without registration •Must register to save •Can export as PDF, email and embed •Many design option •Make a comic book, Graphic novel, comic strip of presentation •Easy to use •Print from the site
  11. 11. •No registration •Make a comic strip 1 or 3 panels •Choose from Garfield characters •Easy to use •No save option •Print from the site Garfield’s Comic Creator
  12. 12. •No registration •Make a comic strip 2, 3 or 4 panels •Characters have emotion settings •Easy to use •Black and white images with a block colour background •No save option •Print or email
  13. 13. •You can use without registration •Must register to save •Can register the school •Create 10 panels per chapter, up to 10 Chapters •Based on Myths and legends from history •Provides a large range of images •Easy to use •Print from the site
  14. 14. •No registration needed •Create up to 6 panels •Give advice to characters first on how to deal with everyday issues •Images are limited •No save option •Print from the site
  15. 15. •Must register to use •Create 1 – 10 rows •A range of design options •Is more suited for older students •Alter pose and emotions •Print from the site
  16. 16. •Must register to use •Create many panels •Large range of design options placed in themes •Drag and drop tools •Save to account •Print from the site
  17. 17. The following Comic Creators are blank and allow you to add your own images
  18. 18. •Create a virtual poster •Create a free teacher account and create accounts for students •Make comics using your own images •Or a method to display finished comics •Can give permission for public to see •Students can comment give feedback
  19. 19. You can create comics using PowerPoint. You change the page size to A4 so you can print it out if you wish. Add the images and put a black line around the images. You can insert shapes. There are a few comic bubbles to choose from. Comic Life is a great program which you can purchase over the internet. It provides many options to develop you creativity.
  20. 20. Students can create their own designs to create their comics using online drawing tools These drawing can then be added to comic creators Or used in Power Point.
  21. 21. Students can learn new processes and skills by creating an instruction manual. My Sims
  22. 22. This could be used for activities which involve building, safety, cooking, science, craft making and any other practical activity.
  23. 23. This site provides many comics which provide instructions.
  24. 24. Computer Games contain some of the most spectacular graphics available, so why not utilise this resource. My Sims
  25. 25. Students could do screen captures of scenes from their games and create a comic strip. This could be done using software or online applications. .
  26. 26. Some games Some great ones are allow you to My Sims, World of design your Zoo, Zoo Tycoon 2, own Moshi Monsters, but characters you could really use any game. Sims 3
  27. 27. There are also games Wow, there is no end which allow you to to how creative you take screenshots can be! within the game, you can even change camera angles. Moshi Monsters
  28. 28. Create a comic using images from a game using PowerPoint, Comic life or sites such as Pikikids. There is a great Online Comic Creator based on the Spore game.
  29. 29. http://www.mashon.com/spore/creator/ •You can use without registration •Must register to save •Can export as PDF, email and embed •Excellent graphics based on the Spore game •Make a comic book •Easy to use •Print from the site
  30. 30. Explore the Comics are theme of often Superheroes associated and create with your own Superheroes comics http://superherosquad.marvel.com/create_your_own_comic
  31. 31. http://superherosquad.marvel.com/create_your_own_comic This site Or a comic allows you to Book up to 22 create a pages comic strip long. You can even download as .pdf Choose from Marvel Comic Characters
  32. 32. http://superherosquad.marvel.com/comics/ http://www.dccomics.com/dckids/?action=stuff DC Comics
  33. 33. Marvel Comics Marvel Kids http://marvel.com/digitalcomics/free/ http://marvelkids.marvel.com/comics
  34. 34. Create your own superheroes to use in comics using these Superhero creators Hero Machine Marvel Super Hero Creator Hero Factory
  35. 35. Students can combine images with text in a comic strip using information from a research task. Created using Zoo Tycoon 2
  36. 36. How could Characters can The teacher could you create ask each other provide the questions an interview questions. The or students can in a comic? questions can devise their own. explore a topic.
  37. 37. Engage students’ interest in stories by asking them to convert a novel, fable, fairy tale or play into comic form. They could keep to the setting of the story or add a modern twist to it. Doll Divine
  38. 38. Students could select from classic tales or contemporary novels. These classics are available free online http://www.kelvi.net AZDressup /books/comics/
  39. 39. Charlotte’s Web
  40. 40. Creating comics is a It allows them to create great method to help a sequence, explore students learn how to storylines and develop a story. understand the use of characters, settings and dialogue. My Sims
  41. 41. Choose a theme or create characters for inspiration Here is an example, create a story about a dog using A Dog’s Life http://www.buildyourwildself.com/
  42. 42. Here are some examples of Web Comics also referred to as Graphic Novels. They are comics which can be read online and in some cases can be downloaded. Please check age suitability before using them. Rabbit and Bear Paws Dreamland Chronicles
  43. 43. Students can use comics to investigate and respond to Current social or Affair political Items can issues. be great topics to explore Howzat! Ashes Cricket 2009
  44. 44. Due to the dialogue aspect of comics, they are perfect for learning languages. Characters can speak to each using a different language. http://www.dolldivine.com/kimono.swf
  45. 45. Comic books in other languages are also useful Students can also add aspects of the cultural It is a fun traditions way to from the develop country. reading skills. http://www.dolldivine.com/kimono.swf ToonDoo
  46. 46. It could be Comics are a great tool represented as an for students to use when interview or reflecting on a task. discussion Comics Lab Extreme
  47. 47. Students can make judgments and give their opinion on how they did and what they learnt. You could even use comics to reflect on an excursion or a camp ToonDoo
  48. 48. •The task for this unit was …….. •I got my ideas for this task from………… Here is a •Problems I came across were…………….. list of •I solved them by ………………… prompts to help with •The new skills and knowledge I learnt from this task were…… reflection. •Skills I would like to develop further are ……. •What I like most about my work is ………….. •If I were to do this task again I would change …………..
  49. 49. Comics are This allows you divided into to explore order frames and placement sequences You could make And students a comic by can place them deliberately into their putting frames correct order. in the wrong order Sims 3
  50. 50. As an activity at the beginning of the school year, It could be set students can in their make a comic favourite place which provides and reflect on information an event in about them. their life or simply communicate These could be information printed to create about their a class comic interests and book. hobbies. ToonDoo
  51. 51. Comic creators can Comics provide a provide great tool sequence to help placement create a and offer story inspiration. board for a film or activity. Some great sites to use are: Hmm.. Read Write Think and Myths and Legends http://goanimate.com/
  52. 52. Allow students to develop their creativity Provide a comic with empty speech bubbles and students can fill them in. This could be a great group activity. Sims 3
  53. 53. This may help with Develop Photography skills inspiration for by planning a comic and subjects and create it using your own camera angles digital photography Upload the images to an Online Comic Creator or software Doll Divine
  54. 54. You don’t have to use your own images you can get them from flickr. This site will do it for you, type in a tag to search, select an image and add the speech bubble
  55. 55. Use any of the Students can webcomics or graphic use comics in novels already comprehension mentioned exercises. Sims 3
  56. 56. Check for understanding by allowing students to revise new knowledge. This can be done by The teacher asking students to could also use create a comic using comics to the new content they deliver content. have learnt. ToonDoo
  57. 57. Students can learn new A good activity is to provide 5 words by applying them in the correct context in a words which must be used in a comic. comic. http://www.mashon.com/spore/
  58. 58. Comics can This can be used to be used by give teachers directions. or students. Try creating a scavenger hunt using a comic strip to deliver the clues. My Sims
  59. 59. Try using Song Lyrics as This will allow students to inspiration for a understand the comic use of symbolic images and develop their ability to interpret Comics Lab Extreme
  60. 60. Students can extend their Ballads, in knowledge of a particular, can be poem by very successful in interpreting it this task. into visual form using a comic. Comics Lab Extreme
  61. 61. This can be or using a done using comic creator relevant which offers Such as images Students can graphics explore events which are http://www.creaza.com/ from history and needed adapt them into comic form. http://www.creaza.com/
  62. 62. Comics are a great way to create interest to a boring page. Teachers can use comics to add interest to worksheets, hand outs, professional development activities, add to a virtual classroom or deliver content using comics. My Sims
  63. 63. Students can learn about internet safety and demonstrate their knowledge by creating a comic which explores internet safety rules. Here are some examples which are also great teaching tools. http://pixton.com/uk/
  64. 64. Comics about Internet Safety
  65. 65. Why not take advantage of the great graphics available in many of the online comic creators and use them to create designs. Design a Poster, Title Page, Invitation, Magazine Cover, Title for a Slideshow Presentation http://superherosquad.marvel.com/create_your_own_comic
  66. 66. Why not use comics to write reports or Yeah! That will make it fun reviews. and engaging for students. Students And Hmm… can still develop That’s develop their logical, literacy creativity Captain! skills http://goanimate.com/
  67. 67. For more ideas on how to integrate technology into the classroom go to World of Zoo http://digitaltoolsforteachers.blogspot.com/
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