25 Creative Ways to use Comic Life in the Classroom. http://www.slideshare.net/suziea/comic-life-in-the-classroom Check this site out to get started: Created by Barrie Morgan
#1 Create a ‘how to…..’ http://www.howtoons.com/ This is a great site which gives examples of how comics are used to provide instructions Pupils can learn new skills by creating a ‘how to’.. This could be used for activities such as, science, craft and other practical activity.
#2 Write a travel guide or a travel poem What about writing a travel poem? Here’s a useful, site to get started with: http://www.ehow.com/how_4442770_write-trip-poem.html Why not paste your poem in to Wordle to create a word cloud.
#3 Carry out a project on a topic Pupils can combine images with text in a comic strip using information from a project task. Here’s a site with some templates to use: http://comic-life.wikispaces.com/Templates
#4 Explain how…. Create a comic to show how to use a flip camera with windows movie maker. This is one I created recently.
#5 Convert a story Engage pupils’ interests in stories by asking them to convert a novel,poem or play into a comic form. They could keep to the setting of the story or add a modern twist to it. Pupils could chose classic tales or contemporary novels Here’s an example: Stick Figure hamlet <ul><li>Check out: http://bit.ly/eRZpwO </li></ul>http://www.stickfigurehamlet.com/act1/scene2/page01.html
#6 Interview Pupils could create a comic based on an interview between two people.. The teacher can provide the questions which one of the characters will ask and the pupils have to research the answers for the other character. Pupils could also create their own questions on a subject and ask another pupil to find the answers.
#7 Write a story Creating comics is a great method to help pupils learn how to develop a story. It allows them to create a sequence, explore storylines and understand the use of characters, settings and dialogue. Pupils might choose a theme to work from. http://www.slideshare.net/suziea/comic-life-in-the-classroom
<ul><li>Comic Life is ideal for creating a storyboard for a film the children have completed or for a story. Here’s an example of using a storyboard to show how the children planned filming an animation. </li></ul>#8 Create a Storyboard, e,g to show an animation
<ul><li>Pupils could use Comic Life to create a comic to raise awareness of Cyberbullying. Here’s a great site with lots of information to get started with. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.yhgfl.net/eSafety/Young-People </li></ul>#9 Create an Internet Safety guidebook, e,g cyberbullying
<ul><li>Teachers could use Comic Life to make: </li></ul><ul><li>Revision notes </li></ul><ul><li>A question/ test sheet </li></ul><ul><li>An instruction sheet, e.g how to use a Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Comic Life could also be used to engage reluctant learners </li></ul><ul><li>Check out these sites for some more ideas: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/suziea/comic-life-in-the-classroom </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/science/contents1life.htm </li></ul>#10 Create teaching notes to support learning
#11 Write a biography of a person Comic Life is a very versatile programme. Try it to write a biography of a person. Here’s a fantastic site with examples of mind maps. Adapt these by turning them into a comic. Great creativity and fun. http://mappio.com/mindmap/miwisdom/william-shakespeare-short-biography-mind-map
<ul><li>Pupils could: </li></ul><ul><li>create a conversation between two people using a different language </li></ul><ul><li>talk about the cultural aspects of their country or of another country </li></ul><ul><li>Comics in another language are great for developing reading skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Try this site out: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Why not try to link your comic to VOKI. </li></ul>#12 Create a comic in another language
#13 Write about an historical event Here’s a great website to get you started: http://ngkids.co.uk/cool_stories/1227/mini_histories_comic___the_romans_
<ul><li>Here are two sites for developing comics to show what’s happening in the news: </li></ul><ul><li> http://news.yahoo.com/comics/frazz#id=/comics/101220/cx_frazz_umedia/20102012 and http://comics.com/ </li></ul>#14 Write about something happening in the news now
#15 Show the life cycle of a butterfly or the water cycle <ul><li>Check out this brilliant site. Lots of ideas here that you could use to produce comics http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/science/contents1life.htm </li></ul>
<ul><li>Check out: </li></ul><ul><li>this article by Sussex University:’The First World War and British Comics’, to get started. www.sussex.ac.uk/history/documents/ems </li></ul><ul><li>Eden camp for ideas: http://www.edencamp.co.uk/ </li></ul>#16 Tell a story about how someone has experienced something, e,g World War 1 or 2
<ul><li> http://comic life.wikispaces.com/Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s my attempt >>> </li></ul>#17 About me You could use this template:
#18 A day in the life of …….. You could use this template: http://comic-life.wikispaces.com/Templates Here’s my attempt >>
<ul><li>Some great ideas here: http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/i/inventions.asp and here: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/n/new_inventions.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Why not ask pupils to ‘invent a new gadget’ to make our daily lives easier. </li></ul>#19 Give information about an invention
<ul><li>At the end of a lesson why not ask the pupils to complete a WALT and WILF template. This is a fun, creative and effective way to re-inforce learning. </li></ul>#20 Explain ‘what I’ve learnt today’
#21 Create a comic book for a school project Here’s a site with lots of information and tips: http://bit.ly/eyfrlU
#22 Go back in time This is a great site to get started with. Lots of resources to turn into comics, e.g castles http://www.activehistory.co.uk/ What about this?: http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/b/battle_of_hastings.asp This is another useful site: http://www.bayeuxtapestry.org.uk/interactive/BayeuxCreate.htm
<ul><li>Here’s a great site to start you thinking: http://www.angryalien.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Develop some of these short animations into a comic book. Why not extend learning by making a 3D Pop Up book from Comic Life by using Zooburst </li></ul>#23 Choose an animation or film and create a comic book
<ul><li>A few sites to provide ideas: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/s/song_lyrics.asp </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cartoonistgroup.com/bysubject/subject.php?sid=1432 </li></ul>#24 Create a comic using the lyrics of a well known song
#25 Create a ‘superhero comic book’ Why not create your own superhero from this site: http://marvel.com/games/cyos Here’s my attempt. Children could produce several and create a story around them. Then create in Comic Life. Ideal for a ‘Myths and Legends’ theme.