Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Beth Rajan Sockman Ph.D.
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Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Abstract
• When creating comics, ...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
When you were younger, do you rem...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Goals – Take Aways
• Understand H...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
COMICS & LEARNING
GOALS
Diverse L...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Motivation
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Comic Creation Encourages..
Criti...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Comic Pedagogy for
Critical Think...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Why Comic Creation?
Reflect on ma...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Comic Pedagogy
Language Arts
• Wr...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
PA Common Core
• Grade 6CC.1.4.6....
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Individual Learning Needs
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
http://youtu.be/qRhIhYvDhEU
Engli...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Special Needs Students
Comics can...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
All Learners
• Motivation – Comic...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Sample Rehearsal-2nd Grader
Expla...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
LET’S TRY A SIMPLE
AVATAR CREATOR...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014www.buildyourwildself.com
Build yo...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Reflection: How could this be
Wil...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
DIGITAL COMIC CREATION
Technology...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Tips for the Comic Creation
Proce...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Know Something about the
Technolo...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Common Comic Creator Options
• Te...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Expectations
You will learn a
lit...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
By Graduate
Student on
Bitstrips
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
COMIC MAKERS
Least complex  More...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Read-Write_Think
• Easiest
• No a...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Read Write Think
http://www.readw...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
In this comic, a third grade
stud...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Make Beliefs Comix
http://innovat...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Make Belief Comix Workspace
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Pixton
http://www.pixton.com/my-h...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Pixton Choices
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Teacher Resources
• Make Beliefs ...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Summary Questions
• Why should yo...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
The principle goal of education i...
Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
References
bsockman@esu.edu
Amen,...
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Writing with Digital Comics: It’s Serious Fun!

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When creating comics, students critically think about content in a way that is naturally fun! Digital comics can increase that natural value. In this session you will learn about different digital comic makers, creation/reflection processes, and how digital comic creation aligns with the Common Core. Bring your own laptop or digital device if you have one, but it is not necessary.
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Writing with Digital Comics: It’s Serious Fun!

  1. 1. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Beth Rajan Sockman Ph.D. Associate Professor, Instructional Technology Michele Herrmann Elementary Math, Pleasant Valley School District Writing with Digital Comics It’s Serious Fun!
  2. 2. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Abstract • When creating comics, students critically think about content in a way that is naturally fun! Digital comics can increase that natural value. In this session you will learn about different digital comic makers, creation/reflection processes, and how digital comic creation aligns with the Common Core. Bring your own laptop or digital device if you have one, but it is not necessary.
  3. 3. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 When you were younger, do you remember looking for the comics in the Sunday paper? What was your favorite comic or character? WHY?
  4. 4. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
  5. 5. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Goals – Take Aways • Understand HOW digital comics creation supports learning goals – PA Common Core, Creativity, Diverse Learning Needs, Motivation • Identify classroom writing process • Recognize the technology options • Familiarize with digital comic creators • Navigate locations to more resources
  6. 6. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 COMICS & LEARNING GOALS Diverse Learning Needs, Motivation, PA Common Core & Creativity
  7. 7. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Motivation
  8. 8. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Comic Creation Encourages.. Critical Thinking Literacy Development Meets Diverse Student needs! 3 for 1
  9. 9. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Comic Pedagogy for Critical Thinking (Decker, 2007)  Sustains the question until the learning has a place of understanding  Attends to complexity and discourages the search for the simple  Embraces a “punch line”, the counter-intuitive option Higher Order Thinking
  10. 10. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Why Comic Creation? Reflect on material and to create deeper meaning - VISUALLY Visual Literacy
  11. 11. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Comic Pedagogy Language Arts • Writing  builds Vocabulary • Write  complicated narratives • Practice  Sentence structure Builds Literacy
  12. 12. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 PA Common Core • Grade 6CC.1.4.6.C Develop and analyze the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples; include graphics and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. E06.C.1.2.2 E06.E.1.1.2 See Handout
  13. 13. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Individual Learning Needs
  14. 14. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 http://youtu.be/qRhIhYvDhEU English Language Learners • Students can create the image to communicate. Then add the English words to portray their cartoon. • Research shows increase in vocabulary and correct sentence structure.
  15. 15. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Special Needs Students Comics can help students with disabilities: • Create social stories focusing on behavior. • Autistic or deaf students may use the characters to express what they want to say. • Able to express emotions by drawing the expressions on the characters faces.
  16. 16. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 All Learners • Motivation – Comics • Rehearsal/Reteaching – Rewrite concept learned in a comic • Extension – Apply a concept learned to a scenario
  17. 17. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Sample Rehearsal-2nd Grader Explaining odd and even numbers using the talk balloons
  18. 18. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 LET’S TRY A SIMPLE AVATAR CREATOR: WILDSELF
  19. 19. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014www.buildyourwildself.com Build your WildSelf with adaptations
  20. 20. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Reflection: How could this be Wildself used? • Creativity: Create & Make avatars • Creative Writing: Write a creative story about yourself • Mythology: Write a myth about the character to explain a natural phenomenon • Science: Explain adaptations and compare to other species that have those adaptations • Lesson Plan Link
  21. 21. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 DIGITAL COMIC CREATION Technology & Writing Process
  22. 22. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Tips for the Comic Creation Process Teacher Plan • Content • Technology Writing Process Content Brainstorm Plan  Storyboard Create SHARE Revise Publish
  23. 23. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Know Something about the Technology By Casey Unangst on Bitstrips
  24. 24. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Common Comic Creator Options • Text Balloons • Props • Panels • Characters • Expressions • Backgrounds/Scenes • Options  Account, Sharing, Printing, Webcam, Download Photos, Captioning, Edit
  25. 25. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Expectations You will learn a little about the technology. The student will learn a lot!
  26. 26. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 By Graduate Student on Bitstrips
  27. 27. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 COMIC MAKERS Least complex  More complex
  28. 28. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Read-Write_Think • Easiest • No account • Comic creator • Panel number choice • Share: Print only • Graphic Organizers • Lesson Plans • Community MakeBeliefsComix • Easy • No account • Comic creator • Panel number – 3 • Manipulate Characters • Share: Print & email • Lesson Plans • GOOD resources Pixton • Must create an account • More complex • Panels: Totally adjustable • Manipulate Character etc. • Share: Print, Email & Embed • Lesson Plans • Good Resources 3 Different Level Comic Makers
  29. 29. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Read Write Think http://www.readwritethink.org/files/reso urces/interactives/comic/
  30. 30. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 In this comic, a third grade student used captions along with the talk balloons to write his story.
  31. 31. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Make Beliefs Comix http://innovations2010unco.pbworks.com/w/page/314326 28/Writing-%20Make%20Beliefs%20Comix http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/#
  32. 32. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Make Belief Comix Workspace
  33. 33. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Pixton http://www.pixton.com/my-home
  34. 34. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Pixton Choices
  35. 35. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Teacher Resources • Make Beliefs Comix – See bottom of page • Read Write Think Community - http://www.readwritethink.org/ • Pixton - Samples – http://www.pixton.com/schools/library/ • Planning Sheet - http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_ images/lesson195/comic-strip-planning.pdf • Live Binder of Comics Creators http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=414 75
  36. 36. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Summary Questions • Why should you consider using comics in the classroom? • What do you need to do before using in the classroom?
  37. 37. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014
  38. 38. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. Jean Piaget
  39. 39. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 References bsockman@esu.edu Amen, D. (2005). Making a good brain great. New York: Harmony Books. Blackwell, L. B., Trzesniewski, K. H., & Dweck, C. S. (2007). Implicit theories of intelligence predict achievement across an adolescent transition: A longitudinal study and an intervention. Child Development, 78(1), 246-263. Carter, J. B. (2011). Graphic Novels, Web Comics, and Creator Blogs: Examining Product and Process. Theory Into Practice, 50(3), 190-197. doi: 10.1080/00405841.2011.584029 Cornelius-White, J. (2007). Learner-centered teacher-centered relationships are effective: A meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research, 77(1), 113-143. Decker, E. (2007). Q. What's funny about teaching? A.Not Enough!: Arguing for a comic pedagogy. Educational Insights, 11(3). Figueiredo, S. (2011). Building Worlds for an Interactive Experience: Selecting, Organizing, and Showing Worlds of Information Through Comics. Journal of Visual Literacy, 30(1), 86-100. Gardner, H. (1999). Multiple approaches to learning. In C. M. Reigeluth (Ed.), Instructional-design theories and models: A new paradigm of instructional theory (Vol. 2, pp. 69-90). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers. Hammond, K., & Danaher, K. (2012). The value of targeted comic book readers. ELT Journal: English Language Teachers Journal, 66(2), 193-204. Jee, B. D., & Anggoro, F. K. (2012). Comic Cognition: Exploring the Potential Cognitive Impacts of Science Comics. Journal of Cognitive Education & Psychology, 11(2), 196-208. doi: 10.1891/1945-8959.11.2.196 Joyce, H. (2007). The world is getting smarter. Retrieved September 25, 2011, from http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/the-world-is-getting-smarter Kılıçkaya, F., & Krajka, J. (2012). Can the use of web-based comic strip creation tool facilitate EFL learners' grammar and sentence writing? British Journal of Educational Technology, 43(6), E161-E165. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2012.01298.x Lamb, A., & Johnson, L. (2009). Graphic novels, digital comics, and technology-enhanced learning: Part 2. Teacher Librarian, 37(1). Lee, C. (2010). Soaring above the clouds, delving the ocean's depths: Understanding the Ecologies of human learning and the challenge for educational science. Educational Researcher, 39(9), 643-655. Mellin, L. (2010). Wired for joy!: A revolutionary method for creating happiness from within (1 ed.). Carlsbad, CA: Hay House. Muller, M., Ozcan, E., & Seizov, O. (2009). Dangerous depictions: A visual case study of contemporary cartoon controversies. Popular Communication(7), 1. Nixon, R. (2012). Teaching narrative writing using comics: Delainey and Rasmussen, the creators of Betty, share their composing strategies as rich literacy resources for elementary teachers. Literacy, 46(2), 81-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-4369.2011.00580.x Restak, R. (2013). Laughter and the brain: Can humor help us better understand the most complex and enigmatic organ in the human body? . American Scholar, 82(3), 18-27. Schunk, D. H. (2000). Learning Theories: An Educational Perspective (3 ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. Seglem, R., & Witte, S. (2009). You gotta see it to believe it: Teaching visual literacy in the English classroom. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53(3), 216-226. Smetana, L., Odelson, D., Burns, H., & Grisham, D. L. (2009). Using graphic novels in the high school classroom: Engaging Deaf students with a new genre. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53(3), 228-240. Ward, B. A., & Young, T. A. (2011). Reading Graphically: Comics and Graphic Novels for Readers from Kindergarten through High School. Reading Horizons, 50(4), 283-296.
  40. 40. Between the Lines: Reading & Writing for Contemporary Learners” Conference – Summer 2014 Question or Comments Beth Rajan Sockman Instructional Technology bsockman@esu.edu 570-422-3621

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