Comic Strips in the Classroom
Below are some resources for using comic strips in the classroom.
Comic Strip Creation Tools
This easy, online comic creation tool allows students to communicate their story using characters, speech bubbles, and props. Students begin by selecting how many panels for their comic layout. After adding characters, props, and text, students can print their comic. Consider printing to PDF driver to keep a copy of the comic.
About Comic Creator: http://goo.gl/i3RIf
Make Beliefs Comix
Students can easily create their own comic strip. A variety of characters allows students the freedom to write about many topics.
Upload your photo and add comic balloons and text to share your information. No sign-up required. Save final image as .jpg format.
Pixton is a great tools which student can use to create comics strips. What is really cool about this tools is that it allows for collaborative cartoon creation and when using Team Comics, this can be done in the same time.
This is a great web tool that allows you to create your own comics using some pre-drawn characters, backgrounds, and dialogue boxes.
Strip Generator allows you to easily draw your comic strips using characters and objects provided in their library.
Chogger has a comic builder that lets you draw your own comics, caption photos, take webcam pictures and add speech balloons.
ToonDoo is a cool, comic-creating tool from Jambav, a fun site for kids.ToonDoo was the happy result of brainstorming session that was aimed at creating a new way of expression for those who do not have the talent to draw. You can now just drag-drop or click to create comic strips!
Disney Comic Creator
Create and print magical Disney comics using your favorite characters, with Disney Comic Creator. You tell the story!
LiveBinder of Online Comic Creators
More online comic creators can be found on this livebinder.
Features to consider when choosing a tool for you and/or your students:
Some more-specific uses for comics and cartoons in the classroom include:
Sample Lesson Plan - http://goo.gl/IeAJeB
Comic Strip Apps
Select one of the many included page templates. Insert photos into the cells. Add a couple of balloons with fun words. Add additional effect symbols (stickers) like "Boom", "Splash", or "Bang" to spice up the story. When you are happy with your new graphic novel, share it with friends and family.
Realistic comic styling with a wide selection of: image filters, comic fonts, customizable captions, a library of classic comic graphics and dozens of multi-panel page layouts.
The App is an easy to use self publishing tool and can be used to create storyboards, fun stuff, even business presentation or art! If you have an idea you can instantly create visually interesting content on the go. Get started quickly by choosing from our many templates and inbuilt art assets. Go viral with your ideas by sharing on Facebook, Twitter or email. You can also print them using AirPrint!
Toontastic provides a easy way to create your own animated films. Students choose the characters and setting for each scene, then just move the pieces around like they were playing with action figures, providing their own dialogue as the iPad records it all. They can then add a musical score with the appropriate emotional tone. The app doesn't just allow students to make their own cartoons, it also teaches the fundamentals of storytelling.
Comic Life, the award winning photo comic creation software, has been redesigned for iOS. It’s the funnest, easiest and fastest way ever to create photo comics on a mobile device. Your comics come to life with our integrated reader on brilliant iOS displays. Easily go from taking photos to creating full comics all on one device with full page templates and panel layouts. Bring in photos from Photobooth or your library, and use our powerful editing and design tools to get exactly the look you want.
Moodboard Lite is the free version of the bestselling app for creating mood and inspiration boards on your iPad. Each board is a blank canvas for organizing the things that inspire you. Add photos, text, color swatches, and special elements to your boards, then share them with friends and colleagues, anywhere, anytime.
My Sketch is The Best sketch maker with more than 10 million amazing users! Some of the features it has include: 1)Turn your photos to Beautiful Realistic Sketch; 2) Create unlimited sketches; 3) Photos can be taken directly from Camera or Photo Album: 4) Choose 20 different type of Sketches; and 5) Sharing via Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr,Flickr and E-mail
ArtStudio is the most comprehensive, sketching, painting and photo editing tool in the App Store. Completely re-designed from the ground up the new ArtStudio features a beautiful new user interface and a powerful new graphics engine to make creating works of art faster, easier, and more fun!
Comic Maker HD
Design your own comics with a variety of layouts and characters.
Turn yourself into an expressive cartoon character
Turns your pictures into comic strips
Andriod Comic Book App List: https://goo.gl/qNHz46
Below are more great resources for using comic strips in education:
Level: 3- 12, College
Here's a rubric I authored that evaluates the form of a student-created comics project. I would suggest that teachers also create a separate rubric for the content of the comics, based on subject-related criteria. I've posted my rubric as a .doc file so that teachers can modify it in any way that they see fit.
The Periodic Table of Comic Books
Level: 9 - 12, College
Created by two Chemistry professors at the University of Kentucky, this website presents pages from classic American superhero comics that feature each element of the periodic table. While this site doesn't take advantage of comics as an educational medium in a meaningful way, it still can be used to enliven a science curriculum.
Level: 5 - 12, College
Brian Boyd, an English teacher in Thailand, created Grammarman as a way to engage his manga-obsessed students. With his trusty sidekicks Alpha-Bot and Syntax, Grammarman battles grammar mistakes around the globe as the star of Boyd's whimsical, well-drawn comic strip.
Level: K - 12
Diamond Comics is America's largest comics distributor. The Diamond Bookshelf is the section of their website specifically dedicated to teachers and librarians. Here you'll find lesson plans, articles, and even some advice about how to catalog your graphic novel collection.
Level: 9 - 12, College
This website provides explanations of English-language comic strips to EFL/ESL (English as a foreign language) learners so they can understand and enjoy American humor.
Cartoons for the Classroom
This website offers teachers lesson plans based on specific cartoons that can be filled in and printed.
Encouraging Children to Write, Read, and Tell Stories by Creating Comics
This website offers ways to encourage children to write, read, and tell stories by creating comics.
This is a great resource for cartoons about education.
Teaching with Cartoons
This site is like a directory packed full of educational cartoon resources. You can find links to lesson plans using cartoons, materials, and much more.
This is one of the most popular cartoon resources in the educational arena
This is a resource of comic strips for kids. It has cartoons for kids of all ages.
Teacher First Comic
This website offer several tips and resources on teaching using comic strips and cartoons.
This site has links to some great resources on teaching using comics. It also has links to lesson plans and classroom activities using cartoons.
Creating Comic Strips with Google
There are many tools available for making comics, but a great one is Google Presentations. Learn how to use Google Presentations, including many of the newest features, for your students (and you) to create online comic strips.
This site highlights a mini-lesson that was conducted using comics.