Make Beliefs Comix
What it is: Create your own comic strips with this free interactive web site. Decide how many panels you want (2, 3, or 4), choose two characters. From there, you can choose the characters' emotions, resize them in the panels, add a talk or thought balloon and start writing.
How to use: Individuals can make up a 4 panel story dialog between two characters, or partners can collaborate by taking over one of the two characters in each panel. Topics should follow your curriculum - create one story showing someone bullying and another story showing the same situation, but with a better resolution for all. Have the two characters discuss facts that have been researched about an animal, or a person, or an event. Give a book report via the comic strip. Have the two characters discuss how to solve a math problem, or to present a story problem to be solved. Use as an evaluation on a class activity or as an assessment following a science experiment. The sky is the limit! When finished, you can print and/or email the comic to yourself to save.
Tip 1: Prepare a storyboard sheet and let students draw and write, revise and edit BEFORE sitting down at the computer.
Tip 2: Scroll to the bottom of the page for Story Ideas and a link to a Writing Prompt blog
Referenced from https://sites.google.com/a/bhmschools.org/webtools/the-tools-of-web-2-0/tools-for-everyone
digital_comics.JPG
Comic Life Resources

Comic Relief for Math and Science
ToonDoo
Create your own comics with just a few drags and drops.
ComiqsHow to Use Comic Life in the Classroom
Comic Life in the Classroom
Lesson Plans, Rubrics, and other resources
Pikistrips
Take your photos and turn them into comic strips.
Comic Life Meets the Curriculum (and Beyond!)
Smeech-Presos ยป Comic Life
Comic Life Introduction
Create Your Own Comic Strip with Comic Life
ComicLife Training Videos
Pixton - Comic Strip Creator Awesome site but not all free.
Teacher's Guide to the Professional Cartoonists' Index
Bitstrips Free for 30 days. Pricing reasonable.
Newspapers in Education
The Comic Teacher
The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library

โ€

Read Write Think Comic Creator:

Famous Cartoonists' Course lessons

Teachingcomics.org:

Comic Tools
Great Site!



26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Free Tools for Creating Comics

BY RICHARD BYRNE

One of the most popular posts that I've published on Free Technology for Teachers is a list of ten free tools for creating comics online. I wrote that post three years ago. Since then some of the tools have gone offline or started charging users. So I think it's time to share a new list. Here are five free tools for creating comics online.

external image comic_master.png

Comic Master is a free tool designed for students to use to create comics in the "graphic novel style" that is popular with a lot of kids in the ten to fourteen years old age range. Comic Master provides a drag and drop interface for students to build their comics on. Students using Comic Master can select from a variety of layouts, backgrounds, characters, effects, and fonts. Students can create free accounts on Comic Master to save their works and edit them whenever they like. Comic Master gives students the option to create and print multiple page stories.

external image Picture+2.png

Make Beliefs is a free comic strip creation tool that provides students with a variety of templates, characters, and prompts for building their own comic strips. Make Beliefs provides students with a pre-drawn characters and dialogue boxes which they can insert into each box of their comic strip. The editing options allow users the flexibility to alter the size of each character and dialogue bubble, bring elements forward within each box, and alter the sequence of each box in the comic strip. Students that have trouble starting a story can access writing prompts through make beliefs. Most impressively, Make Beliefs allows users to write their comic strip's dialogue in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portugese, or Latin.

external image Picture+9.png

Chogger is a free comic strip creation tool that offers a good selection of editing tools. Choggerallows you to draw images from scratch or use your existing images. You can even connect your webcam to Chogger to capture pictures for use in your comic strips. Once you've added images to your comic strip, you can add effects such as fading and outlining. Chogger also allows you to customize the look of each frame in your comic strip. Comic strips created in Chogger can have as few as three frames or as many as twelve or more frames.

external image Screen+Shot+2013-01-11+at+1.59.43+PM.png

Marvel Kids invites kids to create their own super hero comic strips and comic books. Marvel Kids provides users with templates for comic strips and comic books. Users select the backgrounds, characters, and special effects from the provided menus. Arranging each scene and re-size the characters is an easy drag and drop process. After creating their scenes, users can add dialogue boxes to their comics. Completed comic strips and comic books can be downloaded and printed.

external image Picture+19.png

Witty Comics provides a simple platform that students can use to create two character dialogues. To use Witty Comics students just need to select the pre-drawn background scenes and the pre-drawn characters they want to feature in their comics. Writing the dialogues is the creative element that is left to the students.

If you're looking for some ideas for using comics in the classroom, the following Slideshare presentation from S. Hendy contains 26 ideas for you. At the end of the presentation you'll see a list of even more cartoon creation tools.