Howdy! Today’s blog post is brought to you by the Letter C!
Just kidding, but who doesn’t love a good sesame street reference? Anyway, today’s post is about COMICS!
“But Stephanie!” You say, “Comics aren’t literary!” Sure they are! Especially if you make them a fun way for students to evaluate stories or summarize what they are reading. If I was an English teacher, I would use comics to have students summarize what they are reading, or have read. I think it would even be fun to make comic strips as puzzles! Have the characters act out scenes from books and make students guess what book the comic represents. You could even use comics as quizzes. Have each block of the strip with a character asking a question, that would be fun! I bet students would love it!
I will be teaching math this coming school year and I think I will use the comics to have as reminders on how to use formulas or how to remember vocabulary. Maybe even have the students make comic strips teaching the vocabulary that they need.
In a library, I think it would be fun to use comics to show appropriate and inappropriate library behaviors. It would be more fun than the regular boring rules you normally see posted.
Anyway, I used three websites to make comics over the last few days.
Personally, I loved using ToonDoo. I needed almost zero information or training on how to use the website, it was so easy! And the colors, graphics, and options for characters and background were great. I was really excited. Honestly, the hardest part of making the comic was thinking of what to put in it. Once I did though, I was able to make it pretty quickly and save it onto my computer with ease. I think I would definitely use this in my classroom.
Oh my goodness, I LOVED using Pixton! It was so easy! They have templates already put together where you just choose your characters and add in your captions. It was great! I didn’t need any tutorial at all. The only hard part was saving the actual comic. I had to wait for an email to be sent to me that never came, so I just screen shotted my comic and saved it that way. But other than that, Pixton was great to use. Definitely a website that I would use in lower grades because it was so easy to use.
I was not too big of a fan of MakeBeliefs. The characters were not very interesting, nor were the background options. And it was difficult to figure out where and how to use the tools to move things around, shrink or grow images, and even delete images. Every time that I wanted to edit something, I had to click it, then the tool, then use the tool on the toolbar. It was slightly frustrating. It also did not have any colors. I don’t think I would use it again, but I would present it as an option to my students,
So there you have it! Comics and free websites to make them at! How do you all plan to use them in your classrooms?