Comics – make learning fun
To encourage reluctant writers to express their ideas the same medium that encourages reluctant readers can be used, that medium is the comic. There are some fantastic online Web 2 and downloadable applications for creating comic strips. One of my favourite is Pixton. Students can quickly produce fantastic comic strips which will really get them expressing themselves creatively. Comics don’t need to be limited to English either. Comics could be used in mathematics to explain a concept or in any other subject to bring it to life.
Key benefits of using comics in education
– A great visual Representation of Knowledge
– Presents what is essential
– Easier to remember a visual graphic containing key information
– Engaging through thinking, creating and writing.
– Perfect avenue for writing dialogue
– Incites students with low interest in writing
– Helps organization through storytelling and storyboarding
– Using visual images convey meaning to a story or topic
– Develops creative and higher level thought processes
– Develops composition techniques through visual-verbal connections
– Enriches reading, writing, and thinking
– Serves as and assessment and evaluation tool
– Sequencing promotes understanding
The key benefits for students using Comics, summarised by Marilee Sarlitto (Technology Director, Kildeer School), found in “Creating Comics: Visual and Verbal Thinking in the Ultimate Show and Tell” by Janette Combs, College of William and Mary, July 17, 2003.
Make Belief Comix
Create your own comic strip – it’s easy and fun!
Bone Comic Maker
Not a web tool but super cool comic making software
Make Beliefs Comix This is a free online tool for creating comic strips, which could be used by pupils to support a wide range of curriculum areas, especially literacy, EAL, community languages, communication skills-based learning and special education needs such as autism or emotional difficulties. Because the resource offers a choice of emotions which can be portrayed by the comic characters, a particularly relevant use could also for the development of emotional intelligence, behaviour and PSHE issues best represented by examples in contexts.