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Comic creation can be invaluable for student learning, and these tools may help in in-person and hybrid classrooms

5 tools for classroom comic creation


Comic creation can be invaluable for student learning, and these tools may help in in-person and hybrid classrooms

While it may not seem a traditional learning tool, comic creation helps across an array of core subjects and learning objectives. Comics are engaging, fun, and help students take ownership of their learning.

Comic creation gives students flexibility for self-expression, while at the same time unleashing creativity and giving students a new way to demonstrate their learning.

And comics aren’t limited to art and English classes, either. Students can use comic creation to illustrate science concepts, translate historical events into informal stories, and break down complex topics into easily-digestible snippets.

Here are 5 tools teachers might want to investigate for comic creation:

1. Pixton turns students into comic creators. Pixton cures classroom boredom and empowers every student, by unleashing their artistic and writing potential. Give students their join link, and they’ll be off. Student login is simple, teachers get a dashboard to manage students and their work, and Pixton offers content to support curriculum standards.

2. Strip Designer helps students bring their photos come to live and tell a story you can share with friends and family. With Strip Designer, students will create comics from beginning to end: Sketch, draw, mask, add warped 3D lettering, balloons, and combine everything with complex panel layouts.

3. Superhero Comic Book Maker is a creative kids app for telling larger-than-life stories. The creative app ignites the imagination as students create personalized animated comic books with monsters and superheroes, build comic strips and narrate the story, and use the provided 55 scenes and coloring pages and stickers to create their own stories.

4. Cat Kid Comic Club, from celebrated author Dav Pilkey, gives students three ways to create their own comics. Students can create comics on a computer and share them, they can use printables to hand-draw their own comics, or they can create on a phone or tablet.

5. MakeBeliefsComix gives students a choice of characters with different moods and endless possibilities in terms of stories waiting to be created. The site includes an article with 27 tips for using comic creation in the classroom, a section for students with special needs, and resources for English language learners.

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