Comic strips can be used as a way for students to express new understandings they have gained from their classes! This is a great format for students, who are visual learners and may feel more comfortable expressing the new knowledge they have learned in a visual manner.
The following list of tech tools for comic strip creation:
1. Kid Space: This is a free, and very basic comic strip maker. <http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/kidsspace/story.html>
2. Make Beliefs Comix: <http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/#> and 25 WAYS TO USE MAKEBELIEFSCOMIX.COM IN THE CLASSROOM <http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/How-to-Play/Educators/>
3. Pixton for Fun: Can be used for free (personal use only), otherwise, there is a fee to use Pixton. Great graphics! There are three different layouts to choose from which include: comic strip, graphic novel, and storyboard. <https://www.pixton.com/> (Please copy link and paste into URL).
4. Read Write Think Comic Strip Creator: This is a very basic comic strip creator, which allows students to print out the comic strip after they are done. The comic strip cannot be saved in a digital format. <http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/index.html>
5. You can also use Google Slides to create comic strips: Please view this video for more information ~ Creating Comic Strips with Google Presentations (Slides) by Eric Curts (You may want to start the video at about 14 minutes into the presentation...) <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BbsO8q1zi4&feature=youtu.be&t=22m56s>.
To create comic strips with Google Slides, you will need images, which should be downloaded in PNG format, from open source/public domain clip art, such as:
1. The Getty: "The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required." <http://www.getty.edu/about/opencontent.html>
2. Pixabay: Over 560,000 Free High Quality Images <https://pixabay.com/> According to the website: "Free images and videos you can use anywhere ~ All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. Learn more..."4. Pexels ~ Stock Photos "It's hard to understand complex licenses that is why all photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose." <https://www.pexels.com/photo-license/>
5. Unsplash <https://unsplash.com/> "All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash." In addition "The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law."
7. Photos for Class: "All images are appropriate for the school setting, thanks to Flicker Safe Search and our proprietary filters ~ Automatic Citation - Downloaded images automatically cite the author and the image license terms ~ Creative Commons - All photos shown are, to the best of our (and Flickr's) knowledge, licensed by Creative Commons for public use." < http://www.photosforclass.com/#sthash.zIH2jrJB.dpuf>
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