Free Comic Book Makers

I find that comics have a very positive role to play in the classroom, especially if the students create their own. Some of the Key benefits of using comics in education include the following :

– They present what is essential
– Students can convey their understanding easily through comics
– It is easier to remember a visual graphic containing key information
– Students are engaged through thinking, creating and writing.
– They motivate students with low interest in writing as the amount of
writing is quite small.
– They help organise thoughts through storytelling and storyboarding
– Using visual images convey meaning to a story or topic
– They help foster creative and higher level thought processes
– Enriches reading, writing, and thinking
– Serves as and assessment and evaluation tool
– Sequencing promotes understanding

(based on suggestions by Marilee Sarlitto)

Here are a few examples of Free Comic Book makers.

Artisancam (Free) : This is probably the easiest to use. You just change the background, character and speech bubble. You can change the size and pose of the characters.


http://www.artisancam.org.uk/flashapps/superactioncomicmaker/

Cartoon Story Maker (Free) is a downloadable program. It gives more options and control than Artiscancam

comic book generator

This site (developed by Dept of Educ. in Victoria) has very good help files, storyboards etc.
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/games/cartoon/index.htm

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Author: techcourse

Primary Teacher. Interested in technology, teaching and learning.

2 thoughts on “Free Comic Book Makers”

  1. I have used comic strip in class for years as a means to motivate the reluctant reader and writer. In recent years I have found online comic strip makers to be an invaluable resource for all pupils as they all can work at their own level.
    mellieinballynoe (aka ifouhy@yahoo.com)

  2. I have found that the use of Grafix Books’ Classic Novels (Moby Dick, Treasure Island, Huckleberry Finn etc…) which use comic style graphics and text, has been a tremendous motivator for some of my older, reluctant readers at senior end of primary school (particularly boys). I have never used online comic strip makers before, but now that I am alerted to their very positive effects for pupils’ learning (e.g. pupils learn at own level, pupils express their creativity, pupils practise sequencing skills) I will definitely be making use of free comic book makers. I can see great possibilities for using them with my pupils, especially my SEN pupils.

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