Saturday, November 29, 2008

Exploring Comic Life

I was lucky enough to go to the VITTA (Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association) conference this week, and one of the sessions I attended was Jen Cole's session on Comic Life. This is one of the things I want to learn so that I can use it in my classes next year as an option for the students to represent their knowledge in English. I was quite keen to see that there was an option to use a Graphic Novel template. I had used a graphic novel this year in my Year 11 class's study of Macbeth and I thought that there was a lot we could do with this (e.g. using the same style to interpolate a scene not in the play, and many other ideas). I was also reminded of Andrew Churches' Blooms Taxonomy for the digital age note that creation includes "designing, constructing, planning, producing, inventing, devising, making, programming, filming, animating, Blogging, Video blogging, mixing, remixing, wiki-ing, publishing, videocasting, podcasting, directing/producing, creating or building mash ups". I can definitely see the use of Comic Life in there, especially when "you can make slideshows of comic pages in comic life," which can then be shared. This resource, Teaching Literary Devices with Comics, also looks valuable.

I have downloaded a free 30 day trial of Comic Life so that I can have a play and learn lots. Jen's tutorial can be found online here. Or if that doesn't work go to Southmoor Primary school, click on Staff, then on ICT PD, then there you are. Thanks heaps Jen for your great session and valuable ideas. I'm glad I went.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:18 am

    This comic life site sounds very interesting as it provides an alternative way for students to present information beyond just the simple posterboard presentation. I like your relation to Bloom's taxonomy as using alternative educational resources like comiclife certainly does touch on each of his main factors. I think that it is very important for students to do "fun" and interesting projects because such projects lend to better student involvement. I am an undergrad taking an online education course creating a lesson plan for my virtual classroom of the future. I incorporated a project similar to comic life using pulpmotion.com. Now I can add comic life to the potential list of websites offering this comic creating application for the students to use. Thanks!!

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