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  • 1. I ts so easy, its FUNNY!!!

2. What is Comic Life?

  • A software tool used to create comic strips
  • Teachers & students can create comic
  • strips using images and text of their
  • choosing
  • A fun and innovative way to
  • demonstrate learning and
  • mastery

3. Why Comic Life?

  • Engagement in higher-level thinking.
  • Application of technology, an invaluable skill in todays world
  • Engagement & motivation through the use of a highly interesting tool
  • Forces students to focus on the essential information
  • Taps into students creativity

4. Literacy has always meant being able to consume and produce the media forms of the day, whatever they may be.For centuries this has meant writing essays and reports filled with words and paragraphs.Now it means blending words with images, sounds, music, video, and other media to create the new communication default: the multimedia collage, in the form of web pages, digital stories, YouTube creations and much more. It is up to us to help digital kids migrate from text centrism to media collage literacy in creative, thoughtful, ways. We need to help them cultivate their new media talents, adopt art as the 4th R and use storytelling to convey their ideas in rich, compelling ways. We need to help them create media, stories and projects that are articulate and transformative. And we need to help them collaborate and share their work and talents within the collaborative community of the social web. Dr. Jason Ohler, Professor of Educational Technology, University of Alaska 5. What do we know about comic books?

  • Story is mostly told in pictures
  • They use speech bubbles to show when someone is talking
  • They use thought bubbles to show what someone is thinking
  • They use boxes within the storyboard to tell us about other things happening or more information i.e. MEANWHILE IN THE HALL

6. 7. 8. Lets look at some examples! 9. Enhance a Word Wall 10. Language Arts

  • Grammar
  • Dialogue
  • Literary devices
  • Vocabulary use
  • Spelling
  • Riddles, puns, idioms
  • Poetry interpretation
  • Recreate the dialogue from a book or movie.
  • Change the ending of a story
  • Give words to picture books
  • Original Storytelling
  • Biography/Autobiography
  • Map out a novel/story: characters, problem, solution

11. 12. 13. 14. Creative Arts

  • Analysis
  • Comparisons
  • Historical context
  • Periods
  • An artists growth & change
  • Reproduce a drama
  • Procedures to follow
  • Classroom rules

15. 16. Social Studies

  • Period newspaper
  • Create a visitors guide to your class, public library, fire station, etc.
  • Recreate a key moment in history
  • Conversation/Debate between key figures in history
  • Interview a famous historical figure
  • Timelines
  • Historical figures biography
  • A travel guide
  • Illustrate how an invention has effected people, our world, other discoveries
  • Explanation of a law
  • Explanation of specialized words

17. 18. What are the delegates thinking? 19. Science

  • Recreate eureka moments in science.
  • Give a voice to electrons, leaves, planets, etc.
  • Weather stories
  • Illustrate a cycle
  • Generalize an observation
  • Share discoveries
  • Communicate understanding of a concept
  • Record experiences

20. 21. 22. 23. Math

  • Introduce an authentic problem
  • Explain a concept
  • Demonstrate a process
  • Summarize a math lessonor a skill
  • Step by Step Problem Solving
  • Identification of Math Terms

24. WorldLanguages

  • Illustrate a conversation or dialogue
  • Vocabulary

25. Other Ideas

  • KWL charts
  • Cause and Effect
  • How to Guides
  • Newsletter
  • Reports
  • Invitations
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Interviews
  • Worksheets
  • Review Sheets
  • Flash Cards
  • BeforeAfter
  • YesterdayTodayTomorrow

26. 27. 28. Whole Class Collaboration 29. Images for Comic Life

  • Photos you take
  • Photos the kids take
  • Hyperstudio/Paint drawings
  • Legos
  • Clay figures
  • Toys
  • Paper dioramas
  • Copyright free imagesfrom the Internet
  • Scanned drawings

30. Types of Shots

  • Close Up
  • Where you can see a lot of emotion or information often a close-up of someones face or an object
  • Mid Shot
  • With some information or emotion but also some background detail
  • Long Shot
  • Where the background detail or surroundings are more important than the individual people or objects in the shot
  • Point of View Shot (POV)
  • Where the camera is the eyes of the person in the story i.e. looking in the mirror/looking down at their own shoes

31. Close-Up 32. Mid-Shots 33. Long Shots 34. Point Of View Shots 35. Planning

  • Plan all of your photos before you take them then go to each location needed in turn even if this means taking photos out of the order they will be in. This will save you time
  • Try and only take one photo for each one you need get it right first time by following your planning sheet
  • It helps if someone in your group has the role of Director this person holds the planning sheet and tells the actors what to do in the shot and tells the photographer what type of shot you need