More Than Just Comics

Now, the people that read this blog regularly know that Comic Life is way more than just a comic creation software. We’ve seen things created with Comic Life that look nothing like a traditional comic book – from photo albums to education projects to professional presentations. It’s just that easy and powerful. I recently stumbled across a blog post that helps to show the versatility of Comic Life in education, written by John Larkin  (a great guy who I’ve met a couple of times at EdTech conferences). This post came from 2009, but what John wrote then is handy for classroom teaching today.

Changing The Past

Comic Life is and incredible piece of software. Every now and then a software application crosses one’s path and it immediately grabs your attention. Back in 1992 I was introduced to HyperCard by Dr John Hedberg. That application changed my career and my life. Thanks John! Several years back I was attending an Apple Technology Day for teachers and right at the end of the day we were given a quick look at Comic Life. I was immediately captivated.

Plant Cell Diagram

Naturally Comic Life allows you to create comics. All sorts of comics. Basic, 1940s, strips, manga and loads more. Yet, it is capable of much more than that. You can skip the templates and simply allow the creative thoughts to generate and drag the various elements such as panels, word balloons, images and titles wherever you wish. If you explore the details panel for each element you can modify the style of each element to your heart’s content.


Recently I conducted some workshops over 6 days for a number of teachers from a variety of schools devoted to children and young adults with special needs. Part of the programme incorporated a Comic Life workshop. They all loved it. We all had a ball. We also covered digital photography, connecting, web presence and other connected stuff. There were teachers from PathlightMetta and the Cannossianschools in Singapore. Teachers also travelled down from the Korean International School in Seoul to attend the workshops in Singapore. I shall post some images from the workshops and examples shortly. In the meantime you might like to check out this pdf. Some of my efforts are displayed in this post.

Bayeux Tapestry
Solar System

Tags:  This entry was posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 11:17 am and is filed underLearningSingaporeTeachingTechnology . 


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