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Wk 2 Discussion

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Dear Participants,


After a busy week in which many of you created promising 321 Introductions on our Posterous, and Edmodo platform, time has come to welcome all of you to Week2. Now that you’ve become acquainted with the wiki and Posterous, let´s learn how to use comics in your own context to make it relevant for your learners.


Before starting take a look at the main objectives for week 2:


●      become familiar with web tools to create comics with young learners.

●      learn how to create comic stories with these tools.

●      reflect on the use of comics in the classroom

●      explore ways to integrate comics in their classroom in ways that improve reading and writing skills of learners

●      discover mobile apps for creating comics

●      create a comic using one of the tools from this week


 Please check our Tutorial page http://digitalstorytelling4kids.pbworks.com/w/page/49859728/Tutorials%20Week%202 to learn how to use the following comics Garfield, ToonDoo, Make Beliefs and Cartoon Studio (iPhone/iPod/iPad app).


Remember to post your comic on the Posterous page by sending an email with the link to digitalstorytellingevo2013@posterous.com


This week we are going to use the Week 2 Discussion on the wiki http://digitalstorytelling4kids.pbworks.com/w/page/62859014/Wk%202%20Discussion instead of Edmodo. Please add your comments or suggestions below.


 Be ready to jazz up your classes with comics and remember that we are always here to help if you have questions.


Looking forward to sharing another wonderful week together.


Eva and Jennifer

Week 2 moderators

Comments (Show all 53)

TeresaD said

at 9:00 am on Jan 22, 2013

I emailed my comic to posterous, but don't see it there. Does it take a while to be posted?

Eva said

at 3:08 pm on Jan 22, 2013

Hi Teresa, it may take a little while till one of us sees and approves. We check regularly, don't worry.

TeresaD said

at 6:19 pm on Jan 22, 2013

Now it is there! Thanks!

mario said

at 10:15 am on Jan 22, 2013

This experience with comics tools to use with learners is wonderful! I think that the more tools we have to motivate ss the better chances we have to accomplish this goal. I particularly like the Gartfield and Superheroes. The cartoons and scenes SS can choose are really applealing. Furthermore, they have the chance to practise their writing skills, vocab and eventually they are given room to develop their language competence. I wish these tools had been available to my teachers when I was a kid!!

Jennifer Verschoor said

at 10:20 am on Jan 22, 2013

Once you start using comics with your learners they keep asking for more. As part of the moderating team we are really glad to know that you find these tools useful.

MarijanaS said

at 2:46 pm on Jan 24, 2013

Hello Mario, I think you are the one who left comment on my MakeBeliefComix on Posterous. Unfortunatelly, I don't have Posterous account so I couldn't reply to your question. You asked how I would use comics in class. Well, since I teach highschool students I found Makebeliefs very interesting. I would use it to practice modal verbs, asking permision (creating dialogues) Example: Today in class, we discussed different ways of word phrases for asking permission, formal, informal, direct , indirect. After that students had to create a short dialogue with the vocabulary phrases covered in class and later create a makebeliefcomic. They send them to my email. I will print them and we will put them on our board in the English cabinet. Also, we will make a short book with their work. They had more fun while inventing dialogues, then they would usually have. I think it's great when you create a story with pictures :) even if it only has 3 parts. Other ways of using Comics could be just for warm up activites, motivation, and so on.

Jennifer Verschoor said

at 10:16 am on Jan 22, 2013

Yes, as moderators we need to approve the posts. I´ve just finished approving all the new comics.

Marga Zichner said

at 12:08 pm on Jan 22, 2013

I really enjoyed Janet's presentation, and the Scoop.It collection of links and ideas for using comics and cartoons is wonderful. As I was going over the different examples, some ideas came to my mind of how to use them in my own classroom. I think I can use them as story starters, present a book review, or even to refer to the main ideas after reading a strory/article in class. I was also thinking about having Ss share an exciting moment from their last holidays by creating a comic strip in our first week of school this year. I'll try to create my own to share here and then use it as a model for my students.
The idea of teaching grammar using cartoons is also interesting. Ss feel bored with our traditional grammar lessons!

Jennifer Verschoor said

at 5:06 pm on Jan 22, 2013

Digital natives do not feel comfortable doing fill in the blank exercises. I started using comics two years ago to teach grammar and the part of it is that they don´t even realize that they are learning grammar. I love the idea of creating comics the first week of school.

Janet Bianchini said

at 7:08 am on Jan 29, 2013

Hi Marga

I am so glad you enjoyed the presentation and Scoop.it collection. Your ideas are really great, and I hope you have fun trying them out with your students.

Maria Bossa said

at 12:41 pm on Jan 22, 2013

Thanks for metioning me! That also shows we all have read the Creative Commons piece of advice! Thanking smiles, Maria :)

Maria Bossa said

at 12:47 pm on Jan 22, 2013

Hi! I did enjoy Janet's presentation! I even watched alllllllllll the others!!!
Last year I used MakeBelief to test my students. We were studying Simple Present and to wrap up the unit, I made them create a comic! You cannot imagine how wonderful stories I got!! Most of them got the highest marks cause their production was awesome. Though they had some mistakes, I didn't correct them! I just wrote them down and then I created a handout with all those mistakes to work them out. We had not only a great time seeing all the comics but also a nice time learning from their all mistakes.
I'm planning to keep using more comics this year with all these amound of resources you are showing us! Thanks a lot! Smiles, Maria :)

Jennifer Verschoor said

at 8:44 pm on Jan 22, 2013

Have you upload their creations on a blog? It would be wonderful to be able to see what your students created. The way you assessed your students is exactly what I´ve been doing with all my students from Junior 3 to Junior 6.

Maria Bossa said

at 3:42 pm on Jan 23, 2013

HI! I haven't uploaded them as they printed all their jobs. Blogging a "Pending" subject for me!! :)

LaQuita Denson said

at 1:59 pm on Jan 22, 2013

I like the idea of having them use magazines or drawings. Many of the schools in our area have very limited technology. However, this is still a fun activity for the students.

Claudine Boucaud said

at 8:26 pm on Jan 24, 2013

LaQuita, yes the idea of recycling resources that you do have at school is very good. We can not let limited access to technology inhibit us. I am going to bring in some of my old newspapers and put my students in small groups to develop a simple comic.. This will be fun.

LaQuita Denson said

at 2:01 pm on Jan 22, 2013

Teresa that was great. We are doing a "National Puzzle Day" with our teacher candidates. I was thinking it might be exciting to have them to something centered around comics.

jeela gokmen said

at 3:40 pm on Jan 22, 2013

My students aren't reading yet but I've been toying with a few ideas on how to use comics. I'm trying to teach my students basic school ianguage - may I go to the toilet, may I be excused from the table, etc. I think finding a comic strip to help illustrate these phrases could really encourage them to use the set language.

Jennifer Verschoor said

at 8:45 pm on Jan 22, 2013

Try using Voki www.voki.com with your students. You are able to record their voices with the basic instructions they must learn.

Janet Bianchini said

at 7:11 am on Jan 29, 2013

That sounds like a really nice idea to use comic strips for basic school language. You could easily enlarge them and create wall posters with them.

Bonnie Blagojevic said

at 4:16 pm on Jan 22, 2013

Jeela, I was thinking along the same lines, for very young children and will share with preschool teachers I work with. Comics can be paired with important ideas, to provide engaging visual supports to help children understand and remember concepts-as the slideshow mentioned "print out and enlarge individual comic strips and then display them on class walls." The idea of using comics to illustrate and practice sequencing could work well too. To build on Eileen's idea in the Edmodo discussion to "lighten the mood" when providing PD, think it might also be a nice way to express/show appreciation for teachers' hard work.

MarijanaS said

at 5:14 pm on Jan 22, 2013

This is such a great idea, I have done something similar! Way to go Illya!

TeresaD said

at 8:43 pm on Jan 22, 2013

That is so exciting to hear how you used it successfully in class!

Claudine Boucaud said

at 8:29 pm on Jan 24, 2013

The comic book that you printed can be used throughout the year to recycle language when discussing hobbies, introductions, sports....great idea.

Silvia said

at 8:37 am on Jan 23, 2013

Thanks, for all the sitegestions you´ve made regarding comics. I work with SEN kids and it is amazing to see how well they get engaged in this activity. Many of them manage to draw and write onomatopoeics....which I do foster, most of them have speech disabilities....but this tool gives them the chance to see how they can communicate. I´ll put into practice the your sitegestions and report after March.

IllyaC said

at 4:40 pm on Jan 23, 2013

Silvia, could you explain SEN?
I'd be interested in knowing if you have any special strategies in using the comics with your group of learners.

Faten Romdhani said

at 11:52 am on Jan 23, 2013

Hi all! so glad I've read your interesting comments! I find using comic online makers a great opportunity for learners to engage their minds and hearts in the creation of a comic strip that helps them not only think, but also be creative! . By encouraging learners to create does help them improve , have fun and also share their creations with their peers and learn from each other! ! It is a very enjoyable experience for teachers! let alone for kids with digital skills.

IllyaC said

at 4:34 pm on Jan 23, 2013

Actually not. But it's a good point you make. Where do you put the comics the kids make? Is there an on-line site for the class? This would be a great way to share their works with the parents, but having a paper copy is also motivating. I think the main thing is that they are able to show their work in some way.

Jennifer Verschoor said

at 10:21 pm on Jan 23, 2013

I´ve been moderating a school wiki for the last 4 years. My students love to share their online creations online and the rest of the school is able to comment on their work. Last year the wikis was selected by the British Council as one of the 10 best ICT projects in Argentina. I am really proud of students :-) Unfortunately the school does not want the wiki to be public.

Marga Zichner said

at 8:21 pm on Jan 23, 2013

I've been playing with some comic tools online and created some at toondoo - I've sent them by mail to posterous. I know my Ss will enjoy working with them and I'm sure they will do it better!!

Jennifer Verschoor said

at 4:35 pm on Jan 25, 2013

This is exactly what happened with my students. I´m sure they are going to enjoy this new way of learning.

LaQuita Denson said

at 11:03 pm on Jan 23, 2013

All of the ideas were great. I like the idea of writing a short book review as comic strips instead of the traditional way. They could also use SuperLame.. Comic Word Balloons, Speech Bubbles, Thought Bubbles. This allows students to upload pictures of themselves, which they really love. By adding a word balloon, speech or thought bubble makes it even more intriguing. I think this resource allows the students to be creative. I can imagine using this resource in the classroom by allowing the students to become a character in a story they have read.

Eva said

at 9:13 am on Jan 24, 2013

Thanks for the SuperLame suggestion. It looks cool.

IllyaC said

at 11:29 am on Jan 24, 2013

Hi everyone, there are so many ideas and tools around that it's very exciting to read through the thread. I simply wish I had more time to try everything out.
Here's another contribution:
I just found a website that might also be interesting, especially if you don't have access to a computer in your classroom , but not just!
It's a huge collection of comics, and I can imagine using the cover of a story to then write your own version. The class could compare their comics with the original if they want.
Or, like in Janet's video on how to use comics as prompts, the texts can be taken out and matched, or made up by the kids.
These can be printed out or I suppose they could also be changed on the computer. It says they are copyright-free, so this shouldn't pose a problem.

Claudine Boucaud said

at 8:41 pm on Jan 24, 2013

From Janet's scoop it , I see that the possibilities for using comics in the class are endless. I teach 6-8 year olds so I think the first step for me would be reading and sequencing comics before we start developing them. I would be keen to find a site that has simple comics in the wrong order with a drag and drop function to sequence correctly.

On another note, I don't do well with so many choices. It is a bit overwhelming to explore so many comic maker sites.

TeresaD said

at 5:44 am on Jan 25, 2013

I agree! I think my next comic title will be "Overwhelming!"

Maher Siala said

at 5:24 am on Jan 25, 2013

Hi everybody. I am happy to be part of the group. I have tried to join you earlier before. I will contribute later. Thanks. Maher Siala- Tunisia

Eva said

at 1:20 pm on Jan 25, 2013

Just came across with this and thought you will like it. http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/01/4-great-ed-ted-comic-tutorials.html

stellamso said

at 4:57 pm on Jan 25, 2013

What I love from the tools suggested is their simplicity!. They're really user friendly and the teacher can focus on content, language, text organization, vocabulary, etc.. I guess you can make your students read (reading aloud/silent reading), writing, revise vocabulary, etc, etc
I've already uploaded my comic strip!
stella :-)

Janet Bianchini said

at 7:17 am on Jan 29, 2013

It's lovely to read through all your comments and learn so much about how you exploit comics, or are planning to do so. I have recently come across a really practical presentation on Slideshare called "Comics in the Classroom", which I would like to share here: http://www.slideshare.net/ellenc808/comics-in-the-classroom-12760864

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