Create Your Own Comics Online
Online Educational Comics Helping Students Write, Read, Tell Stories I am an author whose books are used in many school programs to encourage children to express themselves through writing. I have just launched a free new web site -- http://www.makebeliefscomix.com -- where students can create their own comic strips. The site offers fun animal and human characters with different moods, thought and talk balloons to fill in with words, and story prompts. It's a wonderful resource to spur children and adults to write, read and communicate their ideas and to practice English and other languages. It is also being used as a tool by educational therapists who work with deaf and autistic people to help them understand concepts and communicate. I would be very appreciative if you would share with your members and colleagues, or tell me whom I should contact to share this information. I need your help because it takes a community to build a community resource like this. With thanks, Bill Zimmerman Online Educational Comics Launched to Encourage Writing, Reading and Communication By Author/Journalist Bill Zimmerman - http://www.makebeliefscomix.com Dear reader, I want to share with you news of my newest educational project and also ask for your help to make it succeed. Ive just launched a new web site -- http:// www.makebeliefscomix.com -- where children and adults can create their own comic strips. They can select from 10 fun characters with different moods -- happy, sad, angry, worried and write words for blank talk and thought balloons to make their characters talk and think. There also are story ideas and prompts to help users create graphic stories. This site can be used by educators to teach language, reading and writing skills, and also for students in English-as-a-Second-Language programs to facilitate self-expression and storytelling. Some educational therapists use it with deaf and autistic people to help them understand concepts and communicate. Parents and children can create stories together, print them to create comic books or email them to friends and family. Others will find the site a resource to be creative, calm down and have fun. I am hoping that you will share http://www.makebeliefscomix.com with your colleagues, teachers, students or readers of your publications and resource lists. The site is free with no advertising. Any help you might offer in getting word out about this project is very appreciated. If you can suggest other people or groups whom I might contact to make them aware of the site please send me their names, email addresses or phone numbers. Relevant Internet resource sharing groups would be helpful, too. It takes a community to build a useful resource like this one. As one who learned to read with comic books, I know that creating comic strips can help people tap into their creativity and practice their language and storytelling skills. The site is free and stems from my lifelong mission to create resources that help people find their voice and express themselves. The concept for makebeliefscomix.com is derived from my earlier books, Make Beliefs and Make Beliefs for Kids of All Ages (which can be found on my other web site: http://www.billztreasurechest.com). A Make Beliefs interactive feature appeared for 13 years on my syndicated Student Briefing Page for Newsday, and in National Geographics World Magazine. I hope you like http://www.makebeliefscomix.com and will use it in your work and personal life. Your feedback is welcome and very helpful. With thanks and every good wish, Bill Zimmerman (email@example.com)
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Ayesha Coleman (Faculty)
I love it. I actually had my students draw their own comic strip with Greeting vocab, but this is great for the artistically impaired. Also something fun to do on the computer.
Used in course? Yes
Jennifer Joseph (Other)
The site provides a great learning opportunity for students to practice using voice (a component of the 6+1 Writing Traits). It provides students with the opportunity to write a comic that has characters, emotion, and speech bubbles. It also fosters organization in student writing. I think it is a great tool for students to have fun while writing! I love that the end product can be printed and/or e-mailed.
Technically, I think the program is solid. I do wish that there were voice overs on the directions so that younger students could benefit from this great tool too.
Michele Nguyen (Student)
This website makes learning so much fun. I like the way this site gives you a variety of opinions from characters, emotions, thought bubbles, objects, and scenes. I would use this for students to allow them to get creative. By giving them a specific boundary but allowing them to use their imagination, students will be encourage to write and have fun. This site makes leanguage arts fun for students.