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Comic Life allows you to turn photos into comics with ease. Brilliant for digital storytelling. You can add speech bubbles and fun text which can easily be manipulated to change shape, colour and size. Photos drag and drop into the frames. Highly recommended! It is very inexpensive. Information on a New Zealand School Initiative for the purchase of Comic Life is available from innesk@werc.ac.nz
Our Cluster will investigate a Bulk buying price.....if your school is keen email paulaictpd@gmail.com asap.

A Quick Tutorial Guide




Examples From a New Zealand Classroom:


Photo's sourced from public Flickr website....

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Year 8 Textile Comic

Year 8 Mechanical Comic


Examples From another Cluster:


These examples were created by Learners from Mount Primary.


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Try formating a Homework sheet using Comic Life - Year 4


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Or using it to track Reading Goals - Year 1/2

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Links


Helpsheet - Excellent pdf accessed from Andrew Churches Wiki Educational Origami

Larkin.net - links and information for educators.

Link to a Quiktime Movie with very clear overview details.

Class Projects

Comic Book Ideas from READ, WRITE, THINK.

Comics in the classroom as an introduction to genre study

Comics meet the Curriculum- Endless useful links....

Portaportal.com - a whole website dedicated to Comic Life use in the classroom

A great little activity with all support (including downloadable photos) - teach the process, also has little video's to clearly show steps
http://oakdome.com/k5/lesson-plans/comic-life/camouflage-comic-strip.php

Examples of Comic Life - great for role modelling expected outcomes http://www.opencourtresources.com/mrneedleman/howto/comic_life_examples.html

How could you use Comic Life in the classroom? http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com/Comic+Life

Comic Life in Education http://comiclife.com/education


Thinking Outside the Square with Comic Life
Check out these amazing examples of a creative use for Comic Life.

An 'image' or graphic was used as the base, then using the lettering tool learners positioned their words within that frame. After gaining the desired effect the "frame" was then deleted.
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Here is a PDF copy for you to print off

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Here is a PDF copy for you to print off

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Here is a PDF copy for you to print off

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Here is a PDF copy for you to print off


So What, Now what?

An Omanu School teacher put her new knowledge and experiences into practice, guiding her learners to "Lead their own Learning". After their whole class immersion in "Fish" each learner celebrated their understanding. Their next step is to go off on individual studies and answer their questions about other creatures. After gaining copies of the classes stunning fish I have placed them into a slideshow using Picturetrail (remember that Comic Life can be "Exported" as an "Image", choose "Jpeg" from the dropdown box then students work can be shared using iPhoto or any Web 2.0 tool).















Then collaboration and 'discovery' leads to....

Here's some fantastic examples created by Room 4 Mount Maunganui Primary Learners
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