11 Comic Creation Web Tools and Apps

“In comics you see the drawing, you see words, you see rhythm, you see the story.” - Lorenzo Mattotti

Students enjoy learning with comics and creating them. Comics help students visualize their learning. I’ve gotten students to create comics to illustrate logical fallacies, summarize articles, provide instructions, and express themselves. The frames break up the content into chunks, which helps their brains make sense of the material. Below are my favorite free educational comic creation tools and apps.  These tools provide  learners with a library of characters, props, scenes, speech bubbles, and templates. Find tips and ideas in my slide presentation, Teaching with Comics.

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Digital Game Creators

  • Make Beliefs Comix– (Web/iPad) Create two, three and four panel comics in multiple languages. No registration required. Also find 350+ free printables for teachers.
  • ToonDoo – allows students to share their comics, comment on other comics, and even save and edit a copy of a comic.
  • Comics Head– (iOS/Android) Students add their own images or can choose from their library of characters, backdrops, and speech bubbles. Students can draw in the comic. With the paid version, students can add audio narration.
  • Friendstrip– (iOS/Android) Frames set and students can fill in the story.
  • Pixton– (Web/iOS/Android) Has a library of characters, frames, and backgrounds.
  • Book Creator–(iOS/Android) templates to create digital comic books and graphic novels.
  • Marvel– Create comic strips and books with Marvel characters.
  • Witty Comics– Great for political cartoons. Simple and easy to use. No registration required.
  • Garfield– You can create comic strips or books with Garfield characters.
  • StoryBoardThat– Create comics or storyboards.
  • Lomics (iOS) create comic style videos.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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