Comic Creation Tools to Engage Learners

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar!

Students of all ages enjoy learning with comics and creating comics. When students create comics they use props, scenery, dialogue, text, and characters to visualize and contextualize vocabulary and knowledge. The free comic creation tools below are easy to use and allow learners to choose from a library of characters, props, scenes, and templates to visualize a word problem, retell a moment in history, illustrate science, explain a theory, or make up their own story. I’ve also included a slide presentation with more ideas and examples.

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Comic Creation Tools

  • Make Beliefs Comix– Web tool and iPad app. Create comics in multiple languages. Students can choose from a variety of characters, props, scenes, and expressions. No registration required. Also find 350+ free printables for teachers.
  • Storybird– Simple way for students to create a comic in 20 minutes or less about a cartoon blue bird. Choose which bird artwork you like then students simply fill out the dialogue in the different panels.
  • Pixton– on the web and an iOS and Android app to create comics. Has a library of characters, frames, and backgrounds.
  • Book Creator– iOS and Chrome app to create digital books, including comic books. Students can collaborate on a comic. One idea is to create a class comic book and have each student contribute a page.
  • Witty Comics– Great for political cartoons. Simple and easy to use. No registration required.
  • Phrase It– Add speech bubbles to pictures.
  • StoryBoardThat– Create comics or storyboards. Free 14 day trial.
  • Read Write Think Comic Creator– Created for education. Online interactive that ties in learning objectives. No registration required.
  • Write Comics– A simple comic creation tool. No registration required.
  • Buncee– A digital storytelling and presentation web tool and iOS app with comic templates and a library of characters, fonts, stickers, and more!


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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),, and on her blog,, 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

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