Wednesday, March 26, 2008

BitStrips

I just discovered Bitstrips. I think I read about it on BoingBoing. I'm not sure how I'd use it in education, but it is fun. Basically you create characters by choosing from a menu of features, or you can use characters that other people have already created. It's kind of like creating a Mii.

Once you have your cast you drop them into a comic strip and give them something to say. You can change their poses and expressions as you go. There is also a limited number of props available to help flesh out your strips. You can also make your stips/characters available for other people to use or re-edit allowing for a collaborative effort.

So far I've just been having fun reenacting some of my morning conversations with our new librarian who usually has a new idea for how we can revolutionize education in our building every day or so.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I just read a post on your blog and thought you might want to know about ToonDoo.

ToonDoo. is a free, online comic strip creator tool that allows you to create your own comic strips, publish and share it with the rest of the world.

Hundreds of teachers worldwide have still gone along and used toondoo with great impact in school, assignment, and presentation environments.

Not just that, it also comes with two cool features for creating your own avatar and uploading your photos and images.

It would be nice if you could review the tool and share your comments.

Thanks for your time.


ToonDude
from ToonDoo

hierospace said...

I also found this on Boing Boing and it was super timely as it is turning out the be the perfect tool for storyboarding with my class. We are preparing for a large video project and they are using Google Docs to to collaborative script writing and then using Bit Strips to do visual composition before they do any rehearsals or shooting. So far, it's working great. They got really excited by the tool and the sharing features and are creating quality, creative visual stories.

Alecia Berman-Dry said...

There are so many neat comic strip creators and it's a wonderful way for kids to connect with their more visual experience of writing. Read Write Think offers one, too:
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/
Thanks for the heads up on BitStrips. The ability to use a mii is neat.

Javed Alam said...

I used it for final evaluation of one of my classes here. It was to end the class on lighter note

Class Evaluation Comic strip