This week we review the tool Make Beliefs Comix.
Make Beliefs Comix, which is created by Bill Zimmerman, is a simple tool to create your own comic strips.
Why we like Make Beliefs Comix:
- It is free
- No login is required
- It is web based and can be used on Mac/PC
- You can upload screenshots of your comic to your blog or website
- Students can be creative with this tool
- It is very easy to use
- It can be used by students of all ages and in all subject areas
- Comics can be written in languages other than English, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Latin and Portuguese.
How to use Make Beliefs Comix:
Demonstration courtesy of Make Beliefs Comix.
2. Write the title of the comic in the box and add your name. In the bottom right hand corner, you can choose whether you want your comic to have two panels, three panels or four panels.
3. Choose a character and emotion.
4. Add speech and thoughts.
5. Add more characters, conversation and coloured backgrounds.
6. Add objects and panel prompts.
7. When you are finished, press next at the end of your comic.
7. You can’t save your work but you can review it, print it or email it. You can also take a screenshot of the comic as a way to save your work. Snipping Tool is an easy way to do this if you use Windows 7.
Using Make Beliefs Comix in the Classroom:
Here are some examples.
Here is a guide from the Make Beliefs Comix website with 21 ideas for using this tool in the classroom.
How else could you use Make Beliefs Comix in the classroom? Have you tried it? Leave a comment and let us know!
Tip: click on the title of this post and scroll down to find the comment box.
Good luck using Make Beliefs Comix and look out for the next edition of Tech Tools for Teachers in two weeks.
Simon, Kathleen and Matt
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