PRESENTING IN THE CLASSROOM: Bitstrips and Comic Life

Bitstrips - A wonderful WEB TOOL for creating comics
Visit the site
http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/

Activating your Account
  • go to www.bitstripsforschools.comin any web-browser
  • click on link "Ontario Teachers - Activate your account"
  • Select school board and school from drop down list
  • enter work email address (needs to end with granderie.ca)
  • fill out the form requesting your name and email and choose a password
  • click on "sign up now" button
OSAPAC Info:
http://www.osapac.org/db/view_software.php?id=432


Comic Life - A wonderful SOFTWARE PROGRAM for creating comics

Located on our Network and on your Netbook

Comic Life lets you create comics, picture albums, how-to, etc. The easy-to-useinterface integrates seamlessly with a photo collection. Drag in your pictures, captions, lettering text (‘ka-blam!') and speech balloons and more. You can even use a webcam within Comic Life to make a comic on the spot.

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

OSAPAC Info:
Great guides on Resource tab
http://www.osapac.org/db/view_software.php?id=430

More on Comic Life - Comic Life in Eduction (particularly like the section on sourcing images)
http://comiclife.com/education


Comic Life vs. Bitstrips (Strengths & Weaknesses - My Opinion)


Comic Life

STRENGTHS
  • perfect for organizing and manipulating layouts (your perfect graphic organizer)
  • text features are wonderful and easily manipulated
  • great for multiple page projects and assignments
WEAKNESSES
  • no clip-art or characters to use (all pictures need to be captured or imported)
  • stored locally and limited home access

Bitstrips

STRENGTHS
  • work and edit anywhere (with web access)
  • many characters and props to chose from
  • share and receive feedback from others
WEAKNESSES
  • frames are difficult to re-size and manipulate
  • completely web-based (reliable connection required)

EXAMPLE PROJECT IDEAS

Page_1.jpg


example_of_bitstrips_in_the_History_Classroom.png