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Comic Life is a firm favourite with many teachers and students alike. You, too, will love the power and ease of use that Comic Life brings to digital storytelling and the many and varied opportunities for storyboarding. It is really a great way of framing events, putting them in a sequence and choosing what the characters say.  

There are lots of ways to use Comic Life in your classrooms:

  • Write and communicate a story using only eight photos
  • Drag and drop’ digital photographs, scanned photographs, drawings and even still video captures into a comic book page template
  • Storyboard ideas in literacy classes
  • Create a book report, using a range of imagery, and ·        
  •  Illustrate a conversation and dialogue in real life scenarios and present in comic book format.  

Storyboarding with Comic Life

  • Ask students to use Comic Life to storyboard a short story.
  • Student could then use MS MovieMaker, or their netbook webcam and Debut, to make their story into a movie. Discuss how closely their movie corresponds with the storyboard.       

Comic Life and History

  • Ask students to use Comic Life to create a timeline outlining the sequence of a key historical event such as the Eureka Stockade.
  • Or ask the students to research an historical event and then create a fiction story and write it up in a graphic novel format.   

Bringing you to life

  • Ask the students to tell the story of their life in a comic book format.
  • Analyse the similarities and differences of events that each child has highlighted.   

Researching and planning

  • After researching a topic, challenge the students to include all the relevant facts and information, to demonstrate their understanding, in a concise manner by using Comic Life.
  • Ask students to begin with a storyboard or planning sheet. After completing their planning sheet, students can then create their comic.    

Graphic representations of literacy analysis

  • Ask students to create a graphic, novel-type book that analyses a book they have read. The students could incorporate voice, tone and literary terms along with photos to develop their analysis of their novel.   

Using Comic Life in Mathematics

  • Ask students to create a page illustrating a range of ways to represent an equivalent fraction.   

Comic Life and the class novel

  • Reading a class novel? Divide the novel in the number of parts equivalent to the number of children in your class. Ask each child to create a Comic Life page that reflects the key themes of their selected section of the novel    
Getting started
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Stories from the classroom

Groups of students from Strathfieldsaye Primary School Grade 6 classes worked together to plan and host this year’s Kids’ Congress– the theme was cyber safety. Here is their story…..

‘To organise Kids’ Congress, we had massive student involvement. Students designed logos and wrote sponsorship letters. We created surveys about what participants wanted to eat and what they thought about the conference and we did lots of work around the theme of cybersafety – we made animations, games and videos. The sessions we offered were: blogs (Lake Boga); animation (Lake Boga); Superclubplus (Quarry Hill); Xtranormal (Quarry Hill); Google Sketchup (Maiden Gully); Comic Life (Girton); Movie Maker /Animation (Strathfieldsaye) ;Game Maker (Strathfieldsaye); podcasting (Epsom); Super Dooper Music Looper (Comet Hill / Eaglehawk); Kahootz (Lockwood); Vokis (Kyabram); Movie Maker/Audacity/Debut (Echuca); Monkey Jam (Talbot); and Gold Star Cafe (Spring Gully).

To be ready to present at the congress, the ‘presenting’ kids got together and had to think through the steps of what they wanted to teach the kids in the breakout groups and how we were going to do it. We made some posters and summary sheets to help us and to keep us on track. We had to plan what we were going to do very carefully. We also had to practise what we were going to do. We practised with some Grade 4 and 5 students from our school….and we weren’t very good the first time! We got better though because we thought about what we did.

We were very good at the conference because we had lots of practise and we were really organised and well prepared. We also prepared food, interviewed students, took photos, and generally helped out at the Congress as well.

There was also a wonderful involvement from teachers. Teachers came along with the students from their schools. They got to watch what the kids were doing and to have a go at the programs too. The teachers thought that it was a great opportunity for them to learn. The kids were teaching the teachers.

We also had secondary teachers come and see what the primary kids could do. They were really happy to see what we were doing. Some of them will have the netbooks next year as part of the trial so it was good for them to see some of the things that we could do. Kids’ Congress 2009 was awesome, interesting and fun! ‘ 

J and M Grade 6 students, Strathfieldsaye Primary School