Creating a comic strip can be a great way to get students to start writing. When I taught social studies I had students create comic strips based on historical events. When I taught language arts I had students make comic strips to summarize key points The Odyssey and Romeo & Juliet. If you want to have your students try making comics, here are three online tools that I’ve used extensively and recommend to others.
Make Beliefs Comix
Make Beliefs Comix is a free service for creating online comic strips. It doesn’t have the most features that you’ll find in an online comic strip tool, but it does have all of the features that the vast majority of students need. Make Beliefs Comix provides a simple interface that lets students search for and add drawings to comic strip frames. Most importantly, Make Beliefs Comix offers support for writing in eleven languages. Registration is not required in order to use Make Beliefs Comix. Watch my tutorial below to see how it works.
Storyboard That offers an education product that allows you to create an online classroom in which you give assignments to students to complete using Storyboard That’s comic strip or storyboard tools. In addition to distributing and viewing assignments in Storyboard That classrooms, you can create templates for your students to follow. My introduction to Storyboard That is embedded below.
Google Slides doesn’t have a comic strip template, but it’s easy to make one with it. Check out my video below to learn how to make comic strips with Google Slides.
There are other tools out there that I’ve tried and used at various times for making comic strips. The ones listed above are the ones I’ve used the most. Some other tools you might consider using to make comic strips include Pixton, Book Creator, Write Reader, and good ol’ PowerPoint.