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Create Comicstrips online

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I came across a video today that got me interested in creating comics online, and how it can be used to interest children in literacy.

I’ll mention a couple of sites that provide the facility, though there are several others.

I’ve picked on Bitstrips

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and Pixton (click below to view video)

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because they have on open version, but also a (pay for) secure school version that can be used within classrooms; Bitstrips for Schools

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and Pixton fo Schools.

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Both are quite intuitive to get started with, if after a bit of playing around. There’s lots of control over the characters, both body and facial expressions, and you can design your own.

In addition there’s a collaborative element to many of these services, where for example you are able to mix and remix the comics.

Pixton has a very nice Safety Tips section, helping to ensure that the site is safe for children’s uses, with parent supervision.

And here is the video of how Bitstrips is used in class and what children think about its use:

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October 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Artcyclopedia – fine art search engine

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Artcyclopedia is a site that allows you to search through thousands of artists to find links to museums, image archives, books, etc. to find out more about the artists, to view images of their works, etc.

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September 19, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Crayola art resources

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Crayola is perhaps best known for making crayons. But their website has some great resources and ideas to help with your kids creative side. There is ‘fun and games’ where kids can drag and drop elements onto a ‘page’ and then print it out for colouring, as well as other stuff.

However, I want to specifically concentrate on two zones, namely ‘for educators’ and ‘for parents’.

The ‘for eductors’ has lesson plans via a search option to enable structured art working. I particularly found the Art Tips and Techniques section in Resources useful.

And ‘for parents’ there are lists of arts and crafts you can try out with your children; colouring activities to do, wordsearches, cursive writing practise sheets to print off, and lots more.

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The site is well worth a visit, either the US site (.com) or other countries, including the UK site (.co.uk).

Art history

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Smarthistory is an interesting site (historically categorized into different periods) that not only displays images of over 200 art works, but have well informed, engaging discussions as embedded audio.

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August 5, 2009 at 7:43 pm