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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


and Pixton (click below to view video)

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


and Pixton fo Schools.


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:


Written by markuos

October 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Storybird – create books or read others

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Storybirds are short books you can create online using the beautiful illustrations that are available from a collection of illustrators. You also have access to storybirds others have created on the site. The books are nice and simply designed, giving then a very pleasing appearance.

There are a number of things you can do with storybird. Create books to read to your children, create stories to give your children reading practise if they are learning to read, or what about tapping into their imagination and helping them to create their own books.

There is a useful introductory video about Storybird available.


Written by markuos

September 14, 2009 at 7:39 pm