Comic Life and Open Court: Simple Technology, Higher Level Thinking, 21st Century Skills

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see Comic Life examples used with Open Court Reading

 

see general curricular uses of Comic Life

At the second session of Closing the Digital Divide, Integrating Technology in the Open Court Curriculum which I taught at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, we continued our work with Digital Video and Clay Animation. However, I wanted to add a new element to the workshop which was very simple, cross platform, and a link between still images on paper and the potential for moving still images in the clay animation films and some of my classroom films.

I turned to Comic Life which I have used before and is now available for Windows (as a free beta download) as well as Mac.

This is one of the simplest and most elegant pieces of software ever written and it’s inexpensive. Only $30 full price and about $20 at the educational discount.

With this simple program, which has almost no learning curve, teachers created work with great depth and complexity in about half an hour or less. Imagine what students could do? Imagine how this would engage students who are not motivated to write, help students reach higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy than they would staring at a blank page, and teach 21st century skills in the process.

Enough talk, let’s get to the examples. They are linked to on appropriate grade level pages, or you can see all Comic Life examples here.

Special thanks to Cathy Rodriguez and LACOE without whom this workshop would not have been possible.

Please post your questions and comments below.

see Comic Life examples used with Open Court Reading

 

see general curricular uses of Comic Life

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