Are you looking for a new digital storytelling tool to spice up a lesson plan or student project? We may have just what you need. Read on to take a look at our favorite free tools and apps.
Students can choose from thousands of backgrounds, characters, and props to customize their comics. However, it won't take your budding artists forever to finish their creations because the pre-designed templates available make it simple to finalize each comic in a timely manner.
Outside of student projects, you could even create your own comic summarizing an important classroom policy, or outlining the details of an upcoming lesson. Students will appreciate the visual elements of the lesson and pay better attention, making it more likely they'll remember your message later on.
No matter how you end up using collages in your classroom, make sure to put them up on display for your school's next open house. Parents will love looking at all of the things you're engaging students with on a daily basis.
I encourage you to take a look at Animoto for Education to see how other educators are currently using this tool. Take the time to watch an example video or two; you'll likely find it inspiring!
Which of these tools are you planning on using first? Let us know how you like to create digital stories in your classroom — please leave a comment on this article below.
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.