The Changing Spaces of Reading and Writing

Communicative Language Cartoon by Dilip Verma

Hello my friends,

I have had the idea of making cartoons to create communication in the foreign language classroom, but though I had searched the Net, I hadn’t found anything suitable. Well, from the great site Cogdogroo: 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story (http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/StoryTools#toc33), I got on to PikiStrips (http://www.comeeko.com/”>http://www.comeeko.com/)

It actually took me a long time to make the comic, first taking the pictures and then figuring out how to work the software. The program is pretty cool, but it has a few bugs; plus it doesn’t give much flexibility with the layout. Nevertheless, I am happy with the results (except for the photo on page 2 that is rotated 90º; I can’t fix it, so never mind).

The idea was to make a comic with photos and bubbles instead of words so that students create their own dialogues. Of course, the next step would be to have the students create their own comics and then switch them around, so each group got another group’s comic.

This is the first page of the three that make up the complete story:
Mid Morning Munchies

They look a lot better if you download them, as the images are much bigger.

You can find page 1 at: http://www.comeeko.com/ps/gallery/view_image/33124353

You can find page 2 at:
http://www.comeeko.com/ps/gallery/view_image/33124943

You can find page 3 at: http://www.comeeko.com/ps/gallery/view_image/33125163

There is a button on the page to download the image. I hope you enjoy the story.
Dilip

2 comments


1 Ryan Bartlett { 11.25.09 at 1:27 pm }

Nice work, Dilip. I like how you plan to use it in forward and reverse.

Check out http://www.toondoo.com/

It’s a free online tool that lets you create cartoons, comic strips, etc. It sounds a bit more user friendly than what you were using.

The more tools in the belt, the better.

Cheers,
Ryan


2 Clare Roche { 11.26.09 at 6:28 pm }

I tried the http//www.toondoo.com/ and it is so fast. I tried a quick exercise for past and it took seconds.
http://www.toondoo.com/View.toon?param=1181794

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