I have a brief lesson I use in 4th grade discussion online bullying and how to react when people make you mad by what they say online. The end result is they create a comic/cartoon on paper giving ways to react when mad. I'd like to do something a bit more creative with it, but not spend a whole lot of time on it either. I'm drawing a blank on Web 2.0 options to do this project.
Any suggestions on a tool to take this to the next level?
Sometime ago I created some tutorials for my online classes using this resource for comic creation: http://comiqs.com/
It's very simple and you can use your own pictures or others from sites like flirck,etc.
I've found another site but I haven't tried it yet. You can create animated comics with sound also: http://goanimate.com/
I hope you find this information useful.
My students enjoy using Pixton. Another option is a Text to Movie website called Xtranormal. Students type in their dialog and the website creates the movie. My kids love it. I believe the free account allows you to use 2 characters.
We are heavy ToonDoo users at our school, staff and students love it. I just came across Pixton in your reply and it looks really good. I will be sure to introduce it to staff and students this coming school year. Thanks!
I agree, Bernadette. Xtranormal will probably be a good intro to programming for young students. though I'm disappointed you can't add the movies to a blog, like the YouTube variety. Tech suggested I simply upload to YouTube and embed from there. Possible, but my school doesn't allow YouTube, which makes this a teacher-centered activity rather than student-centered.
Follow up question - Anyone having trouble recently with Xtranormal? I can't get more than 4 users on at a time, sometimes only 3. The kids get hung on the loading preview screen when trying to create or add to a movie. We've tried for 3 classes - very frustrating!