Comics are a great way to help language learners develop reading and writing skills. The reading is divided into frames with visuals to help provide language learners with context support. Comics are engaging and make the content and characters come alive. Students can create comics to enhance their learning and develop writing skills. Below are our some free web tools and apps your students will enjoy using to create and learn with comics. For ideas on how to effectively use these tools for learning, check out webinar recording on Teaching with Comics. Also, check out our other posts on teaching with comics.
Comic Creation Tools and Apps
- Make Beliefs Comix– over 350 printables in addition to a free iPad app and web tool for creating comics in over 5 languages
- Play Comic– in English and Spanish, play comic games and create comics
- ToonDoo– create comic strips and books online
- Comics Head– iOS and Android app for creating comic strips with drawings, uploaded photos, audio, and a library of characters, scenes, and speech bubbles
- Pixton– iOS and Android app and web tool for creating comic strips with a library of characters, scenes, and speech bubbles
- Friendstrip– iOS and Android app for creating comics on a mobile device with uploaded photos or scenes and characters from the app’s library
- Book Creator– iOS and Android app
- Creaza– create comics online with characters from famous children’s stories and historical characters
- Bubblr– a web tool to add speech bubbles to photos and create a comic book
- Bitstrips– create comics with friends from Facebook or try the school version
- Marvel– create a comic strip or book with famous superheroes
- Write Comics– no registration required. Create comics online with a library of characters and scenes
- Witty Comics– no registration required. Create comics with adult characters and a few scene options
- Garfield– create comics on the web with the Garfield characters
- Phrase It– web tool to add speech bubbles to pictures and stock photos
- StoryBoardThat– create storyboards or comic strips
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