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Comics: The Drawing Board

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Explore and create : Playground

This is presentation 1 of 3, at station "Get Creative with Comics and Animations for StoryTelling" within the playground "Digital StoryTelling Playground Bits & Bytes: Powerful Mini Activities to Engage Students"; scroll down to see more details.

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Danielle Abernethy  

Gather your ideas and start planning your comic using a Character Scrapbook. In this 20-minute session we'll review setting and character, use draw tools to create our characters and map details we will need for our future comic. Walk away with a Character Scrapbook and suggested resources.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants will need to be able to create in Google Slides or download a file and open in PowerPoint. The file is a character scrapbook to help us plan/storyboard our future comics. Those that are interested in using Wixie will be offered a trial account with the file.
Other tools for creating the comics will be mentioned.
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this playground session we will create a character scrapbook using Google Slides (or PowerPoint). The presenter will share a step and have the participants create along the way. The scrapbook has various pages for development and planning. When finished with this session, the participants will be ready to create a beginner level comic related to their curriculum.


In this playground session we will create a character scrapbook using Google Slides (or PowerPoint)

I. The purpose of the Character Scrapbook
II. How to open the scrapbook
Participants will be given a link for the scrapbook file to use in the following programs:
A. Google Slides
B. PowerPoint
C. Wixie (accounts will be available for those that want to experience Wixie)
III. Character Development
Participants will use the character page to design a character.
A. Physical
B. Text to share details
IV. Setting
A. Images
B. Written description
V. Details that matter
VI. How to use the scrapbook, next steps

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Danielle Abernethy, Private Contractor

Danielle's passion for educational technology began in 1997 when all she had access to was a computer in a closet of the media center with Internet. As a former technology coach, DEN STAR, DEN Leader and member of other educational organizations, she has learned the power of networking. Danielle collaborates with Heather on various classroom activities throughout the year. She has presented at FETC, SCEDTech, GAETC, and ISTE. Danielle is also an executive member of the Digital Storytelling Network of ISTE.

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