Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Comics: Action!

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Explore and create : Playground

This is presentation 2 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  

Digital storytelling with comics can be as simple as one, two, three! Together we'll create a one- to three-panel comic focusing on how to maximize minimal text, speech bubbles, imagery and color to help tell the story. We will use Google Slides, PowerPoint or Wixie.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Docs (Slides)
Wixie (accounts will be available during session)
*Other tools will be shared for participants next steps. You only need one of the first three for this particular session.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
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 communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Together we'll create a 1-3 panel comic focusing on how to maximize minimal text, speech bubbles, imagery and use of color can help with telling the story. We will model and then have hands on time each step of the way. Lessons for integration and tool suggestions will be shared.


I. Refer to Character Scrapbook from previous playground session (not necessary for this session)
II. Add a character
A. Facial Expression
B. Stance
C. Markings.
III. Speech Bubbles
A. Physical structure
B. Color
IV. Images
A. Minimal
B. Extravagant
V. Color
A. Choices
B. Filters
VI. Create a 1 to 3 page panel

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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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