World Cup 2014: Brazil!

Here at plasq we are all pretty excited about the FIFA World Cup. It’s crazy. The talk about code and user requests and site updates is paralleled with conversations about the games, what happened with that foul in the opening match, how many goals have already been scored this year. And, of course, we have some good old fashioned rivalries between our little international team. In the end it’s all good fun. So here’s our hat tip to the host country, created in Comic Touch.

World Cup Brazil 2014

 

Farsley Fairfield KS1 students are participating in a really creative project that follows an author during this year’s  FIFA World Cup! Students are creating stories that follow along with chapters posted by Tom Palmer, author of Foul Play: Brazil. Take a look at the project description and see how these students are engaging with international events, critical reading and following their passion!

 

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Click to view Foul Play: Brazil by Tom Palmer

We have read the first chapter of Tom Palmer’s exciting story, ‘Foul play:Brazil.’ we are already gripped and can’t wait to read the next chapter! While the World Cup is on, Tom will write and post a new chapter every day.

We will be following the story closely and we are very lucky because Tom Palmer is actually going to come and visit us for a special reading breakfast on June 30th! We are also going to visit Farsley Library on July 16th for a session based on Tom’s books and to take part in a writing session together.

Here are some of the front covers we designed using the iPad app, Pic Collage, and some back covers with blurb, created using Pic Collage or Comic Life.

 

The Comic Olympics: Sochi 2014

I’m going to go ahead and admit that this post is a little late, but I wanted to make sure that these amazing students get their time in the spotlight.

Fourth Year students create comics featuring their favorite Canadian Olympic Athletes in this year’s Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia. And the results are record breaking! Their task was to research their favorite athlete and then present their findings in a comic form using Comic Life. The comics had to be “interesting and appealing for younger audiences”.

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Athletics Resources

I am always surprised with how many Physical Education comics we see week in and week out. Though I guess I shouldn’t be because those are they are the most active teachers… get it? Most active. Heh.

Aaaaanyway… Take a look at these great photo comics used for education. These were created by teachers around the globe!

There is a bag of resources here for Athletics and Rounders comics.

From PE Scholar – there are several more, high resolution PE images available on their site.

From @MrKnightPE

From Jay Wheeler 

From The Curly Librarian 

From Kate Cooper

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From Ossie Sarkodee

 

From @Unity_PE (created in Comic Touch)

Scripting Comics in the Classroom

We’ve been having deep thoughts about script writing and education in our offices lately, and I wanted to reach out to our community with them.

Comic Life 3 received a major overhaul on several fronts, including the work flow process, which is what I want to discuss today. Here at plasq we do not pretend to be educators, Team Superfly.comiclife SCRIPT EDITORbut we have spent years listening and adapting our apps based on the suggestions and needs of the educators with which we have spoken. One of the requirements we have repeatedly encountered is the need for students to show their process. With Comic Life 3 we tried to build an app that would unobtrusively help display the student’s process by breaking the comic down into distinct segments: script, images and layout.

In Comic Life 3 we built in a Script Editor, a space for students to write and plan their stories before moving on to the layout stage of their comic. We designed the script to be static, which means that once the student has moved into the layout stage of comic creation the script will not dynamically change with edits made in speech balloons on the comic page. We wanted for teachers and students to be able to see how the script may have been revised along the way.

Here’s how we envision the steps:

The script is the first draft of the comic, the framework of the story that the students are building. The images are the next step in the process, where the student fleshes out the storyline with their visual direction. The final revision occurs during the layout process, when the text in the balloons and captions undergoes an editing process to work with the images and page layout.

The line between what an app can possibly be made to do and what would be the most useful for the users is an interesting line to walk. We have our reasons for how Comic Life 3 is structured, but we always appreciate feedback. Get in touch with us through our “What should we write about next?” box below, or email us directly at plasq@plasq.com.

New York Times Comic Life Review!

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this little publication that’s been around a while, The New York Times. They just put out an article about making your own comics, and guess who is at the top of the heap? That’s right, Comic Life! Yeah, baby!

Here are some excerpts from Kit Eaton’s article, Transforming Your Photos Into Comic Strips:

“Of the comic book apps I’ve used, Comic Life, $5 for an iOS version, has the most features and works best on an iPad because of the bigger screen.”

“Because the app relies on your photos to create stories, you don’t need any drawing skills to get a good result.”

“I love the way the app allows you to edit tiny details, from the shape and style of word bubbles to the size and placement of each story cell.”

 

Read the full article on The New York Times site.

This is about how I feel right now:

Jigsaw Learning Resources: Cricket

Michaela Wilkinson -Page_1 a PE Teacher, Netballer and Skier – recently posted a tweet that caught our eye!

Tried @comiclife with the Jigsaw Learning concept for a Cricket lesson focussing on Fielding! #peerteaching ‏by @MWilkinsonPE

We had to reach out to Michaela to find out more.

What is the Jigsaw Learning concept?

Jigsaw Learning is a concept taken from ‘Cooperative Learning’ whereby the students become independent learners and peer teach each other. In their ‘home groups’ they will number
themselves 1-5, and then there will be 5 different work stations where the 1’s will go to station 1, 2’s to station 2 and so on. They will each learn and discover the activity outlined by a resource at their allocated stations, and will then return to their home groups. Almost like a carousel the groups will then rotate around each station, and whoever in the group learnt the station, they will then peer teach their group to understand it too! Discover more about Jigsaw Learning here (PDF).

Sounds like a wonderful learning experience! Why did you decide to use Comic Life as your program of choice to create your cricket lessons? And will you use Comic Life again?

Comic Life is so pleasing to the eye and captures the attention of visual learners! I would definitely use it because of its appearance and also for how user friendly it is!

How do the students respond to resources created with Comic Life?

From my experience the pupils engage with Comic Life resources far more than they have with standard resources created on Word for example!

Wonderful! Thank you Michaela. You can follow Michaela on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MWilkinsonPE

Below are the Jigsaw Learning Resources by Michaela Wilkinson that focus on Cricket fielding created within Comic Life. Happy fielding!

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Flipped Learning Mats

I’ll admit it… This is pilfered from someone else’s blog. Fortunately they don’t seem to mind the idea of shared learning. Thank you to the fantastic folks over at Fulston Manor School! 

Enjoy!

Flipped Learning Mats using Comic Life

Ok, so I’ve been pretty inspired over the past few terms by the amazing @PE4Learning.  So I’ve decided to do what anyone does when they are inspired…STEAL, STEAL, STEAL.What will follow over the coming weeks is a reflection on how my stealing and adapting of the PE4Learning flipped learning mat goes with my year 10s.  

Here is the journey so far:

1.  Bored over the hols so went surfing again through twitter to find something to inspire me…you all know the drill :-)

2.  Hit up PE4Learning’s dropbox of amazing resources (http://www.pe4learning.com/pe4learning-on-dropbox/).  Found the flipped learning mat…gasped…was in awe…then went for the STEAL.

3.  Looked through the Comic Life website ( http://plasq.com/products/comiclife3/win) to learn how I could make it work like PE4Learning did – found it was a free trial and felt bliss.

4.  Spent a total of 2 hours looking for youtube clips to match to our Geography spec (1 mat per topic was my goal) and adapt the template already begun by PE4Learning.  That’s it…2 hours…12 learning mats later: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7bci4y8h3k8zh0s/Xul4gtDvlS

5.  Got to grips with using QR Code generator: http://www.qrstuff.com/; and made jpegs of all the videos I wanted – added these to the mats.

6.  Uploaded the learning mat for Globalisation to Show My Homework…previewed the homework to my year 10s in the lesson before it would be assigned and told them to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to the next lesson so they could get to grips with using the flipped learning mat in my presence…yes I am a control freak, but I’m ok with it.  Out of 27 pupils, 23 brought their own devices and showed me they could use the QR Codes to access the video I wanted them to watch on their devices.  For those 4 who did not bring in devices because they don’t own them or can’t bring into school, I have uploaded a link to the video onto Show My Homework.  For those who can’t access the internet at home, we have a running appointment during the week that homework is due where they have free access to the Geography department computers to be able to complete their work.  All bases covered…let’s see if this produces a homerun!

More to come next week…what happens when you review the flipped learning?

TTFN!

 

May Day Comics!

It’s May Day! And in the Northern Hemisphere we’re gearing up for what we hope will be an amazing spring and summer.

Untitled-2If you have Comic Life 2 or Comic Life 3 you have some pretty cool built in template pages that you can use for seasonal comics. Check out the Built In Conceptual panel layouts in your page layout picker on the right hand side of your screen. You’ll notice two tabs at the bottom “Template Pages” (which has panels, speech balloons and more) and “Panel Layouts” (which has hundreds of image panel layout options).

 

The Panel Layouts make it easy to quickly create a fun May Day comic with your pictures!

 

May Day