The first tool that I looked at that is new to me is http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/. I think students will really enjoy making their own comics. One way that I could use this is to help students summarize a story, paragraph or chapter of something we read by having their characters talk about it. They could use their comic to compare and contrast books that we’ve read. This would also get them writing as they would have to type speech bubbles for their characters. I think students would find this activity very fun and might not even realize that it’s work and also assessment to see what they retained from the story. This goes along with what Anderson, Grant, Speck (2008), say in that students didn’t mind correcting their mistakes on their emails because they wanted their e-pals to understand what they are writing (p. 29). This shows that when students are doing something they enjoy they will work harder to make it the best it can be.
Anderson, R. S., Grant, M. M., & Speck, B. W. (2008). Technology to teach literacy: a resource for K-8 teachers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall.