Mrs Macfadyen and Ms Kane have got 2nd year RE classes retelling the story of the Nativity using Comic Life. This software allows pupils to create their own cartoon strips, complete with frames and speech bubbles.
Each group was given a specific scene to recreate, such as Gabriel appearing to Mary or the escape to Egypt. To help them understand what happened in their scene, pupils were given an information sheet and links to the relevant Bible verses.
Then they were given a Comic Life template to work out a storyboard – a vital planning tool explaining what images and text they wanted to appear in each of the five frames.
Mrs Macfadyen explained that images could be collected in three different ways:
- use the webcam to capture images of themselves in character
- use the webcam to grab an image of their drawings
- use Wikimedia Commons to find licensed pictures
All images taken from Wikimedia Commons are saved, along with the creator’s name, into pupils’ folders. The pictures are dragged onto the frames, and then text and effects are added.
The results so far are excellent and will be published here once they’re completed.