20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning
There are so many good free tools for creating comics and cartoons on the web, as well as apps for tablets and smartphones. I’ve built out a list of fun tools I am looking forward to trying out over the upcoming holiday break. I can’t wait to brainstorm creative ways to leverage these in lessons!
Note that some of these tools offer very different types of functionality. It’s important to explore them yourself before introducing them students.
Web Apps for Cartooning and Comic Creation
ToonDoo: “Fastest Way to Create Comic Strips and Cartoons”:www.toondoo.com
Make Belief Comics: www.makebeliefscomix.com/comix (you don’t even have to create an account to use this)
Create Your Own Comic from Marvel:marvel.com/games/play/34/create_your_own_comic
Comic Creator from Read Write Think:www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic
Strip Creator: www.stripcreator.com
Strip Generator: stripgenerator.com/strip/create
Write Comics: writecomics.com
Cambridge English Online’s Cartoon Creator:cambridgeenglishonline.com/Cartoon_Maker
Cartoonize Your Pet! www.cartoonizemypet.com
“LOL” Builder: builder.cheezburger.com/builder/rage
iPad and Android Apps for Making Comics and Cartoons
Comic Touch 2 (iOS): itunes.apple.com/app/comic-touch-2/id692819867?mt=8
DoInk (iOS): www.doink.com
Comic Puppets Lite (Android):play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.touchmultimedia.comicpuppetsfree
Marvel Comics: (Android): play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marvel.comics
Draw Anime – Manga Tutorials (Android):play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mangatutorial.drawanime
A Few Important Things to Keep in Mind When Using Comic and Cartoon Creation Tools in the Classroom
- Try a few tools yourself and find those you think will work best in your classroom
- Make sure that the app(s) you select actually work in your classroom (they are not blocked, for example)
- Watch out for inappropriate content created by other users
So there you go … now start clicking and using your imagination to have some fun with the cool tools! If you have some experience with these or similar apps in the classroom, we hope you will comment and tell us about it.
About Kelly Walsh
Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer and a faculty member at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshopsonline. His latest eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).