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Classroom-Friendly Websites and Apps for Making Comics

Anybody -- from preschool to high school -- can be a comic book creator with these tools that help students make sequential art. You'll notice that some of these tools are designed specifically with comic creation in mind, while others, many of which are tuned to older kids' needs, lack comic-specific scaffolding and instruction, but can be used to make more professional level creations.

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Draw and Tell - by Duck Duck Moose

Kids' drawings come alive with stickers, color, and voice recordings

Bottom line: Lots of art tools and voice recording help kids unleash their visual and verbal storytelling.

Superhero Comic Book Maker - by Duck Duck Moose

Leap tall buildings with creative audio and visual storytelling

Bottom line: Kids create comic book-style stories and color pages on this easy app.


Popular comic creation tool well-tuned to classrooms

Bottom line: Students will be motivated to share subject knowledge using the fun language of comics.

Halftone 2 – Comic Book Creator

Simple comic creator makes building stories fun

Bottom line: This simple tool for creating comics is a fun option for a range of class projects.

Seedling Comic Studio

Showcase student work through photo-based comic strips

Bottom line: Creative options are endless and inspiration abounds -- just do your best to keep your creations organized.

Comic Life

Creative tool for visual storytelling through comics

Bottom line: Comic Life can help kids express themselves; but to learn about design, effective writing, and storytelling, they'll need adult input.

Make Beliefs Comix

Comic creation tool has wealth of resources, busy design

Bottom line: While it feels a little dated and disorganized, Make Beliefs Comix retains its just charm and can promote creativity and self-expression.

Paper by FiftyThree

Beautifully designed digital sketchbook for any age

Bottom line: The simplicity and effectiveness of the app make this a powerful sketch and note-taking tool for the iPad.

Sketchbook Express

Creation tools hook kids, connect them with global community of artists

Bottom line: Solid resource encourages students to get creative in the classroom.

Animation & Drawing by Do Ink

One-stop animation tool for beginners through experts

Bottom line: Accessible entry into animation for beginning students, but with enough depth to satisfy more advanced artists.

Strip Designer

Easy and fun way to create personalized, comic-book-style stories

Bottom line: Strip Designer is a versatile media-creation tool that can support a range of learning goals for any subject of interest.

Storyboard That

Engage kids with basic but versatile storytelling tool

Bottom line: Though it isn't loaded with special features, there's enough going on here to provide learning for kids of all ages.


Build slick, engaging whiteboard animations with Web-based tool

Bottom line: A stellar -- if somewhat pricey -- creation tool for the classroom.

Animoto Video Slideshow Maker

Slick video slide-show tool lets kids tell stories and share them

Bottom line: Anything that happens during school can be turned into an engaging video slide show.

Autodesk Sketchbook

Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art

Bottom line: Gives students easy access to professional tools for creating digital art.


Liven up communication with cartoon-style custom avatars

Bottom line: Not necessarily a tool designed with education in mind, but tons of possible -- and fun -- classroom uses for creative teachers.

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