Teacher Review For Comic Life

Comic Life is a fun tool for students that has many uses beyond simply making comics.

Kris H.
Instructional Technology Specialist
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, PA
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My Grades 12
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Comic Life is currently in it's third version. I have used Comic Life with students in the obvious way of having them create a "traditional" comic and it was generally easy for them to pick up and the results were very professional-looking. The students have quite a few choices with templates, fonts, and other elements associated with comics. Where Comic Life really exceeds expectations is when it comes to flexibility. I have used Comic Life and the iPad version of Comic Life to create an print full size posters that looked amazing! Additionally our students who produce our schools morning news program regularly use Comic Life to quickly create graphics because of the ease of use. Students don't have to learn Photoshop, nor do we need to buy Photoshop for our students to create professional-looking graphics. If you are a more advanced user you will appreciate that you can create an .png in Comic Life with a transparent background that can easily be added into most video editors.
My Take
I am a huge fan of Comic Life. I have it on my students' computers, my school computer, my personal computer and my iPad. Once you understand the power of Comic Life you will find lots of opportunities to use it ways you did not anticipate when you purchased it. The only suggestions I would make to Plasq (the company behind Comic Life) is to offer more templates in the future.