How I Use It
I used Make Beliefs Comix as a product choice for a class Decades project with my 5th grade students. The students who used this site found it easy to access (no registration required) and navigate. They were able to easily personalize their comic with different characters, objects, etc. The downside was that the comics are not saved but must be immediately printed or emailed. We chose to email them to me since we wanted digital copies for a movie we were creating. Luckily Make Beliefs Comix emails it directly, not requiring the students to have email.
This site has a lot of other resources (organized by subject/area) that I did not utilize as far as teacher resources and ready-made comics for students to finish. Definitely worth exploring further!
I think this is a great tool to have students create a quick snapshot of what they learned. Since the product itself lends itself to humor I was able to see a different side of some of my students. There are not a ton of personalization options which I happened to like because the focus was still on the content. The largest downside for us was not being able to save it to a folder on the computer.