Teacher Review For Make Beliefs Comix

Comix allows students to quickly make a comic strip, but there are better tools our there with more creative options.

Andrew T.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
High school social studies students were assigned a concept and asked to create a comic strip to illustrate it. The unit was about the Enlightenment, so topics included such items as liberty, rule of law, separation of powers, freedom of religion, etc. Selected "Calvin and Hobbes" strips were provided to students as samples. Students were also given a list of about 50 quotes from enlightened philosophers. [See: http://andrew-taylor.weebly.com/uploads/1/8/8/6/1886740/7-enlightenment-dbq.pdf] A strip might show a child arguing about being punished by his Mom by saying, "There is no liberty if the judicial power is not separated from the legislative and executive branches (Montesquieu).”
My Take
A paid iOS app ($2.99) Strip Designer is a better alternative if you can access it. It allows students to create a comic book, rather than just one strip. It also offers many more design and art options. Comix is a nice, free entry point, but is limited.