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Monday, January 26, 2009

Make Beliefs - Multilingual Comic Strip Creation

Make Beliefs is a free comic strip creation tool that provides students with a variety of templates, characters, and prompts for building their own comic strips. Make Beliefs provides students with a pre-drawn characters and dialogue boxes which they can insert into each box of their comic strip. The editing options allow users the flexibility to alter the size of each character and dialogue bubble, bring elements forward within each box, and alter the sequence of each box in the comic strip. Students that have trouble starting a story can access writing prompts through make beliefs. Most impressively, Make Beliefs allows users to write their comic strip's dialogue in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portugese, or Latin.

Applications for Education
Make Beliefs, like other comic strip creation tools, provides teachers with way to get students to write in a manner that doesn't feel like a traditional
writing assignment. The option to create comic strips in seven different languages makes Make Beliefs useful for foreign language teachers as well as ESL/EFL teachers.

Here are some additional comic creation tools that you might consider using in your classroom.
Be Funky - Create Comic Strips from Photographs
Comiqs - Create Comics to Play as Slideshows
Pikikids - Comics Creation for Kids