Since I seem to be technologically deficit, I have been really working on spending more time learning about various tech tools and apps that could benefit me in my future classroom. Like most people, I do have a Facebook account and a Snapchat account. I think it will probably be helpful for me to remember that I didn’t learn how to use Facebook or Snapchat overnight…it took time. In addition to trying Piktochart and Canva for making different kinds of posters and graphics, I decided to spend some time trying out some of the comic strip/animation programs. After reading the article about this variety of apps, I chose to try an app called Comic Strip Creator that can be found in Google Play Store. The comic strip you see above is what I was able to create there. This is a very basic app. You can change characters and text box shapes but your choices are very limited. For me, this was a good starting place.
Next, I set up an account on Bitmoji.com and created a bitmoji of myself. I found this app extremely easy to use because all you have to do is change the characteristics of the emoji to match whomever you want to portray and the app makes different “stickers” for you with that emoji. It allows you to try out different hairstyles, hair colors, eye colors, skin colors and even outfits to create your character and then it places your character in a certain position and adds text. I’ve added some examples of my bitmoji below.
After playing around on these programs for several hours, I decided to step it up a bit and try Pixton despite the fact that it is known to be a bit harder to use than some of the other comic strip creator programs. On Pixton.com you can add as many panels as you want in order to make your comic strip. Additionally, it gives you many options for backgrounds and for characters. Like bitmoji, you can adjust the characteristics of each character and their outfits. However, Pixton is more advanced in that you can choose the body position of the characters as well as their expressions. I had trouble aligning the text bubbles with the characters and could not seem to fix this problem unfortunately. Although I had some trouble with a few areas on this program, I did enjoy creating comic strips with it. One other downfall I discovered is that you cannot download your comic strips unless you pay to upgrade, which I chose not to do. I was able to copy a link to embed here in order to share my creation.