I am really enjoying http://www.bitstripsforschools.com and am currently working on two different projects with both my Grade 10 Locally Developed History class and my Consumer Design Students. As the Position of Responsibility for the Arts, one would assume that I have some sort of ability to draw. This couldn't be farther from the truth. My artistic abilities lie in other mediums, mostly notably Photography. The great thing, is like most students, I ache for other ways to demonstrate my creativity and understanding, and that's why Bitstrips is such an AMAZING tool for students (and teachers) to use. Heck, I even created my first cartoon (posted above).
Having each of my students make their own avatar (which is similar process to making a Mii on the Wii), instantly hooks them. There is so much laughter and giggling in the room it is infectious. It also gives most students the self-esteem necessary to take a few risks and produce some fascinating comic creations. This tool can be used with great success in ANY classroom, and my hope is that more teachers will take advantage of it and turn their kids on to the world of comics.
secondary school teacher, amateur photographer, movie buff, computer nerd .