Jazz up your homework with Stripgenerator

Homework is often quoted as one of the least favourite tasks a child can look forward to. In my view, it has an invaluable role in consolidating knowledge acquired in the classroom but it does not have to be the dull and repetitive task it often becomes in the eyes of our students. There is an alternative
Stripgenerator is one of the most intuitive cartoon strip generators currently available.

Its simple drag and drop interface ensures that both teachers and students immediately grasp the basic skills necessary to begin to effortlessly produce professional looking cartoon strips.

In the example below, one of over twenty cartoon strips delivered by my Year 10 class as homework,  Stripgenerator has been used to develop the topic Los jóvenes y la tecnología – Young people and technology – and to assess my students’ recent vocabulary acquisition and understanding of the different strategies we have been working on to produce the more complex and sophisticated language necessary to both sound more authentic and excel in public examinations.

Stripgenerator lends itself to the development of language – add speech bubbles under the Text tab – in a variety of topics, as its Characters and Items tabs are populated by an assortment of people, creatures and props which can easily be dragged onto the canvas to create simple yet effective scenes and situations.

I personally rather like the stark, black and white standard theme pack because students can then focus their efforts on linguistic content. Its simplicity also appeals to my sense of style and I look forward to printing the strips all the cartoon strips to update the wall displays in my classroom.

Cartoon strips can also be published and shared on the usual social networking sites and embed codes for classroom blogs and wikis are automatically provided.

Homework is often quoted as one of the least favourite tasks a child can look forward to. In my view, it has an invaluable role in consolidating knowledge acquired in the classroom (and, more and more these days, beyond) but it does not have to be the dull and repetitive task it often becomes in the eyes of our students. There is an alternative.

Would you not prefer it if your students actually looked forward to their homework? Would your students not prefer it if you set them academically challenging yet enjoyable and creative projects?

Stripgenerator is a free web application with some premium features. The work displayed here has been produced using the free, basic features.

As ever, your thoughts, comments and recommendations of your own are always very welcome.

 

José Picardo

José is Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School and a Fellow at Naace. He is interested in improving education and the way technology can be used to enhance and transform teaching and learning. José has been curating Box of Tricks since 2007 and holds a MA in ICT and Education.

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