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Achieving Educational Goals through. Tim Pelton, [email protected] Leslee Francis Pelton, [email protected] University of Victoria. Outline. History of comics History of comics in Education Why use comics in Education? Why create comics? Why use Comic Life?

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Achieving Educational Goals through

Tim Pelton, [email protected]

Leslee Francis Pelton, [email protected]

University of Victoria


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Outline

  • History of comics

  • History of comics in Education

  • Why use comics in Education?

  • Why create comics?

  • Why use Comic Life?

  • Potentials for comics in mathematics

  • Demonstration, Practice


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History of Comics

  • Prehistoric art

  • Egyptian Hieroglyphics

  • Marble Friezes e.g., Parthenon

  • Systine Chapel

  • Satirical/Editorial 1754

  • Yellow Kid, Outcault 1895

  • Superman 1938, Shuster & Siegel

  • More info: www.comic-art.com


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History of Comics in Education

  • Examined critically after the introduction of comic books - >100 papers between 1935 and 1945

  • “There is hardly a subject that does not lend itself to presentation through this medium.” Gruenberg, 1944

  • “Comics impede reading comprehension, imagination, and cause eyestrain.” Rosencran

  • “The Seduction of the Innocent” Wertham, 1954…”Comics are bad for children”…

  • 1995-2005 teaching through comics…Physics, ESL, literature, history, math

  • More info: www.humblecomics.com


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Why use Comics in Education?

  • Motivating for students

    • engaging, authentic, satisfying

  • Self-paced consumption

    • time-linked but not time-bound

  • More efficient communication

    • use images to provide background and context

  • Flexible – real/imaginary, simple/complex

  • Support visual learners – comprehension

  • Reduce cognitive load – scaffolding


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Why Create Comics?

  • Build communication skills

  • Represent ideas visually too

  • Scaffold writing skills

  • Lighten the load to create meaningful stories

  • Motivate - achievable goal

  • Motivate - cool!

  • Downside - intensive effort required

    • drawing skills may be limited

    • neatness, handwriting and spelling…


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Why use Comic Life?

  • All the benefits of comics generally…

  • Simple to use

    • low threshold and low friction software

  • No drawing skills required

    • Allows for comic creation with photos

  • Success

    • Spelling, handwriting and neatness are no longer barriers

    • Learning artifacts to be proud of

  • www.plasq.com


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Potentials for comics in Mathematics and Science Education

  • Introduce an authentic problem

  • Explain a concept

  • Demonstrate a process

  • Generalize an observation

  • Share discoveries

  • Communicate understanding

  • Record experiences


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Contact us

We would be happy to work with teachers and schools in exploring the potentials of this technology further.

Tim Pelton, [email protected]

Leslee Francis Pelton, [email protected]


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