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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

Achieving Educational Goals through

Tim Pelton, [email protected]

Leslee Francis Pelton, [email protected]

University of Victoria

outline
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
history of comics
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
history of comics in education
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
why use comics in education
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
why create comics
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…
why use comic life
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
potentials for comics in mathematics and science education
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
contact us
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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