Beyond Classroom Tech Tips…

June 21, 2007

Digital Storytelling with Comic Life and VoiceThread

Filed under: digital photography,Digital Storytelling,Speaking — Donna DesRoches @ 5:36 pm

Recently the Arts Ed Consultant, the Language and Literacy and the Learning (Computer) Resources Consultant partnered with a grade 2 teacher at Lawrence school to work on a collaborative writing project using Comic Life. The students created a storyboard in which they outlined the characters, plot, photos and text they wanted to include. Cameras were provided to each group and they carefully planned and shot each photo. After a brief overview of the program the students created their comic book story. When the stories were finished the students read them to the kindergarten students.

Many, many thanks to Craig Wilkinson, the Living Sky IT technician who installed the Beta version of Comic Life on the server, facilitated a process for downloading photos in a thin client system and just generally made everything work seamlessly!

Below is an overview of the project using VoiceThread which not only provide some images of the project but allows the students and teachers to comment on the project.

I was disappointed to find that I could not embed the voicethread in my WordPress blog so please to the Living Sky Consultants’ collaborative page, Imagine This, and view the project and listen to the students and teacher’s comments.

I have left comments open for now so please feel free to add a comment about the student work… you will need a mic and a log-in to VoiceThread.


 VoiceThreads offers a simple description of how it can be used in the classroom….

VoiceThread allows every child in a class to record audio commentary about the ideas and experiences that are important to them. Whether an event, a project, or a milestone, children can tell their story in their own voice, and then share it with the world. For teachers, VoiceThreads offer a single vessel to capture and then share all the diverse personalities of an entire class.

 Global Warming is an example of a student project using VoiceThread….. an excellent example of focusing on the speaking strand in the Saskatchewan curriculum.  Take the time to explore it and see how it could be used in your classroom.



  1. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but plasq has a beta of Comic Life for Windows. I’m not sure when the full release is coming out.

    Comment by rjw — June 22, 2007 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Rob,

    Yes… we downloaded the Beta version onto the windows terminal server. It worked very well and I am eagerly waiting for the full release sometime in July, I believe.

    Comment by Donna DesRoches — June 22, 2007 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for the tip on VoiceThread… I love it and think it has great potential for the classroom!

    Comment by Shawn Brandt — July 19, 2007 @ 3:47 am | Reply

  4. Comic Life for Windows is now out of beta and fully available. You can download it here

    Comment by Brian Caldwell — October 23, 2007 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  5. […] classes. The two applications are going to work beautifully together at Adult Ed. as well! See Donna DesRoches’ blog post about how they’ve integrated the two applications while working with a group of grade 2 students […]

    Pingback by VoiceThreads - A Multi-media Sharing Site « LifelongLearner Rhonda’s Weblog — November 1, 2008 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  6. Great blog, Donna! I’m going to look into the VoiceThread and Comic Life right away. Was it difficult getting permission from parents to post children’s photos and voices?

    Comment by mfurgiuele — December 17, 2008 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

  7. Hi there!

    I am a teacher in New Zealand and I use Voice Thread for oral language aspect of our literacy programme. Children love having their voice recorded and the Voice Threads are then embedded on my class blog for people to enjoy.


    Comment by Jenny — December 20, 2008 @ 2:03 am | Reply

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