Yes, you read the title right!! Comics – dismissed as cheap thrills for young minds and as material for those who can’t read literary classics are changing the way modern education is perceived and administered in classrooms around the world.
Do you remember the first comic book you read? Was it a Batman or Superman comic? Or if you grew up in India was it an Amar Chitra Katha classic of any of our rich mythological tales or a ‘Tinkle’ magazine? Comics are an important part of growing up. They offer the right transition from picture books to something bit more layered and informative but still retaining images and art-work to hold the attention of young readers.
Countries like France and Belgium have a rich legacy of comic books that go beyond the run-of-the-mill superhero comics. Asterix, Tintin, Lucky Luke, Iznogoud, Valerian and Laureline, Blake and Mortimer; these are all classics of the Franco-Belgian school of comics. In the years gone by, comics were frowned upon in the classroom and the focus was more on reading abridged versions of classics of literature. Things are changing, as the attention span of young learners is at its lowest and the number of distractions preventing them from focusing on studies is at an all-time high.
Teachers in the classroom have to be extremely proactive and take steps to make their lessons interesting and interactive and inspire children to study. Just drawing on the blackboard or reading out aloud in class or working out Maths problems on the board are not going to be enough. A great way to involve students in class would be to use comics and animated videos in the classroom.
Plotagon – The Animated Storytelling App
Plotagon is an award-winning app that lets users, be it teachers or student to create interesting animated stories. With an easy to use interface and available as an app across operating systems, Plotagon helps users add script, characters and voice to create stories that are fun, interesting and engaging.
Imagine the possibilities that are on offer for teachers. A history lesson, need not just remain a boring monologue, it can be a video of interesting characters and sequences that narrate incidents from the past. A science experiment can be demonstrated by a video. A short story in English class can be made into a short-animated film with the characters taking the narrative forward. Students can also submit assignments in the form of animated stories that they can create with ease using Plotagon. Make education interactive, engaging and interactive using animated cartoons and comics in your classroom.
If you would like to use Plotagon at your institution, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.