“Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.” James Bertrand
Chogger is a new website to me and I learned about during a #21stedchat a few weeks ago. I have been ‘playing’ and exploring with it and think it is a great new web tool for the classroom.
Creating comics is engaging and inspires creativity within students. Creating stories in comic board format helps scaffold students. In Chogger, you have 10 layouts/formats to choose from. You can choose to upload pictures from your computer, webcam, draw your own, or google search right inside Chogger. This program is easy to use, and the possibilities are endless. Did I mention it is FREE!
Creating comics also promotes 21st century learning skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration (if they work on the comic with partners or small group.) The best part is you can easily connect many ELA Common Core Standards with Chogger. You can have the students…
- Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson (RL.2 or RI.2)
- Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. (RL.3 or RI.3)
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language. (RL.4 or RI.4)
- Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. (W1)
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. (W2)
- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. (W3)
- Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. (W6)
- Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations. (SI.5)
You can also connect Common Core with Math; as students can create ‘how to comics’ for any topic such as fractions, “How do you add and subtract fractions with like denominators.” If you are in NC, you can also connect the NC Essential Standards for example with Science by having the students create a comic that is about ‘The day in the life of a water droplet’ for the water cycle or any other RAFT activities.
Check out my Chogger Comic here
I am really excited that Chogger is coming out with an educators version! Making it a safer place where students can create web comics, share with their friends, and have fun learning. http://classroomcomics.com. I do wish they had an app! That would make it even better!
Chogger has other great features such as Chog it! Bookmarking to learn more: Click Here
If you have used Chogger in the classroom, I would love to hear how, as I know the possibilities are endless.