Comic Life

Comic Life is software that is available for both PC and MAC.  It allows you to use pictures/images to  easily create a comic strip that includes a comic layout, speech bubbles, and text boxes.  This program is so simple to use.  If you are able to ‘drag comic_life-769919and drop’ then you will be able to create a comic using Comic Life.  Check out some examples.

First, you will need to add a template to the blank page.  Choose from the template library.  Next, you will need to add pictures to the template.  Use the finder to locate your saved photos/images.  Then you just have to drag and drop them into the picture boxes.  You can change the style of the picture as well!  You will want to lock your picture boxes in place.  To do this, right click on the image and choose lock . Then you are ready to add speech bubbles and text boxes.  Use the lettering to add fun titles.  Remember that you can change the style of the speech bubbles, textboxes, and lettering by selecting ‘style’ on the toolbar.  When you have finished your comic be sure to save it in a format other than just a comic document.  To do this, go to File>Print>PDF  You will see several different formats to choose from.  Comics can then be added to your blog, Prezis or other documents.

Teachers at ISM are able to get a copy of Comic Life on their home computer for planning purposes.  Please contact me, for further information on getting your own copy of Comic Life or if you have any questions about using Comic Life.

iLife PD Session: iMovie, GarageBand, iPhoto

As was mentioned in the tech session for iLife yesterday, the goal was to push the WOW factor of what iLife can do, while introducing what is possible with our new Macs on campus. There wasn’t much time for playing, so there will be follow-up training sessions in the upcoming weeks pertaining to using these applications. If you were unable to attend the iLife sessions, this would be a great time to become familiar with these powerfully creative tools!

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In the meantime, if you wish to play around with iPhoto, iMovie, or GarageBand, simply boot up to the Mac side (as soon as you turn on the computer, hold down the “alt” button for 10 seconds), and you’ll see the these three applications in the ‘dock’ at the bottom of the screen.

iLife Icons

And for those of you who feel daunted by the thought of using a Mac, or who would appreciate a refresh on navigating your way around a Mac, Brandon will be offering sessions and assistance for this as well.

As was also mentioned in the iLife session, approximately 35 video tutorials pertaining to iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand have been recorded and will be available on the server (the location has not yet been determined), OR you can drop by room 1086 anytime after school to copy them to your USB. These tutorials cover the basics of all three applications and are excellent resources for getting the feel for iLife.

If you have any Mac-related questions don’t hesitate to ask me (Brandon) or drop me an email:

WordPress Training

Brandon Hoover will be giving training sessions for WordPress in High School starting Thursday and continuing all of next week.

Sign up sheets will be posted on the first floor of the faculty after today’s meeting in the AMR.

Sessions are available the first three periods of the day and will take place in Room 1086.