What is it?
Created by The Other Dingo (awesome name!), Strip Yourself is a new app that turns photos taken with an iOS device into individual comic book frames. At this point (first version released just two weeks ago) the app is very simple—take one pic at a time, choose a speech bubble, type in the desired text, and save to the camera roll. There are no options for different photo effects, themes, or fonts, but this simplicity is actually refreshing. It keeps students from getting bogged down in stylistic choices, so they can focus on fashioning and arranging the subjects of the photos rather than tinkering too long with special effects. (As a teacher, I've seen students spend 30 minutes choosing colors, themes and fonts for a presentation that's due in only an hour's time, resulting in a lovely presentation wholly lacking in quality content. Given Strip Yourself's streamlined design, this misdirection of focus shouldn't be an issue.)
Plot, Retelling a Story, Designing Comics, Understanding Dialogue: Students retell a short story, novel chapter, or scene from a work of literature in the form of a comic strip. This would actually take quite a bit of planning on the students' part—maybe even a couple of weeks—beginning with considerable brainstorming and basic storyboarding. Students could get creative with the subjects of the photos, posing in costume themselves or using puppets, toys, etc. Once they have a clear plan and it's been approved by the teacher (for a project checkpoint grade, of course), they then take the photos, insert their creative dialogue, and save each completed frame to the camera roll on the iOS device. Once all desired frames are completed, students can easily import them into a Pages - Apple® document and arrange them into one complete comic strip.
- At the time of publication, images cannot be imported from the iOS photo library into Strip Yourself for use in comic frames. Only pictures taken from within the app can be used. However, it is almost certain that later versions will add this feature.
- This entire assignment can be completed on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch using only two apps: Strip Yourself - The Other Dingo and Pages - Apple®. Ahhh. . . the sweet, sweet simplicity of mobile learning. Go with it!
- Individual frames can be uploaded to Facebook or sent via email, providing opportunities for shorter, simpler assignments than the one listed above.
- If you're looking for a comic strip design app that uses student drawings rather than photographs, consider using Sketch Book.
Triple shot for teacher ease, student enjoyment, and applicability.