Make Belief is a wonderful tool for a variety of activities, both in an educational setting as well as for personal use. The site is free and very easy to use. Creations can be saved and used in presentations, e-mailed, stored on individual servers, printed out for projects and be uploaded to YouTube.
Make Belief allows users to create 2, 3 or 4 panel comic strip representations. You can choose the characters, backgrounds, text bubbles, thought bubbles, expressions, etc. Users can create comic strips in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Latin. There is a Special Needs section for teachers, educational therapists and parents on ways the site can be used to help those with a variety of disabilities. There is also a lesson plans page with accompanying standards for educators to utilize.
Here are some examples of projects you can use Make Belief for: life skills practice, e.g. – a college/job interview or dealing with a bully; autobiographical comix; imagery; practicing new vocabulary words; collaborating as a team; political cartoons; applying conversation skills; practicing social skills scenarios for people with autism; showing a bias; foreign language practice; introduction to creative writing; daily diaries; serialization in writing; an alternative for students who have difficulty writing in the traditional sense; persuasive writing; commentary on current events; how to show empathy; public speaking practice (students show and read their creations in a group setting); reflection on conflict resolution skills; daily theme tie-in; story boarding and character perspectives. Of course the site could be used just for a fun experience :).
So whether you are looking for a tie-in to a lesson idea, want to give yourself and your students a creative pathway or looking for some safe and clean fun, Make Belief might be just the site for you.