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Thursday, July 12 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #3: Teaching with Comics

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Lisa Vizcarra (Carquinez Middle School) argues that, after years of teaching using comics and graphic novels, students' interest in comics is waning. Teachers interested in comics may have to incorporate gaming and other technologies to keep comics in the classroom. Jeff Brain (San Francisco State University, Del Mar Middle School) presents one possible approach to this blend, describing a classroom unit, tailored to the Childhood Internet Protection Act (CIPA), that channels current technology news stories into stories pitting student-created superheroes against teacher-created supervillains, with consistent instruction in using digital imaging, reference photos, comic book lexicon and conventions combined with character development and storytelling structure. Rob Weiner (Texas Tech University) and Carrye Smya (Texas Tech University) discuss their multimedia creation of short "text-to-movie" movies as supplements to their Introduction to Library Research class, as well as a mini-textbook in graphic novel format with some of the concepts conveyed as sequential, using both animation and comics to provide an engaging learning environment for students.

Thursday July 12, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 26AB

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