Paper 53 and Comic Life

In the previous lesson with my Year 7 Religion class we looked at the story of Cain and Abel as part of our unit on Christian Ideals. As a follow up task the students were asked to create a 21st Century version of the story. It was not to be a copy of the story but rather a story that contained the same message as the story of Cain and Abel.

While going through the responses uploaded by each student to their blogs I found a couple of very different responses to the usual collection of images seen in most responses. A couple of students had used the app Paper 53 to illustrate their images and then include the images in their Comic Life presentation. Very different and very creative!

This was the starting point using Paper 53.


The images created were then incorporated into Comic Life to complete the new story.


I also came across a story book the same student had started using the same app for a task in PBL.


I have constantly been amazed at the wonderful spontaneous creativity the students have expressed using the iPads. I must say that I have not seen the same from the Macs. While the students using them have created some fantastic movies that is probably the extent of what we have seen. Students using the Macs have tended to be more traditional in their use reverting to the old favourites of Pages, Keynote and iMovie or equivalent. The teachers also have followed this path.

I am not sure what it is but the students with the iPads just do things differently and the responses I get to my tasks are much more interesting.

Here is a short video highlighting some of the features of the Paper 53 app.


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