So when I started this assignment, I had a hard time finding an app that interested me and sparked my creativity. I like an app that works smoothly, without bumps along the way. The flow and function of an app should be simple to understand, without any prior training or understanding. Creativity thrives in an environment free from distractions and hurdles, for this very. The reason I picked Seedling Comic Studio app to spread my wings of creativity.
I immediately fell in love with the app Seedling had designed, it was straightforward and simple to use. Specifically with areas labeled add and edit. Your creative tools were at your fingertips, metaphorically and literally. There was absolutely no lag in the app performance, and as each page changed with it numerous editing features, the buttons stayed either at the bottom or top bars, with an occasional call to action pop up. Such simplistic design made for an easy learning curve, instead of running up a hill to take off, Seedling made it feel like I already had the momentum, with an easy downhill traverse.
The ability to shift and lengthen your story line by quickly changing the layout opens up the doors of possibility, whether it be a single page comic for a billboard, or a several page comic book masterpiece. If we look specifically at the later, it is easy to see how a simple classroom journaling assignment can get a twist of pizzaz. Or you could do a graphic novel study and then ask your students to create their individual or even in groups.
Where this app takes off is in its ability to import classic comic book style with modern image importation. Here I was able to take pictures of myself against a blank backdrop and seamlessly import myself into the comic using the handy cutout tool. I even went beyond its said capabilities and imported a picture of a keychain, by using the cutout tool to manually import the image that I wanted, using the touch screen selection tool within. This is where the program loses a bit of its flow and simplicity, instead of just incorporating a quick cut out tool for humans and faces, it should have the same simplicity for items that have been taken with a neutral background.
Depending on your student level of creativity, this app poses even deeper layers. Such as the ability to chance the filters on backgrounds and cutouts. By using locations around your school or classroom and then adding a filter to give it a comic book vibe, the students would be able to merge reality with imagination, it an entirely new way.
Apps like, Seedling Comic Studio have an essential place in the classroom; something that would take hours for a teacher to create can now be implemented in minutes. The visual outcome alone produces a finished product that many students would love to display and share with others. The group learning potential is fabulous. Seedling defiantly hit a home run here; education is no longer simply about the teaching providing capsules of information for students consumption. In the day and age where coding and apps rule the world, educators such as myself have to provide systems and devices that work smoothly together driving our students beyond the box into the unknown.
Just as a financial portfolio manager will tell you how important a diversified portfolio is to maximize your interest earning potential; a diversified education resource and tool system is fundamental every student’s growth. With that in mind, I hope you don’t take a second look and add Seedling Comic Studio to your educational resource toolbox. Just as I had to push myself to find my creative framework, I urge each and ever educator that is reading my blog to reach for these gems lost in a sea of apps.