Teachers seem to love assigning group projects, while all too often, both students and parents dread them. Project work forces parents to organize their days around getting kids to and from classmates’ houses. As for students, they know that while only one or two of them will do all the work, teachers won’t be aware of that and everyone will get the same credit for the uneven effort. Projects are hard on everyone, and assessment of them rarely seems fair. I’ve been wanting to write about group projects for a while now, but thought a pro-con list might seem dull. How could I be more creative when I’m not artistic?
Then, serendipitously, while on a Twitter chat, this post by Brian Costello piqued my interest:
— Brian (@btcostello05) September 17, 2016
Intrigued, I asked him how to make Bitmoji comics. Sylvia Duckworth (the producer of many wonderful sketchnotes) answered by sending me the link to her Google Slides presentation on how to make them. I quickly made my Bitmoji avatar and was ready to make a comic. Since projects were on my mind, making a “do”s and “don’t”s comic strip felt like the perfect place to start.
So there it is — my first comic. It wasn’t exactly a quick project (I’m still learning and that takes time) but it wasn’t difficult, either. If I can do it, anyone can. And it’s a lot of creative fun! However… if you decide to assign a Bitmoji comic strip as a group project, make sure each student is responsible for a clearly defined section. 😉