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Bitstrips Review

Bitstrips Bitstrips is a free, easy to use comic website that can do the following: create your own virtual comics, create your own personalized characters, look at other peoples created comics and sort out by topic, share your comics for others to see and share to Facebook, and have your own profile with friends, favorites, and scenes. Bitstrips can also be used in education and has their own separate website for those purposes. The features on the educational website include: activities according to subject, featured activities and more. You can also create a profile as a teacher and have your students join your classroom and create their own avatars for your classroom. You can monitor their activities and teach them through virtual hands on games and projects. Signing up with Bitstrips is quick, easy, and convenient. You can sing up through Facebook or email. Accounts are free, but school accounts however cost money. Bitstrips is very similar to a social networking site and is all about interaction and sharing. Your comics can be shared to Facebook as well as your profile and the Bitstrips feed. Bitstrips can also be used as an app on iPhone or Android. The app is more complicated to figure out and navigate through and can even restrict your creativity with limited options. When looking through reviews, I Found both negative and positives. The app store reviews- has 85 ratings and was given 4 ½ out of 5 stars. Some of the comments I found on the app store for Apple says: there is a lack of updating- no new clothing, no fixed bugs, etc., the app is slow to opening and very slow in general, and it is a fun app to use with Facebook. Another review website I found said they liked the freedom the website offers. But, some complained that the website is ruining Facebook. They say that if they wanted to see comics on their feed they would read the comics in the newspaper and the comics should we kept off their Facebook feeds.

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The BITSTRIPS community-based site gives kids a chance to create and share narrative comic strips. They can customize characters (including themselves), insert them into comics, add text, and post the result on the site. The comic creation tool, which includes drag-and-drop and click-to-select features, is easy to use. But it provides kids with an impressive amount of options and eliminates the need to draw things by hand, which makes the experience faster and less frustrating than some creative sites.

A spin-off website, BITSTRIPS FOR SCHOOLS, makes the tool a stronger learning resource by offering virtual classroom set-up and dozens of activities teachers can assign to kids, covering topics like math, history, and business.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, storytelling, Arts: drawing, script writing
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology, Creativity: imagination, producing new content
  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: April 7, 2016

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