WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Watch the video below of students at City College,New York, talking about how MakeBeliefsComix.com helps them learn English. Their instructor, Tamara Kirson, was named The New York Times 2009 ESOL Teacher of the Year. To see her lesson plan click here.

HONORS

– American Library Association selected MakeBeliefsComix.com for inclusion in its 2010 Great Web Sites for Kids, more >>

– Google, UNESCO and LitCam selected MakeBeliefsComix as one of the world's most innovative web sites in fostering literacy and reading more >>

– 2009 Parents' Choice Foundation Recommended Award. "The site is geared toward children, and instructions for use are clear and more >>

– Selected for "The Best Ways to Make Comic Strips Online" compendium published by Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day.  more >>

– Essay titled "Creating Online Comics With Multilevel Students: Writing, Reading, and Telling Stories in English" more >>

– Presented Workshop on "Creating, Comic Strips Online to Encourage Writing, Reading, Storytelling" at 2009 international convention of more >>

– Article titled "What's the BIG IDEA? Comic Strips! They help kids learn to read and write!" by Bill Zimmerman, published more >>

REVIEWS

– GraphicNovelReporter (October 30, 2014): "Bill Zimmerman has created something wonderful – MakeBeliefsComix.com, more >>

– Education World (July 2012): "Every language arts class could benefit from some time spent on MakeBeliefsComix.com. more >>

– The New York Times' The Learning Network (July 2010): "On any of these sites, students can pick from a wide range more >>

– Common Sense Media (March 2016): “Make Beliefs Comix can help kids build creative and narrative comic strips. They choose characters, more >>

– Good Housekeeping (February 2009): "MAKE A FUNNY PAGE. Created by children's book author Bill Zimmerman, colorful more >>

– TESOL Essential Teacher Magazine (June 2008): "Imagine a computer lab full of adult ESOL students where not a word more >>

– School Library Journal (January 9, 2013): "One of the true pioneers in the field, Bill Zimmerman launched MakeBeliefsComix.com only a few years ago, and now it's in use in countless more >>

– School Library Journal (June 2011): "We like the following tools for their ease of use, available options, and classroom friendliness...Author Bill Zimmerman's web-based site [MakeBeliefsComix.com] enables users to write their comics in languages other than English, including Spanish, more >>

– School Library Journal (May 2009): "Comic generator site MakeBeliefsComix has a new offering. A printables feature now lets creative visitors of all ages download graphic handouts. Print more >>

– Scholastic Instructor "15 Great Finds for Back to School": (Back to School 2013 issue) "Give your ELA curriculum a graphic twist by helping students create their own more >>

– Disney Family Fun (October 2009): "Our Favorite Things... At MakeBeliefsComix.com, aspiring cartoonists can create strips with just a few clicks of a mouse... more >>

– National Education Association (August 2009): "MakeBeliefsComix.com is a web site that lets students write and illustrate their own comic strips online and e-mail them to family and friends. more >>

– Read.Write.Think, a listing of the most useful web resources for English language arts teachers sponsored by the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English, more >>

– USA Weekend (January 2010): "...great websites that let kids get creative. These artistic sites are fun, safe and free. Explore them with your children to get your creative juices flowing. more >>

– Family Circle (September 2009): "Click on It. Has homework taken over since your kids went back to school? Get their creative juices flowing with one of these smart websites. more >>

– AARP Bulletin (July-August 2009): "Bill Zimmerman is helping young and old connect, one comic at a time. The former newspaperman is creator of MakeBeliefsComix.com, more >>

– Learning Languages: The Professional Journal of the National Network for Early Language Learning(Spring 2008): "MakeBeliefsComix.com is user-friendly and simple to use. Since more >>

– New York Teacher (October 1, 2009): "It's time to banish the worn-out expression 'thinking outside the box.' With [MakeBeliefs] Comix strips, more >>

– The Graphic Classroom (March 25, 2009): "...a wonderful online resource that teachers could use in the classroom." more >>

– Nik Peachey's Daily English Activities Blog (May 28, 2009): "...a fun way you can use spoken phrases to create comic strips using the MakeBeliefsComix website. You can use these either to more >>

– Wired Blog Network, Geek Dad (October 17, 2008): "...MakeBeliefsComix.com is a great space for primary aged children to begin to learn the value of more >>

– Learning Languages Magazine, Spring 2008:"MakeBeliefsComix.com is user-friendly and simple to use. Since visitors to the website may more >>

– Edutopia Magazine (April/May 2008): "[MakeBeliefsComix] can help children and adults share their ideas. It's a therapy tool to help the deaf and the more >>

– NYS TESOL Idiom Magazine: "…ESL teachers may consider using this Web site with their students for various reasons, such as more >>

– Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal: "…individuals or families can (as I did in under five minutes) create comic strip stories using the provided characters and story ideas. more >>

– NY TESOL Dialogue: "I recommend this Web site for three reasons: ease of use, cross-skill application, and the "familiarity factor."  The site is very easy to use and it's free. more >>

– Education World: "It can be used by educators to teach language, reading and writing skills, and also for students in English-as-a-Second-Language programs to facilitate more >>

– ESL MiniConference Review: "…a very interesting new resource online for teachers and students who want to add creativity to their English language learning activities… more >>

– New York State Spanish BETAC: "As the website says, 'our best educators and parents understand that playing is learning.' MakeBeliefsComix.com is an excellent resource more >>

EDUCATORS AND PARENTS

"I love it."

--Yvonne Siu-Runyan, president, The National Council of Teachers of English

"This is great! The teachers just love your online comics more >>

"As the mom to a little boy with autism, I just wanted to thank you for your free MakeBeliefs more >>

"I am a Spanish teacher of handicapped children very interested in how new technologies can improve the access to knowledge to this group with special needs, more >>

"We LOVE MakeBeliefsComix.com as a tool for students, including students with disabilities. Comics, in general, provide teachers with an more >>

"I used Bill's MakeBeliefsComix.com …with a group of students in a writing club and, especially for those who are more visual, more >>

"This is the 'perfect' family literacy type of activity because as parents and children support each other in creating and sharing comics, more >>

"I am a teacher in Bensalem, PA, and was introduced to your site during a technology course offered by St. Joseph's University. more >>

"I am a teacher from Hong Kong. Thanks very much for sharing such a wonderful and creative idea with the teaching community. more >>

"I just had to write to tell you how much I enjoy your website! As a parent of a seven year-old and as an elementary school teacher, I am excited to try this with my students. The first time I went more >>

"This website is great! My students have had fun using it. We used it to summarize the mystery more >>

"I am a MFL teacher in Stokesley North Yorkshire and I have used your site now in two of my lessons and it has been fantastic. more >>

"Just to say this site is amazing, and very easy to use. Post Graduate student teachers with whom I use it find it very more >>

"Just wanted you to know that I have previously used your website with great success in working with a group of EFL teachers more >>

"What a great idea! This could be used with my clients who have suffered head injuries and are not good at talking/communicating." more >>

"Thanks so much for your great site. I recently used MakeBeliefsComix during my fifth through eighth grade social studies more >>

"Thank you so much....Writing is a huge portion of our College Prep class and this is more >>

"I am a Spanish teacher at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School in Plainview, N.Y. My students really enjoy your site. more >>

"It think it's fantastic and have added to my favorites list to use in teaching EFL to my pupils. more >>

"A teacher at my school found this site and now everyone swears by [it]." more >>

"The site is used with school age children who stutter... The children build up a story more >>

"It [MakeBeliefsComix.com] was an instant success! The teachers loved it and the kids' creativity never ceases to amaze me. more >>


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