One option would be to find images on the internet that could somehow fit into one story and then ask learners in groups to add speech bubbles to each image. Then they could compare their stories and vote for the best one.
Another option could be to ask learners to bring their own digital photos (these could be holiday photos, family photos, etc). Learners could work with their peers’ photos and add speech bubbles to them.
I am sure each teacher will come up with more lesson ideas and I would love to hear/read your ideas.
Anyway, down to the tools. To test the tools I decided to use my own photo with a simple “Hello!” message.
The first tool I would like to talk about is Speechable.
The tool is free but requires registration. However, it takes only seconds to register and you can either upload an image from your computer or type in the URL to the image you want to be uploaded. When the image is uploaded you can doodle (draw/write) on it, add a speech bubble or just add a text. For doodling there is a great selection of colours, The text box can be moved around the image and placed anywhere you like and the writing can be in any colour. For speech bubbles you can choose among four types of bubbles, size and colour of text. After saving the image, you can go back to it to edit it. There doesn’t seem to be an embed code, but by right-clicking the image you can save it onto your computer. Options for sharing in social networking sites are all in place.
The second one is SuperLame and it is a lot of fun to use.
This tool doesn’t require registration and is free. The best thing about it is that it has an onboarding (guidance) system. A little arrow at the top of the screen guides you through the process of creating the captions. It also has an option for adding what it calls ‘Sound FX’ and I just added all the possible sounds on offer to my image to let you see what you can have. The options for sharing here are either to email the image or to save it. But I don’t think this a big problem. As long as you can save it as an image, you can upload it wherever you like.