Product Review of Halftone 2
Halftone 2 is an easy-to-use resource for creating comics. Kids can work together or individually using the ready-made templates to tell their stories. Begin by taking a brief tour through an introductory tutorial, and land on the home page with some example comics. The app comes pre-loaded with comics as a source of inspiration. Once kids click on a comic, they’ll quickly find how easy it is to make modifications, uploading their own photos and text and transforming the samples into their own comic creations. Halftone 2, the sequel to Halftone, emphasizes touch features with a design that makes adding text to photos intuitive.
Teachers could use this app to provide basic lessons in photography (composition, lighting, and presentation), but Halftone 2 is best used as a way for learners to develop a story. Students can make use of the existing templates to break down their story’s beginning, middle, and end. Individual devices may be preferred, as there are no options for multiple logins, and comics are all pooled in one gallery.
Transforming your photos into comics can be fun, and there’s potential to get kids thinking about building a narrative. Adding photos may help learners visualize their stories and make it easier to add details as they begin to write. Of course, thought webs and simple collaging provide an analog version to this, but educators who have access to devices (and a budget to purchase the app) will likely find this app engages their learners. Plus, having sample comics and templates available makes getting started much easier for those with writers block. The edit tools are easy to use, allowing learners to add their own photos and text to existing templates. Touch features make the edit tools intuitive enough for young kids while engaging enough to maintain the interest of older kids. Comics remain in the gallery on the home page and can easily be shared via social media, saved to the camera, or printed.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Ready-made comic templates make it easy to add photos and text, and edit tools allow kids to transform templates into their own unique comics.
Curriculum and Instruction
Making comics is a fun way to construct a narrative.
The app opens with a brief tutorial for getting started, and more tutorials are available online.