Monthly Archives: September 2010

They’re here! Poseable pets!

Pets on Bitstrips for Schools!

By extremely popular demand, fully poseable pets have joined the Bitstrips for Schools Art Library!

Our new cat and dog are just as flexible as human characters – you can give them an amazing range of emotions and choose from a variety of preset poses. Or put them into Pose Mode and manipulate them any way you can imagine.

To turn on Pose Mode, just double-click anywhere on the cat or dog’s body. It’ll become highlighted in yellow, which means you can now click on any individual body part and position it however you want! The combinations are virtually endless.

Look for our new pet friends in the Comic Builder Art Library under the Characters tab. We have a feeling they’ll soon be more popular than people!

New feature – Character Importing

Character Importing

Now students can take their avatar and character library wherever they go! Introducing Character Importing, a time-saving feature just for students.

If you’re creating a new classroom, you might discover that many of your students have used Bitstrips for Schools before. If so, they probably have an avatar and a whole cast of characters waiting to join them in their new class.

Importing characters helps students get off to a fast start in your class and saves them the effort of having to recreate their library from scratch. And it’s easy to do – students just need to go to their Settings tab and click on the Import Character button. But before they start, they’ll need to know their login info – class code and student password – from their other class.

If your students have used Bitstrips for Schools before, be sure to let them know about this useful new feature!

Learn more about Character Importing

Welcome back!

Another exciting school year is officially underway! Here’s everything you need to know to get your classes set up and ready to go on Bitstrips for Schools this year. It’s quick and easy, we promise.

Archive last year’s classrooms
In case you missed it, you can now archive your old classrooms to make way for new ones. Archiving lets you file away old classes instead of deleting them, plus it lets your former students have access to all their old comics and import their avatars into their new classrooms (a feature that’s coming next week).
Learn more about archiving.

Set up your new class
In case you need a refresher, you can create a new classroom by clicking the ‘Create a New Classroom’ link that appears beneath your class photo(s) on the main page when you log in. If you don’t have any active classrooms on your account, you’ll be guided step-by-step as soon as you log in.

Once you’ve created your class code and entered your student list, you can assign your students an activity from the Shared Activities Library, or create a new one of your own.

Check out what’s new!
New goodies in the Art Library – Continental maps and flags from countries of around the world. Perfect for geography-related assignments.

Bitstrips for Schools World Map

Image filters – Add a touch of magic to your comics using the new ‘Filters’ tab in the Comic Builder. Students can easily change the brightness, contrast and transparency of any object, making their comics more customizable than ever.

Faster loading time – We’ve optimized the Comic Builder to make it 30% lighter and faster. If you don’t have the greatest internet connection, you’ll notice the difference!

Coming very soon
– Student character importing
– Poseable pets
– Even more teacher-requested features

This year promises to be even more exciting than the last, so keep watching this space for the latest news, and follow us on Twitter to read it in real-time!