FKIP – The Sebelas Maret University (UNS) Partnership Program Community Service Group and the Surakarta City Education Office held a workshop entitled “Workshop on Compilation of Thematic Digital Comics for Social Care for Elementary School Teachers in Surakarta City” at the Surakarta City Education Office on Thursday (16/03). 06/2022).

This community service group is chaired by Prof. Dr. Andayani, M.Pd., the Head of the Indonesian Language Education Doctoral Program, and members of Lalita Gilang, S.Sn., M.Ds., as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Design (FSRD) UNS.

This activity was carried out because of the finding that elementary school students began to lose their social care attitude when face-to-face learning trials were conducted.

“The reason for organizing this activity is because of the finding that elementary school students began to lose their social care attitude when learning after the pandemic was tested. Starting this semester, elementary school students have carried out face-to-face learning, so learning media are needed to teach social care attitudes for elementary school children, ” explained Prof. Anda in his interview with the team.

The workshop activities were delivered by Prof. Dr. Andayani, M.Pd., with the material “Creating Children’s Stories with Digital Comics”. He explained that writing children’s stories with digital comics need to pay attention to several criteria, such as simple language to the value of the mandate contained in the story.

“The criteria for writing comics for children include (1) Simple comic stories. Simplicity can be realized through standard discourse, high quality, uncomplicated, and easy to understand. (2) More communicative. (3) Telling stories about children’s lives with all aspects that affect them,” explained Prof. Anda.

Prof. Anda added that things that affect the writing of children’s comics include simple language, popular figures in children’s lives, relevant events or experiences that children have experienced, conflicts that children have experienced, and messages that are useful for children’s development.

Next, the presentation of the material was delivered by Lalita Gilang, S.Sn., M.Ds., regarding “Thematic Digital Comics to Teach Social Care Attitudes for Elementary School Students.” He explained the urgency of social care character education for children which currently tends to be neglected.

“Why is it important to teach social care characters to children? This is because the pandemic has an impact on the behavior of children who have changed, such as ignoring social care attitudes,” said Lalita.

Lalita also explained the phenomenon of comic books in Indonesia.

“The phenomenon of comics in Indonesia, among others (1) Few digital comic books are available in Indonesia. (2) Children buy comics abroad. (3) Foreign comics do not teach social care attitudes,” explained Lalita.

Lalita explained that this phenomenon needs to be responded to by educators. This is because educators are also responsible for the availability of teaching materials and reading materials for students.

Then, Lalita also explained how to make digital comics, namely choosing an appropriate theme, creating characters/plays, making a storyline and storyboard, and putting them into comics. In making comics, it is also necessary to pay attention to the attractiveness of the title, tucked in humor, proportionality, the character of the characters, the language is easy to understand, and does not contain SARA.

At the end of the event, a message was also conveyed for the teacher to share the knowledge he gained in this activity.

“It is hoped that after the teachers acquire the knowledge and techniques of making digital comics in this activity, the teachers can share their knowledge with other teachers in their respective schools. This will make digital comics more and more and have an impact on the growth of children’s social care attitudes,” concluded Prof. Andayani.

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