Box and background options abound to the point of being a distraction
How I Use It
I have used Pixton to create writing prompts for my students, of both normal scenes and strangely creative ones. Another writing prompt was creating an ending to a story we created as a class. Each of the students had to decide what happened next and they used Pixton to illustrate it.
I used Pixton to create a summary of the chapter in the novel we were reading. The students were able to check their understanding of the chapter and refresh their memory of the details by referencing the comic strip. Some students chose to use Pixton to summarize their own chapters from the novel. The objective was to retell the story using the fewest words and the most visual elements. The emphasis on images and not words would be good for younger learners or ELLs.
We worked as a class to change the point of view from a third person story to a first-person dialogue between characters using Pixton.
After using Pixton in my class, a student was inspired to create a dialogue between historic figures from early American history.
Last Christmas I received a gift from a student created with Pixton. She illustrated through a 6 panel comic my obsession with shoes and the fictional and crazy lengths I would go to get the perfect shoes.
The last two examples show how engaging the tool really is. Students choose to use it when it is not a requirement. With a small dose of creativity and determination the students can successfully create a comic. The options allow fictional stories to be told, historical events can be reenacted, or anything in better.
Overall I like Pixton for the creativity that students and teachers are able to express through the comics. There are many options for the number of boxes you can include, a variety of backgrounds, characters and accessories. There are so many options that it can almost be a distraction. You don't want the students spending more time on what that comics look like then demonstrating understanding.
The disadvantage of Pixton is the pricing for an entire class. Thirty student accounts would cost $29 for just two months through the website. Another option would be using the Pixton app through Edmodo. This costs $39.95 for a one year, single class license.
Students who are younger than 13 can sign up for the Pixton account. However, it asks for a parent email and send them a confirmation for student permission to use it. The students would not be able to access their accounts until after the parents have confirmed. This means you need to set up accounts ahead of when you actually want to use it.