How I Use It
We began by creating a "classic" one, by having two characters interacting with Knock-Knock jokes. Each character needed to have a change in body language and then facial expression, which helped us practice pragmatics for joke telling.
Once we were comfortable, I had the students plan (outline) a narrative story and then tell it using only Pixton. Sometimes it was difficult to copy images (or rather, the difficulty was how to NOT copy the same images over to the next square), but otherwise it gave me a perfect platform to discuss body language and facial expressions and allowed the students to SEE what was happening.
I could see this working for retelling a novel they've read or another narrative piece of writing for summarizing or reading strategies. For example, they could use Pixton to re-tell what happened in the chapter they read for homework instead of writing a summary paragraph.
My kids LOVED using Pixton to learn some in-depth pieces of story telling. I was able to teach dialogue and matching facial or body expressions easily. This gave my students an opportunity to have fun with characters and props to think out their stories instead of having to just use words to brainstorm how their plots would go. It also allowed them to use facial expressions to actually show that a character was angry or happy, which then prompted to me to remind them to "show it in words" on their final story.
The tools were a little tricky to learn at first, but once they learned them, the kids were beyond creative with the things they could come up with.