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Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the ICT-REV project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind. Read more
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Pixton

Principal function(s):

User-friendly comic creator. Choose from a selection of templates; comic strip graphic novel or storyboard. Comics are customisable with a variety of different characters templates and backgrounds available. Add speech bubbles, change your character’s facial expressions, poses and outfits. Backgrounds can also be altered with the option to move or delete certain props.

Evaluation: There is a good free version. The site is easy to use and suitable for all ages. Once you or your students have created a comic you can save it for later or share it online. Pixton would be worth trying for creative writing activities. Creating the pictures will take time but also be motivating. Student writing in the bubbles could be simple or complex. Setting up an avatar is good for basic description vocabulary, available in English, Spanish and French interface. In the Educator view there are suggested class activities.

Cost: Free, with registration, premium plans available

Website: https://www.pixton.com/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

Skills

Content

Usability

Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Simple

Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task

High

Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to

English, Spanish, and French

Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?

High, Pixton gathers personal information mainly from the educator and their school. However, students are not required to provide an email address or name as they simply have to enter the code given to them by their teacher to access the site.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction

Yes, login required

Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)

Yes, you choose the content of your comic

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac

Other technical requirements


 
This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission


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Principal function(s)
Audio record/ edit/ share
Blogging
Bookmarking
Citation manager
Course management
Story creation
File sharing/syncing
Flashcard
Game app
Graphic organizer
Image sharing
Marking software
Mind mapping
News aggregator
Note taking
Podcast aggregator
Polling
Poster creator
Question/answer management
Quiz maker
Screen capture
Slide presenting
Social networking
Storytelling
Thesaurus
Timeline Creator
Translation tool
Url shortener
Video Conferencing
Video record/ edit/ share
Virtual pinboard
Virtual worlds
Crossword puzzle creator
Website creator
Wiki
Word cloud creator
Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)

Skills
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
You supply
Website/other users supply

 

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