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Principal function(s): Story creators
User-friendly comic creator. Users can choose from a selection of templates; comic strip graphic novels or storyboard. Comics are customisable with a variety of different character templates and backgrounds available. One can add speech bubbles, and change characters’ facial expressions, poses and outfits. Backgrounds can also be modified by moving or deleting certain props.
Evaluation: The free version is quite satisfying. The site is easy to use and suitable for all ages. Once a comic has been created it can also be saved and shared online. Pixton would be worth trying for creative writing activities. Creating the pictures may take time but also be motivating. Setting up an avatar is a suitable task for using basic description vocabulary. The interface is available in English, Spanish, and French interface. In the Educator mode, one can find suggested class activities.
Cost: Free with registration + premium plans available
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
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 data from educators and their schools, together with individual users. However, students are not required to provide any personal information as they simply have to enter the code given to them by their teacher to access the site. Pixton does not sell or share user data to third parties for marketing purposes. It does not not allow third parties to collect for their own purposes and does not display personalised advertising. Pixton refers reasonable security measures. It does not state compliance with the GDPR. See more here and here.
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
Compatibility/ Operating System
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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