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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

Pixton

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

Principal function(s)
  • Story creation

Usability

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Interface language(s): English, Spanish, and French
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: 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.
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes, login required
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) Tailorability (If so, how?) Yes, you choose the content of your comic

Interactivity

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatibility/Operating System: Windows, Mac
Other tech requirements:
 
 
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