Show and Tell: Pixton for Schools

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November 5th, 2010

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When most of us were in school, the definition of an ‘attentive classroom’ meant rows of desks with students sitting up straight in absolute silence while the teacher delivered a lecture in front of the chalkboard.  In fact, the greatest compliment a class could receive was passing the dreaded “Can I hear a Pin Drop?” test, conducted by the teacher (usually right after recess) to make sure everyone was as powered-down as possible.  The message it delivered? Don’t get too excited, kids, you’re in school.

Luckily those days are behind us (well…they should be at least;).  Today, a happy class is an engaged class.  Finding ways to capture student attention and motivate them to want to learn more is the key to learning.

To help you in this area, we are declaring Show and Tell Friday (huzzah!).  Each Friday, we’ll highlight a web 2.0 tool, technology, or really cool idea that we’re seeing teachers using in Edmodo to engage students at all grades and learning levels.

Pixton Comics for Schools is a great way to start.   Pixton allows students to create interactive comics to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or idea.  We’re seeing a lot of Pixton projects posted to Edmodo across all subject areas and it seems to be a great tool for all disciplines.  Students can write book reports for Language Arts, create a timeline of events for Social Studies, or create a math riddle to be solved by other students — all using the features provided in Pixton.    (It gets even better! There’s an Edmodo button so you can post completed comics directly to the Edmodo library)

Ok – so now we’ve “Shown” – it’s time for you to “Tell”:  Have you tried Pixton yet in your classroom?   What do you think?

6 responses to “Show and Tell: Pixton for Schools”

  1. R. Miller says:

    Yes, my classroom is a Pixton for Schools subscriber… What a tool for students to show their understanding of a concept. Teachers can also customize rubrics to fit the assignment for assessment and/or allow students to invite their peers to collaborate and evaluate.

    My students are integrating Pixton Comics with Edmodo in our Literature Circle program. Not only am I getting visuals for their understanding of their reading, but their fellow members are discussing/debating points of view that can only come from graphic representation. The comic comments posted in the Edmodo embed linger to spark further dialogue or interest in a book.

    • Betsy says:

      ooh – i love that idea for Literature Circles – especially the follow up debates. I used to do Story Trains with my third graders (I was in a very low performing school and all of my students were below basic readers – one of my big challenges was helping them tap into their imagination and creativity). We’d go around the room and each person would add one sentence to an oral story. They’d each write their sentence on construction paper and draw a picture of it and I’d hang them all up along the perimeter of the room in one long train, with The Engine at the Front and “The End” as a caboose. It took them awhile to catch on to flow and sequence of events, but we came up with some really fun stories that served as a great launching point for them to write their own. I can only imagine what they would have done had they had something like Pixton — but I could see Edmodo and Pixton both becoming great tools for a Story Train type lesson too.

  2. rpetitto says:

    Yes, I use Pixton regularly. I have been a user of Pixton for over 2 years now and I love it. Thanks to Clive! We use it to create chapter summaries in our readers as well as to provide situational conversations in and out of the classroom. The site is by far the best web 2.0 technology for my FL classroom to date.

  3. Joe says:

    No, I haven’t, but it sounds like a good idea.

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