The first site I am going to review is pixton.com, which is a website that allows you to create comics online. There is the option of having a teacher account that is private and safe from inappropriate comics that other users have created. However, this option costs you $8.99 a month and allows up to 200 students to sign up. As I am just reviewing this website I choose the free option which provides you some of the features available on the site. The biggest downfall to the free option is the fact that you cannot upload your own photos to the site. One of the reasons that I choose this site over other similar sites was because of the ability to upload your own photos and then put animation bubbles over those images to tell the story. A few other problems that I ran into, was with the free account there are only a limited number of characters that you can choose from. While you can pose and change the faces of these characters, the ability to change their clothes is not possible. So while I choose to make a comic set during WW2, I could not find any characters that were in uniform to use. On the positive side, the site is very easy to use and create comics that look professional with little effort. As for the educational possibilities there are a number of ways in which this type of resource could be used in the classroom. You could have the students be a person involved in a historical situation and tell a story from a first person perspective. (See my example) Another option could be to have the students create a situation and then address the problem in their comic, for example immigration or Westward expansion. As for the evaluation of this website, by paying to use the teacher service all the criteria are met. However, the free option does expose students to randomly chosen creations for students to view. While the site does employ language filters, that is no guarantee. Overall the website could offer some valuable activities and learning for the students, especially if you are willing to pay for the added security.
|Created using Pixton|
|Created using easel.ly|
Throughout this process I found a number of valuable resources that could supplement the amazing teaching that goes on throughout America every day. By using these and other sites, hopefully you will be able to truly assess the learning that is occurring inside your classrooms. In today’s digital world you are really only limited by the creativeness of your own mind, and hopefully after reading these website reviews you are able to be inspired and change the future of your students.