Pixton – Downloadable Resources

Now that you have familiarized yourself with pixton you may want to print physical hardcopies of the tutorial, or the student tutorial sheet.  You can use the links below to download the resources.  Feel free to distribute my sheets for non-commercial purposes.

Downloads

Pixton – Teacher Guide

Pixton – Student Guide

 

 


Part 1: Pixton Comic Creator for Teachers

Part 2: Pixton in the Classroom

Part 3: Assignments and Students in Pixton

Part 4: Using Lesson Plans in Pixton

Part 5: Pixton – Downloadable Resources

 

 

Using Lesson Plans in Pixton

In the last part (Assignments and Students in Pixton) we learned how to create assignments and add students to our classroom.  In this section we will learn how to use Pixton’s built in lesson plans.

Using Lesson Plans

The library of lesson plans is one of the most exciting aspects of Pixton.  To see what options exist first click on Main Menu, and then select Lesson Plans.  You will be whisked away to a subject selection page.  From there you can either select an appropriate subject, or search by keywords.

If you want to see if there’s a lesson plan for the short story, The Lottery you could search for “The Lottery” in keywords.  Note that a number of lesson plans that use that keyword exist.  While not every short story will have a developed lesson plan, The Lottery does.

If you are a Math Teacher perhaps you’d want to click on the Math subject area.

Once you have selected a subject area, you can narrow the search by Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.

Find a lesson plan you think is useful, and click on it.

Part of a Lesson Plan

The lesson plans include multiple activities.  Specific props and characters can be associated with lesson plans.  They are also broken down into step by step instructions.

Note that each activity has a rubric.  By default you will view a condensed rubric, but by clicking  pixton-9 you will be able to view the fully expanded rubric for the assignment.

Note that you can add each individual activity to a group by pressing pixton-10.  This allows you to select all, or only part, of a lesson plan for your group.

 

Congratulations!  You are now ready to you Pixton with your class!

 

Next Steps

In the next part you can download the Student Handout and Teacher Handout for use in your classroom.

 


Part 1: Pixton Comic Creator for Teachers

Part 2: Pixton in the Classroom

Part 3: Assignments and Students in Pixton

Part 4: Using Lesson Plans in Pixton

Part 5: Pixton – Downloadable Resources

 

 

Assignments and Students in Pixton

In the last part (Pixton in the Classroom) we learned how to set up our Pixton account.  Now we will look at how we can customize our assignments and work with our digital classrooms.

Creating Your First Activity Pixton-5

From the Activity screen for your class, click on the +NEW ACTIVITY button.

From here you can choose to Import from Lesson Plan or Create from Scratch.  For our purposes we are going to Create from Scratch.  We will look at using lesson plans later in this assignment.

Creating an Assignment From Scratch

pixton-6Two of the fields are mandatory – the Activity Title, and the Due Date.

  1. Title your assignment “Your First Comic”
  2. In the instructions write the following:
    You will be creating your first comic in Pixton and submitting it to ensure you are familiar with the program. You can use the comic you created in the tutorial to fulfill this assignment.
  3. Create a suitable due date
  4. Determine if you want other educators to view your assignment – if so, make sure the Sharing box is checked.
  5. Select the Group you want to assign the task to. As you only have one group right now, assign it to that class.

There is the option to attaching a comic you have already created to the assignment.  This might serve as an exemplar demonstrating what the students need to complete.

Once you have finished creating your comic you can click SAVE & ASSIGN TO GROUP.

You now have a class set up, with their first assignment ready to go.  If only you had some students to complete the task!

 

Adding Students to Your Grouppixton-7

  1. Navigate back to the Group Page by clicking on the Main Menu / My People / Groups.
  2. Click on the House button for your group to view the group’s main page
  3. Click +ADD PEOPLE

You will be presented with two options, Let me do it, and Give them a link.

For your ease, and also as it fits the Pixton – Student Guide – select Give them a link.

You will then see weblinks for all the groups that you have created.  The link will be formatted as follows:
Pixton.com/a/####-##

Record the ####-## on the Student Guide.  This will allow the students to join your class Group.

You will now have a fully set up Pixton account, with a class group, and students.  Feel free to create as many groups as you like.  I would recommend one group for each class you use Pixton with.

Before you are considered proficient Pixton Users, ready to embrace the graphic novel creation software, we will look at two more things: Changing Passwords when your students forget them, and Using Lesson Plans.

 

Changing Passwords

Click on Main Menu, then select Students.  This will take you to the students overview page.

There are three tabs at the top – Students, Students by Group, and Profile Gallery.  Ensure that the Students tab is selected.  You will see the following information, based on your individual students:

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Note that there is a column titled Password.  By selecting the change option for the appropriate student, you will be able to change their password to something they can use to access their account.

You can also deactivate accounts here, if students do not enter their name, or username, to your specifications.  Check the box on the right for the users you want to deactivate, then select the —Action– drop down menu, and select deactivate.

 

Next Steps

In the next part we will learn how to use the built in Pixton lessons plans, reducing prep time while offering examples to help spurn your creativity.

 


Part 1: Pixton Comic Creator for Teachers

Part 2: Pixton in the Classroom

Part 3: Assignments and Students in Pixton

Part 4: Using Lesson Plans in Pixton

Part 5: Pixton – Downloadable Resources

 

 

Pixton in the Classroom

Pixton is a powerful tool, especially for educators.  You can set up individual classrooms, create assignments tailored to your classroom needs, or search through a multitude of premade lesson plans that suit your needs.

Getting to Know the Pixton Menus
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Main Menu

Clicking on Main Menu opens up a number of different options.  There four submenus, My Creations, My People, Educator Community, and My Account.  These submenus will be detailed later.

You can also access Lesson Plans which is a searchable database of fully detailed lesson plans, complete with appropriate rubrics.  They are organized by grade level, and subject area.  These lessons can be distributed to your students.  (There will be further details on this later.)

My Creations

My Creations allows you to select from four options.

You can select Comics which will take you to a page showing all the comics you have created. If you press the plus symbol it will allow you to make a new comic.

If you select Characters you will see a number of the characters that you have used, or modified in your comics. Clicking the plus symbol will allow you to make a new character that can be used in comics.

Clicking on Avatar will allow you to create a picture of yourself! This can be used in your comics.  It is also the image that other people will see when they view your work.

By accessing Books you can see all the “comic books” you have created. A comic book is a collection of strips.  This is a great way to combine all the comics your students made for an assignment in one location.  It’s also possible to have pixton e-mail you a PDF of your created comic book.

My People

My People allows you to select from six options.  The most import two are Groups and Activities.

Groups allows you to create your various classrooms, within Pixton.  Activities allows you to create projects that you can assign to your various groups.  This will be detailed in the next section.

Educator community

Educator Community allows you to get in touch with other educators who are using Pixton in their classroom.

My Account

My Account allows you to modify your settings, and update your unique profile.

Home

The Home button gives you a brief overview of your account.  From this screen you will see the assignments you have created, access your different classroom groups, and quickly access a number of important parts of the site.

My Comics

The My Comics button offers quick access to viewing and creating your own comics.

Student Gallery

In Student Gallery you can see the comics your students have created.  You can sort by those that are finished, or those that are still in progress.  You can also limit your search by group, or activity using the drop down menus at the top of the screen: Pixton-2

 

Setting up Your ClassPixton-3

Now that you know how to navigate the Pixton website, and create your own comics, you are ready to start setting up your classes.

To create your first class you will need to select the Main Menu, then click on My People, and finally select Groups.

From the Groups page click the +NEW GROUP button.

I recommend using the following Naming Convention for your group: [Last Name] – [Year] – [Course Code].
ex. Barltrop – 2017 – ENG2P1-02

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Once you have created your group, you will see it in on the Group Page.  Notice the name you gave it makes it easy to identify what class it will be associated with.

Clicking the Pencil icon will let you change the settings.  Note that in the settings there is an advanced options section at the bottom.  You should take some time to familiarize yourself with those options, and tailor them to the needs of your classroom.

Clicking on the House icon will take you to the home screen for that specific group.

Finally, clicking the Eyeball button will take you to the Activities screen for that class.  Now that we have a class, we can create an activity for it!

 

 

Next Steps

Read the next part to learn how to create assignments, and work with classrooms in Pixton.

 


Part 1: Pixton Comic Creator for Teachers

Part 2: Pixton in the Classroom

Part 3: Assignments and Students in Pixton

Part 4: Using Lesson Plans in Pixton

Part 5: Pixton – Downloadable Resources

 

 

Pixton Comic Creator for Teachers

Pixton is an online comic creation website that you can use for a multitude of academic and personal projects.  It allows you to create characters, and set them in a variety of poses.  You can also add a number of different backgrounds, and props.  Finally, once you have set the stage, you can add text in speech or thought bubbles.

How do I access Pixton?

If you are an Ontario Teacher you can use Pixton for free!  It’s one of the many programs that is freely available through OSAPAC.

If you are from another board this guide will still be helpful, but you will need to change how you register for your account.

  1. The first thing you will need to do is direct your web browser to https://www.pixton.com/on
  2. Click on “Try Pixton Now”
  3. Under the top dropdown list, select your school board.
  4. Enter your work email address
  5. Click “SUBMIT”
  6. You will be asked to enter your “real name”. This name will be visible to everyone, including your students.  You may wish to use Mr. ___________ or Ms. ___________.
  7. Create a password for your account.

Alternately you can select “log in through Google” if you have a work GMail account.

  1. You may be sent a confirmation message to confirm your e-mail address. Click on the link within the e-mail.

You will now have a registered Pixton account.  Time to see what you can do with it!

 

Getting Started with Pixton

I suggest that you start by going through the tutorial you will most likely send your students through, the first time they use Pixton.

To access the guided log into Pixton, then click the pink HELP button in the bottom right, and select Guided Tour which is under the Guides heading.

To help familiaize yourself with the Pixton platform, you should work through “student questions” below, ensuring that you are aware of the features and functions of Pixton.

These questions will also help familiarize you with the Help menu, and the various layouts (such as Graphic Novel.  You will also see the mind map option while changing layouts.)

 

Student Questions

  1. What is the suggested Title Pixton asks you to create?
  2. If you search for “super hero” in the character box, what does the top left image look like?
  3. How do you change clothing, skin, and hair colours?
  4. If you search for “video game” in the background box, what is the top right image?
  5. What does it mean to “attach” and “detach” a speech bubble?
  6. What is the difference between a “pose” and an “expression”?
  7. What happens if you click on a panel and click the “. . . ” icon?
  8. What happens if you click on a panel and click the RED garbage can icon?
  9. If you want to insert a panel before one you have already created, what do you do? (Hint: blue button)
  10. Why might you use the ZOOM slider at the right of the panel?
  11. Click on the help button in the bottom right, and search for “change layout”.  How do you change your comic to Graphic Novel layout?
  12. Click on the help button in the bottom right, and search for “change panel size”.   Describe how you would make a panel twice the width of the default settings.
  13. Click on the Save and Submit button.  What activity, or activities, are listed in the dropdown menu?
  14. What does clicking the “remix” button allow?
  15. After submitting your comic, scroll to the bottom right.  You will see a “Share Link”.  What is yours?
  16. What is one additional thing you have discovered from the “Help” menu?

 

Next Steps

Now that we’ve learned the basics of Pixton, and gone through the tutorial we are ready to see how Pixton can be used in our classroom!

 

 


Part 1: Pixton Comic Creator for Teachers

Part 2: Pixton in the Classroom

Part 3: Assignments and Students in Pixton

Part 4: Using Lesson Plans in Pixton

Part 5: Pixton – Downloadable Resources