Pixton provides an authentic and effective way for students to show what they know and to engage with their peers in meaningful feedback. The organization and sequencing involved in creating comics can often provide insight into students’ thinking in a way that enables teachers to see misunderstandings or where instructional adjustments are needed.
Here are just a few ways teachers are using Pixton for assessment.
There are many ways comics can be used to gain insight into students’ reading comprehension, grammar, and math skills. These range from teacher-created cloze activities to student-created comics in which teachers can look for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Here are examples of the type of lessons that can help (once areas of concern have been identified).
Active and Passive Voice
Students create a comic that demonstrates their understanding of both active and passive voice.
Too Many Twos!
Students create a comic using the words to, too, and two.
Pixton provides a fun and engaging way to check for understanding. Students might be asked to create a comic using the proper type of pronouns or to explain their thought process of how they might find the surface area of a sphere. Here are two examples:
Writing Multi-Digit Word Problems
Students create a comic/multi-digit word problem and solve a problem created by a classmate.
Types of Pronouns
Students create a comic showing examples of subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns being used correctly.
Pixton is particularly useful in helping students demonstrate their understanding of a topic and applying what they have learned to new contexts. Choosing visual elements, creating dialogue, and writing concise explanations provide deep insight into students’ content knowledge and their ability to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Here are two examples:
Events Leading Up to WWII
Students create a comic demonstrating their understanding of a historical event leading up to WWII by explaining the significance of the event, people and places involved, dates, etc.
Students create a comic to demonstrate their knowledge/understanding of a topic of their choice.