Using Pixton Comics to teach Shakespeare, teachers win Time Warner Cable's Spotlight on Education Award
Can comics and Shakespeare co-exist in the classroom? One innovative program in Texas is now a model for how kids can get creative with Shakespeare by making and sharing digital comics using Pixton, the groundbreaking online comic-builder.
The Miller Junior High School teaching team won the Time Warner Cable’s Spotlight on Education Award for their project “Pixton with Shakespeare.” Miller’s eighth grade Language Arts Department was studying “The Tempest”, and the teachers wanted to enrich the learning experience through the use of technology.
One of the ideas that evolved was developing a scene from “The Tempest” using Pixton.com, a website that provides tools for anybody to easily create their own graphic comic strip or novel.
Teaching Shakespeare in middle school is always a challenge, noted teacher Grace Mueller. “Pixton comics provided motivation for comprehension. It was not only fun for the students, but there were so many options the students could use to make the comic fit the scene,” she said. “All the alternative facial expressions and body movements as well as using speech bubbles added to their ability to get just the right mood.”
Pixton, a FanTrust client, inspires budding and experienced comic creators around the world with simple tools for conceptualizing, producing, publishing and remixing original comics, and provides instant translation in 40 languages.