Welcome to Piximakey Education
The waiting is over. Finally you can get Piximakey for your school or kindergarten. We have been looking forward to this for a very long time and would like to welcome you into our community. Together let's make learning playful with stop motion animation.
A physical-digital educational toolkit
Piximakey’s animation universe combines the physical and digital, so you can get started on the creative work right away. The compact wooden suitcase is your physical toolkit, with device stands, backdrops, and special stop-motion animation clay. The free Piximakey app is your digital toolkit, which combines images, motion, and sound. Everything is designed in cooperation with educators, teachers, and children aged three and up, and with one click, your movie is ready to share - or further edited in iMovie, if you want it more advanced.
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Meaningful screen time - digital creativity
Stop motion animation is an incredibly efficient way to utilize technology in education in a meaningful way. There’s no need to invest in more electronics to get started - On the contrary, you can use the iPads or mobile devices you already have. Many passionate educators are already at it, and kindergarteners and teenagers alike are benefiting greatly from making stop motion.
No matter the course or subject you’re working with, animation can be used as a tool for communication. With stop motion, you can work with pictures, motion, and sound in an easy-accessible way that encourages creativity and cooperation. In the past, getting started has been difficult and time-consuming, but now there’s a plug’n’play solution: Piximakey Stop Motion Studio.
Piximakey’s competence tree
When we work with stop motion and with 21st century competencies, we see it as a tree with three main branches: Literacy Skills, Learning SKills, and Life Skills.
User-friendly design, so even a three-year-old can animate on their own. You see the functions you need, when you need them, and you’ll be guided from the first picture to sound-recording and sharing of the finished movie. Developed for iOS and Android.
Literacy Skills include children's ability to handle, decode, and use technology, information, and media. When we use tablets and mobiles for stop motion, the students relate to both the purely technical, e.g. how the phone's camera takes a good picture, and the more artistic, where message, image, and sound merge on a digital platform.
The second branch we refer to as Learning Skills, and it includes the four C’s: Critical Thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. When children make films together, they go through a creative collaborative process that challenges them on many levels. Ideas must be translated into reality, and this requires compromises, problem solving, and cooperation. Furthermore, working with stop motion develops children's ability to critically decode video, as they experience how easy it is to deceive the viewer with the help of animation, background music, and editing.
The third branch, Life Skills, includes universal abilities that you take with you through life. Personal skills such as initiative, productivity, leadership, and social skills are essential for doing well in adulthood, both in and out of work. When a group of children make a film together, it is essentially a creative production that they themselves control. There is typically an overall framework, such as a theme or a time limit, but other than that, the children themselves must define tasks, go from talk to action, prioritise, cut from and complete a product. Stop motion provides far greater opportunities to change direction along the way than live recordings, so the above competencies are trained from start to finish.