Pixlr Express

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Megan Leppla, Common Sense Media
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Seemingly simple photo tool is full of creative resources.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic photography techniques as well as art concepts as they edit their own photos using Pixlr Express'' tools. They will make choices to get the images they like, using imagination and creativity as well as more concrete artistic skills. Pixlr Express gets kids involved in the creative process of photography; it's a versatile tool. 

 

Ease of Play

It may be easy for some kids to just pick up the app and start making, while others may struggle to get started. The lack of tutorials or an informational guide makes it challenging to understand the potential of the tools.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pixlr Express is a photography app with all the basic tools for any budding photographer. It can introduce kids to art techniques; some art vocabulary is used, but it's also just a fun and simple photo editor for beginners. Kids can easily share their images via email (among other platforms), while in-app galleries remain private.

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What's it about?

Kids begin by choosing to capture a photo in-app, pull from an image in their camera roll, or assemble a collage with their photos, with various creative editing options within each choice. Photo creations are stored in a gallery, saved to your camera roll, or easily shared across a variety of platforms. As they play around with the various tools in the app, kids can learn specific art and design techniques involving line, color, and composition.

Is it any good?

The open-ended nature of this app lets kids set their own pace and discover new techniques to get creative with. Although the focus is on photography techniques, Pixlr Express’ best asset is that it can empower kids to make a personal connection to understanding basic art techniques. Projects can range from basic filters to complex layered works. No matter how kids use this app, they’ll get experience using digital art skills. One note: Although the tools allow kids to be creative, the app would benefit from having tutorials or prompts to help them get started. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about digital art. Does it have less value than traditional art, or is it the same? Why?

  • Families can work together to identify specific art techniques within the app.

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