Best practices for collaborating in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 7, 2015 9:33:26 AM

Wixie makes it easy to implement blended learning and is obviously a great tool for helping students build the 21st century skills of creativity and communication. Wixie’s sharing capabilities can also help you foster student skills in collaboration.

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Topics: Wixie, 21st century classroom, collaboration

Use poetry to build vocabulary and comprehension at all levels of language acquisition

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 25, 2015 11:45:00 AM

Because of its combination of concise and purposeful text, both reading and writing poetry offers fantastic opportunities to engage English Language Learners at a variety of levels.

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Topics: ell, common core, literacy

Reaching all learners with Wixie and Pixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Feb 6, 2015 11:27:00 AM

Publishing and creativity tools like Wixie and Pixie lets students share what they know through their art, their voice, and their writing.

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Topics: universal design, special education, udl

Using Wixie to increase an ELL’s ability to understand Common Core

Posted by Carolyn Daly on Jan 19, 2015 3:19:00 PM

Fact:  10% of students enrolled in our schools today are second language learners.
Fact:  ELL’s need to spend at least 50% of their instructional time “producing” oral language.
Fact:  ELL’s students will be assessed on the Common Core Standards in the majority of the states.

With these facts in mind, how do you start preparing students for learning in another language in a meaningful and deep way as the new Common Core standards propose?

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Topics: ell, common core, literacy

Transport your students with chroma key

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 6, 2015 4:50:07 PM

Using chroma key is a great way to transport your students across time and space. What is chroma key?

When you use chroma key, you combine two images (or videos) together by removing a specific color (or making it transparent) from the top image.

When you use chroma key, the top image includes a main character in front of a single color. You may have heard of 'blue screen" or "green screen" because of the common use of these hues.

Even if you aren't familiar with the techniques, you probably have some idea how it works already. Think about a weather reporter. They stand in front of a map that you know isn't really there. That is because the map, or background changes, and they are really standing in front of a green screen.

Using the idea of chroma key, students can become:

  • explorers in a different time or place
  • protagonists in their own story
  • tour guides at historical sites
  • part of personalize greetings
  • comic book heroes
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Topics: digital storytelling, animation