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Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

Frames Icon

Frames

Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Use Wixie to build writing skills in elementary

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 13, 2017 1:22:18 PM

The Common Core State Standards for Language Arts state that media skills should be blended throughout the reading and writing standards. Wixie provides a powerful platform for students to “employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use.” 

In the elementary classroom, it is important to engage students in reading both literature and informational text, teach them how to organize both information and thinking, and provide engaging practice in narrative, informational, and argument writing. Students can use Wixie to both organize and showcase their writing.

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Topics: common core, Wixie, writing

Getting started with Wixie in a first-grade classroom

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Aug 31, 2017 8:22:36 AM

Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Jeannie Warrick and Janine Ritter, first-grade teachers at St. Pius X Catholic School in Indiana.

We have been using technology to reach our first-grade learners for the past 15 years and this year will be our 8th year with Wixie! When we first got our computer lab at school, we could only find drill applications and games, but eventually discovered creative applications, like Wixie, we could use with our young learners.

Wixie makes it easy to teach our young students technology communication skills they will need in many different applications, and Wixie's auto-save feature means our young learners do not need to worry about losing their work. Wixie is so easy and kid friendly, it is our main tool for the lower grades. 

Wixie works for our teachers too! While we have a lab, classroom teachers are responsible for designing the technology projects our students create there. We love how easy it is to assign and design our lessons using the pre-made templates in the Wixie curriculum library. 

At the beginning of the year, we introduce our first-grade students to Wixie through a series of five projects that teach Wixie basics to develop a solid foundation they can use in later projects. Here are our ideas.

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Topics: Wixie

Creating Portfolios in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Aug 15, 2017 3:22:11 PM

A portfolio is designed to show a student's growth in learning and their development of specific skills. Developing a digital portfolio actively engages students in the learning process by making them responsible for demonstrating their learning. 

Wixie includes a built-in portfolio students can use to demonstrate their learning over time, making it easy to show parents and other stakeholders the learning that is happening in the classroom for their student.

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Topics: Wixie

Getting Ready for Back-to-School with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 31, 2017 9:18:39 AM

The new school year is creeping up, and for many of you, it is already here! If you want to make Wixie and integral tool in your classroom, it is important to start using it immediately. Here are 3 ideas for getting using Wixie with your students.

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Getting student data ready for Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 13, 2017 1:45:17 PM

Before students and teachers can begin working with Wixie, accounts need to be created so they can log in. This process of setting up accounts and classes is called provisioning.  Provisioning accounts involves entering or uploading data for each user that provides basic account information such as a username and password, along with class and school associations.

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Topics: Wixie

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