Great ideas for first animation projects

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 9, 2014 10:49:00 AM

Frames has tools that make it perfect for stopmotion, cartooning, claymation, and digital storytelling. While there are a lot of features, it doesn’t have to be difficult to get started.

Like all our tools, you will find Recipe tutorials that can help you learn enough to have the confidence to start with your students. You can follow the tutorial directions to build some really fun curriculum projects, or use them as inspiration. Here are some ideas.

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Topics: frames, digital storytelling, claymation, stopmotion, animation

Winter lesson ideas for primary and elementary classrooms

Posted by Danielle Abernethy on Dec 2, 2014 10:59:49 AM

Winter may not officially start until December 21st, but it sure seems as if Mother Nature has other ideas for much of the United States!

While you may already have the winter blues, the winter weather provides lots of opportunities to engage students in science learning and a creative approach to informational reading and writing. 

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Topics: common core, Wixie, activities

How to get your child started with Pixie at home

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 17, 2014 3:47:00 PM

Holiday season is upon us! I can tell because my in-box is starting to fill up with emails from parents looking to buy Pixie for their child at home and teachers looking to recommend Pixie as a gift option for their students.

Pixie is a great way to bring “school” home, while avoiding worksheet, or workbook, style activities. But when Pixie opens for the first time, a lot of parents (although not many kids), can be intimidated by that blank white page! What in the world are you supposed to do? 

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Topics: pixie, parent guides

Using Special Characters in Tech4Learning Tools

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 11, 2014 3:21:05 PM

Tech4Learning tools effective in helping students acquire a second language, and students can even use Tech4Learning tools in other languages!

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Topics: pixie, ell, frames, literacy, share, Wixie

Engage readers with creative projects during “Picture Book Month”

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 6, 2014 7:24:00 AM

"A picture book is what you read to someone sitting on your lap." Nick Bruel

Most of us have fond memories of reading with our parents or children. We probably even have a favorite picture book or picture book series. November is Picture Book Month and it’s time to celebrate that love!

No matter what grade your students are in, it’s time to get out the picture books and don’t limit your celebrations to just reading them. While most students love listening too and looking at picture books, they also want to write, make, and publish! Combine reading with technology and creative projects to engage learners and engage students in reading.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, literature, writing, ePub