Hashtag hoopla - guest post by Dr. Laura Spencer

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 28, 2014 10:49:00 AM

I received this fantastic story last week from our good friend and great educator Laura Spencer. She agreed to share it through a guest blog. Enjoy, Melinda

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I love books! How I get my students to build literacy and love books too

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jun 19, 2014 9:29:00 AM

This is a guest blog post by Heather Temske, a 4th grade teacher at Sweet Apple Elementary in Roswell, Georgia. You can meet her in person at ISTE 2014 or follow her on Twitter at @htemske.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, literature

Wixie project ideas for the end of school and all summer long

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 23, 2014 12:01:00 PM

One of the best parts about Wixie may be that students can use it over the summer if they have access to a computer or tablet. Student log ins should, and generally do, remain the same even if districts switch over to the new school year.

While students who are going to log in to write, draw, and create over the summer may not need help with ideas, you can encourage others by "assigning" a scrapbook template, list of goals, or similar to spark ideas.

Here are few Wixie project ideas to help your students remember this year (if you are still in school!), look forward to next year, think about summer, and keep writing even if/when school is out.

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Topics: common core, Wixie, project, writing

Motivate with Print Products in Wixie and Pixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 21, 2014 1:10:00 PM

Wixie and Pixie are exciting digital tools students love to use to show what they know. While digital is fantastic (you really can't beat student voice in a project), you can also use Wixie and Pixie to print booklets, trading cards, and comics.

Students need to create artifacts of their learning, and digital tools make it easy to develop 

professional looking products they see in the world around them. While there is certainly nothing wrong with construction paper and crayons, these look like learning artifacts created for a teacher.

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Topics: pbl, literacy, writing, comic, print

Using Wixie in primary classroom computer centers

Posted by Scott Loomis on Apr 2, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Whenever I visit a primary classroom, I commonly see students rotating from table to table to complete activities in literacy, math, or science centers. But at the same time, I often see computers in the corner simply screaming for attention during this time.

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Topics: common core, Wixie, assessment, primary