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Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Frames

Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Share

Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Support a UDL approach with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 11, 2018 11:24:42 AM

Using multiple approaches helps us teach all learners to high standards. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model, developed by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), can help you design teaching and learning in your classroom to accommodate differences and improve learning for all students.

The UDL model is designed with the brain’s affective, recognition, and strategic networks in mind. The universal design model helps you support student learning through:

  • Multiple means of representation
  • Multiple means of action and expression
  • Multiple means of engagement

Wixie can help you implement a UDL approach in all three domains.

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Topics: universal design, special education, udl

The Human Creation Station: Building New Knowledge with Constructionism

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jun 8, 2018 12:05:54 PM

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post was written by Ryan Schaaf, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Notre Dame of Maryland University, and author of Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation. 

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Topics: Wixie, constructionism

Training step 4 - Creating and sharing customized curriculum in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 23, 2018 9:20:17 AM

The previous posts in the Wixie training series focused on:

  1. ensuring that teachers know what students can do with Wixie
  2. introducing teachers to Wixie's student authoring tools,
  3. and using, creating, and assigning Wixie activities.

If you are training teachers who have already used Wixie in their classrooms, work with them to build skills and instructional expertise and develop curriculum materials to share with other educators in your school or district.

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Topics: Wixie, training

Training step 3 - Using and assigning Wixie activities

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 21, 2018 9:02:04 AM

The first two posts in the Wixie training series focused on ensuring that teachers have a clear idea of why to use Wixie and what students can do with it as well as introduced teachers to Wixie's student authoring tools..

The next step is to build awareness and confidence in using Wixie's teacher tools. A great place to start is with the curriculum library and assignment feature. 

Wixie’s Curriculum Library includes hundreds of standards-based activities. Teachers can customize and assign these activities to specific students in their classes and provide feedback as the students are working.

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Topics: Wixie, training

Training step 2 - Wixie's student authoring tools

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 17, 2018 7:32:51 AM

The first post in the Wixie training series focuses on ensuring that teachers have a clear idea of why to use Wixie and what students can do with it. The next step is to make them comfortable with the tools in Wixie that allow students to create these projects.

While some teachers may be comfortable with a general idea of a product's features, most teachers prefer to know something about how to use the tools themselves before starting with their students. Empower teachers to become digital learners and multimedia communicators themselves by asking them to create their own Wixie project by:

  • starting from a blank screen,
  • opening one of the Templates available to students, 
  • or using one of the tutorials in the training library.
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Topics: Wixie, training

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