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Software for student publishing and creativity.

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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.

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Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog

Reflecting and Goal Setting with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 5, 2016 10:25:05 AM

Part of becoming a powerful thinker is reflecting on your progress. Pairing this reflection process with goal setting and action plans helps students gain confidence in their ability to see and follow a path to what they want to achieve.

You can use Wixie to help students reflect on achievements this year and set goals for next year. Because student work in Wixie resides in the cloud and students are using it over and over, it makes a great place to create and store both reflections and goals.

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Ideas for using backgrounds in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 28, 2016 8:34:40 AM

One of the more subtle features in Wixie is the difference between the background, paint, and objects layer.  If you know how things behave in each of these layers, you can do things like change the color of a sticker.

This blog focuses on backgrounds. Unlike stickers, which float above the paint layer, backgrounds exist behind the paint layer. In essence, that means you can paint over a background without destroying it!

The easiest way to add a background is through the Backgrounds folder in the Library.

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Developing Wixie student leaders

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 22, 2016 2:48:30 PM

You have likely heard about student-led help desks and “Genius Bars” being implemented to support 1:1 technology implementations. In these situations, students take a leadership role in providing support to students and teachers trying to use hardware and applications central to technology integration plans at their site. You can use a similar approach to support a Wixie implementation.

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Topics: Wixie, technology integration

Meet the 4Cs with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 15, 2016 9:00:07 AM

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) was founded to bring together schools, businesses, the government, and community to develop goals and solutions that ensure students gain the skills they need to successfully meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. After working for several years, P21 developed the 4Cs model, which in addition to the 3R’s traditionally taught in school, focused on the need to help students develop skills in: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. 

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Topics: Wixie, 21st century classroom, 4Cs

Extend the learning day with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 6, 2016 6:19:06 AM

Wixie is a digital canvas students can use to demonstrate their learning. Because Wixie works in the cloud, students and teachers can use it in the classroom as well as extend the learning day after they leave their school building!

Because Wixie works in the cloud, students can start a project at school on one device and finish working on it at home on another. (Wixie works through a browser on Window and Macintosh computers and Chromebooks and through an app on Android tablets and iPads).

Teachers can use Wixie to comment on and evaluate student work completed at school or home. They can use the teacher tools to customize and assign differentiated activities when they are logged in at school or when they are planning instruction at home. 

Wixie provides opportunities to reinforce classroom learning through additional practice or extended work.

If students have access to devices at home, teachers can assign additional learning activities as homework. Teachers can easily differentiate these activities to reinforce learning for those who need it, while providing extensions for students who need a little push to go beyond.

Students can continue these personalized assignments where families can support them and teachers can provide feedback through comments on their progress.

Wixie promotes parent and family engagement by making them part of the learning team.  

Wixie provides a window into a child’s classroom work and opportunities for families to work with their child on classroom projects. Students can log in to their account to show off their effort and progress at school and families can work together to create stories about events and ideals important to their family.

If parents are uncertain about how to approach work in Wixie with their child, they can simply support the activities assigned by their teacher. They can also refer to parent guides filled with ideas appropriate to the level of their child.

Wixie motivates learners and helps them build confidence in expressing themselves.

Wixie contains a range of tools that allow students to express their passions, interests, and feelings.  While they can use Wixie to complete additional instructional tasks beyond the walls of their classroom, most will choose to use Wixie for play and self-expression. As they combine text, visual images, illustrations, and narration to explore an idea or tell a story, they practice essential 21st century literacies, building confidence in their ability to use technology as a tool communicate their ideas.

Best of all, students can use Wixie without adult help!

Wixie is easy to use and students can use most of the tools without instruction. While young students may need help logging in the first time at home, many students can easily access and share their work and teach the adults in their homes how to use the tools!

Wixie includes built-in help resources students can use to find answers to specific questions as well as explore and learn new technology skills. Other students enjoy exploring what a tool can do and pressing as many options as they can find, leading to new expertise they can share proudly when they return to school.  

If you are interested in ways to get parents on board with Wixie, check out this great article on Using Wixie to Enhance Home-School Connections from Wixie-using educators in Baltimore County Public Schools. You can also find a video on distributing student logins via the Parent letters in the teacher portal on our Wixie YouTube channel.

You can also find many of the resources in this blog on the Wixie Parent's Page.

Happy creating!

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