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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.

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Using Wixie to meet math standards in Kindergarten

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 15, 2017 11:26:27 AM

Kindergarten students need to build solid foundations with number sense, learning to represent quantities of objects with numerals and comparing their value. They are also beginning to identify shapes and describing objects in the world using these new terms.

Wixie's Activities library includes over 70 Kindergarten math activities you can use for formative assessment purposes or tasks for student work at centers and in station rotations.

Teachers can assign Wixie activities directly to students, or customize to differentiate them for specific learners in their classroom. Instructions for students show in the Wixie interface and you can also record instructions for your emerging readers. 

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Topics: Wixie, assessment, curriculum, activities

Supporting 6+1 Trait Writing with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 3, 2017 10:06:31 AM

Designed by teachers and educators at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, the The 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment organizes writing skills into 7 “traits” that provide a common language for writing instruction.

The traits are:

  1. Ideas
  2. Organization
  3. Voice
  4. Word Choice
  5. Sentence Fluency
  6. Conventions
  7. Presentation

Discussing writing in terms of these traits helps student see what 'good' writing looks like, as well as focus on specific actions they can take to improve their writing. Here are some ideas for using Wixie to support student writing with each of the 6+1 Trait® skills.

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Topics: Wixie, writing

Using Wixie's curriculum library to find, customize, and assign activities

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 18, 2017 6:45:06 AM

Wixie is a digital tool that gives students tools to show what they know and share their ideas through their art, their voice, and their writing. While students can use Wixie as a digital canvas for their work, you can use the resources in Wixie's Curriculum Library for quick formative assessments and to support students as they complete performance tasks. 

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Topics: common core, Wixie, assessment, activities, assignments

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

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