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.