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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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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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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Tech4Learning Blog
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Get students making for Earth Day

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 11, 2018 1:13:03 PM

Earth Day makes it easy to tap into student passion and connect them to the natural world around them. Here are some ideas for using Wixie for Earth Day projects to get your students making as they:
  • share knowledge and ideas from their research to inform others,
  • raise awareness of the impact of human activity on the environment,
  • connect others to the natural world around them,
  • change minds and behavior for lasting impact.

As students connect their research to action, rather than telling them what to make, work with your students to discuss effective products and solutions they can create to achieve these goals. Here are some ideas you can share with them to get their creative juices flowing.

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Topics: Wixie, STEM, create, science

Wixie and the Real World of Math: Jungle Gym Geometry

Posted by Scott Loomis on Apr 9, 2018 9:07:38 AM

First graders continue to develop their geometric understanding of two- and three-dimensions shapes by moving beyond the simple attribute identification and shape creation they learned in kindergarten to defining attributes and creating composite shapes. First graders also get their first assessed look at fractions via the part-whole relationship and are asked to partition triangles and rectangles into equal shares.

Editor's Note: This blog is part of a series of posts from former math specialist Scott Loomis on the real world math templates he has created for Wixie and how you can use and modify them for your own awesome performance tasks. You can read the backstory on his experience and expertise below.

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Topics: Wixie, math, real world of math

Get started with Wixie: Word Problems

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 4, 2018 10:09:23 AM

The ability to decode and solve word problems is standard across Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for grades K-5, but many students struggle to decode the numbers and relationships in these problems.

Visualizing word problems in Wixie by using the paint tools to draw models or by adding images from the media library can help students better identify key pieces of a problem and the relations between them. Students can use these same tools to design their own word problems, building a better understanding of the pieces and relationships in the sentences, as they work to create the structure themselves. 

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Topics: Wixie, math

Implement Webb's Depth of Knowledge in Primary Grades with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 27, 2018 9:05:14 AM

In 1997, Norman Webb developed depth-of-knowledge levels to facilitate the evaluation of questions and tasks in grade-level and standards-based assessments. Many educators have found these levels to be useful in evaluating the cognitive complexity of their own instructional tasks. 

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Topics: Wixie, Depth of Knowledge, DOK, Webb's DOK, Webb's Depth of Knowledge

5 reasons to use technology in your reading program

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 14, 2018 1:50:19 PM

Technology is an integral part of almost every aspect of life today. While reading will always be an essential skill, combining technology and reading instruction can help you connect learners to the books they read, better evaluate their comprehension, and build essential literacy skills like vocabulary, research, and fluency.

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Topics: Wixie, reading

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