Using Wixie in Sixth Grade Language Arts

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jun 18, 2015 5:10:42 PM

Wixie provides students with tools to combine original artwork, images, text, and voice narration to create a range of products including how-to instructions, digital stories, ebooks, comics, and more.

In sixth grade, students are transitioning from thinking like a child to thinking like an adult. They are capable of dealing with conflict and complexity, and should be asked to create products for use by other people that challenge their abilities. Work in Wixie should involve lots of writing and creativity as they explore the new boundaries of their thinking.

Here are a few ideas drawn for the Common Core State Standards for Grade 6

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Topics: Wixie, 21st century classroom, authentic task, comprehension,, secondary

Best practices for collaborating in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 7, 2015 9:33:26 AM

Wixie makes it easy to implement blended learning and is obviously a great tool for helping students build the 21st century skills of creativity and communication. Wixie’s sharing capabilities can also help you foster student skills in collaboration.

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Topics: Wixie, 21st century classroom, collaboration

Use poetry to build vocabulary and comprehension at all levels of language acquisition

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 25, 2015 11:45:00 AM

Because of its combination of concise and purposeful text, both reading and writing poetry offers fantastic opportunities to engage English Language Learners at a variety of levels.

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Topics: ell, common core, literacy

Reaching all learners with Wixie and Pixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Feb 6, 2015 11:27:00 AM

Publishing and creativity tools like Wixie and Pixie lets students share what they know through their art, their voice, and their writing.

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Topics: universal design, special education, udl

Using Wixie to increase an ELL’s ability to understand Common Core

Posted by Carolyn Daly on Jan 19, 2015 3:19:00 PM

Fact:  10% of students enrolled in our schools today are second language learners.
Fact:  ELL’s need to spend at least 50% of their instructional time “producing” oral language.
Fact:  ELL’s students will be assessed on the Common Core Standards in the majority of the states.

With these facts in mind, how do you start preparing students for learning in another language in a meaningful and deep way as the new Common Core standards propose?

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Topics: ell, common core, literacy