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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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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

Frames Icon

Frames

Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Share

Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Melinda Kolk

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Training step 2 - Wixie's student authoring tools

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 17, 2018 7:32:51 AM

The first post in the Wixie training series focuses on ensuring that teachers have a clear idea of why to use Wixie and what students can do with it. The next step is to make them comfortable with the tools in Wixie that allow students to create these projects.

While some teachers may be comfortable with a general idea of a product's features, most teachers prefer to know something about how to use the tools themselves before starting with their students. Empower teachers to become digital learners and multimedia communicators themselves by asking them to create their own Wixie project by:

  • starting from a blank screen,
  • opening one of the Templates available to students, 
  • or using one of the tutorials in the training library.
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Topics: Wixie, training

Training step 1 - Why use Wixie and what can students do with it?

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 16, 2018 10:25:11 AM

If you are responsible for getting teachers to use Wixie and are designing your summer training, your first task is to make teachers aware of what they and their students can do with Wixie. Teachers aren't going to use a new tool if they don't know how it will benefit their students!

Showing teachers what they can do with Wixie in the classroom creates a solid foundation for successful integration into classroom learning. It also helps teachers more quickly make connections between the resources and tools they are learning in Wixie and how they can be used in their specific classrooms with their individual learners.

Be sure to anticipate their questions and be ready to answer how Wixie can:

  • engage their students in the curriculum and help improve understanding and thinking.
  • make it easy to manage and share student digital work.

If you have used Wixie before, share a story about what you did, what students created, and how you managed the project. Be sure to share samples of students work as well as their response to working with Wixie.

Here are ideas and resources to help you help educators integrate Wixie for powerful student learning.

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Topics: Wixie, training

Create Mother's Day and Father's Day memories with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 4, 2018 8:55:04 AM

From templates you can print, to eCards that contain recorded messages, Wixie makes it easy to create Mother's Day and Father's Day messages parents will love.

Creating Cards for Print

The Wixie Curriculum Library (Activities tab) includes sample templates for both Mother's Day and Father's Day in the appropriate Month by Month folders. Similar to a web of character traits, the templates are designed for students to easily add what they love and are most thankful for about their parents. They can also use Wixie's paint tools to add original artwork to further show off their unique personalities.

  

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, writing, card, ecard

Use Wixie to engage learners in creating comics and graphic novels

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 2, 2018 1:28:16 PM

Comics and graphic novels are colorful, playful, and viewed as fun to read. Creating comics and graphic novels in Wixie can help you engage students in the curriculum and build powerful 21st century literacies.

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Topics: Wixie, comic, retell, graphic novel

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

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