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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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Melinda Kolk

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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

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

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