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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

Recent Posts

Get students thinking with graphic organizers

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 12, 2018 4:29:18 PM

Graphic organizers are a great tool for helping students organize their thinking. Graphic organizers combine text and visuals to show connections between ideas, making large amounts of information easier to understand. 

While students can draw circles and connections on paper, technology makes it much easier to rearrange, edit, and identify new connections. Wixie includes templates for specific types of graphic organizers like Venn diagrams and T-charts as well as images and paint options students can use to create their own organizers from scratch.

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Topics: Wixie, graphic organizer

Connect elementary students to books with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 9, 2018 10:37:00 AM

Are you looking for fun ideas to connect your students to reading during National Book Month? Here are four ways to get your elementary learners creating with Wixie to engage with both literature and informational texts they are reading.

Create comics to summarize and retell

While many students love reading, others do not enjoy it. Many of these students can be turned on to reading fiction and nonfiction with the use of comics. Asking students to create comics that retell stories and information, engages them in the process of summarizing and using non-linguistic representations to share their knowledge and thinking, both strategies found by Marzano’s team to increase student achievement.

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Topics: Wixie

Connect primary learners to books with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 1, 2018 1:36:54 PM

Here are four Wixie ideas to get your primary learners engaged with the books and informational texts they are reading during National Book Month and all year!

1. Oral Retelling and Sentence Strips

Primary readers are expected to be able to retell key ideas and details from the books they are listening to others read or reading themselves. Since many are emerging as readers and writers, ask them to draw and tell as much as write and type.

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Topics: Wixie, literacy

First Projects for Primary: Character Traits

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 25, 2018 10:49:58 AM

Starting as early as first grade, Common Core State Standards state that students should be able to “describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.” (RL.1.3) You can evaluate the ability of your young learners to recall and retell key details by having them complete a character traits cluster diagram in Wixie.

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Topics: Wixie, graphic organizer

Visualizing antonyms in Wixie to help primary learners build vocabulary

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 14, 2018 11:07:34 AM

Illustrating antonym pairs, or words with opposite meanings, is a great way to start young learners building vocabulary in WixieStudents can use Wixie to combine text, images and voice narration to help them better learn and remember new vocabulary (dual coding theory).

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Topics: Wixie

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