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.
Before you begin
Students don’t necessarily know how to work together productively. Before you begin a collaborative project, talk to students about what great collaboration looks like. Push them beyond a simple definition like “working together” to clearly articulate how team members should act.
Talk about behaviors that make for successful group work. Post the list of norms you develop together as a reminder of how students should be working during the process. You may want to add some of these specific behaviors to your rubric or evaluation process as well.
You can also to utilize roles to help you and students manage the project. If students are new to collaboration, assign roles to them. But if they have collaborated before, have students assign roles to team members after their group has been formed.
Roles often revolve around the type of work done, such leader, recorder, timekeeper, etc. You can also use roles that have more of a career slant, such as:
Even if you don’t use roles for all team members, choosing a leader will make management easier. If the project begins from a template or Wixie activity, you can assign it to the team leader, who can then share pieces. Team leaders can be your key point of contact, so that you can have quick check-ins while everyone is working, rather than taking time to talk to everyone at the same time.
Sharing work between Wixie accounts
Before any student adds content to a Wixie project, whether they are working together or on their individual part of it, they need to set up the Wixie file so that it is shared! This way, even if a student is absent in the future, team members can access this portion of the project.
While the file is open, click the Wixie button on the toolbar and choose Share.
Students won’t see a visible difference as they are working within the project. However, if the file is closed, and students return to the My Projects view, the project will show a Sharing icon in the top left corner.
It is especially important to set up of a project for sharing if a team has chosen to first work together to brainstorm storyboarding their ideas in a single Wixie file. If the file is shared and the team leader is absent the next day of project work, individual team members can still access and import the pages they have been tasked to complete.
Importing pages from other students into your project
To import pages from a shared project, click the Wixie button and choose Import Pages.
At the Import Pages dialog, click the name of the student with the project you want to import. The projects they have shared will show on the right.
Click the project that contains the pages you want to import and click the Choose Pages button.
You will see all of the pages in the project. Click the page you want to import.
To choose more than one page, press and hold the CTRL key on the keyboard and click each page you want import.
Click the Import Pages button.
The page, or pages, will be imported after the current page in your project.
Repeat this process for each member of the team, to collect the work they have done into a single file into your account.
Before sharing your work, be sure to explore information from the other team members so that you are all on the same page for your presentation.
Enjoy your collaboration!