To make technology integration easier we've created several curriculum and technology kits with ideas to help you get started and inspire you to continue. Your Wixie subscription also includes a library filled with over 1000 curriculum-based activities you can assign or even customize. Here are steps you can follow to create your own activities and templates.
Activities and templates can look a lot of different ways and fulfill different needs. But no matter what type of template or activity you create, you need to do three things:
- Name file, choose level, and connect standards
- Create page content
- Add instructions
To get started, log in to your Wixie teacher account. Click the Wixie button at the dashboard to start using the Wixie authoring application.
If you haven't yet built a project in Wixie, the application will launch to a blank page. If you have created projects, the application will launch to the Projects view. If this is the case, click the New Project button in the bar at the top of the Projects view.
Name file and connect standards
Once you see a blank page, click the Wixie button in the upper left corner and choose Project Information.
Change the name from Untitled to something that make sense for the activity or template. Choose the grade level or grade levels for the project and write a brief description.
Click the Options tab to connect the activity to a standards goal. This way, when a student completes the activity, it will show their progress in their Standards grid. This information will also help you, and other teachers you share it with, find it more easily from the Activities tab of the teacher dashboard.
Create page content
Use the options, paint tools and media from the library to build content on the page or pages of your activity or template. Keep things simple with a few images and empty boxes ready for student text. Add additional pages for each separate idea or student task. If you add objects, use the Edit menu options to lock, clone and protect the objects.
What you add and create will depend on the type of activity or template you are designing. For example you can design:
• a basic page structure for a reflective journal.
• a drag and drop check for understanding.
• a graphic organizer or thinking routine.
• a project starter, such as backgrounds for a narrative writing project.
Add student instructions
If your activity will open to a specific folder in the Library panel (such as tangrams), you can add text directly the page. If not, you can add instructions to the Options panel so students have more room to write and share ideas and understanding on the page.
To add instructions, click the background or white space on the page. Go to the Edit menu and choose Instructions.
Type instructions you want students to read in the box. Take care to choose words appropriate to the reading ability of your learners. Click the Record button to record verbal instructions for students that might need the instructions read to them because of age or 504/IEP.
Use the slider at the bottom to add the same instructions to every page of the project. This is helpful if you have created a template for journaling or notetaking. If each page is unique, simply move to that page, click the Edit button and choose Instructions to give more specific directions.
Once you are finished, click the Wixie button and choose Home to move back to your teacher dashboard.
Click the Activities tab and find your file. Click the Actions button and choose Assign.
At the pop-up dialog, choose the class and students you want to assign the project to, as well as the date range it will be available from their project view. Click OK to assign.
Since you put in all of this effort designing your curriculum, consider sharing it with other teachers at your school or district through the Project Manager tab. You can also open the activity in the authoring application and click Send to export a file you can share on the Trading Post.
Bonus: Connect Assessment!
And one last idea...If you are ready to create your own custom materials in Wixie, you are ready to start using the assessment tool as well!
Click the Assessment tab at the teacher dashboard to connect an existing rubric or create your own rubric-style assessment or checklist. Watch this how-to video to learn more about creating and connecting assessments to your Wixie assignments.
It's time to put your instructional expertise to work and start designing your own Wixie curriculum materials! And don't forget to share!