Get started using Wixie with students by having them start projects from the Templates library, such as All About Me projects, wanted posters, or trading cards. You only need to give them a bit of direction, and they learn to use Wixie in a way that sets the stage for their working autonomously.
When students log in to their accounts for the first time, Wixie opens to a blank page. When they all look at you for what to do, tell them to click the Projects button at the top of their Wixie application.
This opens a student's Projects Manager. In the future, students will use the Project Manager Wixie to launch projects after they have created this first project.
Have students click the Templates tab to see files they can use at any time.
Which template should you have them open for a first project? Here are some ideas.
All About Me folder
The folder of All About Me templates are great ways to get to know your students at the beginning of the school year, or if you are starting a new semester with new students.
*Depending on your grade-level settings, you may not see all of these Templates.
Get primary students started using the paint tools with the All About My Family template. Most classes have a few students who have experience with technology and paint programs. Since it may not take them as long to paint, help them learn to record a description of their family or move to the next page and learn how to add images from the Library. These experts can then help you teach other students who are ready for these skills.
Intermediate students can open the Bio Poem template and focus on adding and editing text. Once they finish writing, they can explore the Library panel to add additional art or record narration to share more information about themselves.
Since they are inexpensive and portable, many students have experienced using a small wooden tool to scratch and create art, whether as an activity at home or in the back seat of a car on a road trip.
The Wixie Templates tab includes a Scratch Art folder with a files have a range of colorful backgrounds. Students use Wixie’s Eraser tool on the Paint panel to “scratch” and create their designs.
While students can use the scratch art files to simply create artwork, they can also use them to design a greeting card. They can either add page to type a message or capture a voice message using the recording feature. Since Wixie projects exist online, you simply need to share the URL with the recipient for them to view the ecard.
Wanted posters, trading cards, and more
Many of the templates can be used with a specific curriculum objective. For example, in Language Arts, have students open the Character Traits template to draw a picture and share information about the protagonist in a story or informational text you have been reading. Use the SuperHero ID card in a Social Studies context to have students share what they have learned about a person from history.
The Wanted Poster and Trading Card templates let students focus on writing content with minimal need for additional Wixie expertise. Wanted posters and trading cards can be used in almost any curriculum area as well as for a creative approach to vocabulary.
Research and Graphic Organizers folders
The Templates tab also includes a Research folder with pages for note taking, as well as a Graphic Organizer folder filled with templates like Venn diagrams, 5Ws, Fact or Fiction, and more. For a first Wixie project, you may want to direct students to use a specific one, but showing students where to find and use these on their own, opens the door to their taking charge of their learning.
No matter which first project you choose to do with your students, starting with Templates that students open sets a strong foundation for student autonomy and responsibility for learning. Now, in addition to students working on assignments that directd their actions, students have the expertise to open templates as they need to support classroom content and thinking.