Students love to be a part of their project and it is easy to make students the star of a show in a beginning of the year All About Me project. Now, imagine transporting your students back in time to be part of the culture they are studying, or taking a first-person approach to writing about an animal, or sharing a personal opinion on a poster to encourage others to take action!
You can get students "into" a Wixie project using your device's camera or taking pictures against a "green screen" in your classroom.
Using a camera/green screen in Wixie, students can become:
- explorers in a different time or place.
- protagonists in their own story.
- tour guides at historical sites.
- part of personalize greetings.
- comic book heroes.
Not only does this help students connect more personally to the content they are studying, because their image is on screen they take additional pride in sharing high-quality information and opinions. For example, you might include their image on a book review or as the reviewer in a movie-style book trailer. Taking on the persona of a person from history, or animal they are learning about, moves "being an expert" to a whole different level.
Involving studes in interviews is another way to help them engage with the content. Instead of writing a report about a topic they have researched, ask students to create a mock interview with a person or character they have studied. Imagine students interviewing an endangered species about its threated survival, a colonial Virginian about life during the American Revolution, or even a water drop as it moves through the water cycle.
Use the camera to make students part of an interview. It is easy to simply capture a picture of the student as the interviewer, but students could also become the interviewee by capturing an image of themselves dressed in costume. Students could also capture a circle or oval shaped image of just their head and use Wixie's paint tool and stickers to create an appropriate costume.
Use Wixie's Training tab (or student's Help menu) to find instructions for capturing an image in Wixie with your device's built-in camera or an external web cam. This is the fastest way to get students into their Wixie project.
If you want to "green screen" instead, you will need to set up an area in your classroom to take the pictures. The color doesn't even have to be green, just be sure that it isn't white. Then, take pictures of students posing in the position they need for their Wixie scene... Are they sitting in a chair? Swimming under water? Running a race?
If you want to learn more, watch these video instructions for "green screening" in Wixie. The video also includes a great classroom project for Judi Barrett's book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs around minute 7.
No matter what you choose to do, including photos of your students makes them a truly integral part of their project content!