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Software for student publishing and creativity.

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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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Getting Ready for Back-to-School with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 31, 2017 9:18:39 AM

The new school year is creeping up, and for many of you, it is already here! If you want to make Wixie and integral tool in your classroom, it is important to start using it immediately. Here are 3 ideas for getting using Wixie with your students.

Back to School Ideas

Kindergarten students are learning an entirely new daily routine and using Wixie for the first time will look very different from the independent writing experienced 5th graders can accomplish. You can find fun back-to-school ideas from other teachers using Wixie on the Trading Post.

You can also find blogs with back-to-school ideas specific to the needs and abilities of students in grades:

  • K-1
  • 2-3
  • 4-5

All About Me Projects

If students aren't familiar with Wixie, be sure to balance easy content with a lot of new technology skills. Most teachers do a series of getting to know you activities with students, so consider asking student to make an All About Me Wixie project, such as a trading card

The Templates tab in a student's Wixie Projects View now includes an All About Me folder! 

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Even though you can assign these templates to your students, having them begin their work by opening a template themselves, empowers them to use Wixie on their own. Once they have used the Templates folder, they will likely explore the other files there which can be used for taking notes, relieving stress, and organizing information graphically.  

Setting High Expectations

If your students have experience with Wixie from previous years, push them to go further in building their Wixie skills as well as additional independence as learners, by asking them to complete one of the tutorials available to them in the Wixie help. 

Students can view tutorials by clicking the Wixie hand icon in the top right of their screen and choose Help from the menu. This launches a new tab displaying a tutorial at the top. 

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They can change the Level radio buttons to see additional tutorials geared toward a range of reading and computer skill levels.

In the level 2 tutorial, student retell a story and in level 3 they create an informational project on severe weather safety. If students can complete the steps in these tutorials, they can apply Wixie to inform, present, persuade, and share in a range of curriculum areas!

If you are looking for ideas to challenge your own professional growth, check out these 7 ideas for transforming your classroom with Wixie.

No matter how you choose to begin, creating projects in Wixie as students begin the school year will help integrate creative technology into your everyday teaching and learning.

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