Before students and teachers can begin working with Wixie, accounts need to be created so they can log in. This process of setting up accounts and classes is called provisioning. Provisioning accounts involves entering or uploading data for each user that provides basic account information such as a username and password, along with class and school associations.
Provisioning your data
If you have an individual teacher account for Wixie, there is a simple process to manually enter student information.
If you are the account administrator for a school or district, you can also enter accounts manually. But, this is a lot of work if you have hundreds or thousands of accounts to provision.
If your district uses Clever, connect Wixie to your Clever account and Wixie can automatically create and maintain all of your accounts from the information that is in Clever.
Most districts have a student data system in place you can use to export the information that Wixie needs to create and connect student and teacher accounts. Many sites even have a department or personnel who know how to do this!
If your school does not have a sophisticated data system, you are not limited to adding accounts manually - you can create a CSV file you can import into Wixie.
CSV stands for comma-separated values. A CSV file is a simple table or spreadsheet that can be read by Wixie and parsed into individual accounts.
Building a CSV for Wixie
Wixie needs a CSV with information on each line that shows relationships between a school, student, class, and teacher. You can find descriptions of each field in the CSV file and detailed instructions for creating a CSV file on the Wixie web site.
If you are creating your own data, be sure to keep the same reference ID for students each year, so that their previous Wixie work is kept in their account.
Ideally, students and teachers should be able to use the same username and password that they use to log in to other web services or a school computer. If you have a log in they use for network access, email, or other online programs, use the same in Wixie so students and teachers have less information to memorize and organize.
If students have Google Accounts, you can use their Google account logins. You simply add their email address as their username to the CSV and choose the Authenticate with Google option in the Wixie administrator accounts dashboard. Here's how.
Be sure student data is uploaded before the school year begins!
Teachers establish their routines immediately when the school year begins. To make the most of your Wixie investment, be sure that teachers and students can log in the first day of school. This way Wixie becomes an integral part of their classroom culture, not something that has to be added and negotiated in the rest of the year.