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Updates to the Pixie and Wixie app include ePub export and more!

 

If you have been using the Pixie by Tech4Learning app or Wixie app on your iPad, Android tablet, or Kindle Fire HD, you may have seen the recent update notification.

ePub with audio!As we mentioned in the recent Wixie update, both Wixie and the Pixie app can now export to the ePub format! This is a great way to share and show off student writing, including voice narration, especially if you are using an ePub reader like iBooks.

Other helpful features include:

  • default library category for activities
  • export full-page images as transparent PNG files
  • touch-friendly delete button on object 

You should also notice improved performance when using the spray tool and moving/copying/pasting objects! The updates include several other behind-the-scenes changes that should make your app experience with Pixie and Wixie even better!

 

Wixie update includes ability to export ePub3 files

 

WixieTech4Learning released another update to Wixie, its cloud-based authoring tool. This update adds some great new features to the student authoring application, including:

 

  • ePub3 export
  • Transparent PNG export
  • The ability to set a default library category for projects
  • A delete button on objects

The way fonts, colors, and bold, italic, and underline styles are applied to text objects is also more like Pixie. 

Another great new feature is improved search results in the library. Multiple word searches such as Big Ben, black dog, purple flower, New York City, and George Washington return far fewer and hopefully much more desired results. This is also true if you use Pixie, Frames, or Share, as well as Wixie!

Delete button on objectsThis update is available in the browser version right now and should be available as an update to the Wixie apps for iPad, Android, and Kindle in about a week.

The Pixie app (Pixie by Tech4Learning on iPad) will also get most of these new features, except for default library category, at about the same time as the Wixie app.

You can see the details on the release notes when you log in to your Wixie account!

 

Tech4Learning adds project evaluation tools to Wixie

 

Tech4Learning has updated Wixie to include tools that help teachers combine assignments and assessments to evaluate student performances for Common Core Standards.

 

Wixie by Tech4LearningWixie is a cloud-based tool students can use to paint pictures, write stories, and record their voice to explore the curriculum and demonstrate mastery.  Teachers can log in to find, create, or assign new activities, evaluate student work, and view student progress toward standards mastery.


Using the updated Wixie dashboard, teachers can now create, modify, and assign assessments to activities and original student work. “Wixie is the perfect tool for today’s digital learners, who need to create, not just consume,” explains David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning. “Wixie's new evaluation tools now provide a concrete way to evaluate these student performances and demonstrations of understanding.”


Wixie's evaluation tools
Wixie comes with a library of hundreds of activities that include appropriate assessments, such as rubrics or Done-Try Again evaluations, as well as correlations to Common Core Standards. Teachers can use or customize these, as well as create their own.


“Teachers can start by exploring and assigning standards-based activities from the library, or jump in and design open-ended projects with comprehensive performance assessments,” shares Melinda Kolk, Director of Curriculum at Tech4Learning. “Wixie includes an entire system teachers can use to plan, implement, and evaluate student work!” 


To learn more about the student authoring and teacher tools available in Wixie, visit: www.tech4learning.com/wixie
 

Tech4Learning releases Pixie app for Kindle Fire HD

 

Pixie appTech4Learning's Pixie app is now available for Kindle Fire HD tablets through the Amazon Appstore for Android. Millions of students use Pixie on their computers, iPads, and Android tablets. Now they can also use Pixie on their Kindle Fire HD tablets to create and share their ideas and explore the curriculum.

Pixie is the standard creativity software on elementary computers in schools across the United States and Canada. Pixie provides tools students can use to combine text, original artwork, voice narration and images to communicate knowledge and ideas. Pixie is the perfect tool for digital age learning with built-in activities for Common Core and tools to create comics and trading cards, digital storytelling videos, and curriculum-related HTML slideshows.

sioux interface
“Tablets are an affordable way for districts to implement 1:1 programs,” explains David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning. We develop Pixie for computers and a variety of devices like the Kindle Fire HD to ensure students have powerful creativity tools on the devices districts provide or that students take to school in Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) programs." 

“As effective learning devices, tablets need to provide students tools to create, not just consume,” shares Melinda Kolk, Director of Professional Learning, “the Pixie app for Kindle Fire HD at provides tools elementary students already know.” 

To learn more about Pixie, visit the Tech4Learning web site at: www.tech4learning.com/pixie.

Tech4Learning releases Pixie app for Android tablets

 

Pixie appTech4Learning’s Pixie is now available for Android tablets through the Google Play store. Millions of students use Pixie on their computers, and now they can use Pixie on their Android tablets to create and share their ideas and explore the curriculum.

Pixie is standard creativity software on elementary computers in districts across the United States. Pixie provides tools students can use to combine text, original artwork, voice narration and images to communicate knowledge and ideas. Pixie is the perfect tool for digital age learning with built-in activities for Common Core and tools to create comics and trading cards, digital storytelling videos, and curriculum-related HTML slideshows.

Research has shown that students using Pixie perform significantly better in Reading and Math. We want to ensure Pixie is still available to students as parents and schools migrate from PCs to tablets. With Android’s growing dominance in the worldwide tablet market, and schools moving towards 1:1 technology, the Pixie app for Android makes sure students continue to have powerful creativity tools,” explains David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning.
 

Sample Pixie project

“Because the Pixie app includes the same tools, features, and interface as the desktop version, it is easy for students and teachers to simply pick up a new device and continue the work they have been doing,” shares Melinda Kolk, Director of Professional Learning for Tech4Learning.  “Students have been writing, illustrating, designing, and creating in Pixie on computers at school and now they can continue working on new tablets they have at home or school.”

The Pixie app for iPad released in March 2013. To learn more about using Pixie on tablets, visit the Tech4Learning web site at: www.tech4learning.com/pixie/features_tablet
 

Avoid the summer slide with Pixie and Wixie

 

Elementary students love using Pixie and Wixie for learning at school and you can keep them excited about reading, writing, thinking, and learning this summer by using them at home. Combine these tools with our free parent guides for summer learning fun.

 

WixieIf you use Wixie at school, your students can simply log in at home to continue creating with Wixie this summer. Be sure to share student log in information with parents before school is out. If students have iPad or Android tablets at home, they can go to the app store to download the Wixie app.

 

Pixie - creativity software for elementary studentsIf you use Pixie at school, parents can purchase Pixie at home for:

Find age appropriate project ideas in the Parent Guides!

Pixie Home Edition Parent GuidesThe Pixie and Wixie parent guides include specific and practical activities to engage children in learning! Activities in language arts, math, science, and social studies encourage practicing writing with the text tools, art with the paint tools, and reading and speaking with the recording tools.

http://www.tech4learning.com/home/guides

 

Download a flyer to share with to parents


 

 

 

Tech4Learning releases version 4 of authoring software Share

 

Share 4 - author interactive projects and portfoliosAs an award-winning leader in providing 21st century tools, Tech4Learning announces the release of Share 4, software secondary students use to build media literacy as they actively engage with classroom content.

Share is authoring software that lets students combine text, graphics, movies, and animations to show mastery and understanding. Students synthesize content and communicate ideas through interactive presentations, brochures, web sites, and digital portfolios.

“Share has always let students author classroom projects,” shares Tech4Learning CEO, David Wagner. “With Share 4 they can now collaborate on projects in real-time, as well as save and publish their work in the cloud giving them a global, authentic audience.”

Share - interface

Laura Spencer, Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Santee School District in California explains, “It has never been easier to provide students an opportunity to create, publish, and share their creativity.  Share is a must have 21st century tool!”

To learn more about Share, visit the Tech4Learning web site at: www.tech4learning.com/share

 

Tech4Learning Releases Pixie App for iPad

 

Pixie by Tech4Learning - App for iPadTech4Learning’s Pixie is now available in the Apple App store for the iPad. Millions of students world-wide are using Pixie on their computers, and now they can use Pixie on the iPad to create and share their ideas, imagination and understanding through a combination of text, original artwork, voice narration and images.
 

Pixie is standard creativity software on elementary computers in districts across the United States. With built-in activities correlated to Common Core Standards, and tools to create printed booklets, comics, trading cards, digital storytelling videos, and curriculum-related HTML slideshows, Pixie is the perfect tool for the 21st century classroom. 
 

Pixie on the iPad

“With so many districts moving 1:1 with iPads, as well as their growing use at home, we developed the Pixie app for iPad so students and teachers who are using this powerful learning tool on their desktop computers, can continue developing powerful communication skills with their new devices,” explains David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning.


“Because the Pixie app includes the same tools, features, and interface as the desktop version, it is easy for students and teachers to simply pick up a new device and continue the work they have been doing,” shares Melinda Kolk, Director of Professional Learning for Tech4Learning. “Both the Pixie app for iPad and an updated version of Pixie for PCs can read files created in the other program, making it easy to work in environments with mixed devices or move from school to home and back again.”
 

Learn more about Pixie and the Pixie App for iPad.
 

 

Tech4Learning releases Wixie app for the Kindle Fire HD

 

Tech4Learning’s Wixie is now available for Kindle Fire HD tablets through the Amazon Appstore. The app is free for Wixie subscribers. The Wixie app for Kindle Fire HD takes advantage of authoring on the tablet’s touch interface, while connecting to storage, classroom management, and assessment tools in the cloud.

Wixie app iconWixie is an online authoring tool students can use to explore the curriculum through a combination of text, original artwork, voice narration, and images. Projects are stored in the cloud, making it easy for students to move between devices, teachers to evaluate student work, and schools to share projects with family and community.

“We are working to make Wixie available to as many users as possible. Developing an app for the Kindle Fire HD is essential to our goal of providing powerful tools and a wide audience for student work,” explains David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning.

“Creating and communicating ideas is essential to success in our digital age, shares Melinda Kolk, Director of Professional Learning. “From the computers at school and the local library to the tablet a family has chosen to buy, Wixie offers an opportunity for anytime, anywhere learning in which students are creating and not simply consuming information.”

Learn more about Wixie at: www.tech4learning.com/wixie.

Wixie wins 2012 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence

 

Award of ExcellenceTech4Learning’s Wixie wins an Award of Excellence in Tech & Learning magazine's prestigious 30-year-old recognition program that awards "innovative applications that break new ground." Over 160 entries were put to the test by Tech & Learning's experienced educational team of judges.

Wixie is an online authoring tool students can use to explore the curriculum through a combination of text, original artwork, voice narration, and images. Projects are stored in the cloud, making it easy for students to move between devices, teachers to evaluate student work, and schools to share projects with family and community.

“Because Wixie is a cloud-based product, we constantly improve the tools for students and teachers,” explains David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning. “Recently we have been working to ensure Wixie runs on iPads, Android tablets, Kindle Fire HDs, Chromebooks, and PCs running Windows or OSX." 

Wixie - author in the cloud“I have been a long time fan and user of Pixie and love how we can create the same projects online with Wixie,” shares Katy Hammack, a 3rd grade teacher in Santee, California. “Now our students work on assignments and digital stories on their iPads, classroom laptops, or computers at home, allowing us to enable anytime, anywhere learning.”

To learn more about Wixie, visit the Tech4Learning web site at: www.tech4learning.com/wixie

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