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Tech4Learning integrates Wixie with Engrade®

 

Tech4Learning is making it easier for schools and districts to infuse Wixie into their classroom curriculum by integrating with Engrade®.

wixie iconWixie is a student publishing and creativity platform. Engrade integrates school and district software and systems into one easy-to-use, cloud-based platform. Schools and districts will be able to manage users in Wixie through their existing Engrade system and provide a single sign-on (SSO) between the two systems.

“We are excited to see two systems that are integral to our digital learning initiative integrate with one another,” shared Ryan Imbriale, Executive Director of the Department of Digital Learning at Baltimore County Public Schools.

“Our goal is to make creating with technology a natural part of the learning process. With the Engrade integration, districts can implement Wixie with less effort, and students and staff use an existing log in to access a new learning tool,” shares David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning.

Once the connection has been made, schools and districts will be able to manage Wixie through their Engrade account and Wixie will automatically keep the data up-to-date. The integration creates efficiencies for schools and districts by only needing to update one system.

About Engrade
engrade logoEngrade, part of McGraw-Hill Education, unifies the data, curriculum, and tools teachers, schools leaders, and administrators use every day by integrating all of a district’s software and systems, including third-party applications and open education resources, into one fully secure and easy-to-use, cloud-based platform. Districts rely on Engrade’s powerful single sign-on solution to enhance district-wide communication, plan and evaluate curriculum, manage assessment, and monitor student progress in real time. To learn how Engrade helps teachers connect the right resource to the right student at the right time, visit engrade.com.

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Wixie to be a part of Baltimore County’s BCPS One

 

The Baltimore County Board of Education has approved a contract with Tech4Learning to provide elementary and middle school students throughout the county with access to Wixie as part of the BCPS S.T.A.T (Students & Teachers Accessing Technology) initiative.

Wixie is a publishing and creativity platform used by students to demonstrate their content knowledge and showcase their creativity. Students can access Wixie online from school or home on a wide variety of devices. BCPS One supports the Instructional Digital Conversion at Baltimore County Public Schools whereby all students will be able to engage and access personalized learning in the classroom using electronic devices.

"Baltimore County is excited to expand our long-standing relationship with Tech4Learning by providing access to Wixie for all of our elementary and middle schools students.  Wixie is the ideal tool for our students to use to demonstrate creativity and share learning," shares Ryan Imbriale, Executive Director of the Department of Digital Learning at Baltimore County Public Schools.

The contract between BCPS and Tech4learning will provide for access to Wixie to students for the next 10 years. “Tech4Learning is thrilled that we will continue to be a part of the BCPS student experience as they migrate to digital learning,” said David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning.

Wixie will be integrated with the BCPS One learning management system to provide a seamless experience to students with content, resources, and creativity.

To learn more about BCPS One, visit: http://www.bcps.org/academics/BCPSOne/ 

To learn more about Wixie, visit: www.tech4learning.com/wixie.

 

 

 

 

Wixie Adds LTI Integration

 


Tech4Learning has made it easier for schools and districts to integrate Wixie by adding single-sign on integrations with common learning management systems through support for the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) framework from the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

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Wixie is a publishing and creativity platform used by students to create classroom curriculum products. Students can access Wixie online from school or home on a wide variety of devices.  Wixie’s use of LTI makes it easier to manage and integrate with common learning management systems used in schools.

“Schools and districts can now create a single-sign on for Wixie in any LTI compatible tool, which includes popular systems such as Blackboard®, Desire2Learn®, Haiku®, and many others,” explains Dallas Jones, CTO of Tech4Learning.

“Our goal is to create tools that focus on classroom learning and the curriculum, not technology,” shares David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning. “When platforms are integrated with one another, students and staff build digital age skills as they explore and engage with curriculum.”

Once the connection has been made between systems, teachers can create links to Wixie in their courses and assignments. Students can log in to their LMS accounts and launch Wixie directly from the assignment.

Find out more about Wixie at www.wixie.com.

 

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Wixie update now includes integration with Gaggle

 

Wixie iconTech4Learning is making it easier for schools and districts to get up and running with Wixie by integrating their service with Gaggle’s Partner Program.

Wixie is a student publishing and creativity platform. Gaggle is a safe, online teaching and learning platform for K-12. With this integration, schools and districts will be able to add users to Wixie through their existing Gaggle accounts and provide a Single-Sign-On (SSO) between the two programs.

“If a Gaggle school district buys Wixie , we can now help them set up their Wixie accounts for free. It’s good karma. With partnerships like this one, educators benefit from easier setup and integrated systems,” said Jeff Patterson, Gaggle’s CEO and founder.

“When platforms are integrated with one another, students and staff have a more seamless experience with the technology and can focus on classroom learning and the curriculum,” shared David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning.

Once the connection has been, schools and districts will be able to manage Wixie through their Gaggle account while Wixie will automatically keep the data up-to-date. The integration creates efficiencies for schools and districts by only needing to update one system.

About Gaggle

Gaggle logoSpecifically created for K-12, Gaggle features built-in processes and classroom workflows designed to promote educator and student productivity. Teachers can easily create, assign, collect and correct assignments on their schedule, while promoting student engagement and embracing the benefits of social networking in a safe and controlled environment.

Gaggle has won numerous industry awards, including District Administration Magazine 2013 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product and a 2012 CODiE Award Winner for Best Cross-Curricular Solution. For more information, visit gaggle.net or call 800-288-7750
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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.”


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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
 

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 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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