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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 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

Tech4Learning releases Wixie app for Android tablets

 

Tech4Learning’s Wixie is now available for Android tablets through the Google Play store. The app is free for Wixie subscribers. The new Wixie app for Android takes advantage of authoring on the tablet’s touch interface, while connecting to storage, classroom management, portfolio, and assessment tools in the cloud.

WixieWixie is an authoring tool students can use to paint pictures, write stories, and record their voice to explore the curriculum and demonstrate mastery. Projects are stored in the cloud, making it easy for students to share  rojects with family and community.

“We are working to make Wixie available to as many users as possible. With the growing 1:1 initiatives that use affordable Android tablets, having an app for these devices, as well as the iPad, is essential to our goal of providing powerful tools and a wide audience for student work,” explains David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning.

“With a range of affordable Android tablets on the market, we are working to provide powerful tools that ensure students have an opportunity to create as well as consume information,” shares Melinda Kolk, Director of Curriculum at Tech4Learning. “Portable tablets with wireless capabilities mean students can develop powerful 21st century communication skills no matter their location.”

For more information about Wixie, visit: www.tech4learning.com/wixie 

Wixie Available in Google Chrome Web Store

 

San Diego, California, February 14, 2012 — Tech4Learning’s Wixie is now available as an app in Google’s Chrome Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/). Wixie is a cloud-based authoring tool students can use to paint pictures, write stories, and record their voice to explore the curriculum and demonstrate mastery.

“Wixie has always worked with Chromebooks,” shares Melinda Kolk, VP of Curriculum and Professional Development at Tech4Learning, “and now that you can add Wixie as a Chrome app it is even easier for students to launch Wixie and share their ideas.”

Wixie interface“Because Wixie is a cloud-based product, we are constantly working to make it available to as many devices and users as possible. It shouldn’t matter what hardware a district can afford, but what students can create with the tools they have available.” explains David Wagner, CEO of Tech4Learning.

To find Wixie in the Chrome Web Store users simply need to search for “Wixie” and follow the instructions for adding the app.

Additional information about Wixie is available at http://tech4learning.com/wixie or by contacting Danielle Abernethy at 1-877-834-5453 ext 3345.

Wixie leads off T.H.E. Journal Article on Cloud Computing!

 

In an article highlighting how cloud-based computing is moving beyond administration to promoting student collaboration and creativity, Wixie leads the way. The articles highlights projects done at Meiklejohn Elementary School in Arvada, Colorado where the 4th graders design lessons for their Kindergarten buddies.

Wixie sample 4th grader lessonMelissa Swenson, the Library Media Specialist for Meiklejohn Elementary School, finds that with the use of Wixie,  “students are able to communicate their understanding of content in a more deep and rich way.”

Read the entire article!

Wixie is available to students 24/7 wherever they have Internet access.  Students can extend their learning outside the classroom making it an essential 21st century productivity tool. Educators also have the ability to manage student work, assign projects, and share student work instantaneously with a unique URL and/or embed code.  Parents, too, can now post their child’s work to their own web site or blog. 

Currently 6 schools in Jefferson County Publis Schools are JEFFCO piloting Wixie for improved student engagement and productivity.

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