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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Frames

Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

Frames Icon

Frames

Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Share

Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog

Writing an effective grant that includes technology

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 21, 2017 11:17:58 AM

With budgets tight, we get a lot of questions about writing grants for our creative tools. But you can't write a grant that simply asks for Wixie.

No one awards grants for you to simply buy a tablet or even great software like Wixie. Grants are looking for solutions to real educational needs that can serve as models for other educators.

While we think Wixie is amazing, it doesn't do anything on its own. Wixie works best with a great instructor and a powerful curriculum idea. You are the great instructor, but you will have to clearly explain how a technology tool is part of a bigger solution to improve student learning. 

This blog shares tips for writing an effective grant, as well as resources you can use to more clearly articulate your goals and the projects and processes that can help you reach that goal.

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Topics: 21st century classroom

Meet the 4Cs with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 15, 2016 9:00:07 AM

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) was founded to bring together schools, businesses, the government, and community to develop goals and solutions that ensure students gain the skills they need to successfully meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. After working for several years, P21 developed the 4Cs model, which in addition to the 3R’s traditionally taught in school, focused on the need to help students develop skills in: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. 

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Topics: Wixie, 21st century classroom, 4Cs

Using Wixie in Sixth Grade Language Arts

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jun 18, 2015 5:10:42 PM

Wixie provides students with tools to combine original artwork, images, text, and voice narration to create a range of products including how-to instructions, digital stories, ebooks, comics, and more.

In sixth grade, students are transitioning from thinking like a child to thinking like an adult. They are capable of dealing with conflict and complexity, and should be asked to create products for use by other people that challenge their abilities. Work in Wixie should involve lots of writing and creativity as they explore the new boundaries of their thinking.

Here are a few ideas drawn for the Common Core State Standards for Grade 6

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Topics: Wixie, 21st century classroom, authentic task, comprehension,, secondary

Best practices for collaborating in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 7, 2015 9:33:26 AM

Wixie makes it easy to implement blended learning and is obviously a great tool for helping students build the 21st century skills of creativity and communication. Wixie’s sharing capabilities can also help you foster student skills in collaboration.

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Topics: Wixie, 21st century classroom, collaboration

Wixie or Pixie?

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 25, 2014 10:09:00 AM

“Should I use Wixie or Pixie?”

We often hear this question from educators looking to do creative work in their classroom. Wixie and Pixie seem like they do the same thing, and they aren’t sure which tool they should use.

The answer almost always starts with “Wixie is Pixie in the cloud.” But this response is only part of the picture.

Both Wixie and Pixie provide easy-to-use tools for students to create projects with their paintings, their writing, and their voice. Both Wixie and Pixie give students many options for sharing what they have created.

This is where Pixie ends, but Wixie keeps going. The big differences are how and where students access Wixie and the additional tools teachers have to integrate Wixie into their classroom.

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Topics: pixie, creativity software, Wixie, cloud-computing, iPad, Android, 21st century classroom, chromebooks

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