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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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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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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Using Wixie to meet Common Core Goals in 7th Grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 14, 2015 10:10:17 AM

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

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Topics: common core, comprehension,

Use poetry to build vocabulary and comprehension at all levels of language acquisition

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 25, 2015 11:45:00 AM

Because of its combination of concise and purposeful text, both reading and writing poetry offers fantastic opportunities to engage English Language Learners at a variety of levels.

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Topics: ell, common core, literacy

Using Wixie to increase an ELL’s ability to understand Common Core

Posted by Carolyn Daly on Jan 19, 2015 3:19:00 PM

Fact:  10% of students enrolled in our schools today are second language learners.
Fact:  ELL’s need to spend at least 50% of their instructional time “producing” oral language.
Fact:  ELL’s students will be assessed on the Common Core Standards in the majority of the states.

With these facts in mind, how do you start preparing students for learning in another language in a meaningful and deep way as the new Common Core standards propose?

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Topics: ell, common core, literacy

Winter lesson ideas for primary and elementary classrooms

Posted by Danielle Abernethy on Dec 2, 2014 10:59:49 AM

Winter may not officially start until December 21st, but it sure seems as if Mother Nature has other ideas for much of the United States!

While you may already have the winter blues, the winter weather provides lots of opportunities to engage students in science learning and a creative approach to informational reading and writing. 

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Topics: common core, Wixie, activities

Wixie project ideas for the end of school and all summer long

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 23, 2014 12:01:00 PM

One of the best parts about Wixie may be that students can use it over the summer if they have access to a computer or tablet. Student log ins should, and generally do, remain the same even if districts switch over to the new school year.

While students who are going to log in to write, draw, and create over the summer may not need help with ideas, you can encourage others by "assigning" a scrapbook template, list of goals, or similar to spark ideas.

Here are few Wixie project ideas to help your students remember this year (if you are still in school!), look forward to next year, think about summer, and keep writing even if/when school is out.

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Topics: common core, Wixie, project, writing

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