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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.

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Frames

Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
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Tech4Learning Blog

Move beyond the book report

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 28, 2014 1:08:00 PM

The book report may be the most dreaded elementary classroom assignment of all time. The elementary Common Core writing standard for argument includes opinion pieces about books, encouraging many teachers to incorporate some form of literature review rather than worksheets filled with information.

We do want students to comprehend a book’s who, what, when, and so on, but a book report, even digital, that is a simple summary of characters plot isn’t any better than the worksheets we’re all keen to avoid.

A regurgative book report is devoid of thought and presents no argument. Being assigned such a task is an open invitation to copy and paste a summary from a wiki or even the book’s dust jacket. While we can police student work for plagiarism, we can also do much better.

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Topics: pixie, creativity software, Wixie, literature, comprehension,

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

Reflect Constructivism

Posted by Joseph Machado on Aug 4, 2011 11:32:00 AM

“Learners are given the freedom to think, to question, to reflect, and to interact with ideas, objects, and others — in other words, to construct meaning.” -Brooks and Brooks.

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Topics: pixie, 21st century classroom, creativity software, constructivism, understanding

Science and Action Research in Your Classroom

Posted by Joseph Machado on Mar 22, 2011 8:59:00 AM

After reading a white paper put out by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Scientist-Teacher Partnerships as Professional Development: An Action Research Study, I began to think of the continuous push in our educational system on STEM. What's the most effective method of increasing student awareness in science?

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Topics: creativity software, 21st century classroom, productivity software, professional development, STEM, action research

Creating with technology is the hallmark of a 21st century classroom

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 28, 2011 1:18:00 PM

It is easy to view technology as just one more thing we are supposed to teach and assess.  But when students create with technology, they learn core content better and build essential 21st century skills like creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication ( 4Cs).
 
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Topics: 21st century classroom, creativity software, productivity software

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