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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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Share

Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog

Foster a culture of high expectations with Common Core Implementation

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 31, 2013 10:37:00 AM

Think of your district’s implementation of Common Core as a gift to reconnect with colleagues, share and disseminate best practices that work with your students in YOUR classrooms, explore new ideas, discuss how to engage students in learning, and have frank discussions about what it means to be educated.

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Topics: creativity, common core, pbl, project-based learning

Creative software tools support Classroom Instruction That Works

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 11, 2013 2:34:00 PM

In Classroom Instruction that Works, Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock examine decades of research and distill the results into nine teaching strategies that have a significant, positive impact on student learning.  Student learning with creative software tools matches and supports many effective instructional strategies, including those mentioned in this book.

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Topics: creativity, creative software, creative, marzano, instruction, classroom instruction that works

Use interviews to motivate, inspire creativity, and connect students to their learning

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 10, 2012 2:27:00 PM

Lately, I have come across lots of fun projects that utilize interviews. Many are the more traditional oral history style projects, but some use the interview model as a way for students to apply content knowledge and demonstrate understanding.

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Topics: creativity, common core, digital storytelling, motivate, student, interview

Creativity, Curriculum, and Digital Age Learning - Connecting to Literature in Math

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 18, 2012 12:28:00 PM

In an earlier post, I talked about the importance of the 4 C's (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication) as well as the 3 R's in preparing students for life in the digital age. All to often technology skills, as well as curriculum standards, are taught as a discrete set of skills.

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Topics: pixie, creativity, digital age learning, 21st century classroom, literature, curriculum, math

Strategies for ELL students support all learners

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 28, 2011 10:29:00 AM

As I was working with the Tech4Learning team for the past couple of weeks on the English Language Acquisition Resource Kit, I got to spend a lot of time reading, and rereading, up on strategies to support ELL students both core content learning and English language skills.

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Topics: pixie, creativity, ell, 21st century classroom, understanding, constructivism, create

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