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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

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

Using Special Characters in Tech4Learning Tools

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 11, 2014 3:21:05 PM

Tech4Learning tools effective in helping students acquire a second language, and students can even use Tech4Learning tools in other languages!

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Topics: pixie, ell, frames, literacy, share, Wixie

Engage readers with creative projects during “Picture Book Month”

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 6, 2014 7:24:00 AM

"A picture book is what you read to someone sitting on your lap." Nick Bruel

Most of us have fond memories of reading with our parents or children. We probably even have a favorite picture book or picture book series. November is Picture Book Month and it’s time to celebrate that love!

No matter what grade your students are in, it’s time to get out the picture books and don’t limit your celebrations to just reading them. While most students love listening too and looking at picture books, they also want to write, make, and publish! Combine reading with technology and creative projects to engage learners and engage students in reading.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, literature, writing, ePub

I love books! How I get my students to build literacy and love books too

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jun 19, 2014 9:29:00 AM

This is a guest blog post by Heather Temske, a 4th grade teacher at Sweet Apple Elementary in Roswell, Georgia. You can meet her in person at ISTE 2014 or follow her on Twitter at @htemske.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, literature

Motivate with Print Products in Wixie and Pixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 21, 2014 1:10:00 PM

Wixie and Pixie are exciting digital tools students love to use to show what they know. While digital is fantastic (you really can't beat student voice in a project), you can also use Wixie and Pixie to print booklets, trading cards, and comics.

Students need to create artifacts of their learning, and digital tools make it easy to develop professional looking products they see in the world around them. While there is certainly nothing wrong with construction paper and crayons, these look like learning artifacts created for a teacher.

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Topics: pbl, literacy, writing, comic, print

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