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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 Icon

Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

Wixie Icon

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

What is project-based learning (PBL) and why use it?

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 24, 2017 12:23:58 PM

One of my jobs at Tech4Learning is to lead professional development on project-based learning (PBL). As I travel to schools around the country to train on PBL, I usually find that the educators and sites I work with have vastly different defintions of what PBL is.

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Topics: pbl

What can you do with Wixie?

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 3, 2015 10:52:44 AM

I have been doing a lot of Wixie training this year. It's such fun to introduce this tool to teachers and watch the amazing things their primary, elementary, and middle school students create with it.

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Topics: creativity, pbl, Wixie, productivity software

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

Project Based Learning and Presentations

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 7, 2014 3:03:00 PM

To make learning during the process visible and to facilitate assessment, project-based learning culminates in a final presentation of learning. Notice I didn't say presentation, but presentation of learning. There is a difference. A big difference. 

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Topics: 21st century classroom, project-based learning, pbl, presentation, assessment

Assessing PBL - "It's the process, not the product"

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 22, 2014 10:21:00 AM

As a PBL enthusiastic and someone who has seen student project work in action, it has always felt natural and easy to say, "It's the process, not the product." Anyone who has done PBL or watched the entire process knows that you only get to see a small portion of the learning in the final product.

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Topics: project-based learning, project, pbl, share, presentation, assessment

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