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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.

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

How to get your child started with Wixie or Pixie at home

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 17, 2014 3:47:00 PM

Holiday season is upon us! I can tell because my in-box is starting to fill up with emails from parents looking to buy Pixie for their child at home and teachers looking to recommend Pixie as a gift option for their students. If you are using Wixie, home use is FREE since students can log in from home any time during their year subscription.

Wixie and Pixie are great ways to bring “school” home, while avoiding worksheet, or workbook, style activities. But when these powerful creativity tools open for the first time, a lot of parents (although not many kids), can be intimidated by that blank white page! What in the world are you supposed to do? 

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Topics: pixie, parent guides

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

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

Using Pixie and Wixie for English Language Acquisition

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 16, 2014 9:55:00 AM

As they are learning a second language, all students go through distinct stages of language acquisition. Effective ELL instruction reflects a student's stage, helps students move through stages, and engages students at all stages in high-level thinking.

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Topics: pixie, ela, ell, Wixie

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