Software
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.

Share Icon

Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

Professional Learning
Services
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.

Share Icon

Share

Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog

Developing Wixie student leaders

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 22, 2016 2:48:30 PM

You have likely heard about student-led help desks and “Genius Bars” being implemented to support 1:1 technology implementations. In these situations, students take a leadership role in providing support to students and teachers trying to use hardware and applications central to technology integration plans at their site. You can use a similar approach to support a Wixie implementation.

Read More

Topics: Wixie, technology integration

Making posters session a success – attending or presenting

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 13, 2012 1:03:00 PM

When I am at a conference and a little burned out and don’t want to get stuck in a session for an hour, I head on over to the poster sessions. Poster sessions are a collection of specific projects grouped together in one area. You walk through the table and displays to see what interests you.

Read More

Topics: share, students, technology integration, teachers

Connecting with Hard-to-Reach Learners Using Project-based Learning

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 20, 2011 10:34:00 AM

While digital natives may be the current rage in the media, our classrooms are also full of students who are not prepared for work at grade level and are not interested in school. Many have disadvantaged backgrounds, some need help learning even basic skills, others are bored because they aren’t being challenged. Without a rich and powerful educational experience, these students will have a harder time succeeding in the world outside of the classroom, now and in the future.

Read More

Topics: creativity, engage, literacy, students, learn, 21st century classroom, technology integration, multimedia, constructivism, adolescence

Creativity in the Science Classroom

Posted by Joseph Machado on Apr 13, 2011 11:08:00 AM


As Samuel Johnson once said, "Youth is the time of enterprise and hope."

Many teachers find it hard to design imaginative ways of teaching science, especially if science is not their specialty.  I know this was a struggle for me when I was teaching 6th grade.  Science seemed to take a back seat over my love for social studies and language arts.  Today, with the use of productivity and creativity tools, doors are opening for teachers and students to creatively engage with content.

History has shown scientific revolutions are often led by the youngest scientists.

  • In 1953, when James Watson was only 25, he co-wrote one of the most important scientific papers of all time.
  • Marie Curie, the physicist, was just turning 30 when she began investigating radioactivity.
  • Isaac Newton was 23 when he began inventing calculus.
  • Albert Einstein published several of his most important papers at the age of 26.
  • Werner Heisenberg pioneered quantum mechanics in his mid-20s.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) most grants today for science and research go to adults during their senior years.  This is somewhat troubling given the stakes of 21st century learning.  Many youth today are not given the opportunity to explore ideas of innovation and creativity in the classroom, therefore inhibiting the advancement of science concepts.  Age does have its benefits in the field, but without the blossoming ideas of youth we may find ourselves further behind than we expect.

Tech4Learning has created a kit for both elementary and secondary science concepts.  Exploring these ideas with your students will aide in fostering creativity, innovation, and a deeper level of understanding with abstract science concepts.
Read More

Topics: creativity, engage, 21st century classroom, technology integration, science

Building Literacy Skills with Pixie

Posted by Joseph Machado on Mar 10, 2011 8:39:00 AM

Early literacy is such a complex topic involving many issues like whole language, phonics, development, natural environment, direct teaching, and intervention.  How does one create a balanced approach to early literacy instruction through purposeful, functional use and meaningful context within a print-rich environment?  I believe the key ingredient is engagement and Pixie the tool to help with strengthening these skills in a 21st century classroom.

Using the National Early Literacy Panel’s 2002 research findings I have come up with ways in which Pixie can support their vision of the elements of a successful reading program.

For Alphabetic Principle (phonics and phonemic awareness) students:
  • Use the the stamp tool to stamp letters and form new words
  • Create letter trading cards
  • Complete various activities in the activities folder – rhyming, beginning sounds, etc.
For Fluency students:
  • Record their voice practicing beginning sounds of words
  • Retell a story focusing on tone of voice
  • Graph words per minute on various passages
For Vocabulary students:
  • Create a digital dictionary with original illustrations showing the meaning of the word
  • Create and record an original rebus story
  • Create vocabulary trading cards
For Comprehension students:
  • Use graphic organizers in the activities folder to map out the elements of a story
  • Create a new book cover for a story they have read
  • Create a video summarizing the story supporting it with original illustrations
Read More

Topics: pixie, creativity, creativity software, engage, literacy, 21st century classroom, technology integration, fluency

Most Popular Posts

Subscribe via E-mail

Posts by Topic

see all