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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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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Use Wixie to build writing skills in elementary

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 13, 2017 1:22:18 PM

The Common Core State Standards for Language Arts state that media skills should be blended throughout the reading and writing standards. Wixie provides a powerful platform for students to “employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use.” 

In the elementary classroom, it is important to engage students in reading both literature and informational text, teach them how to organize both information and thinking, and provide engaging practice in narrative, informational, and argument writing. Students can use Wixie to both organize and showcase their writing.

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Topics: common core, Wixie, writing

Creative technology tools and writing across the curriculum

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 4, 2016 12:44:09 PM

"Because writing is thinking and learning requires thinking, students who write as they are learning think more and thus learn more."

Moore, D. W., Moore, S. A., Cunningham, P. M., & Cunningham, J. W. Developing
readers and writers in the content areas K-12

While writing is a crucial part of students literacy, writing also has a crucial place outside the language arts curriculum. Writing across the curriculum, writing in all content areas, has been used for almost 150 years to support student learning. As students express and explain their learning, they reflect and think about content in ways that improve their comprehension. 

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Topics: creative software, ela, common core, digital storytelling, digital age learning, writing

Wixie ideas for November

Posted by Danielle Abernethy on Oct 26, 2015 10:16:12 AM

November has my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, which is all about family and friends and good food, and not presents or candy. And if you’re lucky enough to live in an area where Mother Nature has a full color palette, the leaves still have their robust color. Here are several other holidays to celebrate and learn with Wixie during the month of November.

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Topics: common core, Wixie, writing

Getting started with Wixie: from tutorials to projects

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 19, 2015 11:21:33 AM

Wixie includes a host of built-in training materials, including tutorials designed to help students (and teachers) learn to use Wixie independently.

When teachers log in, they can see these resources at the Training tab. Students can access them from the Help option that appears when they click the Wixie button.

 

 

The Wixie training resources include Recipes, tutorials that provide step-by-step directions for a project. There are three different tutorials, depending on the level set for the training resources. Users can choose their level based on both reading level and computer experience.

If the content of the tutorial matches what you teach in the classroom, download the PDF and make the project with your students. You could also assign it as a task to be done in-class, as homework, or ask a small cadre of students to complete the tutorials so that they can serve as your Wixie power users and support team. 

Don't worry if the content of the tutorial doesn't match your curriculum. Use it to give students a quick set of basic skills, or use the steps in it to build a similar project that does match your curriculum. Here are some ideas for each tutorial to get you started.

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Topics: Wixie, writing, training

Using Wixie to meet Common Core State Standards in eighth grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 15, 2015 1:31:00 PM

Wixie provides students with tools to combine original artwork, images, text, and voice narration to create a range of products like how-to instructions, digital stories, ebooks, comics, and more.

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Topics: common core, tessellation, writing

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