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Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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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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Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Create Mother's Day and Father's Day memories with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 4, 2018 8:55:04 AM

From templates you can print, to eCards that contain recorded messages, Wixie makes it easy to create Mother's Day and Father's Day messages parents will love.

Creating Cards for Print

The Wixie Curriculum Library (Activities tab) includes sample templates for both Mother's Day and Father's Day in the appropriate Month by Month folders. Similar to a web of character traits, the templates are designed for students to easily add what they love and are most thankful for about their parents. They can also use Wixie's paint tools to add original artwork to further show off their unique personalities.

  

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, writing, card, ecard

Use Wixie to create online greeting cards

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 7, 2017 1:57:18 PM

Having students create and share greeting cards provides a fun opportunity to talk about the purpose of writing, to practice writing and speaking, and to connect the work students do in the classroom to the world beyond it. 

The authoring and sharing tools in Wixie make it easy to create and publish a range of greetings, from single pages of artwork you print to multi-page eCards with audio narration.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, writing

Supporting 6+1 Trait Writing with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 3, 2017 10:06:31 AM

Designed by teachers and educators at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, the The 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment organizes writing skills into 7 “traits” that provide a common language for writing instruction.

The traits are:

  1. Ideas
  2. Organization
  3. Voice
  4. Word Choice
  5. Sentence Fluency
  6. Conventions
  7. Presentation

Discussing writing in terms of these traits helps student see what 'good' writing looks like, as well as focus on specific actions they can take to improve their writing. Here are some ideas for using Wixie to support student writing with each of the 6+1 Trait® skills.

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Topics: Wixie, writing

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

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