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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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Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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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

Engage readers with creative projects during “Picture Book Month”

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 6, 2014 7:24:00 AM

"A picture book is what you read to someone sitting on your lap." Nick Bruel

Most of us have fond memories of reading with our parents or children. We probably even have a favorite picture book or picture book series. November is Picture Book Month and it’s time to celebrate that love!

No matter what grade your students are in, it’s time to get out the picture books and don’t limit your celebrations to just reading them. While most students love listening too and looking at picture books, they also want to write, make, and publish! Combine reading with technology and creative projects to engage learners and engage students in reading.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, literature, writing, ePub

Wixie project ideas for the end of school and all summer long

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 23, 2014 12:01:00 PM

One of the best parts about Wixie may be that students can use it over the summer if they have access to a computer or tablet. Student log ins should, and generally do, remain the same even if districts switch over to the new school year.

While students who are going to log in to write, draw, and create over the summer may not need help with ideas, you can encourage others by "assigning" a scrapbook template, list of goals, or similar to spark ideas.

Here are few Wixie project ideas to help your students remember this year (if you are still in school!), look forward to next year, think about summer, and keep writing even if/when school is out.

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Topics: common core, Wixie, project, writing

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