If you are responsible for getting teachers to use Wixie and are designing your summer training, your first task is to make teachers aware of what they and their students can do with Wixie. Teachers aren't going to use a new tool if they don't know how it will benefit their students!
Showing teachers what they can do with Wixie in the classroom creates a solid foundation for successful integration into classroom learning. It also helps teachers more quickly make connections between the resources and tools they are learning in Wixie and how they can be used in their specific classrooms with their individual learners.
Be sure to anticipate their questions and be ready to answer how Wixie can:
- engage their students in the curriculum and help improve understanding and thinking.
- make it easy to manage and share student digital work.
If you have used Wixie before, share a story about what you did, what students created, and how you managed the project. Be sure to share samples of students work as well as their response to working with Wixie.
Here are ideas and resources to help you help educators integrate Wixie for powerful student learning.
Download the Introducing Wixie slide show to kick off your training. This PDF includes images from sample student projects to give teachers a sense of why and how they would use it in the classroom as well as screenshots of the teacher tools to help them see how they can use Wixie to manage student digital project work.
Provide time for exploration
Tech4Learning provides resources to help teachers use Wixie effectively in their curriculum, but there's nothing like seeing how other teachers are actually using it. Here are just a few of the ways educators have shared how they integrate Wixie into their classrooms every day.
You can also have educators explore these pages with sample student projects, lesson plans for these projects, and tweets from classrooms using Wixie at their specific grade level. This exploration will also help them internalize new ideas.
With so many resources online, printed handouts just get lost or recycled. Instead of trying to anticipate what each teacher is going to need to move forward, leave them with a quick summary of what Wixie is and how they can use it with students. Try sending a follow-up email after the workshop with a few of the resource you use explored during the training.
This blog explains what students can make with Wixie and includes a great infographic that combines purpose with products.
Following up after the training
If you explore ideas for using Wixie in the classroom curriculum, here are some links you might want to include in a follow-up email or wiki.
Tweets from Wixie-using Classrooms (all grades and subjects) - http://static.wixie.com/ideas.php
What students can make with Wixie (product ideas) - http://web.tech4learning.com/what-can-students-make-with-wixie
If you have other ways you have successfully shared Wixie during teacher training, leave us a note in the comments.
Whatever you choose to do, have a great time teaching and learning Wixie.
*The next blog post talks about training teachers to use the student authoring tools in Wixie.