Flash-free and fantastic! The next version of Wixie

Posted by David Wagner on Jan 15, 2019 2:13:19 PM

A major Wixie update is coming for the 19-20 school year. While the headline is Wixie will no longer require Flash, this Wixie update has a lot more to offer.

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Use Wixie in more ways on more devices

Create on a phone!

Students can create and edit Wixie projects from a phone … in the car … on the way to school, soccer, gymnastics, piano, ballet, or ... you get the idea.

Assign and grade on a phone

Teachers can use Wixie on their phones to assign activities and grade student work from the comfort of their favorite chair or as they grab their morning coffee and realize they want to add another activity to student centers or station rotations that day.

Administer accounts on a phone

Admins can make quick data changes in Wixie from their phones. So, even when they are off site, they can quickly add a new student or update class rosters on the go.

Use Wixie in an app or in the browser

Wixie will still have an app for iOS and Android, but the new version will also work in a browser on those devices. This makes training easier in a mixed device environment where students are used to logging into Wixie from a browser.

Use the Wixie that is just-right for your students

Multiple interface options

Teachers can choose the Wixie interface that best matches their students. The Primary look is brighter, larger, and has a simplified feature set to make it easier for younger students to get started making their first projects.

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The Standard look includes all of Wixie's features in an updated, modern interface.

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It is easier to find and share projects

Find student projects by assignment

Teachers can quickly browse student work by filtering projects by a specific assignment, standard, project name, or date range. If your students are creating in Wixie every week, you can filter to see only the assignment you want to review for formative assessment or grading purposes.

Easier to share the URL for your project

The URL Wixie shows in the address bar is the URL you use to share the project, making it easier to take advantage of the built in sharing tools on phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and desktop computers to showcase student learning.

Communicate more richly and effectively

Read text objects with text-to-speech

Wixie will include text-to-speech options that allow users to hear text on a page. Emergent readers and second language learners can listen to written passages as many times as they need to gain a deeper comprehension of the text. Struggling writers and/or students with learning challenges, such as dyslexia, can listen to pronunciation of words they have spelled and structure of the sentences they have written and to help identify necessary corrections.

Add hyperlinks to text and image objects

Students can add hyperlinks to text and images in Wixie to connect their viewers to additional resources. They can even use a hyperlink to create interactive experiences with sensors or LEDs that bring a digital project to life.

The Technical Stuff

With the update come new system requirements. The updated version of Wixie runs on/in:

Supported Browsers

Chrome 61 or higher
Android Chrome 69 or higher
Safari 10.1 or higher
iOS Safari 10.3 or higher

Supported Mobile Devices

iOS 10.3 or later
Android 6 or later

When is it coming?

This Wixie update will release in the summer of 2019. Keep an eye out here for information on video tours, webinars, and release timing as we work to make sure you have the information you need for a seamless transition.

Topics: Updates, Flash

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