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.
Class Memory Book
I still remember when my son received his memory book from his Kindergarten teacher chronicling the activities they did as a class as well as his individual work. Instead of doing all that work yourself, have students help you out an construct one as a class.
Many of the Common Core Writing standards in primary and elementary grades focus on students recalling information and narrating events from experience as well as putting them in the order they occured. You could ask each student to create a page about their favorite event or brainstorm a list ahead of time and have students negotiate to choose which they will illustrate to contribute to a complete class book.
Ask each student to write about the event, use the Paint tools and stickers to add appropriate illustrations, and the click the Record button to record their description of the event. Their recording could be a reading of the text they have added to practice fluency, or have them record from memory to practice Speaking and Listenting standards where they must "report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience..."
Log into your teacher account and import each of these pages into a single class project. Open the project in storyboard view and work as a class to put the events in order. Open each slide and add temporal words to signal timing and order.
Link to or embed this class memory book on your classroom or school website to share with family and community.
In a post last summer I shared goal setting as a sample first project for the school year. Pixie and Wixie include activity templates to support this and are easy to customize so that each student's page can look unique.
If you are especially concerned about the summer slide, this is a great idea to get your students to commit to the number of hours or books they will read this summer. You could also have them choose specific titles to make their goal more personal and likely! This is a great page to print and attach to a list of personalized summer reading ideas.
You could also encourage them to set goals to try something new or practice something that isn't their forte. For example, students might commit to reading a new genre of book, practicing a sport they aren't good at, drawing something they see in nature, playing nicely with a sibling, or even helping out with the tasks at home.
Advice to next year's students
Students want to do important work and work that matters beyond their immediate classroom. Tech4Learning Innovative Educator Jamie Hagan shared this great idea for creating a class book of advice based on this great blog post from first grade teacher Kathy.
Have this year's students create a page of advice to next year's incoming students using the pattern found in the Important Book, by Margaret Wise Brown. For example: The important thing about 2nd grade is that you... You also get to... And you get to... But the important thing about 2nd grade is that you...(repeat line 1)
You can print it out and bind it to read to your class next year and add to your library. If you are 1:1 with tablets or iPads, export to an ePub and load the ePub into the iBooks or similar library for next year's students to read as a first book on their new device. You can also export it as a video and embed the Wixie project into your classroom web page to welcome new students.
If you are working with emergent reader and writers, this is a great start to helping them meet Kindergarten Common Core Writing standard 2: Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
Wixie also contains several templates for book reviews. To connect students with stories they will love, ask your learners to review their favorite book for other students. If your students have committed to reading this summer, you could also ask them to show off with a book review.
Post these to your classroom web page to provide new ideas for reading that students can refer to over the summer.
Post cards or stories from summer vacation
It is common to talk about what we did or where we went when we get back to school. But if your students have access to Wixie, they can make these postcards and send them to you over the summer. Have them import a picture they took on vacation and write about their trip. If you have budding writers, have the write and illustrate an actual event or story from their imagination.
If you log in to your teacher account, you can even explore student projects over the summer and leave comments, continuing your connection to your students into next year.
Have a great summer!