Melinda Kolk

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Purposeful Play in Elementary Mathematics

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jun 6, 2023 7:45:00 AM

Play is active, engaging, and meaningful for the player. Use play to help get students to make powerful connections to math and engage in effective math practice.

Organized by type of play, these play-based ideas with Wixie can help students build essential numeracy, geometric, and logic skills, while enjoying their adventures with math.

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Topics: Wixie, play, math

Build number sense and data skills with storytelling

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 9, 2023 8:01:39 AM

Data is changing our world. While our youngest learners are just learning to count and write, they still need to build strong foundations for working with data. To help get them ready for future work in data science, focus on collecting and visualizing data.

"If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough."
— Albert Einstein

Use the following children's books as the basis for powerful storytelling that gets students to count, measure, and analyze information. 

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Topics: digital storytelling, Wixie, number sense, data

50 classroom activities for 6th grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 2, 2023 7:45:00 AM

This blog shares ideas for using Wixie to meet standards and learning goals with sixth graders, whether they are learning at school or at home. Select the image for each idea or use the text link to open a template you can assign as a teacher, or use as a student, immediately.

Find more ideas, samples, and lessons for sixth grade at: Ideas for 6th Grade.

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Topics: Wixie

Student dispositions necessary for successful animation production

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Feb 3, 2023 12:45:00 AM

Editor's Note: That is a boring title for a fun blog post written by Annabelle Bruno, a student from High Tech High Media Arts in San Diego interning with Tech4Learning. While Annabelle worked on several different projects, she decided to focus on using animation to tell a story with Frames and provide us with some ideas and guiding principles on what it takes to design and produce an animated short. Here are just a few of her thoughts...

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Topics: frames, animation

Digital Valentines with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 31, 2023 8:51:37 AM

This blog explores an alternative to the traditional Valentine card exchange. Rather than buying, and exchanging, printed and candy-filled Valentines, use Wixie to have students craft a digital Valentine's Day message and then print or exchange electronically. 

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Topics: Wixie, valentine

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