Melinda Kolk

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Wixie fall 2023 update

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 12, 2023 9:03:41 AM

We created Wixie so that students could create to learn, not just consume information. Wixie doesn’t exist in a vacuum and works best when it works for teachers too, so we have been listening to your requests and working on adding the tools and features you and your students need. Here are a few of the latest changes.
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Using Magic Stickers in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 24, 2023 8:22:32 AM

Wixie includes a new category of objects called Widgets, that allow for additional interactivity in a project. Widgets can be an entire Wixie project or websites in a frame, or a special interactive objects that can change their appearance or animate. 

Magic Stickers are Widgets that a user clicks or that have their appearance set when a user opens a project. For example, the Ask the 8 Ball gives a prediction each time the user clicks, but the Christmas Countdown displays the number of days until December 25th. Talkies are a type of Magic Sticker that reads text, reads a text object, or plays a recorded sound.

Use Wixie's Magic Stickers to create interactive games, unique projects, and math practice activities that generate new content each time they are used!

Magic stickers are active when you click the Show button to present a project. When using Magic Stickers as part of an activity, designers can also set a magic sticker to function while editing by locking them.

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50 classroom activities for Middle School

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 16, 2023 6:42:44 AM

Using a device to fill out a digital worksheet isn’t any more compelling than using a pencil to fill out a paper version. Encourage students to show what they know and capitalize on their interest in technology by creating digital projects on classroom topics using media formats that abound in the world around them.

This blog shares ideas for digital projects students can create in Wixie to meet standards and learning goals in middle school, whether students are learning at school or at home. The blog is divided into sections for:

• Language Arts
• Math
• Science
• Social Studies
• Arts & SEL

Each idea includes a sample and a text link to open a template you can assign as a teacher, or use as a student, immediately. The end of each subject area section also includes two products students can create with ideas for implementing that product in multiple areas.

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Topics: Wixie

One Template, Many Options: Cluster Organizer

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 11, 2023 10:14:00 AM

Whether you are an instructional technology coach or classroom teacher, you likely have a very large number of tools and instructional strategies to support teacher professional development. To make the most of any time you have, help teachers get comfortable with a single idea they can deploy in a range of subjects for a range of learning goals.

This blog focuses on the: cluster organizer.

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Topics: Wixie, professional development, graphic organizer

Fun and powerful ideas for Wixie's Talkies

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jun 19, 2023 10:28:28 AM

Talkies are animated magic stickers that read text, read a text object, or play a recorded sound. Imagine an interview with an animal, or person from history, where the answers are animated responses or perhaps an element talking about how it acts when bonded with another element.

Click the sound button to see and hear an example of how talkies work.

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