Melinda Kolk

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Green screen your students "into" their Wixie projects

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 17, 2023 8:17:36 AM

Students love to be a part of the action and using a green screen makes it easy to jump into a range of digital classroom projects. Imagine sharing information as an animal, transporting yourself back in time or exploring a far away culture. Green screen can help.

Green screen commonly refers to removing the background from an image so it can be easily combined with a different image. A "green screen" is what you put your actor in front of as you capture their image. The computer then uses a process called chroma key to remove a single color or color range from the background, making it easy to combine with a new background.

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Topics: digital storytelling, Wixie

Adapt your favorite winter-themed picture books with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 3, 2023 9:11:05 AM

Combine Wixie with your favorite winter-themed picture books to turn your emerging readers into authors! 

Wixie's Curriculum library includes a range of story adaptation templates you can assign to students after reading your favorite winter-themed books. Use these ideas to get your students excited about reading and writing in wintry weather.

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Topics: Wixie

Build computational thinking skills with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 5, 2022 8:57:06 AM

While most people associate computational thinking with coding, computational thinking skills help us more effectively solve problems and make decisions. In order to develop algorithms, students must be able to analyze data, recognize patterns, generalize rules, decompose problems, and more.

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Topics: Wixie

Creating Powerful Portfolios in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 1, 2022 7:25:54 AM

A portfolio is a powerful learning tool designed to both show and promote a student's growth in learning and progress in the development of specific skills. Wixie includes portfolio templates students can use to collect, organize, and reflect on their learning over time.

Developing portfolios in the classroom has many benefits. It encourages students to actively engage in the learning process as they select work that demonstrates growth and reflect on their efforts. Digital portfolios provide a window into individual and classroom learning for parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders.

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Topics: Wixie, reflection, portfolio, metacognition

Using Wixie to meet math standards in 6th grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 4, 2022 7:45:00 AM

Students in 6th grade are on the verge of complex mathematical concepts. Wixie provides tools they can use to visualize complex procedures and explain their mathematical thinking. 

Wixie's Curriculum library includes a range of math-focused templates you can use for formative assessment purposes or to support student thinking as they tackle complex math tasks in your classroom. Wixie's Template library contains double-number lines, histograms, coordinate planes, and more.

Teachers can assign Wixie activities directly to students, or customize to differentiate them for specific learners in their classroom. Written and voice instructions for students show in the Wixie interface. You can also ask students to record their voice to explain their mathematical thinking.

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Topics: Wixie, real world of math

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