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Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

Frames Icon

Frames

Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Melinda Kolk

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Amplifying Thinking Routines with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 5, 2021 4:20:00 PM

Editor’s Note: In this guest post, Virginia Educator, Debbie Tannenbaum shares some of the amazing ideas from her webinar on Using Wixie to Amplify Thinking Routines. You can learn more from Debbie at her website or by following her on Twitter.

Have you tried Project Zero’s Thinking Routines? Thinking Routines take what students have read and asks them to synthesize their thoughts to make their thinking visible. Thinking routines help students reach a desired type of thinking by scaffolding the thinking process through intentional steps to lead to the desired type of thinking. Over time, these routines become patterns of behavior. 

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Topics: Wixie, projectzero, thinking routine

Using Wixie’s Team feature for asynchronous collaborative projects

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 12, 2021 1:55:59 PM

During the pandemic, most people learned that students didn’t need to be face-to-face to collaborate with the tools built into Wixie. Teachers and, if your site allows, students can use the Team feature in Wixie to set up multiple students to work on the same file, or to work together with a student.

If schedules don’t sync with differing cohorts of learners, or even if you just want more flexibility, you can still encourage teamwork and collaboration with team activities that work asynchronously. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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Topics: Wixie, collaboration, asynchronous, team

Build creative and analytical thinking with digital pattern play

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 29, 2021 7:32:00 AM

"Attention to possibilities leads to intention for possibilities, which equals creativity."
                                                                              --Dr. Henry Olds

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Topics: creativity, Wixie, creative, tessellation

Using Wixie to build agency and get primary learners creating

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 22, 2021 11:06:25 AM

Editor’s Note: After watching Debbie Tannenbaum's webinar on Using Wixie so Littles CAN Create, we asked her to write a blog post to share her fantastic ideas. You can learn more from Debbie at her website or by following her on Twitter.

When I first started working with Kindergarteners as a tech coach, it often felt like playing Whack-a-mole. I would help one student, and another student would pop up, followed by another, and so on. I wanted my students to be creators, but they didn't seem to be able to work independently.

One morning, I was listening to Vicki Davis interview Pana Asavavatana about the ways she used icons to help her PreK students remember the steps to operate their iPads. She asked, "How can we put handles on technology to make it easier for students to grab on?" 

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Topics: Wixie

Getting Started with Choice in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 11, 2021 5:56:14 AM

Students want and need to be in control of their learning. Wixie provides a natural tool for them to take charge by sharing and communicating their thinking through their own unique combination of text, voice, video, and images.

Here are a few additional ideas you can use to encourage students to take responsibility for their learning as they use Wixie.

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Topics: Wixie

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