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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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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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Share

Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Melinda Kolk

Recent Posts

Creating Books in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 20, 2022 3:28:27 PM

If you are finding it a struggle to get students to read, try asking them to write and publish their own books. This not provides obvious opportunities for writing practice, it inspires reading fluency and oral language as students work to perfect their books during the editing process.

Wixie makes it easy to support the writer and publisher in all of us. Built-in authoring, drawing and voice options provide multiple supports for student writing, and Wixie’s sharing options provide a variety of ways to publish the piece so that it will be right for your audience.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, writing

Using links in Wixie to connect and expand learning

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 25, 2022 7:23:42 AM

Text and image objects in Wixie can link to external URLs and pages within a project. Linking allows you to connect the viewer or user to more information and provide options for agency that promote curiosity and responsibility for learning.

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Topics: Wixie, nonlinear

Taking advantage of the different layers in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jun 7, 2022 5:54:31 AM

One of the more subtle features in Wixie is the difference between the background, paint, and object layers. For example, in the image below, the map is on the background layer, the dotted selection showing Italy is on the paint layer, and the photo of the student is on the objects layer.

The viewer can’t see any difference, but these layers let the designer do different things with the visuals in the project. So what is the difference, and why choose to put items on a specific layer?

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Topics: Wixie

Create animations with Wixie to give STEAM to your STEM Program

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 28, 2022 5:09:21 PM

Animation is a powerful way to connect students more deeply with the content they are learning. The popularity of animation, combined with its highly visual nature, appeals to students who don’t respond to more traditional forms of school. This motivates them to push through the hard work of planning, sequencing, teamwork, and both writing and visual communication.

Use these ideas for student-created animations in STEM subjects and beyond.

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Topics: Wixie, animation

Adapting your favorite books with Wixie in First Grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 22, 2022 8:35:57 AM

Wixie makes it easy to use your favorite picture books to turn your first-grade readers into writers! Read a story aloud to your students and assign a sentence stem they can use to support their writing.

Wixie’s Templates library includes a range of book adaptation activities you can assign to students immediately. You can also use Wixie’s authoring tools to craft your own sentence starters, making the perfect project for your learners.

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Topics: Wixie

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