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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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Melinda Kolk

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Help families create together over the summer

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jun 8, 2021 6:45:00 AM

Even when school is on vacation, Wixie is not! If you use Wixie at school, let parents know their child can continue creating in Wixie over the break.

Note: Explore video directions for sending parents their child's Wixie log in information or simply head to the Settings in your Wixie teacher account for these tools.

Use these ideas to get parents and kids creating together at home. The ideas progress from easy to more difficult, from younger to older, so browse the list to find an idea that works best for your family. Don't forget to share your favorite ideas too!

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Topics: Wixie, parents, remote

Ideas for winning Wixie workshops

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 17, 2021 11:40:15 AM

By the end of a normal school day, teachers are tired. During a pandemic? Beyond exhausted. If you are supporting teachers during this time, make sure their time spent for professional learning:

    • provides immediate resources to implement
    • makes future instructional planning easier
    • avoids a one-size fits all approach

And don’t forget the fun!

Here are a few strategies, along with corresponding content ideas, you can use to make your Wixie workshops engaging and useful.

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Topics: Wixie

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

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