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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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Celebrating and encouraging kindness with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Feb 13, 2020 10:00:31 AM

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post is from Aimee Clarke, an Instructional Technology Specialist in Virginia Beach. You can learn more from Aimee by following her on Twitter at @VBTechTeacher.

I was excited to be approached by my school counselor, Blair Sutter (@FESCounselor), this past month with the question of how we could take a digital approach to our celebrations during the Great Kindness Challenge (January 27 – 31, 2020 ).

She wanted to develop an activity that incorporated the 5C's (collaboration, citizenship, critical thinking, creativity, and communication) into her lessons that went beyond our typical use of GSuite. When I think about the 5C's of transformational learning, there is one immediate resource I ALWAYS want to go to and that all my students love - Wixie, the powerhouse instructional tool!

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Topics: Wixie, SEL, kindness

Wixie's Month-by-Month templates make it easy to integrate technology

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Feb 3, 2020 2:25:50 PM

Students can always create in Wixie starting from a blank page! But many students (and teachers) work best with more direction. The Month-by-Month activities in Wixie’s Template library provide this direction and make it easy to integrate technology into daily classroom learning.

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Topics: Wixie

Using letter writing to support literacy and curriculum understanding

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 16, 2020 10:31:39 AM

The friendly letter is a ubiquitous elementary project, but without a meaningful context it often ends up as a rote exercise in following formatting rules. With the advent of digital tools and social media, the rules for formatting a friendly letter writing are also changing. While many bemoan this change, digital tools also made it easier to both edit writing, add visuals and voice, and share immediately with an audience beyond the classroom.

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Topics: Wixie, writing

Using Wixie to meet math standards in 1st grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 8, 2020 1:26:04 PM

Students in first grade are learning more about subtraction and addition, place value, and geometric shapes. They are ready to build foundations for understanding how to subtract and add numbers, measure lengths as units, and classify shapes.

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 use virtual manipulatives and a blank canvas to construct understanding.

Teachers can assign Wixie templates directly to students, or customize templates to differentiate them for specific learners in their classroom. Instructions for students show in the Wixie interface and you can ask students to record their voice to explain their mathematical thinking.

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Topics: Wixie

Using Wixie with a 6+1 Trait writing approach

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 19, 2019 8:45:21 AM

Designed by teachers and educators at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, the 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment organizes writing skills into seven “traits” that provide a common language for writing instruction.

The traits are:

  1. Ideas
  2. Organization
  3. Voice
  4. Word Choice
  5. Sentence Fluency
  6. Conventions
  7. Presentation

Using these traits can help students see techniques of great writing, as well as take action to build specific skills that improve their writing.

Here are ways you can use Wixie to help students practice and support skills building for each of the traits.

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Topics: Wixie, writing

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