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Creating Wixie Templates from Scratch

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Aug 13, 2019 4:59:35 AM

To make technology integration easier we've created several curriculum and technology guides with ideas to help you get started and inspire you to continue. Your Wixie subscription also includes a library filled with over 1000 curriculum-based templates you can assign or even customize. Here are steps you can follow to create your own templates in Wixie.

Templates can look a lot of different ways and fulfill different needs. But no matter what type of template you create, you need to do three things:

  1. Name file, choose level, and connect standards
  2. Create page content
  3. Add instructions

To get started, log in to your Wixie teacher account. Click the New button and choose the orientation you want to use.

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Name file and connect standards

Once you see a blank page, go to the File menu and choose Project Information.

Change the name from Untitled to something that make sense for the activity or template. Choose the grade level or grade levels for the project and write a brief description.

wixie-project-information-dialog

Click Save when you are done.

If you would like to connect the template to standards, go to the File menu and choose Standards. This way, when a student completes the activity, it will show their progress in their Standards grid. This also means the template will be found from a standards search. 

Create page content

Use the options, paint tools and media from the library to build content on the page or pages of your activity or template. Keep things simple with a few images and empty boxes ready for student text. Add additional pages for each separate idea or student task. If you add objects, use the Edit menu options to lock, clone and protect the objects

What you add and create will depend on the type of activity or template you are designing. For example you can design:

     • a basic page structure for a reflective journal.
     a drag and drop check for understanding.
     a graphic organizer or thinking routine.
     a project starter, such as backgrounds for a narrative writing project.

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Add student instructions

To add instructions, select the clipboard button on the tools.

Type instructions you want students to read in the box. Take care to choose words appropriate to the reading ability of your learners. Click the Record button to record verbal instructions for students that might need the instructions read to them because of age or 504/IEP. 

wixie-instructions

Use the switch below the instructions to have the template open to the instructions when it is first used. 

Repeat this process on each page of the template.

Assign

Once you are finished, click the Home button to return to your teacher home page.

Find the template in your My Projects folder. Right click the three dots below or next to the template and choose Assign.

wixie-template-assign-dots

At the dialog, choose the class and students you want to assign the project to, as well as the date range it will be available from their project view.  

wixie-assign

Select the Save button to assign.

Share

Since you put in all of this effort designing your curriculum, consider sharing it with other teachers at your school or district through the school/district folders. You can also open the activity in the authoring application and click Send to export a file you can share on the Trading Post.

Bonus: Connect Assessment!

And one last idea...If you are ready to create your own custom materials in Wixie, you are ready to start using the assessment tool as well!

Click the Assessment folder at the teacher home to connect an existing rubric or create your own rubric-style assessment or checklist. 

It's time to put your instructional expertise to work and start designing your own Wixie curriculum materials! And don't forget to share!

 

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