Wixie is a digital canvas students can use to share their ideas, imagination, and understanding through their writing, their voice, and their art.
Wixie is easy enough for both you and your students to simply jump in and start working. But if you prefer to build a solid foundation for integration before starting, we suggest these first steps:
- explore what your students can do with Wixie,
- play with the student tools yourself, and
- choose a first project to do with students for back-to-school.
What can students do with Wixie and why use it?
Wixie is essentially a blank canvas, so it can be used at a range of ages for a variety of projects, from comics, to flowcharts, to trading cards, and more.
To get a sense of what your students can do with Wixie in your classroom, explore the samples and tweets from Wixie-using classrooms at the grade level, or levels, you teach.
How do students create in Wixie?
While many teachers set their students loose with Wixie without knowing how to use it themselves, other teachers prefer to have students use one of the templates in Wixie to get started.
You can use a Wixie template to create your own All About Me project to introduce yourself to your new students and show off your digital skills.
Log in to your Wixie teacher account. You will arrive at your teacher home page.
Type “bio poem” in the search field at the top and be sure to include the quotation marks.
Choose one of the Bio Poem templates at the bottom. The template will open in the Wixie authoring tool.
Type and edit the text fields in the bio poem to tell others about yourself. Then, use the paint tools on the right and Image button to add pictures that support your words. You can even click the Record button (microphone) to tell others about yourself.
If you prefer step-by-step directions, you can use the tutorials in the Wixie help.
To access these guides, click your user icon in the top right and choose Help. Click the Tutorials tab and choose one of the options that interests you.
Once you have created this sample to introduce yourself, present it from your Wixie account to your students the first day of class.
Decide how you will start using Wixie with students
Now it's time to consider how the learners in your classroom can best start creating in Wixie. As students learn new skills, it is helpful to balance this skill acquisition with content they already know. This is why so many educators start with an All About Me project.
Wixie includes a range of All About Me templates to give you ideas and a structure for student work. You may even want to use the same bio poem template you used to introduce yourself.
If you are still working in Wixie, click the Home button in the upper left to return to this page. To see the entire folder of All About Me files in Wixie, click the Templates folder in the folder list on the left.
Open the General folder and then open the All About Me folder.
You can assign any of these activities to your students by clicking the three dots below the activity and choosing Assign. Once you assign a template to your learners, it will appear at the top of their home page when they log in to Wixie.
To help your learners develop agency, you can also show them how to find one of these templates on their own. Students can see all of the All About Me templates by browsing the Template library the same way mentioned above. You can also have them search by keyword.
Students can also begin using Wixie by setting goals, drawing a picture, or telling a story about their summer vacation. This blog shares 8 first projects to get students using technology.