Get started with Wixie by having students create projects from the Template library. With an entire folder of All About Me project templates, including wanted posters, IDs, and trading cards, you’ll only need to give students a bit of direction, and they’ll learn to use Wixie in a way that sets the stage for independent work.
When students log in to their Wixie accounts, they will see the Curriculum and Templates libraries in the folder list on the left.
The Templates folder includes hundreds of graphic organizers, formative assessments, and project templates students can use to begin working in Wixie independently.
So which template should you have them use for a first project? Here are some ideas.
All About Me folder
The All About Me templates are great ways to get to know your students at the beginning of the school year, or if you are starting a new semester with new students. Simply ask students to open the All About Me folder and choose a template.
The templates in this folder will vary depending on the age of your students. If you are exploring from your teacher account, your grade-level settings in Wixie will determine which templates you see.
Get primary students started using the paint tools with the Profile Image template. If your students are familiar with paint tools or even Wixie, you can use the All About My Family template. In this template, students paint and record information about their family on the first page and then add images from the Stickers library on the second page.
Most classes have a few students who have experience with technology and paint programs. Since it may not take these students as long to complete the project, ask these experts to help other students who are ready for these skills.
Intermediate students can open a Bio Poem template and focus on adding and editing text. Once they finish writing, they can use the Image button to add additional art or the record tool to share more information about themselves.
Since they are inexpensive and portable, many students have experienced using a small wooden tool to scratch and create art, at home or in the back seat of a car on a road trip.
The Art folder includes a Scratch Art folder which contains files that have a range of colorful backgrounds behind the "scratch" layer. Students use the Eraser tool to scratch and create their designs.
While students can use the scratch art files to simply create artwork, they can also use them to design a greeting card. They can add additional pages to type a message or create a voice message using the recording tool. Since Wixie projects exist online, you simply need to copy and paste the URL from the address bar to share the eCard with family and friends.
Wanted posters, trading cards, and more
Many of the templates can be used with a specific curriculum objective. The Language Arts folder includes a Character Traits template where students draw a picture and share information about the protagonist in a story or informational text you have been reading. Students can use the SuperHero ID Card in a Social Studies context to have students share what they have learned about a person from history.
The Wanted Poster and Trading Card templates let students focus on writing content with minimal need for additional Wixie expertise. Wanted posters and trading cards can be used in almost any curriculum area as well as for a creative approach to vocabulary.
Research and Graphic Organizers folders
The Graphic Organizer folder is filled with templates like Venn diagrams, 5W's, Fact or Fiction, and more. For a first Wixie project, you may want to direct students to use a specific one, but showing students where to find and use these on their own, opens the door to students taking charge of their learning.
No matter which first project you choose to do with your students, getting students starting accessing the Templates library sets a strong foundation for student autonomy and responsibility for learning.