The ISTE Standards for Students are the standard in developing a vision and curriculum that prepare students to use technology effectively now and for their future. Wixie’s combination of templates, blank screen options, authoring tools and project features provides powerful opportunities for students to meet the goals of the ISTE Standards.
Any project that starts from a blank screen in Wixie will likely meet the overall goals of the Knowledge Constructor and Creative Communicator standards. Wixie also includes templates that can help you support more specific ISTE standards connected to digital citizenship, computational thinking, and the design process.
Use these ideas and resources to meet standards in each of the 7 ISTE Standards for Students domains with Wixie.
1. Empowered Learner
Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
Students can use Wixie’s goal setting templates to “articulate and set personal learning goals.” Simply writing down goals actually helps you achieve them. If students set goals in Wixie, especially SMART goals, they are reminded of them every time they log in and see their goals at their Wixie home page.
2. Digital Citizen
Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
You can use Wixie’s Digital Footprint template to help cultivate student’s awareness “of the permanence of their actions in the digital world” by asking them to consider what they share as well as what they want other people to see in their digital footprint in the future.
Students can also explore themes of digital citizenship as they create Internet Safety and Anti-bullying posters and presentations by starting from a blank screen.
3. Knowledge Constructor
Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
Based on the definition above, simply using Wixie helps students build skills to achieve this standard. The best part? Students can use Wixie to combine images, text, original artwork and voice narration to demonstrate understanding of classroom content through a range of projects and performance tasks. With just a single application, students can design and create:
Vary the ways you ask students to showcase their learning, or better yet, let them choose how they want to share their learning.
Students can also use Wixie to document their ideas, thinking, and process as they explore "real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions." Solving real problems and issues helps them see how their work in school impacts life beyond the classroom.
Products like public service announcements are designed to raise awareness and have an intrinsic purpose. Give purpose to other products like trading cards by connecting them to the world beyond the classroom. For example, ask students to create trading cards that a local history museum can sell or give away to inform the community about important historical sites in your area.
4. Innovative Designer
Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
Wixie includes a range of templates to support student thinking throughout the process of solving authentic problems. Students can specifically use the templates in the STEM-PBL folder to support their design process, including empathy maps, feedback guides, and engineering design workflows.
5. Computational Thinker
Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.
A computational thinker approaches problem solving by collecting data, looking for patterns, making predictions, and communicating their results clearly. Students can use Wixie to build computational thinking skills by collecting and analyzing data through charts and graphs.
Students can also work to communicate large amounts of data and information into infographics that inform, inspire, and change behavior.
You can also build computational thinking by asking students to organize the sequence or flow of their ideas or process For example, you could ask students to write algorithms that serve as outlines for how-to instructions they create in Wixie.
6. Creative Communicator
Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively [as they]... b) create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations, c) communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating... or d) publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Students can combine text, visuals, and voice narration to retell stories, share information, and recall events. Multimodal forms of communication not only help students build essential digital-age communication skills, they also help students more effectively recall and comprehend content learning.
Most teachers have a curriculum for teaching effective writing that can be easily translated into a digital writing process in Wixie. Explicit instruction in techniques of effective visual and oral communication also helps students build essential digital-age communication skills. Ask students to use the recording tool in Wixie to narrate their writing and summarize ideas to practice fluency and effective oral communication. You can help students learn to communicate visually through projects like:
• visualize vocabulary
• create repeating and tessellated patterns
• label scientific diagrams
• design maps
As students grow in their communication skills, give them voice and choice in how they want to utilize these mediums to showcase their learning.
7. Global Collaborator
Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
The ability to collaborate effectively has been high on the list of skills employees need to have for years now. Wixie includes a real-time collaboration option that lets students work simultaneously on projects with other students in their classes, providing opportunities for them to learn to work with personalities, skills, and perspectives differing from their own.
Depending on the settings for their site, teachers and/or students can start collaborative projects between students in their class or classes.
No matter what they are good at, students can take on "various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal" while working with a team of students to showcase understanding of content learning, argue for change, or present a solution in their Wixie collaborative project.
Search for Templates by ISTE Standards for Students
You don't have to come up with all of these projects on your own! Wixie's Templates folder contains hundreds of files you can use for project work or to support students thinking and skill-building.
To find a template, click the More button in the Search field at the top of your Wixie home page.
At the Advanced Search dialog, click the Standard radio button. Use the pull-down menus to choose the Technology - ISTE standards and then narrow down by grade level and domain.
Click the Search button to see the templates in Wixie that match this standard.