Creative technology tools and writing across the curriculum

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 4, 2016 12:44:09 PM

"Because writing is thinking and learning requires thinking, students who write as they are learning think more and thus learn more."

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Topics: creative software, ela, common core, digital storytelling, digital age learning, writing

What products can students create with Wixie?

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 8, 2016 9:06:57 AM

As students solve a problem or address an issue through authentic tasks, they create artifacts or products that demonstrate their learning and understanding. While it is easy (and fun) to create products like comics and book trailers with Wixie, you can move to a more student-centered approach (from projects to PBL), by providing students with a prompt and then asking them to choose which type or response (product or learning artifact) best supports the goals of their work.

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Topics: ela, Wixie, productivity software

Use technology to support learners through all 5 stages of language acquisition

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 16, 2014 9:55:00 AM

As they are learning a second language, all students go through distinct stages of language acquisition. Effective ELL instruction reflects a student's stage, helps students move through stages, and engages students at all stages in high-level thinking.

Stages of language acquisition, identified through research by Stephen Krashen and others, are:

  1. The Silent/Receptive Stage (Preproduction) 
  2. The Early Production Stage
  3. The Speech Emergence Stage 
  4. Intermediate Language Proficiency Stage
  5. Advanced Language Proficiency Stage
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Topics: ela, ell, Wixie

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