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Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Frames

Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Share

Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Tech4Learning Blog
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Using Wixie to help ELL’s build literacy and master content learning

Posted by Carolyn Daly on Nov 19, 2019 1:16:44 PM

Fact:  10% of students enrolled in our schools today are second language learners.
Fact:  ELL’s need to spend at least 50% of their instructional time “producing” oral language.
Fact:  ELL students will be included in standardized testing requirements in the majority of the states.

With these facts in mind, how do you start preparing students for learning in another language in a meaningful and deep way as new standards propose?

I am not a language acquisition expert, but my experience teaching in a bilingual classroom and supporting educational technology has allowed me to see many successful learning strategies used with ELL's. Wixie makes it easy to help your language learners master content and reach your curriculum standards.

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Topics: ell, common core, literacy

Use poetry to build vocabulary and comprehension at all levels of language acquisition

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 25, 2015 11:45:00 AM

Because of its combination of concise and purposeful text, both reading and writing poetry offers fantastic opportunities to engage English Language Learners at a variety of levels.

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Topics: ell, common core, literacy

Using Special Characters in Tech4Learning Tools

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 11, 2014 3:21:05 PM

Tech4Learning tools effective in helping students acquire a second language, and students can even use Tech4Learning tools in other languages!

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Topics: pixie, ell, frames, literacy, share, Wixie

Use technology to support learners through all 5 stages of English 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: pixie, ela, ell, Wixie

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