One Template, Many Options: Cluster Organizer

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 11, 2023 10:14:00 AM

Whether you are an instructional technology coach or classroom teacher, you likely have a very large number of tools and instructional strategies to support teacher professional development. To make the most of any time you have, help teachers get comfortable with a single idea they can deploy in a range of subjects for a range of learning goals.

This blog focuses on the: cluster organizer.

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Topics: Wixie, professional development, graphic organizer

Use Wixie to support project-based learning

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 4, 2020 11:20:06 AM

In project-based learning, students are first engaged with an issue, question, or problem they want to solve and then learn content in order to answer it. This helps students connect learning to the real world because there is an obvious why to the content they are learning.

With a PBL approach, students may still create presentations, public service announcements, comics and other products; the difference is that they are responsible for choosing what product best helps them showcase their ideas and content.

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Topics: pbl, Wixie, project-based learning, graphic organizer

First Projects for Primary: Cycles

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Feb 19, 2019 8:25:27 AM

As changes in the seasons become more visible, now is a great time to use the Cycle templates in Wixie to get students thinking about cycles in nature.

Cycle diagrams use pictures and text labels to show the stages in a process, such as the water cycle or the life cycle of an organism. Wixie even includes cycle templates students can open on their own. Here's how.

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Topics: Wixie, graphic organizer

First Wixie Projects for Elementary: Bookmarks

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Feb 14, 2019 2:08:53 PM

March kicks off with Read Across America week. Have your students create their own bookmarks in Wixie to celebrate.

Creating bookmarks is fun for students and can be a powerful performance task for comprehension and retelling. 

Wixie makes it easy to create bookmarks with a template students can open on their own. 

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Topics: Wixie, graphic organizer

Get students thinking with graphic organizers

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 12, 2018 4:29:18 PM

Graphic organizers are a great tool for helping students organize their thinking. Graphic organizers combine text and visuals to show connections between ideas, making large amounts of information easier to understand. 

While students can draw circles and connections on paper, technology makes it much easier to rearrange, edit, and identify new connections. Wixie includes templates for specific types of graphic organizers like Venn diagrams and T-charts as well as images and paint options students can use to create their own organizers from scratch.

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Topics: Wixie, graphic organizer

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