Creating Books in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 20, 2022 3:28:27 PM

If you are finding it a struggle to get students to read, try asking them to write and publish their own books. This not provides obvious opportunities for writing practice, it inspires reading fluency and oral language as students work to perfect their books during the editing process.

Wixie makes it easy to support the writer and publisher in all of us. Built-in authoring, drawing and voice options provide multiple supports for student writing, and Wixie’s sharing options provide a variety of ways to publish the piece so that it will be right for your audience.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, writing

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

Connect primary learners to books with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 1, 2018 1:36:54 PM

Here are four Wixie ideas to get your primary learners engaged with the books and informational texts they are learning to read.

1. Oral Retelling and Sentence Strips

Primary readers are expected to be able to retell key ideas and details from the books they are listening to others read or reading themselves. Since many are emerging as readers and writers, ask them to draw and tell as much as write and type.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie

Create Mother's Day and Father's Day memories with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 4, 2018 8:55:04 AM

From templates you can print, to digital greetings with recorded messages, Wixie makes it easy to create Mother's Day and Father's Day messages parents love.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, writing, card, ecard

Literacy project ideas for February

Posted by Danielle Abernethy on Jan 24, 2018 9:23:14 AM

February is a short month filled with holidays and celebrations you can use to inspire student work in Wixie. If you need some inspiration, explore these ideas for February holidays like Valentine's Day and celebrations like Black History Month. February also includes less-celebrated days that you can use to engage students in powerful reading and writing projects.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie

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