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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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Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Ideas to help you celebrate Read Across America

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Feb 22, 2019 7:49:14 AM

Read Across America celebrations are a fun way to excite your learners about books and reading. Students can use Wixie’s tools to combine text, images and voice narration to create their own response to a story or nonfiction book your class is reading. From pre-made templates to more complex literature adaptions, here are a few ideas your classroom can create with Wixie and Read Across America!

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Topics: Wixie, literature, seuss

Wixie ideas for The Mitten by Jan Brett

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 26, 2018 2:21:18 PM

If you love Jan Brett's The Mitten as much as we do, here are some fun Wixie ideas for primary learners that connect to this wonderful winter story.

Students can use Wixie’s tools to combine text, images, voice narration, and video to create their own response to the story. Teachers can also use pre-made activities in the Wixie curriculum library that connect to the story or have a winter theme.

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Topics: Wixie, literature

Exploring Fairy Tales with Wixie

Posted by Danielle Abernethy on Feb 15, 2017 9:36:03 AM

On a recent trip to Disney World, I was reminded of how I  loved fairy tales growing up, both the original stories aw well as the Disney adaptations. I even tried my hand at writing fairy tales!

While none of my fairy tales were movie quality, they were always one of my favorite writing topics, so I was excited when I recently discovered that February 26th is Tell a Fairy Tale Day! Here are a few ideas for Wixie projects to connect your readers, writers, and thinkers to fairy tales.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, literature

Engage readers with creative projects during “Picture Book Month”

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 6, 2014 7:24:00 AM

"A picture book is what you read to someone sitting on your lap." Nick Bruel

Most of us have fond memories of reading with our parents or children. We probably even have a favorite picture book or picture book series. November is Picture Book Month and it’s time to celebrate that love!

No matter what grade your students are in, it’s time to get out the picture books and don’t limit your celebrations to just reading them. While most students love listening too and looking at picture books, they also want to write, make, and publish! Combine reading with technology and creative projects to engage students in reading.

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Topics: literacy, Wixie, literature, writing, ePub

Move beyond the book report

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 28, 2014 1:08:00 PM

The book report may be the most dreaded elementary classroom assignment of all time. The elementary Common Core writing standard for argument includes opinion pieces about books, encouraging many teachers to incorporate some form of literature review rather than worksheets filled with information.

A book report that simply regurgitates facts like who, what, when, is doesn't push student thinking and presents no argument. Being assigned such a task is an open invitation to copy and paste a summary from a wiki or even the book’s dust jacket. While we can police student work for plagiarism, we can also do much better.

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Topics: pixie, creativity software, Wixie, literature, comprehension,

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