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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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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.

Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog

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

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,

Create Reflection Tessellations in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 3, 2013 9:47:00 AM

Students can use the paint tools in Wixie and Pixie to create their own reflection tessellations.

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Topics: pixie, Wixie, tessellation, math, reflection, shapes

Creativity, Curriculum, and Digital Age Learning - Connecting to Literature in Math

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 18, 2012 12:28:00 PM

In an earlier post, I talked about the importance of the 4 C's (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication) as well as the 3 R's in preparing students for life in the digital age. All to often technology skills, as well as curriculum standards, are taught as a discrete set of skills.

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Topics: pixie, creativity, digital age learning, 21st century classroom, literature, curriculum, math

Project-Based Learning - What age is best?

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 2, 2011 5:04:00 PM

I had the pleasure this week of working with Jamie Wittig from Cielo Vista Charter Elementary school to explore how project-based learning might look in a Kindergarten classroom. While I have been leading ProjectLearn Academies which focus on implementing project-based learning with technology for over ten years, each workshop is unique because discussions during the process about how to address a particular subject/topic, grade level, culture, or site needs.

As I was preparing for this workshop, I was scouring my files for not only great examples of project-based learning done with a primary grade tool like Wixie, but also great examples of what authentic tasks, essential questions, and big ideas looked like at the Kindergarten level. I found that most of my examples focused on upper elementary and secondary. Which got me thinking...

Which age is the best for project-based learning?

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Topics: pixie, pbl, technology, project-based learning

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