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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.

Frames Icon

Frames

Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Share

Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
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Tech4Learning Blog

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

Assessing PBL - "It's the process, not the product"

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 22, 2014 10:21:00 AM

As a PBL enthusiastic and someone who has seen student project work in action, it has always felt natural and easy to say, "It's the process, not the product." Anyone who has done PBL or watched the entire process knows that you only get to see a small portion of the learning in the final product.

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Topics: pbl, share, assessment, project, project-based learning, presentation

Your Team is a Gift!

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Aug 5, 2013 2:46:00 PM

At almost every workshop I lead on implementing project-based learning, collaboration is a major topic of concern. Based on their previous experience working in and using collaborative projects in their classrooms, everyone wants to learn how to get students to work together successfully.

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Topics: pbl, project-based learning, collaboration

Foster a culture of high expectations with Common Core Implementation

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 31, 2013 10:37:00 AM

Think of your district’s implementation of Common Core as a gift to reconnect with colleagues, share and disseminate best practices that work with your students in YOUR classrooms, explore new ideas, discuss how to engage students in learning, and have frank discussions about what it means to be educated.

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Topics: creativity, common core, pbl, project-based learning

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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