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Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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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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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Use Wixie to build writing skills in intermediate

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

The Common Core State Standards for Language Arts state that media skills should be blended throughout the reading and writing standards. Wixie provides a powerful platform for students in the middle grades to “employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use.” 

In middle grades, students are transitioning from thinking like a child to thinking like an adult. They are capable of dealing with conflict and complexity, and should be asked to write for a purpose beyond the academic. Writing to entertain others, raise awareness and change minds can help these writers explore the new boundaries of their thinking.

Students can use Wixie to both organize their ideas and research, as well as share writing to impact the world around them. Here's how.

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Topics: common core, Wixie, writing

Using letter writing to support literacy and curriculum understanding

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 16, 2020 10:31:39 AM

The friendly letter is a ubiquitous elementary project, but without a meaningful context it often ends up as a rote exercise in following formatting rules. With the advent of digital tools and social media, the rules for formatting a friendly letter writing are also changing. While many bemoan this change, digital tools also made it easier to both edit writing, add visuals and voice, and share immediately with an audience beyond the classroom.

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Topics: Wixie, writing

Using Wixie with a 6+1 Trait writing approach

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 19, 2019 8:45:21 AM

Designed by teachers and educators at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, the 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment organizes writing skills into seven “traits” that provide a common language for writing instruction.

The traits are:

  1. Ideas
  2. Organization
  3. Voice
  4. Word Choice
  5. Sentence Fluency
  6. Conventions
  7. Presentation

Using these traits can help students see techniques of great writing, as well as take action to build specific skills that improve their writing.

Here are ways you can use Wixie to help students practice and support skills building for each of the traits.

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Topics: Wixie, writing

Jump start project work with the Wixie tutorials

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 11, 2019 1:38:01 PM

You can use Wixie tutorials to empower students (and teachers) to create to learn. The Wixie Tutorial Collection is made of documents you can view or even copy to customize.

Don't worry if the content of the tutorial doesn't exactly match your curriculum. Use it to give students a quick set of basic skills so they can apply the same steps to build a similar project that meets your learning goals. Here are some ways you can use each tutorial.

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Topics: Wixie, writing, training

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

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