Tech4Learning has released a major update to Wixie. Log in to your account to view the changes.
If you are responsible for training teachers and students in the new version, use this blog to find information about training resources you can use to get your teachers transitioned to the updated interface and features before the new school year begins.
What is different in the Wixie update?
You will see big changes to the interface, tools, and options in both the Wixie editor and the Wixie teacher home page.
You don't need to cover every single change and new feature for your teachers in your workshops. They won't remember all of the changes.
Introduce one or two key changes you feel best connect to your site's goals for student learning with Wixie and then empower your teachers to play and explore on their own.
Key changes your users will want to know:
- Changes and additions to the Wixie editing tools
- How to use the teacher home page to view and manage student work
Depending on the level of their users, your teachers may also want to see:
- Changes in the student home page, which replaces the previous version's Projects View
- Primary interface - what it looks like and how to turn it on for young learners
Transitioning to the new Wixie presentation
If you are leading a training on the new version, we have created a Transitioning to the Wixie Update for the 2019-2020 School Year presentation you can use. This slide deck begins with changes to authoring in the Wixie editor (new interface and features) and then moves on to the new teacher home page. The slide deck includes embedded videos and handouts.
Make a copy of the Transitioning to the Wixie Update for the 2019-2020 School Year presentation in your own Google account to customize with your specific log in process and even change the order of slides to match your workshop goals and needs.
The slide show also includes sample tasks that get teachers exploring the new features in the editor as they create an All About Me project.
You can also print and share these Wixie Play Prompts with workshop participants to encourage independent exploration. You can then spend time coaching those who need the most help with new features and changes. The play prompts include step-by-step instructions for creating:
- a Wanted poster (from a template)
- a trading card (from a template)
- a compare activity (using the Venn diagram template)
- and a creative writing project (using a device's web cam)
If you don't have time for a face-to-face training, send a link to this transition presentation to your teachers to review independently. If you want proof of their efforts, ask them to use Wixie's Share feature to email you a link to the All About Me project they created. You can also ask them to email you the name, or names, of the templates they chose to assign to students at the beginning of the year, or even share a template they have created into the template folder for their site.
Transitioning documents you can use for teacher training
We have also been working on print materials teachers can use for reference and exploration.
Use these quick-reference guides and play prompts to help teachers transition to the new interface and features.
- Quick reference for the Wixie editor
- Quick reference for the Wixie teacher home page
- Tour of the teacher tools in Wixie
Use these quick-reference guides to get students who have used Wixie before to transition to the new interface, features, and project management options.