Everyone is asking, “What will school be like next year?” Many districts are considering a hybrid schedule where students participate in distance learning on certain days, while coming to school on others. This means that practical and meaningful use of technology has never been more important.
Wixie is a lifesaver if your school is implementing a hybrid schedule this fall.
Wixie’s canvas has a simple design, with digital creation tools that are easy to use. Projects can consist of one or more pages with text, drawings, images, and voice recordings. There's no need to search for copyright-friendly images, because they are built in.
We know you’re not just choosing Wixie because of the tools, it’s what you and your students can do with those tools!
When your 9yo hops on the home computer to use the collaborative feature of #Wixie while video messaging a friend so they can create their own anti-bullying poster because they think it’s important... that’s an authentic use of technology. #proudmama @Tech4Learning pic.twitter.com/Jx8giCcblc— Jennifer Weaver (@Jennzer) January 31, 2020
Promotes student agency
Students have unique logins, so they can take ownership of their learning and access their account anytime, anywhere. Students can start a project from a blank canvas, or choose one of Wixie’s curriculum-based templates to help serve as a framework for organizing ideas. Projects teachers assign, like fractions skills practice, or a 5 W’s writing scaffold, show at the top of a student’s homepage, making it easy for them to get started. Students can team up with classmates for real-time project collaboration.
Using Wixie to help stay connected with my students. So many templates to keep creativity flowing during this time. 💻 pic.twitter.com/VqNLEwckTD— Mrs. Crump (@MrsCrumpCWES) March 25, 2020
Wixie provides the perfect mix of open-ended creativity and scaffolded activities. Students don’t have to finish all of their work in one session, since Wixie will save projects automatically, alleviating stress and helping students practice technology skills as they work towards proficiency in the 4 C’s.
I love that #wixie lets these kindergarten friends have ownership! This student randomly went into his account and used #Wixie to take notes without being asked during reading! These kids blow me away! @Tech4Learning #wearevalpo @CooksValpo pic.twitter.com/BSdQqKgXEl— Mrs. Wilcoxson (@MrsWilcoxson) April 28, 2020
Enables continuous feedback
Being separated from your students is arguably the most painful part of teaching in the era of COVID-19. You miss those faces, smiles, voices, and yes — those who never seem to stop expressing themselves! Wixie projects are personalized artifacts of learning, and learners, that you can treasure for years to come.
I told the kids to log in to #wixie and draw me a picture of their day/behavior choice and leave me a voice message... I am crying at this message. Teach the whole child! I love that I can leave him a message back! @Tech4Learning pic.twitter.com/Atbx2EQOc0— Mrs. Wilcoxson (@MrsWilcoxson) March 18, 2020
Managing student work in Wixie is easy and you can view projects without the need for students to ‘turn in’ assignments. The Students view in the teacher portal shows what students are working on and provides tools to give to support their efforts. Sometimes students just need a clarification of instructions, or a few simple words of encouragement from you to stay engaged in the task. Students can respond to your feedback with their own questions and clarifications.
Newcomer ESOL students are using Wixie for distance learning, responding to my feedback comments, & recording their voices for speaking practice. 🗣️👏@Tech4Learning @EngLangAcqAACPS @AACountySchools pic.twitter.com/wr9bfJlD0n— Jodi Bennett (@MrsBennettESOL) May 14, 2020
A customizable assessment tool is built in to Wixie, so you can even create your own rubrics and checklists to guide students.
More than one way to publish
Every Wixie project is automatically assigned a unique URL, and work can be shared online instantly! You and your students can also export work as a PDF, images, or eBook. Printing options are available too, which makes it easy for students to publish their work as posters, booklets, comics, trading cards, and more.
Many sites use Google Classroom accounts to keep their online assignments organized. Wixie allows teachers to publish assignments to Google Classroom and for students to share their final projects there as well.
Flexibility with devices
During quarantine, some students were handed a Chromebook, while others received an iPad, and some students were not sent home with any device or used a combination of student-owned and school owned-devices. Wixie works consistently across a mixture of devices, regardless of what they are using or where your students are. In a crunch? Wixie works with almost anything, even your smartphone!
If you haven’t already, it’s time to try Wixie
Students can begin practicing academic and technology skills in Wixie as early as Kindergarten and easily apply their abilities to other tools in later grades. Want to see how Wixie will work for you? Set up an evaluation account or pilot with a small team.
With all these benefits to consider, it’s time to include Wixie in your discussions for face-to-face, hybrid, and at-home learning.