Project Setting - Hide all tools

Posted by David Wagner on Jun 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

As a follow-up to my blog on the new pencil-only feature in Wixie, there is a similar option to set a project to hide all of the tools. With this setting, students can interact with objects already on the page, like drag them around and add and edit text, but they don’t have access to all of the new object and paint tools. This feature helps teachers deliver formative assessments without the distractions of all of the tools Wixie has to offer.

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Topics: Updates, Settings

"Pencil only" setting in the next update

Posted by David Wagner on Jun 1, 2021 8:03:00 AM

Sometimes, less is more.

The Wixie update, coming this summer, will include a new feature that allows teachers to set a project to make only the pencil tool available to students. When the pencil only option is selected in the project settings, Wixie will hide all of the tools except the color palette and instructions, helping to keep students focused on the activity that they are working on. 
Here are some examples of templates from the Wixie curriculum library that demonstrate how this feature will look in action.

Delete letters to form new words


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Topics: Updates, templates

Coming this summer to Wixie

Posted by David Wagner on May 14, 2021 11:23:34 AM

Wixie is getting a major update this summer. 

This has been such an unprecedented year in schools. Wixie usage has doubled and we are seeing Wixie used in more ways and in more classes than ever before! With the change in instruction and increased use, users have made a ton of feature requests.

Wixie’s development is driven by these requests.

This update includes hundreds of little changes focused on teachers using Wixie everyday with students. Improving the workflow, through new features and improvements in interoperability with other tools, is the driving theme in the update.

The update will be available in mid-July. Follow #WixieSummer21Update on Twitter and Instagram to see all the changes. Here are just a few of the highlights.

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Topics: Wixie

Coding music in Wixie with Text-to-Speech

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 17, 2021 11:06:23 AM

You can use the text-to-speech feature in Wixie to code and play music. When objects in Wixie are selected, you use the yellow text-to-speech (TTS) icon to have the computer say the contents of a text box or the alt text for an image. 

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Topics: text-to-speech, music

Wixie is certified as a TrustEd App by IMS Global

Posted by David Wagner on Jan 27, 2021 4:05:30 PM

Wixie has been granted the IMS TrustEd Apps™ Seal from IMS Global Learning Consortium®. The seal certifies that Wixie has successfully completed the IMS TrustEd Apps vetting process and meets rigorous expectations to protect student data privacy.

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Topics: privacy

Wixie Update - December 2020

Posted by David Wagner on Dec 23, 2020 8:12:03 AM

2020 is almost over, but we are squeezing in one last (amazing) Wixie update before the year ends. Here's a brief description of what is new in Wixie this December!

Export projects as videos

Yes, you read that correctly! You can now download projects as videos to share on your classroom site, via email, or on social media, or even upload to your LMS like Canvas or Google Classroom.

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Topics: Updates, Video

Add Wixie to the Shelf on a Chromebook

Posted by David Wagner on Oct 21, 2020 7:45:33 AM

You can set up Wixie to open in its own window from the Shelf on a Chromebook.

This makes it easy to launch Wixie without distractions in the browser window like tabs and URLs.

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Topics: chromebooks

Use Wixie like an app on Windows

Posted by David Wagner on Oct 19, 2020 8:39:07 AM

You can set up Wixie to work like an application on Windows, opening it from the Start menu and running in a dedicated window.

This makes it easy to launch Wixie without distractions in the browser window like tabs and URLs. It also gives it the feel of a local application, making it more comfortable to launch for new computer users. You can even pin Wixie to the taskbar to make it really easy to find and open.

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Topics: Windows, Start menu

Creating projects from PDFs and much more

Posted by David Wagner on Aug 31, 2020 9:07:22 AM

This weekend's Wixie update has even more features to get students up and running at the beginning of the school year as well as huge improvements in accessibility.

Create a Wixie project from a PDF

Stories from users often provide the best inspiration for new features. This past spring we received this note from a teacher using Wixie during quarantine:

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Wixie Update - August 2020

Posted by David Wagner on Aug 14, 2020 4:25:37 PM

To better support students and teachers as they are heading back to school, whether it be in person or from home, we have released another Wixie summer update. (Learn more about the first Wixie summer update.)

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Topics: Updates

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