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"Pencil only" setting in Wixie

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

Sometimes, less is more.

Wixie now includes a 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 hides 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

Wixie Update - Summer 2021

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

Wixie got 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.

Here are just a few of the highlights.

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Topics: Wixie

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

Wixie Update - Summer 2020

Posted by David Wagner on Jul 22, 2020 10:42:44 AM

The summer update for Wixie has released! (7/31)

Like everyone else, the pandemic scrambled our plans and we had to rethink our development priorities. Based on feedback from our users last spring, we have put more focus on features and usability for a blended learning environment.

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Topics: Updates, Google Classroom

Log into Wixie using a QR Code

Posted by David Wagner on Jun 6, 2020 9:36:02 AM

Schools and districts can now use QR codes as a login method for students. The latest Wixie update includes the option to utilize Wixie User Cards, which allows students to log in to their account by holding up a QR code to the webcam on their device at the Wixie login page.

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Topics: Updates, qr codes

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