Melinda Kolk

Recent Posts

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. 

Read More

Topics: text-to-speech, music

Collaborate in Wixie across grade levels and schools

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 23, 2020 2:41:08 PM

The latest Wixie update adds support for real-time project collaboration across classes, grade levels, and schools. This makes it easy to do cross-grade and cross-classroom projects with learners from different classrooms. 
Read More

Use Wixie to support at-home learning

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 16, 2020 9:58:09 AM

With all of the school closures happening, here are some options for Wixie use to support at-home learning whether you:

  • have Wixie,
  • want to expand your Wixie use to additional grades
  • want to use it for the first time, or
  • are parents trying to support at-home learning.
Read More

Topics: Wixie

Wixie and the COVID-19 coronavirus

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 11, 2020 4:10:50 PM

Many of you have COVID-19-related questions and concerns.

The good news? Even if your site is closed, Wixie works online and will continue to work normally. Students can simply log in from home or the library to complete the work their teachers have assigned.

Read More

Topics: Wixie

Run Wixie in Spanish or French!

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Feb 20, 2020 9:25:20 AM

The update to Wixie this past Friday gives you the option to run Wixie in Spanish and French!

Read More

Topics: Wixie

Using Wixie's Primary Interface

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 16, 2019 8:25:13 AM

Wixie has two interface options. You are probably familiar with the standard interface since it is the default for all users. The Primary look is brighter, larger, and has a simplified feature set to make it easier for younger students to get started making their first projects.

Teachers can choose the Wixie interface that best matches the needs of their classroom and learners. You might want to consider using the primary interface if you are working with younger students or think your learners would benefit from a smaller set of choices.

Read More

Topics: Wixie

It's ⏰ to celebrate! Emojis have come to Wixie 😀

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Sep 11, 2019 11:17:18 AM

Kids love emojis and now they can easily add them to text boxes in Wixie! The way you add emojis will depend on the device you are using to create your Wixie projects.

Read More

Topics: Wixie

Best practices for designing templates in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Aug 1, 2019 9:02:01 AM

Over the past 15 years of Pixie and Wixie, we have built a lot of templates and activities for students. Here are some things that we have learned over the years that you will hopefully find helpful in your own templates and activities. 

Landscape vs. portrait orientation

It is almost always better to create templates and activities using the default landscape orientation. This layout works best on a variety of devices. Portrait layouts become hard to work with in the work-space of a tablet, so try to use this orientation only when designing templates that will need to be portrait when they are printed.

Read More

Topics: Wixie, activities

The Wixie update has arrived!

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jun 24, 2019 11:49:25 AM

The Tech4Learning team has put the Wixie update into production and you can log in to your current Wixie account to see the changes!

Read More

Topics: Wixie

Sneak peek at the Wixie update coming this summer

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 24, 2019 4:33:18 PM

As the school year winds down and we get closer to the release of the Wixie update this summer, we want to make sure you are aware of changes coming and how to support your teachers and students through the process.

Read More

Topics: Wixie

Popular Posts

Subscribe via email

Posts by Topic

see all