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. 

How do I make teams with students outside my class?

Starting a cross-class/grade collaborative project starts the same way a collaborative project begun by a teacher works within your classroom.
 
Start by logging in to your Wixie teacher account. Open a new blank project or customize the template you want to use.
 
wixie-button-teamSelect the Team button on the toolbar to add students in your classroom to the project or template you have selected.
 
At the Team dialog, use the pull-down menu to choose the class, and then turn on the students you want to collaborate on this project.
 
wixie-team-dialog
 
If you want to have your students collaborate with students in another teacher's class, use the pull-down menu at the top and choose Teachers. Type the name of the teacher whose students you want added to the team project. When you see their name appear in the list, add them as a team member to the project.*
 
wixie-team-dialog-2nd-teacher
 
*In order to collaborate, both teachers/class must be under the same Wixie domain, either a single school or district.
 
The teacher you have connected can now log in to their Wixie account and add students from their class to the Wixie project to collaborate as well.

What type of projects work well across grades and classrooms?  

For example, you can have students at different grade levels and schools work together to create:
  • Endangered animal trading cards where 4th-grade habitat experts at one school work with 2nd graders learning about animals at another site to create a trading card.
  • Superhero comics - Have older elementary students practice dialogue writing and inference as they work with younger students to create a comic about a superhero the younger student has designed. 
  • Write a story - have younger students share their ideas with an older student by recording their voice. Older students can then write the text. Younger students can create basic illustrations or make suggestions and older students can add or create backgrounds.
  • Design a celebration - have students at the same grade level but in different classes work together to design a celebration for their grade level for an event like Earth Day or Cinco de Mayo. Student teams then create persuasive presentations to get other students to implement their idea.

If you haven't tried real-time collaboration between students in your class, use this tutorial to learn how to set up collaborative projects in your classroom. Once you have an in-class collaborative project under your belt, you can try one with students in classes with different teachers, in different grades, and even in different locations. 

Happy creating.

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