I'm not a fan of pie. I know, totally irrational to many of you. Okay, I do like pie if it's a thin crust cheese, spinach and mushroom pizza pie, or Key Lime Pie. If I make a Key Lime Pie, I usually make mini, individual pies so that way no one has to fight over a fair share or slice. For pizza, I order it in from one of the local mom and pop pizzerias. I can never seem to get my crust thin enough.
On March 14, Pi Day, we'll be celebrating with pizza and Key Lime Pie at my house. I'm…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on March 7, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't."
I love this quote. Honestly, it's become one of my favorites. Especially as we dive deeper into the testing season and students have to regurgitate facts and things they have committed to their memory.…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on March 6, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments
I attended Columbia College in Columbia, SC, for the first two years of my college life. During my time at this all women's college we celebrated diversity, culture and the courage to stand up for what's right. The month of March was always special since it was the celebration of women's History Month. The theme for the 2014 National Women's History Month is "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment."
The 2014 nominees…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on March 5, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments
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I live in Florida and we don’t get much snow here. Even so, I’ve always been fascinated by the concept that "no two snowflakes are alike". The few times I…Continue
Added by Nita Seng on February 26, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Check out Amy Cleary's 2nd grade projects in Wixie! Click the links below to see her student's understanding of multiple meaning words and their creative projects that demonstrate how to make a snowman. Well done Amy and kids! Keep up the great work.Continue
Added by Carolyn Daly on February 24, 2014 at 10:56am — No Comments
One of the coolest ways to engage a student is to use their picture in a project. Things like a head shot placed on a polar bear so they can pretend to be the bear and report on life in the arctic tundra using call out bubbles or recordings. Or maybe use a photo from a field trip of them standing by something of state historic importance and then add information to the image as if they were a local new reporter. However, since you can’t always be there or be with someone, the best option is…Continue
Added by Scott Loomis on February 20, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments
I love Wixie. If I had to select and make a choice between Wixie and Pixie, I would have to go Wixie. Simple reason is because of the Teacher Dashboard and how easy it is to view student work from anywhere you have Internet connection. I'd still have to keep at least one copy of Pixie, simply because with Pixie I can do Cool Words, convert the Cool Word into a sticker or make some really cool edits to photos and then save these slides and open them up in Wixie.…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on February 20, 2014 at 7:26am — No Comments
With all the snow we've had here in New England, we had to come up with a snowy project for the Kindergarten class! After they studied winter animals here in Maine, we created a fun Wixie project template using animal footprints and a line from the book "who's been here?"
Students read "In the Snow: Who's…Continue
About once a week I get a phone call or an email about the folder structures in Wixie for Activities. Someone will panic because they selected a parent folder and the following red notice appears, "There are no projects in this folder. This may be a high-level folder.…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on February 13, 2014 at 6:48am — No Comments
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As schools are moving towards BYOD or 1:1 devices with Chromebooks, tablets or iPads, we are experiencing an increase of Wixie subscriptions. Our cloud based cousin to Pixie works on multiple devices, in the cloud and still meets standards. As teachers are making the move, I get a particular question a lot, "Can Wixie export as a movie?"
In this case, the teacher is putting together a collection of student work in Wixie and they'd like to share it during a PTO meeting. The Internet in…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on February 4, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments
If you are looking for a great first activity in Wixie, I would highly recommend using the Bio Poetry template which can be found loose in the Template Tab. I have been using this template a lot when I only have about 30 minutes to teach Wixie to new students. It comes with instructions and you can quickly introduce students to the Word processing features, stickers and images and recording feature! This is also a great project to combine into a class website using the Wixie import pages…Continue
Added by Carolyn Daly on January 30, 2014 at 2:56pm — No Comments
TIE TJ Shay inspired this morning's blog post thanks to his Facebook post about the revelation of the Team USA opening ceremonies outfits and my niece's recent interest in designing clothes and understanding the different textiles used to make these clothes.
For Christmas I purchased a sketch book for Zoe that included four models…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on January 23, 2014 at 7:51am — No Comments
This is a fun way to evaluate third grader’s knowledge of the layers of the soil. The students enjoy the creative way to demonstrate what they have learned and the addition of the worm from the Diary of a Worm story adds a bit whimsy and fun to the lesson.
The entire lesson can be downloaded from this…Continue
This is a unique way to help 5th graders learn the essential knowledge of geography objective, unique physical features of each continent. In this activity, students will turn a satellite image of each of the seven…Continue
While talking with Barbara Campbell, a technology specialist at Grand Prairie Elementary in Illinois, I picked up a login tip that will be very helpful for the lower grades. In the beginning, students may have…Continue
Added by Michelle Sontag on January 20, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Added by Leala Roberts on January 17, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
I have had the pleasure of teaching Wixie and Pixie in several classrooms lately. Due to time constraints, I usually only have about 45 minutes to introduce the tool and have the students create something. Just recently, I had the kids create an acrostic poem of something they were learning about in 2nd grade…Continue
Added by Carolyn Daly on January 16, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments
Many of the students across the United States have been out of school for a two week winter holiday. My son doesn't go back until tomorrow, and I can promise you I am ready to celebrate when he does. Don't get me wrong, I love my child and I love spending time with him, but we didn't take advantage of this time off…Continue
Added by Danielle Abernethy on January 6, 2014 at 8:16am — No Comments