Grade levels: Primary, Intermediate, Middle
Wixie is web-based creation software that is available for BCPS teachers and students in grades K-8. With Wixie students can share their ideas, imagination, and understanding through their writing, their voice, and their art. Students can use paint tools, text options, clip art, and voice recording to develop and share digital media. With its new update, Wixie now works seamlessly in the Chrome browser and also provides additional enhanced functionality such as text-to-speech and real-time collaboration.
Access: Wixie is accessible to BCPS teachers and students in grades K-8 through by going to https://bcps.wixie.com/ or the Microsoft My Apps Portal. Then click on the Sign In with Google button to use your BCPS Google account to sign in.
*Wixie expert, Scott Loomis, is available to provide virtual reviews for any BCPS elementary or middle school teacher interested in learning how to effectively use and implement Wixie. This includes all subject areas as well as strategies for use with to support a variety of student needs. Most sessions last between 15-20 minutes. Any interested individual or small group of teachers can contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting Started with Wixie
Tech4Learning has an extensive training and support resource built directly into the Wixie Interface. Users can access support at any time by clicking on the user icon in the top right corner and selecting Help.
What's New with Wixie?
Although much of the interface looks similar, there are several new enhancements to improve the user experience for both teachers and students. Check out What's New with Wixie 2022 to learn more!
Additional Wixie Support Resources
These additional support materials are intended for BCPS Teachers to assist with basic Wixie use and management:
Creative Collaborator. 6a - Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Creative Collaborator. 6b - Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Creative Collaborator. 6c - Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
Creative Collaborator. 6d - Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Ideas for Use
Posters or digital media
Plot a story
Record story events
During 2020-2021 remote learning in BCPS, selected Professional Learning Webinars have been recorded for you to view at any time. To access Wixie specific recordings, click on the resource below that best meets your needs:
🎥 A Beginner's Guide to Wixie - This session is intended to provide an introductory overview of the tools and features perfect for capturing student knowledge and understanding. This includes adding student audio files for a wide range of products including justification/explanation,interviews, and public services announcements as well as for creating primary-aged artifacts with fluency and counting. Coupled with dynamic drawing tools, students' ability to work collaboratively with classmates plus dynamic teacher management tools including auto-save/auto-'drop box' and quick studentaccess for teacher-assigned templates, make Wixie the perfect productivity tool.
🎥 Using Wixie : A More Advanced Guide - This session is intended to provide participants with a detailed look of the recent updates to Wixie and build upon the integration potential of all tools and features. This includes the ability to add video files and teachers' ability to track student usage data -- to name a few. The session will involve a heavy dose of integration ideas and student samples that focus on rigorous assessment. The presentation will be similar to the Beginner's session, but will require some basic understanding of Wixie to be of value.