Pixie 3

http://www.tech4learning.com/pixie/new

 Description

Pixie is designed to be used by students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will to improve their creativity, promote their self-expression, and enhance their cooperation skills.

With its user-friendly interface and the ability to combine text, voice narration, and images the software provides the ideal canvas for all types of learners.

To help you get started, please visit the following page for a variety of tutorials:

http://www.tech4learning.com/pixie/training


 What functions does Pixie 3 provide?

  • Voice narration software, creating interactive characters, and adding colours to projects;
  • Touch-sensitive displays, whiteboards, and projectors using the Touch Interface View;
  • Create interesting pieces such as posters, trading cards, or newspapers that belong to historical time periods;
  • Use a universal file format based on excellent file compatibility across multiple platforms; and
  • Choose between a variety of built-in templates to create project collaboration


 How can students use Pixie 3 to enhance their learning?

Pixie is a great resource for self-expression. The multiple interactive and illustrative tools, allows students to draw on their personal experiences and transform them into creative artwork pieces. Through Pixie, students will be able to broaden their imagination and understanding of the world around them.


 How is Pixie 3 helpful to teachers in the classroom?

Teachers will use Pixie to create real-time collaboration by enabling students to work on projects at the same time. Each student can take on an important role, such as illustrator, recorder, and writer as they effectively use the software’s built-in templates to improve their teamwork skills.


 How does Pixie 3 connect with Differentiated Intruction?

Teachers will differentiate instruction to address learning needs of students.

  • Student Readiness – As a student learns to use the software, they will be able to tackle different levels of complexity to demonstrate their understanding of novice, intermediate, or advanced activities.
  • Student Interests – The variety of Pixie’s tools enables students to create activities that suit their interests. For example, an artistic person may indulge in a picture-based task rather than a simple text activity in order to effectively learn with enthusiasm.


 How does Pixie 3 connect with the Ontario Curriculum?

Students can use Pixie to assist themselves in courses such as Social Studies and Media Literacy. By allowing students to share and create maps, they can understand the relationships within human and natural systems. At the same time, users can implement the software to create newspaper articles or brochures, effectively demonstrating an understanding of media texts.

 

About Pixie 3

Sample Work and Tips

Literature Connections with Pixie

Pixie 3 provides a variety of features that help enhance the analytical skills of students. Below are a set of images that contain examples of how this software may be used.

Example : Story with personalized images

Example : K-12 Share Teacher Account

Clone Tool for creating multiple objects

Project Collaboration Feature

Exporting Options

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: How do I capture images from a DV camera or a USB webcam into my Pixie project?

A: In the stickers library on the right-hand side of the document, click on the button that looks like a webcam. Choose any one of the picture formats, and then click on the capture button. You can now drag and drop the picture to wherever you want to place it.

Q: How do I use the record feature in my Pixie project?

A: On the bottom-right side of your document, click on the red bullet. You can now record your voice for narrating a story or reflecting upon your work.

Q: How do I export my Pixie project as a video?

A: After clicking on the Project button located on the top left side of the document, drag your mouse over to the export button. You can now export your creations for playback on ipods, the web, or as a movie.

Q: How do I access Pixie 3 for my classroom?

A: Access to Pixie 3 is provided through your Operational Contact. To find your Operational Contact, click here and enter your board name.