Been a while since I’ve posted…much of my time these days is spent working on things for my library endorsement (in addition to teaching, the #sdchallenge, and living life). I recently reviewed a web 2.0 tool that I didn’t know about called Stixy. In order to meet the requirements of my class I had to briefly explain what it is, how it supports The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and 2 applications for the classroom. Thought I might share it and see if it might be a tool you could use. Enjoy!!
Stixy is a digital bulletin board that allows users to easily upload images, documents, to do lists and notes in a variety of manners. The Stixyboard has no boundaries how the information is displayed, which allows users to create and design their board however they choose. The Stixyboards can be shared with others and create a common workspace in which multiple people can work. While there are certainly other digital bulletin board tools available, Stixy allows more creative liberties. It is for all of these reasons that students could easily use it in the classroom to not only meet 21st Century learning standards of creativity, but also of collaboration.
Stixy would work well in fifth grade social studies when students study Native American tribes across the country. Students could break away from the textbooks and research the Cherokee, Navajo, Sioux, Apache, and Pueblo tribes online and post their learning to Stixyboards. The textbook covers where the tribe lived, culture, clothing, housing, and introduces tribe-specific vocabulary. Students could use search engines to research the same information and post to the Stixyboard. The Stixyboards would provide a great collaborative space to organize new learning about the five tribes and help students effectively communicate their learning to peers.
Kindergarteners could use Stixy while continuing to work on phonics and phonemic awareness. Often, students have difficulties making sound, letter, and picture correspondence. The teachers or librarians could create an example of a Stixyboard that focuses on one letter. The board could have multiple pictures that start with the letter and notes with words that have the letter in it. The students could then work together in pairs to create their own boards according to their assigned letter. This would be a dynamic way to include multimedia with phonics instruction and start teaching technology skills to students in a primary grade.