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Carol Ann Dunlap

Staff Development How to Use Pixie 3

Title of Lesson Staff Development: How to Use Pixie 3


Standards:

Audience Student Teachers: North Georgia College

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Teachers: a. promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness. b engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using . digital tools and resources. c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.

d model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, . colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments. 2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETSS. Teachers: a. design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.

develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue b their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own . educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress. c. customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.

provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned d with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and . teaching Understandings: Students will understand that: 1. Students will understand the basic functions of Pixie 3. 2. Students will understand how to use Pixie 3 by creating a project incorporating the following functions: choosing and resizing a sticker;

adding a background, adding sound, and publishing the project. 3. Students will understand the difference between a DOK (Depth of Knowledge) level 1 question and a DOK level 3 question. Students will incorporate a DOK level 3 questions into their project.

Essential Questions Overarching Questions: 1. How can I use Pixie 3 in the


classroom?

Topical Questions: 1. How do you resize a sticker? 2. How do you add a background? 3. How can I use Pixie in all elementary school grade levels?

2. Which grade levels can use Pixie 3? 3. How will understanding the functions
of Pixie 3 benefit my future classroom?

Plan Learning Experiences

Understanding

HOOK: Can you think of a technology program that is universal for all elementary grade levels? A program that even kindergarteners can master independently but also extends fifth graders. Finished projects can be published on to the web where students and parents can view them. Let me show you a few examples from all different grade levels. I will then show three projects from a kindergarten student, a third grade student, and a fifth grade student. WHERE: Today we are going to learn the basic functions of Pixie 3 and then create a project! Hopefully you will be inspired to use this amazing program in your future classroom! EQUIP: I will walk the interns through step by step instructions on how to use Pixie 3. They will receive a detailed handout to follow. TAILOR: The interns will work in partners to assist each other and I will walk around to monitor the progress. RETHINK: At the end of the lesson, the interns will create their own Pixie 3 projects that they can use in their future classrooms. They will create word

problems for math and will be encouraged to use DOK level 3 questioning skills. EVALUATE: Each intern will create a final Pixie 3 project which will be assessed by the Pixie 3 rubric. ORGANIZE: The lesson will begin with a short introduction of the capabilities of Pixie 3. Then the interns will be guided with step by step instructions on how to create a project. I will use the interactive white board as a visual for the students. Finally, the interns will create math word problems on Pixie 3 using a detailed handout along with each other for assistance. Introduction (15 minutes) The lesson will begin with my hook statement. I will then show examples from Mrs. Allens kindergarten class, Mrs. Carnes third grade class, and Mrs. Turners fifth grade class. I will show how the final projects and be printed and bound into a book, like Mrs. Allens kindergarten class, or how they can be published onto the web.

Guided Instruction (30 minutes) Everyone will receive a handout that walks the interns through step by step instructions on how to use Pixie 3. I will give the students visual on the interactive white board as we all follow the steps on the handout. The interns will follow these steps: 1. The interns will turn on the laptops and log in using the username and password provided. I will walk my audience through each step of finding and using Pixie. 2. First open Pixie. Click the Start menu, select All Programs, select students, and choose Pixie 3. Pixie will open. You will see a blank picture. 3. You can use activities to learn about common classroom topics. Click the Open button on the toolbar. You will see the Open Picture dialog. 4. Click the Activities button in the list on the left. You will see the Activities folders. 5. Double-click the Math folder to open it. You will see the Math topics folders. Double-click the Numbers folder to open it. 6. You will see the Numbers activities. Click the Skip Count Dot-to-Dot activity to select it. Click the Open button. You will see the Skip Count Dot-to-Dot

activity. 7. You can add text to the text object on this picture. The text object is in the top right corner of the picture. Double-click the Double-click here to add text text. The default text will disappear. You will see a blinking cursor on the left. 8. Type your name. Click the picture away from the box to deselect it. You can use the Shape tool to draw straight lines to complete the barn. Click the Shape tool on the tool palette. You will see the shape options in the Options panel. Click the line option at the top of the Shape field. 9. Click and drag the Width slider to the right, so that the line is about as thick as the fence lines. You can see a preview to the right of the slider bar. Click the dot for the Number 2 and drag to the dot for Number 4. Release the mouse button. You will see the line. 10. Click the dot for the Number 4 and drag to the dot for Number 6. Release the mouse button. You will see the line. Click the Undo button the toolbar if you want to try again. Continue drawing individual lines to complete the barn. 11. You will see the brush options in the Options panel. Click the round shape at the far left of the Brush options. Click and drag the Size slider so that the brush is about the same width as one of the dots around the mud hole. Move your cursor over the number five. Click and drag the cursor through all of the numbers, counting by fives to complete the mud hole. 12. You can use the Paint Brush tool to complete the mud hole since it doesnt need straight lines. Click the Paint Brush tool on the tool palette. You will see the brush options in the Options panel. Click the round shape at the far left of the Brush options. Click and drag the Size slider so that the brush is about the same width as one of the dots around the mud hole. Move your cursor over the number five. Click and drag the cursor through all of the numbers, counting by fives to complete the mud hole. 13. You can use the Paint Bucket tool to fill an area with color. Click the Paint Bucket tool on the tool palette. Click black on the color palette. You will see the Paint Bucket options in the Options panel. Use the pull-down menu to choose Color. 14. Move your cursor over the middle of the barn roof. Click the mouse button. The roof will fill with black. Click red on the color palette.

15. Move the cursor over the front of the barn. Click the mouse button. It will fill with red. 16. Click other colors on the color palette to fill the grass, fence, mud hole, sky, and doors. You can save this Pixie file. Click the Save button on the toolbar. You will see the Save Picture As dialog. 17. Click the expand arrow next to the Save As field. You will see more navigation options. Click the Desktop button on the left to move to the Desktop. You will see the files on your Desktop. Click the New Folder button at the bottom of the dialog. You will see a New Folder dialog. Type: Math Facts. You will see this name in the field. 18. Click the OK button. The Save Picture As dialog will show this folder as the saving location. 19. Click the Save As field. Use the Delete and Backspace keys to delete the current name of the file. Type: Skip Count. Click the Save button. Click the New button on the toolbar. You will see a new blank picture. You can add clip art stickers to your picture. Click the Stickers tab in the panel on the right. You will see the Stickers library. 20. Double-click the Animals folder. You will see the folders in the Animals library. Double-click the Pets folder. You will see the stickers in the Pets library. Click and drag the scroll bar to find the picture of the black and white rabbit. Click the picture to select it. Click the Green arrow button in the lower right corner of the sticker to add it to the picture. 21. You will see the rabbit in the middle of the picture. You can resize a sticker. Move the cursor over one of the green handles on the corner of the sticker. You will see the cursor change to two arrows. Click and drag to resize the sticker. Drag away from the sticker to make it larger. You can move a sticker to a new place on the picture. Move the cursor over the sticker. You will see the cursor change to four arrows. 22. Click and drag the sticker to the top left area of the picture. Release the mouse button. You can duplicate a sticker. You will use the duplicate option to add four rabbits across the top of the picture. The sticker is still selected and you will see green handles around it. Go to the Edit menu and choose Duplicate. Move the cursor over the middle of the rabbit. Click and drag the new copy to the right of the first rabbit. Go to the Edit menu and choose Duplicate again.

23. Click and drag the new copy to the right of the second rabbit. Go to the Edit menu and choose Duplicate again. Click and drag the new copy to the right of the third rabbit. You will now have four rabbits across the top of the picture. You can add text to a Pixie picture. Click the Text tool on the tool palette. 24. You will see a text object in the middle of the picture. You can move and resize a text object the same way you moved and resized the sticker. Move the cursor over the middle of the text object. It will change to four arrows. 25. Click and drag the box to the bottom left corner of the picture. Move the cursor over the green handle in the middle of the right side of the text object. It will change to two arrows. Click and drag this handle to the far right side of the picture. Double-click inside the text object. Type number sentences about the rabbits. For example: There are four rabbits. Each rabbit has two ears. There are eight ears in all. 4x2=8 You will see the text in the text object. 26. Click the picture outside of the text object. You can change how the text in the text object looks. Click the text object one time. You will not see a blinking cursor. You will see text options in the Options panel. 27. Click the Center button in the Alignment area. Click and drag the Size slider to change the text size. You will see the text change. 28. Click the Save button on the toolbar. You will see the Save Picture As dialog. You are already at the Math Facts folder. 29. Click the Save As field. Use the Delete and Backspace keys to delete the current file name. Type: Word Problem. This will be the name for the file. You will see this name in the Save As field. Click the Save button. Click the New button on the toolbar. You will see a new blank picture. 30. You can use the Roller tool to paint a line of pictures. Click the Roller tool on the tool palette. You will see options for the Roller tool in the Options panel. Use the pull-down menu at the top to choose General if another category is showing. Click and drag the scroll bar until you see the lady bug. Click the lady bug to select it. Click and drag the Size slider so that you can see three shapes on one line. Move the cursor near the bottom left corner of the picture. Click and drag to paint a line of ladybugs across the bottom of the picture. You can use the Eraser tool to erase painted areas on a picture. You will erase a few ladybugs so that there are only eight ladybugs left on the picture. Click the Eraser tool on the tool palette. You will see the eraser options in the Options panel.

31. Click and drag the Size slider to the middle of the bar to make the eraser larger. Move the cursor over the picture. It will change to an eraser. Click and drag to erase the ladybugs on the right so that only eight ladybugs are left on the picture. You can use the Selection tool to select an area of the picture. Click the Selection tool on the tool palette. 32. You will see the selection options on in the Options panel. Choose the Rectangle selection option. Move the cursor over the picture. It will change to a crosshair. Move the cursor to the bottom left corner of the picture. Click and drag diagonally across the ladybugs to the right side of the picture so that all of the ladybugs are selected. Let go of the mouse button. You will see green handles around the selection. 33. You can copy and paste anything that is selected and shows green handles. The ladybugs are still selected. Click the Copy button on the toolbar. Click the Paste button on the toolbar. The selected ladybugs will look the same, but there are now two copies of them! Move the cursor over the middle of the selected area. The cursor will change to four arrows. 34. Click and drag the row of ladybugs to the middle of the picture. Click the Copy button on the toolbar again. 35. Click the Paste button on the toolbar again. Move the cursor over the middle of the selected area. The cursor will change to four arrows. Click and drag this set of ladybugs closer to the top of the picture. Leave a little room above the ladybugs. 36. You can use the Stamp tool to stamp shapes on a picture. Click the Stamp tool on the tool palette. You will see options for the Stamp tool in the Options panel. Use the pull-down menu at the top to choose Numbers. 37. Click and drag the Size slider so that you can see three number shapes on each line of the preview. Click the number 8 in the window. Move the cursor over the picture. The cursor will be the number 8. 38. Click the mouse button to stamp the letter 8 at the far right side of the picture, next to each row of ladybugs. Click and drag the scroll bar in the Options panel to find the equals (=) sign. Click the equals sign to select it. 39. Move the cursor over the picture. The cursor will change to the equals sign. Move the cursor to the left of each number 8 and click the mouse to stamp the equals sign. 40. You will now use the Selection tool and Stamp tool to demonstrate the commutative property of addition. Click the Selection tool on the tool palette.

Click and drag to draw a box around the last three ladybugs in the middle row. Move the cursor over the middle of the selection. Click and drag the selected group of ladybugs next to the equals sign. This will visually show that a group of five and a group of three equals eight. Click the Stamp tool on the tool palette. 41. You will see the Stamp options in the Options panel. Click the plus (+) stamp. Stamp a + sign between the group of five ladybugs and the group of three ladybugs. Click the 5 stamp in the options panel. Move the cursor over the group of five ladybugs and click the mouse to stamp 5. Click the 3 stamp in the options panel. Move the cursor over the group of three ladybugs and click the mouse to stamp 3. Practice these skills on the ladybugs in the bottom row. This time, show that the addends can be in different places, so that the equation reads 3 + 5 = 8. Click the Selection tool on the tool palette. 42. Click and drag to draw a box around the last five ladybugs in the bottom row. Move the cursor over the middle of the selection and drag so that the group of five is next to the equals sign. Click the Stamp tool on the tool palette. Use the stamps in the Options panel to add a plus (+) symbol and the addends to this equation. You may also want to use the Selection tool to center the group of ladybugs at the top. 43. You can add narration to a picture to explain your work. Use your computers internal microphone or plug a microphone into your computers microphone port. Make sure the computer is set to record sound from the microphone and that the recording volume is turned up. Click the Arrow tool on the tool palette. 44. You will see the sound options at the bottom of the Options panel. Click the red Record button. Pixie will start recording sound immediately. Speak clearly into the microphone. Record a sentence about addition. Click the green Stop button to stop recording. You will see a note in this area showing that a sound has been recorded. Click the Save button on the toolbar. 45. You will see the Save Picture As dialog. You will see the Math Facts folder and the two pictures you have saved. Click the Save As field. Use the Delete and Backspace keys to delete the current name of the file. 46. Type: Addition. You will see this name in the Save As field. Click the Save button. Click the New button on the toolbar. 47. You will see a new blank picture. You have now learned how to add and format text, add and resize stickers, use the paint tools, and save. Use these skills to create a title picture for a math project portfolio. When you are finished creating the picture, click the Save button on the toolbar.

48. Save this picture in the same folder as your other pictures. You can use the Share feature to create a Web site with these pictures. Click the Share button on the toolbar. You will see a storyboard of your pictures. 49. You can change the order of pictures. Move the cursor over your title picture which will be in the last position. Click and drag this picture to the first position. You will see the pictures move. Release the mouse button. The title picture will now be in the first position. 50. You can publish your pictures to HTML so you can show them to anyone using a Web browser. Click the Web button in the Options panel. Click the Create button. You will see the Publish to Local dialog. 51. Use the Save in pull-down menu at the top to choose a place to save the file. Click the File name field. Delete the contents of this field. Type: Math Projects. Click the Save button. When the site has been publishing, you will see the Finished Publishing dialog. Click the View button to view your site. Your browser may show a security warning at the top of the window. Click the security bar and choose Allow Blocked Content. You will see the title page scaled to fit your Web browser window. Go to the File menu and choose Exit to exit your Web browser. Click the Pixie application.
Application (30 minutes) Now that you have learned some of the basic function you will create your own Pixie project. Each person will create a page of our project. The project will consist of math word problems. Feel free to use which ever grade level or standard you are currently working with in your internship. Remember to use DOK 3 or 4 questions. The depth of knowledge questions that are a level three begin use key words like compare, construct, explain, create, analyze, prove etc. In order to bring your questioning to higher level thinking you can have students explain and prove their answers to the word problems.

Conclusion: The interns will be emailed and asked to evaluate the lesson and their experience. The online survey will ask the following questions: Link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TDYRVFY 1. (REFLECT) Do you feel that Pixie will be useful in your future classroom? 2. (RETHINK) We used Pixie to create math word problems, can you think of other ways you can incorporate this program in the classroom?

3. (EVALUATE) After your learning experience how comfortable do you feel with the program: a. Very comfortable b. Comfortable, but still needing more training. c. Not comfortable at all. 4. (Reflect) Are there any other programs that you have seen in the classroom that you would like to learn?

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References

Name__________________________________________________________________ ________ Pixie Scoring Rubric 0 1 2 The student did not The student added The student added a add stickers to their stickers to their sticker to their project. project but did not project and resized resize the sticker. it. 0 1 The student did not The student added a background add a background. 0 1 2 The student did not The student The student include a text box. included a text but included text with did not change the different font and color or font. colors. 0 1 The student did not The student did include a DOK level 3 or 4 include a DOK level question. 3 or 4 question

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