I absolutely LOVE the PD I am participating in called Educator Learning Series (#eduLS) from Todd Nesloney. Each week a new challenge is posted that allows me to explore old and new tools and complete challenges using these tools. The challenges are presented by different educators, giving me a chance to expand my growing digital PLN.
In week 8, we were challenged to create with easy to use digital tools. One of the tools was Canva, which I already love! I thought I would try out the other two suggestions: @Tackk and @SmorePages. Smore requires a paid account, although an educator option is available with special pricing. I'd heard about this tool before and am pleasantly surprised by the features it includes. This can be used for newsletter, invitations, etc. and the creation of these products is very straightforward. I decided to sign up for Tackk, because it is free and available as an app.
The practice Tackk I created is below. Tackk allows for final products to be shared to a variety of social media platforms, they can be printed or e-mailed, or they can be embedded like I have done here.
I am now curious about the use of Tackk in education. You can follow users like on Instagram, for example. You can also set your Tackks to receive comments from others, which I elected to turn off for this particular one. You can also set Tackks to be private and hidden from the Tackkboard that includes work from various users. The app is just as easy to use as the web version of the tool, and I will definitely return to exploring the use of this with students!
An important component of student blogging is allowing students the opportunity to comment and provide feedback for peers. This can seem intimidating at first. "What if they post inappropriate things?" "What if they are mean and criticize the other student's work?" or even "What if they just write 'good'?"
These are all valid concerns and reasons why using an established protocol is important.
This protocol was shared as a way to provide feedback for my current online graduate courses. The Ladder of Feedback Protocol was developed by Daniel Wilson and Heidi Goodrich Andrade at Harvard Project Zero. It incorporates a way to provide critique and feedback in a constructive way.
The protocol includes four different components: Clarify, Value, Offer concerns, and Suggest.
Clarify: In this portion the reader asks any questions about what may not have been clear or included.
Value: Provide compliments on specific ideas or components.
Offer concern: Offer critique with phrases like "Have you considered..." or "What I wonder about it..."
Suggest: Give suggestions for the concerns you've identified(Download the full document here http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic86452.files/LoF_detailed.doc)
In creating a student project, I was searching for a document that presented this information in a kid-friendly language. I thought I would give it a search, before creating my own from scratch.
I found this great post that included a link to a TpT document that was FREE to download!
Added bonus: This particular teacher has been teaching over seas for a few years! Another great PLN connection!
Every once in a while I save e-mails and actually remember to refer back to them...
Thank you Twitter for the following e-mail, which led me to this blog post by Vicki Davis.
I read through the post that includes some great resources, including some that I had not heard of yet. One of the new tools mentioned was Canva. What actually caught my attention was Vicki's description of Canva:
I've previously referred to my organization device for idea storage - my cluster of a brain. Somehow Vicki's description reminded me of a post by Erin Klein about the new Twitter layout (I searched with no success for this post, so a link to her site will . Since I read Erin's post on a morning walk with my dog, I've wanted to have a moment to create my own Twitter header. (This has not happened as I have waited for an idea for the perfect branding for my site which has still not come to me in one of these moments of creativity.)
I first used Canva to create a new Twitter header for myself. (This was while I was procrastinating my grad school work at Starbucks.)
The header is a work in progress, but you get a glimpse into how cute Canva can be!
There are several different designs ready or you can input custom dimensions.
Tonight, I used the program for a grad school assignment: revise a boring MSWord flyer.
I loved the ease with which I can manipulate images and shapes on Canva. I am not an artist, so I appreciate the plethora of layouts and ideas to begin a project!
Check out the great tool, and as always, I'd love to see what you create!
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.