UPDATE: Tackk is no longer available. Check out Smore for similar features!
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.
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!
I LOVED this challenge from the #EduLS and I have plans to incorporate this with my students. I work with a group of grade 3 student TIFs (technology integration facilitators - my job), and my plan is to introduce photo editing apps to create an infopic.
I combined this challenge with a few things. First, I decided to use Canva to create my infopic. I love this free website! It is SO easy to create really fantastic products without the need for a degree in design!
I am also currently working on a course on the IB Primary Years Programme. This is my first year working in an IB school, but there is so much I already love about the PYP curriculum. I selected a quote from the "Making the PYP Happen" - a curriculum framework we are using for my course and for all IB schools.
Lastly, the photo is from last year and shows my fifth grade students working with grade 1 students. Both classes were learning about plants and living things, so we worked together to explore the area around the school. The students created an Educreations video (using the free iPad app) together with the grade 1 students.
The photo isn't really the PYP in action, but I loved this quote about learning!
I previously posted about one of my favorite apps: Educreations. The app is so versatile and child-friendly. It is an app that allows students to create, rather than just consume. What I love most about it, is that it is applicable to a very broad range of grade levels and activities. Now that you've decided to download the free app, what can you do with it?
I am working in a new school and a new job this year, which allows me the opportunity to work in some age 3 preschool classes. I decide to give Educreations a go and let the students work with me during the second week of school. IPads with 3 year-olds their second week of school? You may consider me crazy. Take a look at the three different but related products we created!
To share the published videos, simply go tohttp://www.educreations.com and sign in. You can grab a link or an embed code for your video.
Other project ideas:
-narrate a story (write or type a story, create a story board, draw illustrations, and then record student voice telling the story!)
-explain math problems
-create diagrams and explain
-take photos of a given topic, and then record voice and writing to explain (shapes, colors, angles, etc.)
The possibilities really are endless with this app!
** I also will add that another very similar app exists - Explain Everything. There are a bit more features, but I find it less kid-friendly for our younger students.**
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.