Tiger Tech Update

Week of December 22, 2014

Special Edition: TIES 2014 Technology Conference

Ideas for Images

On December 6-9, Jayme, Diana, and I attended the annual TIES Technology Conference in Minneapolis. This large conference offers sessions on everything from iPad apps to Minecraft in the classroom to ideas for improving literacy.


I feel there are lots of things we could share with everyone, but to avoid overwhelming you, I'm going to break down the different tools in a series of newsletters. In this first edition, I'll be sharing ideas for working with IMAGES in your classroom.


Just because we have devices in our hands, it doesn't always mean that we have wonderful ideas of how to use them in the classroom. I always appreciate it when someone else shares an idea of how to use an app, and then I can reframe that use in the context of my own class and standards. So for each of the apps I'm highlighting below, I've included examples of how it could be used in a classroom lesson. If any of these spark your interest and you'd like help in implementation, please let me know!

Haiku Deck

Haiku deck is essentially a presentation tool, but the images it provides are stunning, and it limits the user to a minimal number of words. This encourages students to summarize ideas in their own words instead of creating Power Point slides with paragraphs of text on them. I created some examples of how your students might utilize Haiku Deck, using topics that students just finished studying in Biology. By the way, this app is very user-friendly. I guarantee that you'll be able to figure out how to make a slide in a matter of minutes!

Skitch

Is there a topic in your class that requires labeling or annotation? Then Skitch is a great app for you! Take any photo from the camera roll, bring it into Skitch to add words, arrows, and shapes, and then save it to the camera roll again for use in a variety of ways.

(Photo from melissa-wade.blogspot.com)

ThingLink

Like Skitch, ThingLink allows you to add information to an image. ThingLink takes this a step further, however, and makes that information an interactive link. You can add text, website links, links to photos, and even video. In Biology class, students created food webs with pictures they took, as well as online images. They then used ThingLink to add additional information to each of the organisms in the food web. Each of the red "buttons" you see on Kate's food web below is interactive. When you roll your cursor over it, it shows more information.

Reminders

1) If you're interested in being a part of Springfield's first Tech Cohort, please let me know by December 23rd. (see below)


2) We'll be having a Technology Committee meeting the first week back from break. Please feel free to e-mail me any issues that need to be discussed at the meeting.


Have a joyous, relaxing holiday!

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