Tiger Tech Update
Week of December 22, 2014
Special Edition: TIES 2014 Technology Conference
Ideas for Images
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 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!
Students define terms in their own words and find a representative picture.
Students reorganize their unit notes or learning targets into pictures and main ideas.
Students are forced to "rewrite" what they have learned in class into concise statements of understanding.
Practice root words by finding pictures that show the use of the word in a new way ("Hetero-" is a common Biology prefix meaning different.)
Interactive Root Words
Or, you could just have students make slides of pictures and trade with another student who will attempt to determine what root word is represented by each picture.
Ask students to summarize the main themes of a reading assignment by completing a series of slides that combine student-generated phrases and images. (I just read "The Bone Clocks." This was one of the themes I found in the novel!)
Interactive Root Words
(Photo from melissa-wade.blogspot.com)
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!