Piktochart – Visualize Your Learning

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Piktochart is a great tool to make sharing information more visual by creating infographics.

It’s great for teachers to share information with their students or for students to use on to summarize their understanding. You can make infographics, reports, posters, and presentations using their ready made templates or start from scratch to create your very own! The final product can be interactive or static; they can also be embedded on your website for instant updates or they can be saved as an image file that you can save and send.

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Kristen Bennett, science teacher at Skyline High School, has had great success in making her syllabi into infographics that are hosted on her website here and here. Check them out if you’d like to see an example of what you can do!

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PCMS teacher Annie Tremonte and IMS  teacher Alyssa Eckhardt have been having students create infographics to show their learning. Check out this little recap of how infographics can spur deeper learning.

Special thanks to Kristin Bennett for sharing her ideas about Piktochart and how infographics can be used to support student learning. Much of this post comes from her monthly newsletter Tech Tidbits.

Skip YouTube, Insert Your Videos Into Google Slides Directly

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You’ve always been able to insert videos into Google Slides, as long as you were willing to use YouTube.

While this is certainly a reasonable option for many, it was a limitation particularly acute in education. Teachers and students are rightfully wary of putting their own work on YouTube. Now, thanks to a new feature unveiled yesterday, users will be able to create videos, upload them to Google Drive and insert them directly in their Google Slides presentations, without having to touch YouTube.

Read up about this new feature and see a demo over at Free Technology For Teachers.

Classkick

Classkick is a free platform for iPads, laptops, and computers where students do their work–and get help right when they need it.

What are some of the key benefits of this tool?

  • Teachers create, assign and grade paperless assignments.
  • Teachers can see students working through assignments in real time.
  • Teachers can quickly provide feedback (written, audio).
  • Students work at their own pace and receive help immediately from their teacher and other students.
  • Students can privately raise a hand to request help.

Find more information about Classkick here.

If you would like support with learning about this tool, reach out to your Ed Tech Lead or Instructional Technology Specialist.

Code.org Workshop 2/4

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Saturday, February 4th at Issaquah Valley Elementary from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm there is a FREE workshop for K-5 teachers to learn how to implement Code.org’s elementary curriculum into their classrooms. Issaquah teachers are eligible for 6 clock hours and 6 hours of tech compensation. Sign up Here or on PD Place.

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You Requested…. Recap Delivered

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Recap gives teachers a fun new way to collect video evidence of their students’ learning. We mentioned this app in November’s blog post Five Ways to Summarize Student Learning,  and would like to share some updates Recap made to improve your experience.

First, how does Recap work? Teachers create written or video question(s),  for students to respond to using Andriod or iOS  apps. Student video responses, which may be set between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, are collected through the student app. As student videos are submitted, teachers may view them on a desktop computer.  The prompts and  videos are compiled into a Daily Review Reel. Both the individual responses, and the class compilations may be shared with others via email, a web link, or may be posted directly to Twitter.

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Two features that were frequently requested are now available for teachers:

  1. Until recently, the  Daily Review Reel automatically pulled a random sample of student responses and did not have a way for teachers to edit. Recap added an edit feature for your  Review Reels so that you may modify the clips for various reasons. Teachers may select students they would like to highlight and choose to include graphics or music for each of their Daily Reels.

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2. Prior to the update, Recaps due dates were limited to a maximum of 2 weeks after you assigned it. Teachers may now select any due date from a calendar offering more flexibility around due dates.

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Interested in trying this out with your class? Create your account here: https://app.letsrecap.com/login 

Contact your Ed Tech Lead or your  Instructional Technology Specialist for support. http://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/intranet/technology/