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Thinglink is an online tool that allows creators to put "hot spots" on images very easily. Users are able to hover over parts of an image and see text, images or links to other websites. I have embedded a few examples of Thinglinks that I've created in the past below for you to see. If you continue reading, I will walk you through creating your first Thinglink!
I've totally been slacking on the #28daysofwriting challenge. This week is parent/teacher conference week, so I've been spending most of my time focused on that. I know it's no excuse, but I promise to make up for it over the next few days. This post is mostly about engaging families as we celebrate Valentine's Day at school. I use the YouTube video creator to make slideshows after we have class parties. If you are interested in learning more about the YouTube video creator, check out my blog post about it! That post walks you through the steps and I PROMISE it's easy!
Use Tackk to make E-Valentines or Valentines Newsletters
Tackk is an amazing website that we use in class pretty frequently. You can use Tackk to make online posters/bulletins/newsletters, etc. It's free and very easy to use. One of the reasons I love Tackk is that it make it easy for the creator to embed different types of media from videos, to images. Tackk offers many templates for the creators to choose from.
Use Tackk's Valentine's template in your classroom.
I'm sure there are many more ways to use Tackk in the classroom, but I have two suggestions regarding ways to use Tackk this week. If you think of more, please comment below so we can all learn together!
As always, good luck with all of this! My goal here was to help you find an easy way to communicate more with your parents and to introduce you to a new tool!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Edit: Here is the Tackk I made for my class!
I had SO much fun today during Wildcat Hour. For those of you who don't know, every Friday afternoon, we dedicate the last 90 minutes of our school day to Wildcat Hour. Wildcat Hour is a time of the day where learning is differentiated based on student interest. There is only 1 rule for Wildcat Hour: "Whatever you do, it has to benefit yourself or Warren Hills."
Within that parameter, we have lots of ideas floating around: From a WH news company, to a tutoring group for primary students - my class has really taken the initiative to do something awesome. I spent the majority of my time today with the newspaper group to help them get organized. It was a project that started off with 3 boys and grew to a group of 7 "staffers" and 1 editor/producer.
The group has divided into "departments" based on topic/interest. I can't wait to see what they come up with. I helped the editor set up their own Weebly account, so I'll be sharing that once it's finished.
Until next time,
I got home a little while ago and began reflecting on my day, and wondering what to write about tonight when I remembered something that happened this afternoon. My class was taking a restroom break and a younger student - maybe 1st or 2nd grade - came running by and dropped all of his books. He was obviously on his way to the LMC and in a big hurry.
When I saw his books go flying, I looked at my kids and got ready to tell them all not to laugh or to quiet down but to instead one of my students immediately dropped down and began to help the little guy. I could tell by the boy's reaction that he had never seen my student before but he was very grateful.
I'm not sure why this event sticks out in my mind so much, especially when today was jam packed with so many other things - we went to a kindergarten class to teach them moon phases via an Oreo Moon Phase activity; I finished conferencing with all of my students about their informational summaries and we worked hard to prepare for a math test.
Instead of thinking of all the work I did, I can't help but remember my student who helped the boy in the hallway. After all, she only picked up a couple books; she didn't really say much, and the boy didn't say thank-you. I guess the reason it stands out so much is that she showed compassion without being prompted.
A school community is made up of more than teachers, administrators and office staff - it's made up of students. As a matter of fact, it's made up mostly of students, so why do we always say that the community is what we, the teachers, make of it? Maybe the school community is what it is mostly because of the students! My school has about 700 students, and not even 100 faculty members...so maybe students play a bigger role that I ever realized.
I hope that my student's kindness will have a ripple effect and will cause other 5th graders, as well as that little boy to do something kind for others.
Have a great night,
I am an instructional coach in an elementary school in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. I love all outdoor activities and talking about education!
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