Lessons Learned at TCEA


I'm using Tackk to share what I learned at TCEA 2015.  Tackk is a great resource that allows you to combine and put multiple things in one spot, similar to a website or blog.

Tackk is free and easy to use.  You can create a share code with your students that will allow them to publish their Tackks without having to set up their own account.  

On this web page, you will find videos, photos, and explanations of each tool that I am sharing with you.  The blue button will take you to the resource that I am sharing.  


InstaGrok is a website that allows students to type in a topic that they wish to research. The site then automatically generates a thinking map with topics and references that they can further investigate in their research.  The Grok gives them a brief synopsis of the topic that they have entered, and then provides them links that they can click on for further information.  As the students click on links, it "pins" them, and creates a reference for them to use to cite their sources.  

InstaGrok allows students to create a journal where they can take notes on what they have read, and it also keeps a history of what they have read for a Bibliography.  

Finally, InstaGrok generates quizzes from the sites that students have visited so that they can check their knowledge on what they have read.  

Scroll through the pictures below to see examples of what the InstaGrok website looks like.  


Learner.Org is a free website that has a ton of resources on a variety of subjects.  The website has a listing of activities that you could incorporate as small group stations in your classroom.  

Additionally, there are lessons on Professional Development that you can watch to gain new strategies for teaching students.  


Kahoot is a fun tool that you can use with iPads or computers.  It lets you create surveys that are easy for student's to participate in, and it compiles their responses and data into a nice spreadsheet that can be sent to your Google Drive.  

Kahoot is free for educators, and a great tool to use for formative assessments.  


Aurasma is an app that allows you to create projects with Augmented Reality.  Augmented Reality lets you bring videos, motion, or action to inanimate objects.  This a great tool to use with your students photos, or with books.  You could have students take photos of books that they have read, then record a video giving a book trailer on the book.  Then, you could have them use Aurasma to activate the video whenever someone scans the book.  There are some really great examples on their website, and I think this is a great tool to use for Open House.