Useful Tools

1. Tackk

Tackk is a very user-friendly and easy to use tool to create pages like this one. You can use it with text, photos, videos, and more. Students are able to use it adequately if simple instructions are given to them.

Use Tackk to have students create a page to raise awareness on an issue, an advertising campaign for a project, a photo project, and more.

Go to Tackk.com and create an account (P.S. If you do not register, your Tackk will disappear after a week, so it is important to do so!)

2. Animoto

Animoto is a website that allows you to make short 'movies' with photos on a given topic. For example, students can be given the task to research an important person in their field, and find images representing this person and make a video that they can then introduce to the class.

Only a few lines can be written (captions for each photo) so this is a great tool to use for a speaking activity or oral presentation.

Go to animoto.com and get started right away! Very easy to use.

3. Padlet

I like to describe this site as a "placemat" where you can deposit whatever you want. For example, students are asked to form teams of 4 or 5 students for a project. Each student then needs to write a text on a specific topic, and then the team can collect all texts on one Padlet.

The team simply needs to go to padlet.com and create an account (free), and then start a new Padlet in which they "deposit" each document (it can be a Word document, a link to a website, a photo, etc.) on it. This is a great way to publish student work easily.

4. LinkedIn

In our ever connected world, many professionals create a LinkedIn profile. Since our students have all done some kind of volunteer work, or won some awards, or even had a summer job, it would be a very interesting idea to have them create a LinkedIn profile that they could then update as their experience grows.

The Canadian version of the website can be found at ca.linkedin.com. People aged 14 and up can create a free account. Teachers could take their students to the lab to create an account following some work on their personal and professional profile: education, experience, hobbies, awards, etc. Teachers could then have students find people in their field, articles related to their future field of study or/and people they know (parents, teachers, etc.) and ask them to become connections.

This would be a very good 'real-life' opportunity for students.