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Recently this web site was sent out through my PLN (personal learning network).  It was given as a suggestion for using technology to teach poetry.

Basically the website has photos and users can drag and drop words from their gallery onto the picture, or they can write free style.  Here is my first attempt:

PicLit from

See the full PicLit at

I then started digging around and found it also offer lessons plans on how teachers can use this site to teach grammar, figurative language and poetry.  Those resources caught my eye and made me want to share this sight with the teachers on campus.

Other ideas? I asked around and got some responses from our Literacy Coach and started this list:

  • poetry
  • Bernabei’s Truisms
  • character traits
  • motivation resources
  • Anything!

Here are some recent blogs written about using Pic-Lits in the classroom:

So how could you use this resource in your classroom?  Please share anything you create or have your kids create so we can learn together!

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Ways to Share Student Work – Outside of the Building

The idea that when students create for a real-world audience online the quality of the work is better, got me thinking about what were some other ways to tap into this world.

Last year we published folk tales students had written as audio files.  Those files were posted on a blog and the students could then share those stories with friends and family.  How powerful to have a student that proud of their work that they wanted relatives who lived several states away to see what they had done for a school project!

I thought I would dedicate a few postings to ways we can share student work outside the walls of the building.  My last 2 postings talked about blogs and ways to share the written word, this post will concentrate more on non-writing assignments –  thinkart work, collage, poster, powerpoint, etc.   As always – be careful about protecting identities and make sure you have permission for work to be posted before proceeding!


In previous posts I have shared two online sites for uploading and sharing PowerPoints,  SlideShare and Slideboom.  Slideboom I liked for the ability to add narration to the powerpoints and keep it intact in the upload process.

In both of these programs users could leave comments on the presentations.  So mom or dad could take a look at the powerpoint that the student turned in and make a comment about the work, or ask an extending question to their student.   This would be a good way to do a gallery exhibition as well to have students watch each other’s presentations and leave comments about them.  Please be sure to go over with students what makes a good comment and what expectations your have about that activity.

Photo Sharing

Places like Flickr and Bubbleshare allow you to upload photos and allow you to provide written comments on those photos.  Videos or Photos can also be embedded into your blogs, wiki, or other web page.  Settings can be done to private, but always keep in mind what is on the interent is not always private even under the best of circumstances.

Play around with leaving comments if you like on some of my family photos.

Voice Threads

If you want to see what it looks like on the web page: Please leave a comment on the photo and add to the conversation.  Comments can be audio files, web cam shots or typed text.  You can also add video and stop to doodle on it or make comments.  Comments can be moderated.  They also have an education spot for teachers to use.

Coming Next- Google Docs.

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Web Wandering Wednesdays – April 16

Need Pictures:CompFlight

Comp Flight –

  • What is it?  Searches Flickr for photos for the term you give it.  The results are returned on one page in thumbnail form instead of a list of images that you have to page through in Flickr.  Hold your mouse over an image and you can see the image resolution information. 
  • What are applications for it in the classroom? –  Great if you need pictures for a presentation, but don’t want to spend forever looking. 
  • Tips:  Don’t save from the results page -those images are thumbnails only and the resolution is VERY low.  Not kid friendly on the searches so be careful about terms and who is searching.

NARA on Google:

  • What is It? – The National Archives has teamed up with Google Video to digitize it’s file collection.  Includes footage from NASA, United Newsreels and Department of the Interior.
  • What are the applications for the classroom?  Videos can be added to any presentation or be used in a teaching just as you would United Streaming.  Example: You can stream or dowload video from the past to show students what was happening when the novel you are reading was set.

Library of Congress Pictures on Flickr:

  • What is It?– The Library of Congress teamed up with Flickr earlier this year to make it’s collection of photographs available.  You can search within this collection to find historical photos on sports, lifestyle or political events.
  • What are the applications for the classroom?–  Anywhere you need pictures to illustrate a point being taught.  Great for Powerpoints, PhotoStory presentations, etc.

Timeline Software:

Mnemograph – – Instructions:

  • What is it?– Creates online timelines that are interactive. Mnemograph Photos and text can be imported in.
  • What are applications for it in the classroom? – 

 XTimeline –

  • What is it?– Create your own online timelines or view those that have been created.
  • What are applications for it in the classroom? – 
  • Has pre-made timelines for viewing
  • Editors can be added to the timeline
  • Create a class time lines (see above)
  • Thanks to and for sharing these resources!

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