“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” —Bill Gates

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Interactive Images

Hello everyone!

Summer is over and a new school year has begun! I hope you are doing well and your start of the school year has been a smooth process. During the summer, I had the opportunity (and enough time) to explore different tools. At this time I want to share with you one of the great tools I came across. It's called ThingLink. Once you try it out, you are going to love it!

ThingLink is a platform that allows you to create interactive images. See the example below. Imagine the possibilities! You start with an image and add labels to any part of the picture. The great thing is that you can share your creation in a number of ways: Post directly through various social media sites, use the link provided, or use the code to embed your work as I did.

It's very easy to get started. Create a free account. Upload an image. Start adding tags. The tags can contain text and/or a link. Save and Share.

Here are some ideas on how you can integrate this to your teaching:
  • Add labels to maps. Great for learning geography.
  • New web sites or applications? Take a snapshot and label the instructions directly on the application's image.
  • Parts of a sentence. Create an example and label the parts for kids to visualize them. 
  • Important events. Make your calendar live. Take a snapshot and tag important events onto the corresponding days.
  • Class pictures. Add everyone's names to your class picture.
  • Homework help. Add more information or help tags to worksheets, pages from a book, etc.

If you have more ideas on how to integrate interactive images to your teaching, share them with us by replying to this post.


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

GTA in Spanish

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well and had a wonderful summer. I want to take the time to advertise and promote the Google Teacher Academy that will take place in Mexico City and will be entirely in Spanish.

The direct link to the application form is:

¡Hola a todos!
Quiero aprovechar esta ocasión para promover la academia de profesores de Google, llamada Google Teacher Academy, en inglés. Por primera vez será en la Ciudad de México y será completamente en español. Tendrá lugar el 16-17 de octubre, 2014.

Es una excelente oportunidad para involucrarte más en el ambiente educativo de Google, ampliar tu red de aprendizaje personal y desarrollarte profesionalmente.

Si te interesa conocer más acerca del programa visita la siguiente liga: http://www.google.com/edu/programs/google-teacher-academy/

Para aplicar visita esta liga: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CDlKSoe97D8DfW3FAUnZlyoxwBElhfbOp1AfzIZ9GNE/viewform

Para aclarar cualquier duda que puedas tener acerca de la academia y el proceso de aplicación, puedes platicar con nosotras, Marybell Rodríguez (GTAMTV 2012) y Diana Saldaña (GTAMTV 2012). Participa en el HangOut que organizamos para el día 14 de agosto a las 8:00 pm, tiempo de Monterrey, NL, México. Busca la invitación en cualquiera de nuestras páginas de Google+.

Te esperamos!