Create #1 - Audio Recording

With audio recording, we can capture student reading fluency, teach about tone and theme, as well as provide students with a non-threatening way to share their voice.

Pigeon Fluency Activity

Quick Practice with Croak.It

One tool, 30 seconds, dozens of uses. Record as many ideas as you can in 30 seconds for how/why you may use this audio tool. When you finish, copy the link and post it to your blog or add it to your BlendSpace.

** EdTechTeacher Croak.It Video Tutorial
Talking Photos with Fotobabble

Fotobabble Challenge

In this challenge, create a longer recording as if you were a student practicing fluency or vocabulary, delivering an oral presentation, offering an explanation, reading a poem or telling a story.
  1. Go to and click on Sign Up to get started.

  2. Create a unique Fotobabble account.

  3. Click on Create New... in the top right of your screen.

  4. Select an image either from your computer or by pasting the URL (Universal Resource Locator - aka. web address) of an image that you would like to use.

    • If Adobe Flash Player requests access to your camera and microphone, click Allow and Remember (just like with Croak.It).

  5. Record your audio and then play it back to see how it sounds. Clicking the record button again will let you re-record on top of your first attempt.

  6. Give your Fotobabble a Title

  7. OPTIONAL - Choose a theme if you like

  8. OPTIONAL - Add tags to your Fotobable. These are helpful if you want other people to be able to find your Fotobabbles by searching.

  9. Press SAVE when you are all set.

  10. Create a link to your Fotobabble on your blog/BlendSpace or use the embed code.


** EdTechTeacher Fotobabble Video Tutorials

Reflection Break 

Go back into your Evernote notebook and create a new note for Audio Recording. How/Why might you use this capability with your students? We only explored two tools, but what else might you use? How could this help you determine whether or not your students are actually learning? What learning targets might it help you hit?

Create #2 - Screencasts

I want students to …. make their thinking visual, demonstrate concepts, tell stories, record fluency, practice vocabulary, explain a process ...

Create a multi-page screencast using Educreations

Educreations lets you create short videos as they play out on a whiteboard background. It does ask that you create an account (or login with your Google account) so that you can create classes to hold your projects. This is a great option as it’s easy to collect completed screencasts all in one place and works on an iPad, Chromebook, or computer.

Educreations Challenge (Telling Time)

  1. Save the clock image - right-click> Save Image As on a computer or tap & hold to save image on iPad. 
  2. Go to, or open the Educreations app, and create an account
  3. Start a new project.
  4. Create 3 pages and put one clock on each page. 
  5. Create 3 times - one from this morning when you woke up, one from our first break, and one right now. Write those times in the indicated areas.
  6. Press record, draw the hands on the clock, say what time it is, and describe what you were doing at each of those times.
  7. When you finish, save your project and then re-open it. Find the link or the embed code and then add your creation to your blog or BlendSpace.

** Educreations Video Tutorials from EdTechTeacher

For more ideas about using Educreations, here are some blog posts:


Another type of screen recording is to capture everything that is happening on your screen. Until recently, this was not possible. Now, however, using Screencastify, teachers and students can record everything that is occurring on their screen - plus audio and video!

Google Docs Revision History Playback with Screencastify

Screencastify Challenge

What if you provided video feedback to your students? Or, conversely, what if your students could submit a video reflection about their own work. With Screencastify, this is possible! Complete this challenge as if you were either giving video feedback to a student or as if you were a student reflecting on a project.

  1. Install the Screencastify Chrome Extension

  2. Open up a new tab in Chrome with a Google Doc, Presentation, blog post, etc.

  3. Launch Screencastify from your Chrome toolbar
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  4. Check the box to enable the web cam in the bottom corner and start recording - this will allow you to record your reflection as well as your screencast!
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  5. When you finish, upload your screencast to Drive (arrow pointing up to the cloud).

  6. Find your screencast in Drive and set the sharing permissions to Anyone with the link can view
    (NOTE: it may take a few moments for your video to convert to where it can be viewed with the Google Drive Viewer)

  7. Either link to your video on your blog/BlendSpace or use the embed code as shown below. IMPORTANT: Make sure to set the sharing settings to Anyone with the Link Can View.

** Screencastify video introduction

** Google Drive X Explain Everything = Embedded Video Reflections
Reflection Break
Create a new note in your Evernote notebook and take a few moments to think about this process of making thinking visible. How might this change the way that you approach using technology with your students? How could you use it for assessment and/or feedback?

Create #3 - Image Creation

With Fotobabble, it's possible to create talking images. Educreations allows students to draw and record on top of as many images as they like. Google Docs, Presentations, and Forms can incorporate pictures. How can you make your own?

Skitch can be installed on a Mac or Windows computer as a free, downloadable app. It can also be used on iPad. The best part about Skitch is that it connects to your Evernote account so that ALL images can be shared and accessed from any device.

  1. Open Skitch on either iPad or laptop and login with your Evernote account.
  2. Use the Screen Snap tool on your laptop or the web tool on iPad to take a screen capture of your blog/space and then draw directions for students or parents.
  3. Generate a link to your image and then post it to your blog/space

Google Drawing & Reflection Break

What might you ask your students to create? Why ask them to create new artifacts and evidence of their learning? Add your thoughts to this Collaborative Drawing. Add the link to this Google Drawing to an Evernote note and include any additional thoughts about how students might leverage their own custom images.

Create #4 - Digital Stories

Use Haiku Deck to tell a story or illustrate a poem. Though technically designed to create "beautiful presentations," it can also be a great platform for illustrated stories and works on any computer as well as iPad.

  1. Go to, or open the app, and login/create an account (NOTE: consider creating a class account so that all Haiku Deck presentations end up in one place)

  2. Adjust the settings to turn OFF Show Premium Images if on iPad. (NOTE: you will want to do this for your students on each iPad.)

  3. Create at least a 3 page story/poem/presentation with images found by searching Haiku Deck OR that you created using Skitch or Google Drawing.

  4. After you finish previewing your slide show, use the share-row to Save and Publish as well as to get a link for your blog/space. (NOTE: you may want to consider setting them to Restricted rather than Public.) Image from Web Version

    Image from iPad App

Teaching Elementary - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

** Haiku Deck Ideas from Meghan Zigmond

Create #5 - Smashed & ReMixed

Throughout this time, we have focused on using one tool at a time. However, what if we start smashing them together. Further, what if we use and re-use each others' content as a way to make something entirely new. For this last challenge, we are going to Collect small artifacts, Relate them to each other, Create something new, and then Donate it to a larger audience.

Phase 1 - Individual Work
Create an artifact as evidence of your learning. Your final product needs to be something that you could share to a group. You may use any tool that we have discussed to show what you now know.

Phase 2 - Small Groups
In a small group, combine all of your learning artifacts to make a larger product. How does this group artifact represent your collective knowledge? The only requirement is that your group collaboration needs to be shareable with a link.

Phase 3 - Whole Group

With ThingLink,  you can create and collaborate on touchable images. Consider creating a custom image and then allowing students to add media to it. Each small group should Donate their learning artifact by adding it to the group ThingLink.

NOTE: Much like with Google Docs, it can be set to anyone with the link can edit.