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LIBS 602 Final Project - Hot Tools to Make the Heart Beat: Using Haiku Deck, Thinglink, Powtoon, and Meograph


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  • This session is designed for librarians who serve upper elementary students and are somewhat experienced with using technology. 50 word session description:
    Elementary science and social studies SOL tests are a thing of the past! Now is the time to integrate technology at your school! Come learn ways to use four versatile tools from the 2014 AASL Best Websites List to craft authentic learning experiences in science, social studies, and the library.

    Presenter Note: For the last two Meograph samples, a separate browser window will need to be accessed to show the full presentations because Meograph will not hyperlink and cannot be downloaded and inserted into a PowerPoint presentation. Have the two presentations loaded and ready to go to save time during the session.

    Welcome (0:00 – 1:10)
    Good morning. Welcome to our session called “Hot Tools to Make the Heart Beat.” Please make sure you get a handout from the table before you settle in. All of the weblinks mentioned and accessed today are listed there. Also, on the bottom of the back page, is my contact information in case you have follow up questions for me. You can shoot me an email, and I will help out all I can. The web address where you can find all of the examples I share today is listed, and my blog address is also listed in case you want to check other samples of technology tools I’ve posted about.

    Today I’ll be sharing a bit about 4 exciting tools – Haiku Deck, Thinglink, Powtoon, and Meograph. I call this session “Hot Tools to make the Heart Beat” because we think of the library as the heart of the school, and these tools will help the library stay that way! Once teachers find out about these tools, they will be beating down your doors to find out more about them! They really are hot, new tools, and they really do make kids’ hearts beat harder because they are so much fun! So, let’s get started!
  • About me (1:10 – 2:18)
    My name is Dana Moury and this is my 25th year as an elementary teacher. I currently work in Fairfax County where I teach 4th grade. But, I’m also a student! I am enrolled in Old Dominion University’s program to earn my certification as a school librarian. So, hopefully this time next year, I’ll be a librarian like you!
    As a fourth grade teacher, I’m very excited we no longer have science and social studies SOL tests! When I found out they were no more, my first thought was no more kill and drill! I can use the time I used to spend on teaching kids to memorize facts for multiple choice tests on something more meaningful. I thought I’d embed the content of these subjects into reading and writing, but I wondered how best to do that. So I asked myself, how can I capitalize on the added time with no “kill and drill” so my students are engaged, learning 21st century skills, and having fun? What can I do to allow students to show mastery through projects rather than tests and quizzes?
  • Purpose of Presentation (2:18 – 3:33)
    I bet many of the upper elementary teachers at your school are asking the same questions! You, as librarians, are in a unique position to help them answer these questions. Every year the AASL publishes a list of the best websites for teaching and learning. On that list are awesome technology tools to help teachers motivate and engage students while they learn. If only more teachers knew about them… But they can! You can share your knowledge of these tools with teachers and students.
    So, the purpose for today is to learn some ideas for using four amazing technology tools from the 2014 AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning list. Then, you can return to your school and answer those teachers’ questions by showing them ways they can create meaningful learning experiences for their students in science and social studies. In addition, you will take away some ideas for using them in the library as well. We will cover the tools from what I consider easiest to use to hardest to use.
  • Tool #1 – Haiku Deck (3:33 – 4:30)
    First up is the easiest tool to use and a best website for media sharing from the 2014 AASL Best List called Haiku Deck. It is really easier to use than PowerPoint! The idea behind this tool is “less is more” when creating presentations. The creator’s goal is to eliminate the crowded PowerPoint slide and replace it with something eye-pleasing and effective. It includes extensive search features for images and the text is automatically resized to fit the space as you type. It was originally created as an app for the I-Pad, but now there is a web based site as well. I’ll share the pros and cons of the site and three ideas for using Haiku Deck with you today. The URL, which is listed on your handout, is
  • Haiku Deck Pros & Cons (4:30 – 5:59)
    Haiku Deck is free! There is a paid version for the I-Pad, which includes access to premium images and additional themes. But the free version includes access to over 35 million images and 6 themes and the option to upload your own photos. The program is so simple that even young students can use it with ease. Once you type in your text, it automatically gives you search terms you can click on for images licensed under Creative Commons. It creates beautiful, Zen-like slides and automatically attributes the images on the bottom of the slides. Once your “deck” is done, you can embed it on a blog or website, email it, share it using social networks, export it as a PowerPoint document, or print it as a PDF file.

    The amount of text you can include on each slide is very limited, but that is on purpose! Their slides are meant to tell most of the story through the picture. So, most slides only allow 1 or 2 lines of text, although there are a few that allow bulleted lists. Some features are not yet available on the web version. For example, if you choose the private publishing option on the web version, you cannot add notes to your slides. Also, you can’t upload any sound. It really does just create a lovely PowerPoint type of presentation.
  • Haiku Deck Science Idea (5:59 – 7:14)
    The first idea I have for you today is a science idea! This idea can be used with any science standard, but for our example today I chose two 3rd grade Ecosystem standards which are 3.5: The student will investigate and understand relationships among organisms in aquatic and terrestrial food chains and 3.6: The student will investigate and understand that ecosystems support a diversity of plants and animals that share limited resources. These standards have 7 strands total that must be taught.

    The idea is to create a jigsaw project. Each group will take one strand, so for a class of 21 students, there could be 7 groups of 3 students in order to cover all 7 strands. Each group researches their strand and creates a “deck” to teach classmates about that strand. Once presentations are done, the teacher can export the decks into PowerPoint or PDF and print them to create a book for the class library. Later, students can check out the class book to review the ecosystem standards.
  • Haiku Deck Slide One (7:14 – 7:29)
    This Haiku Deck was created by a group of students. I’ll show you just a few of these slides to give you an idea of what a deck looks like. Notice the attribution on the bottom of the image. Haiku Deck did this automatically!
  • Haiku Deck Slide 2 (7:29 – 7:36)
    As you can see, text is limited so students must learn to be concise as they write.
  • Haiku Deck Slide 3 (7:36 – 7:51)
    But, you can also see that these images are breathtaking and the simplicity allows the picture to tell most of the story. Haiku Deck automatically creates partially transparent screens like this one to help text stand out.
  • Haiku Deck Social Studies Idea (7:51 – 8:38)
    A second idea is to use Haiku Deck as an assessment tool. I plan to have my fourth graders create social studies Haiku Decks this year to show what they learned during our Jamestown unit. The decks they create will allow me to access their understanding of the content that was taught in the unit. Again, once assessments are complete, they can be downloaded and shared in the class library or shared on the class website. I plan to use the best examples to help my English Language Learners master the content since the use of pictures will be a wonderful support for them. Decks can also be used as a reteaching tool for students who need to review content as well.
  • Haiku Deck Social Studies Slide with Bulleted List (8:38 – 8:57)
    For the sake of time, I just want to show one slide so you can see Haiku Deck does allow for bulleted lists if more content is needed. This image was uploaded, so the quality is not as good and the attribution was not automatically added. Again, this idea can be used with any unit of study in any grade.
  • Haiku Deck Library Idea (8:57 – 9:28)
    The last idea is for the library! National poetry month is in April and what better way for the library to serve as the heart of the school than to host a school-wide poetry celebration during the month! Haiku Deck can be used to encourage students to share their poetry and their learning. Once decks are created, some could be shared on the library or school website. Some could be printed to create books available for parents to peruse in the office waiting area.
  • Haiku Deck Library Slide One (9:28 – 9:37)
    The example I show today was created by a fourth grade class to illustrate their understanding of figurative language.
  • Haiku Deck Library Slide 2 (9:37 – 9:56)
    For this project, students could search for a specific image, such as a sock, on Haiku Deck. Once they completed the search, they could scroll through picture options and see what sort of caption they could write that would demonstrate their use of figurative language. In this way, they use the image for inspiration.
  • Haiku Deck Library Slide 2 (9:56 – 10:23)
    Alternatively, they could create their sentence first and Haiku Deck will automatically use the words to find matching images. For this example, Haiku Deck picked out the words reflection, apple, looked, disgusted. When the student clicks on the word apple, beautiful images of apples pop up so the student can pick which one he or she likes best. This image came out on top!
  • Haiku Deck Library Slide 3 (10:23 – 10:35)
    As you can see, the pictures really help tell the story behind the examples of figurative language. The great thing is these beautiful presentations are really easy to create!
  • Haiku Deck Library Slide 3 (10:35 – 10:51)
    On your handout is the address of a blog which includes this deck. There are other great poetry ideas there as well! (
  • Tool #2 Thinglink (10:51 – 11:40)
    The next tool is called Thinglink which allows the creator to place hot links onto an image. It may be my favorite for its simplicity and limitless potential. It is also a best website for media sharing on the 2014 AASL list of best websites.

    To create a thinglink, you upload an image and use it as a canvas to embed links or “pop-up” video clips, audio clips, images, or text. Whoever accesses your thinglink can look at what you embedded when they hover over the link you created. Again, I’ll share pros, cons, and three ideas for use. The URL, on your handout, is
  • Thinglink Pros & Cons (11:40 – 12:52)
    Thinglink is free for educators who don’t wish to use their creations for commercial applications. There is a special education section where teachers can create multiple classroom channels for each class they teach. The teacher registers students, so no student email is needed. Thinglink has its own blog run by a professional developer named Susan Oxnevad. She has millions of amazing ideas for its use. The blog address, which is on your handout, is

    A basic Thinglink account is limited to 50 images, but a teacher account allows you to maintain 500 images. All links must be web based with a URL. So for example if you want to create a link for a photograph on your image, you can’t just attach the photograph. You would need to upload the photo to a hosting site such as Flickr so your photo has a web link to embed on your thinglink. Also, although thinglink has an option for unlisted creations, the default is set to public so students may not realize their thinglink can be searched if they do not change the privacy setting.
  • Thinglink Slide 3 (14:13 – 14:25)
    If a video is embedded, it will play in the screen and you can click to make the video play in full screen. Once you click out of the video, you are returned to the Thinglink.
  • Thinglink Slide 4 (14:25 – 14:42)
    And there you have the student’s Haiku Deck about butterflies! In this one, the student added a comment above to explain his project. By the way, you don’t have to use black circles for links. There are other options which I’ll show you later!
  • Thinglink Social Studies Idea (14:42 – 15:37)
    This next idea is one I am really excited about! Last year I used historical images with students and had them share what they noticed just by studying the image. I would use questioning techniques that led them to make inferences from what they noticed in the pictures plus what they knew from their experiences. This led to increased critical thinking skills in students and was especially powerful for my English Language Learners because I was using the universal language of pictures. Now with Thinglink, I can have pairs of students do this activity on the computers and discuss the images together first before the whole group comes together to share. This can be great for really shy students who are afraid to speak up without thinking through their thoughts first. The activity can be used build interest for a unit of study.
  • Thinglink Social Studies Slide 1 (15:37 – 16:27)
    The example I’ll share today would be a great introduction for a 4th Grade Virginia Studies unit designed to teach Virginia Standard 9 – The student will demonstrate knowledge of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Virginia. You see this image from the 1930s. All the links were created using a site called Audioboo ( This site allows you to create a voice recording and produces a weblink for that audio clip. So, I uploaded the image, recorded the questions on Audiobook, and linked them to the picture. To get an idea of the types of questions I might include to encourage inferential thinking, I’ll share a few audio clips with you.

    (Click on the pop up to listen to a question – What do you notice about her clothes?)
  • Thinglink Social Studies Slide 2 (16:27 – 16:39)

    (Click on the pop up to listen to a question – What do you notice about her face?)

    They may share that she is frowning, she has wrinkles, she looks tired…
  • Thinglink Social Studies Slide 3 (16:39 16:50)

    (Click on the pop up to listen to a question – How do you think she feels?)

    After listening to this clip, students may infer that she is sad or worried based on her expressions.
  • Thinglink Social Studies Slide 4 (16:50 – 17:40)

    (Click on the pop up to listen to a question – Why do you think she feels that way?)
    Here students have the chance to support their inferences with evidence from the picture such as she is upset because she is frowning or she is worried because her eyes are squinted and her forehead is wrinkled.

    Alternatively, you could just type in a question on each link with no audio, but what I like about using audio is that English Language Learners can concentrate on listening to the questions and looking at the picture just as they would if the teacher was sitting with them.

    This activity could be used with any standard at any grade level. It could also be used with any primary source document, including speeches, posters, or flyers.
  • Thinglink Library Idea (17:40 – 17:55)
    I’ve not forgotten about the library! The final thinglink idea is for the library website. Create a thinglink with links to resources for parents and embed it on the school or library website.
  • Thinglink Library Slide 1 (17:55 – 18:37)
    Links could include recommended reading lists by age, safe search options, homework help, library catalog links, or internet safety tips. I created this image for one of my classes by using clipart in Microsoft PowerPoint, uploading it to thinglink, and adding links. However, there are great images already on the web and it would have been easier just to use an image I found by doing a Creative Commons search. Just make sure any image you use is licensed under the Creative Commons since Thinglink makes it very clear that you must use images you have permission to use.
  • Thinglink Library Slide 2 (18:37 – 19:26)
    These links (which as you can see are not just black circles anymore) are all websites except for this one which is a video link. As you can see, it pops right up to play on the page just as the last video clip did. This makes it convenient for parents. You could even include links to videos you create to explain library services or library procedures. This way they could learn all about your library on one page!

    Alternatively, you could create a Thinglink embedded with videos or images of student activities you wish to share with parents. Videos would just need to be loaded on a video hosting site such as Youtube and images would need a photo hosting site such as Flickr. Remember, you must have a URL or weblink to create a link on Thinglink.
  • Tool #3 - Powtoon (19:26 – 20:05)
    Tool number three is a best website for media sharing on the 2014 AASL best site list. It is called Powtoon and it allows the user to create an animated presentation or video with characters, interesting transitions, images, text effects, music, and narration. Kids will love this one! It creates presentations that are engaging and fun! Again I will share the pros and cons and three examples for using the site. The URL is
  • Powtoon Pros & Cons (20:05 – 21:38)
    This tool is free for creating up to five minute long Powtoon presentations or movies. You can create ones up to 15-minutes long, but that would be the paid version. Five minutes should be more than enough for students and teachers! There is a special section just for teachers and students, but using the free version means that your Powtoon will not be private and you can’t download it to save on your computer. However, you can share it via Youtube, social media, weblink, or embed it on a website or blog. The music options they offer are limited for the free version, but you may upload your own images and sound (voice narration or music). There are many options and themes for building animations (I will share 2 themes today). You can publish in a movie mode or presentation mode where the animation can be paused for speaking. Even though the timing takes a bit of practice, there are a ton of short video tutorials to help you with anything you want to do. The first presentation I tried took about 3 hours to create because it does take practice, but the tutorials were a great help. I was able to create my second presentation in about 30 minutes. The program is still being fully tested and developed, so there may be a few bugs here or there. But, overall it is a highly engaging and fun tool for free!
  • Powtoon Science Idea (21:38 –22:08)
    We will start with science again! Every year kids across the country create science fair projects. Usually, mom or dad snaps pictures of the process and they get posted to a display board and set on a table in the school. This is so 20th century! With Powtoon, students could produce a digital display for their science fair project and actually tell the story of how they went through the scientific process to draw the conclusions they reached.
  • Powtoon Science Video (22:08 –24:46)
    The example I’ll share with you today is based on a 4th grade science standard 4.4 – The student will investigate and understand basic plant anatomy and life processes. But, any science standard could be used. Since the timing can be tricky, younger students would require help creating a Powtoon.
    While you watch it, think about how going through the process of creating a digital presentation allows students to display their learning in a more meaningful way while using 21st century tools.

    (Show the 1 ½ minute Powtoon by clicking on the video)

    Students could upload their own photographs to use in their Powtoon or use the one of the themes as you saw here. They could have their Powtoon loaded on an I-Pad or laptop beside their project to showcase steps involved. All the judges need to do is to click play to see the action.
  • Powtoon Social Studies Idea (24:46 – 25:28)
    As you can imagine, this tool can be used in pretty much any curricular area. In Social Studies, students could use it to create a reenactment of a historical event. Working in pairs or in small groups, they could research the event, make a plan for how they want to tell the story, write a script with a storyboard, upload pictures they find that may be needed, create the Powtoon, and share it with the class. When it is published, the teacher could upload it to her Youtube class channel so kids could go back and view all the Powtoon videos in one place. This activity integrates reading, writing, and social studies!
  • Powtoon Social Studies Video (25:28 – 27:20)
    For this example, I used Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat. I uploaded some clipart images from Microsoft PowerPoint such as the bus you will see, but most images came from the Powtoon library. You’ll see I used one of their other themes for this clip. Let’s take a look!

    (Show 1 minute 20 second Powtoon by clicking on the video)

    In both of the presentations you saw, the music came directly from the Powtoon library. I could have included narration as well, but decided not to in these stories.
  • Powtoon Library Idea (27:20 – 27:51)
    What about the library? How can Powtoon be used in the library? One way is to create a high-interest explanation of directions for a task students need to complete or a mini-lesson that needs to be shared. In this case, the librarian would create the Powtoon to share with students. After it was shared in class, it could be added as a link on the library website to serve as a reminder to students and as a model for teachers who may see it and want to try making a Powtoon of their own!
  • Powtoon Library Video (27:51 – 29:49)
    The example (which is not one I created) shows students how to check out just right books when they come visit the library. You’ll notice this one does use narration in the movie which would be important to include if younger students were your audience for your video clip. Also notice that even though music is included, it does not overwhelm the narration.
    (Show 1 minute, 17 second Powtoon by clicking on video)
    Imagine how engaged students would be watching this presentation! Sometimes kids, especially visual learners, need to see video clips such as this one in order to really understand what we are explaining and expecting them to do.
  • Tool #4 - Meograph (29:49 – 31:17)
    Finally, our last tool is Meograph. Although this one is, in my opinion, the most difficult to use, it is worth it! It is what they call a 4D presentation tool because it integrates maps, timelines, hot links, and multimedia like video clips, images, music, or narration. It answers the questions – what happened, when did it happen, and where did it happen. It is a best website for digital storytelling on the AASL list of best websites for 2014.
    As you can see from this image, which is a screenshot of a Meograph in progress, the tool uses layers with Google Earth being the bottom layer, an image or video clip on top and to the right, text at the top of the screen, and a timeline on the bottom of the screen. Music and narration can be included while the presentation moves. If a weblink is included and the viewer clicks on that link, the presentation automatically pauses while a new window opens to show the site that was linked. If the creator wishes, the map, timeline, and/or links may be left out. If maps are not activated, the presentation shows with a full-screen image or video clip. Again I’ll share pros and cons, but this time I have 4 samples. The URL is:
  • Meograph Pros & Cons (31:17 – 33:25)
    Like all the other tools shown today, Meograph is free. But if you plan for students in the elementary grades to use it, you will need to purchase a license. Without a school license, children under the age of 13 are not permitted to use the program, and kids under age 18 must have parent permission. The Lite version is $19.99 per year for up to 40 students and for $10 more, students can share Meographs they create privately and a class management system for teachers is included. Meograph is the only tool I’ve shared today that you can try out as a guest user without having to sign up. If you want Meographs saved, you must sign up with an email or password.
    They do not have a music or an image library, so you will need to upload any music or images you want to include. There is an option to record narration on the program, or you could upload pre-recorded narration. When the narration plays, the music automatically quiets so you can hear the voice. Video clips must come from YouTube – no other source. You can search for a YouTube clip or just copy and paste the link you want. Video clips can easily be cropped and image displays can be lengthened for up to a 15 second display. You can add place names to enable the map feature or dates to enable the timeline.
    When the presentation is complete, it can be embedded on a blog or webpage, emailed, or shared on social media. Hyperlinks MUST be copied and pasted to work when trying to access a Meograph from a link in a document. In fact, I will have to leave my PowerPoint presentation to share an entire Meograph with you because they will not embed in PowerPoint. Also, you can’t fast forward through a Meograph. For those reasons, I will only share two very short Meograph with you today, but remember you can see them all by visiting the website on the back of your handout!
  • Meograph Science Idea (33:25 – 34:51)
    It does take practice to work with this program, but it is well worth the time and effort. So, why is Meograph worth all the time and effort? Let’s find out! Our first example is a science example, but it could be used in any class. Meograph is a powerful tool for creating a flipped classroom. If you don’t already know, the concept of a flipped class is that students access instruction at home on the computer (for homework) by viewing a lesson, usually created by the teacher. Then, at school the next day, students work on what might typically be the homework assignment with the teacher there to provide assistance as needed. The idea behind this is that a lecture is a passive activity which can be delivered via the computer, while the hands-on activity needs to be completed with the teacher present.

    So, why is Meograph ideal for a flipped class? Because it is a 4D layered learning experience! Students can see a map, view a timeline, hear the teacher, watch a video, read the teacher’s notes, access links, and view an image. The reason I think science is the perfect match for Meograph is because science is typically a “hands-on” class. Teachers could create a Meograph and embed it onto a class website or give students the link. Students can view the Meograph the night before (as many times as they need), and then come to class to complete an experiment with the teacher’s help.
  • Meograph Science Slide 1 (34:51 – 35:43)

    This Meograph is 3 ½ minutes long with a 2 ½ minute video clip embedded, so I won’t make you sit through this whole Meograph. Instead, I’ll share a few features of it using screen shots.

    This example is designed to teach the 4th grade standard 4.8 – The student will investigate and understand the relationship among Earth, the moon, and the sun including the causes for the phases of the moon. After watching the Meograph for homework, students could work on creating a model showing the phases of the moon or complete an experiment with flashlights during class.
    The example I’m sharing does not use the timeline or map features, so the image or video displays full screen. The teacher can add notes to the top and narrate the slides and add music. By the way, the images were created on Haiku Deck.
  • Meograph Science Slide 3 (35:43 – 36:06)

    A video clip from Youtube is embedded in this presentation. When the clip is reached, the presentation stops and plays the entire clip in the window with no pop-up needed. The background music stops for the clip to play and restarts when the presentation begins again. The presentation continues after the clip ends on its own. The student does not need to click anything for it to continue.
  • Meograph Science Slide 3 (36:06 – 36:28)

    This page contains a link. When the student hovers over the link, a box appears to show what the link contains. If the student clicks on the link, it opens in a separate window and the presentation automatically pauses. Teachers could insert a poll question here to check understanding. Once the link is closed, the student can resume the presentation.
  • Meograph Social Studies Idea (36:28 – 36:53)
    The second idea is for social studies! Meograph is a perfect tool for creating a biography presentation. Because Meograph incorporates a timeline and map, it is ideal for telling the story of someone’s life as they moved from place to place and time to time. This idea involves having students create the Meographs, so your school would need parental permission and at least a Lite license from the site.
  • Meograph Social Studies Slide 1 (36:53 – 38:06)
    This example incorporates the map, timeline, images, text, and a video clip. It addresses a 6th Grade Social Studies standard – (USI.9D) The student will demonstrate knowledge of the causes, major events, and effects of the Civil War by describing the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Frederick Douglass in events leading to and during the war. Each student or small group of students could research a famous person listed in the grade level standard. Next, they could create a Meograph integrating photographs, text, video, music, and/or voice-over to share with classmates. The Meographs can be embedded on the school, library, or classroom website.

    This is the 2nd slide in this presentation. Notice that the location is pinpointed on the map to the left of the picture and the date is listed below the picture. The line connects the first location to this location, showing students that Lincoln moved west after his birth. Narration could be added for students who have difficulty reading slides quickly.
  • Meograph Social Studies Slide 2 (38:06 – 38:26)

    Again, there is a video clip. The actual clip is over 3 minutes long, but it was easily cropped on Meograph to present only the information needed for this slide. Notice the lines on the map connecting Lincoln’s movements and the timeline bar on the bottom showing how much time has passed.
  • Meograph Social Studies Slide 3 (38:26 – 38:44)

    Students can create a citation slide like this one by using a PowerPoint slide and saving the slide as a picture to upload to Meograph.
    This Meograph activity can be used for any famous people from history, or adapted to tell the student’s life story as well.
  • Meograph Library Idea (38:44 – 39:02)
    Our last idea is for the library! You can use Meograph to create a book trailer and embed on the library website or share on the morning news program. This would work especially well with a book that takes place over years and involves a journey that can be mapped on Meograph.
  • Meograph Library Slide 1 (39:02 – 41:04)
    For this example, I used The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. It’s a perfect choice for a Meograph trailer because it includes a change in location and a specific date. I created most of the images using PowerPoint slides and saving them as pictures. This book trailer is geared towards 4th – 6th graders, so does not include narration. I want to share the entire one minute Meograph so you can get an idea of how this would look as it moves from slide to slide and changes location and time. As I said before, it won’t work from a hyperlink so I’ll need to switch over to my browser window.

    (Share 1 minute, 10 second book trailer Meograph. Have it loaded before hand so the switch to a browser window can be quick. Unfortunately, Meograph will not hyperlink to anything! The following hyperlink will need to be copied and pasted into the browser window to work:

    You may have noticed you cannot watch them in full screen either. However, despite the quirks, it is a powerful tool. It could be used for book reports too!
  • Meograph Library Slide 2 (41:04 – 43:06)
    To give you a taste of a Meograph with narration, I wanted to share the next 2 minute book trailer. I added narration to this one because it was created for 2nd and 3rd graders. The pictures were selected from the book, photographed using my phone and uploaded to Meograph from the phone. How easy is that! Notice the music automatically quiets when narration begins and resumes when narration ends. Also, because the map feature is not enabled, the image takes up more of the screen.

    (Share 1 minute 53 second book trailer for Kung Pow Chicken Bok! Bok! Boom! by Cyndi Marko. Have it loaded before hand so the switch to a browser window can be quick. The following hyperlink will need to be copied and pasted into the browser window to work:
  • Slide 24: Wrap up (43:06 – 44:00 – without questions)
    So there you have it! Four hot tools to make the heart beat and twelve amazing ideas for using them at your school to increase motivation and excitement for learning among students and teachers! Haiku Deck, Thinglink, Powtoon, and Meograph. Whether you decide to share one, two, three, or all of them, I know your teachers will love them! Remember all the examples I shared today are embedded on the website listed on the back of your handout, and you are welcome to share them with teachers at your school if you wish! Also, don’t forget to check out the full list of Best Websites for Teaching and Learning for 2014 selected by the AASL. The web address to find the full list is at the top of your handout.
    Can I answer any questions?

    Handout Below will NOT be shared orally during the presentation:

    Hot Tools to Make the Heart Beat:
    Resources and Contact Information
    AASL 2014 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning:
    Tool #1 – Haiku Deck: Best website for media sharing (AASL 2014 list)
    Science Jigsaw:
    Social Studies End-of-Unit Project:
    Library Poetry Ideas:
    Tool #2 – Thinglink: Best website for media sharing (AASL 2014 list)
    Science Digital Portfolio:
    (Could use to create an avatar
    Social Studies Inferring from a primary source document:
    (Create embedded sound at
    Library Parent Resources:

    Tool #3 – Powtoon: Best website for media sharing (AASL 2014 list)
    Digital Science Fair Project:
    Social Studies Reenactment:
    Library Engaging Lessons:
    Tool #4 – Meograph: Best website for digital storytelling (AASL 2014 list)
    Science Flipped Class:
    Social Studies Biographies:
    Library Book Trailers:
    Contact Information:
    Dana Moury

  • Transcript

    • 1. Image: Poff, S. (2008). My Heart Beats for Her. Retrieved from: http:// Hot Tools to Make the Heart Beat
    • 2. Image: Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart About Me • Teacher • Student • Integrating content while using technology
    • 3. Purpose Gather ideas for using four tools from the 2014 AASL Best Website List • Haiku Deck • Thinglink • Powtoon • Meograph
    • 4. Haiku Deck URL: Image: Adam Tr. (2012). Haiku Deck. Retrieved from:
    • 5. Haiku Deck Pros: • Free • Simple to use • Beautiful slides • Millions of free images available • Automatically attributes images Cons: • Limited Text • Web version has limited features • No sound options
    • 6. Jigsaw Projects: • Small groups research one strand in a science unit • Each group creates a Haiku Deck to teach their strand to the class Science Image: Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart
    • 7. Photo by Erminig Gwenn - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License Created with Haiku Deck
    • 8. Photo by NOAA's National Ocean Service - Creative Commons Attribution License Created with Haiku Deck
    • 9. Photo by NOAA's National Ocean Service - Creative Commons Attribution License Created with Haiku Deck
    • 10. Unit Assessment: • Students create an end of unit deck for assessment • Decks may be printed and added to class library Social Studies Image: Maggie. (2009). Jamestown Settlement 80. Retrieved from: http://
    • 11. Source: National Park Service, Sidney King Paintings Retrieved from
    • 12. National Poetry Month: • Students create decks to share poetry tools or poems they write • Embed decks on library website Library Image: Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart
    • 13. Photo by twicepix - Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License Created with Haiku Deck
    • 14. Photo by Leo Reynolds - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License Created with Haiku Deck
    • 15. Photo by FotoRita [Allstar maniac] - Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License Created with Haiku Deck
    • 16. Photo by avlxyz - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License Created with Haiku Deck
    • 17. Photo by smcgee - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License Created with Haiku Deck
    • 18. Image: Thinglink URL:
    • 19. Thinglink Pros: • Free • Education section • Multiple class channels • Teacher registers students • No student email required Cons: • Limited image uploads • Links must be web based • Default set to public
    • 20. Digital Portfolio: • Create Thinglink to showcase digital products created in science • Email Thinglinks to parents or embed on class web page Science Image: Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart
    • 21. Image: Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart
    • 22. Infer with Pictures: • Teacher creates thinglink with embedded audio • Students access to build background knowledge and interest before lesson Social Studies Image:
    • 23. Image:
    • 24. Image:
    • 25. Image:
    • 26. Image:
    • 27. Parent Resources: • Create a thinglink for parent resources • Embed on the school library page Library Image: Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart
    • 28. Images: Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart
    • 29. Images: Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart
    • 30. Image: Powtoon URL:
    • 31. Powtoon Pros: • Free • Education section • Upload own images or sound • Extensive options • Two presentation modes Cons: • Timing takes practice • Not private for free version • Limited free music
    • 32. Digital Science Project: • Students create a Powtoon to document steps during science experiments • Play Powtoon along with science fair display Science Image: Andrea_r. (2009). Science Experiment. Retrieved from:
    • 33. Click to view the science Powtoon
    • 34. Reenact History: • Small groups create a reenactment of historical events • Load Powtoons onto class Youtube channel for review Social Studies Image: Plemmon, M. (2008). Rosa Parks Arrested. Retrieved from:
    • 35. Click to view the history Powtoon
    • 36. Lesson: • Create a Powtoon presentation to introduce library skills • Increases engagement and interest Library Image: Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart
    • 37. Click to view the library Powtoon
    • 38. Image: Meograph URL:
    • 39. Meograph Pros: • Free • Try as guest user • Easily crop videos • Extend image display • Answers what, when, where Cons: • Must use Youtube videos • Must upload own music • Schools must pay for a license for kids under 13
    • 40. Flipped Class: • Create a Meograph to introduce a science topic • Students view for homework • Complete activities and experiments in class Science Image: Barto. (2005). Crescent Moon. Retrieved from:
    • 41. Biography Report: • Students research a famous figure from social studies curriculum • Create a Meograph of the person’s life Social Studies Image: Library of Congress. Abraham Lincoln. Retrieved from:
    • 42. Book Trailer: • Create a Meograph book trailer of a new addition to the library • Embed it on the library website or play it on the morning news Library Image: McGrath, S. (2009). Project 50-Day#1 (Moleskin). Retrieved from:
    • 43. • Contact Information • Questions • Other Ideas Wrap Up Image: Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart