As we head back to school refreshed from the break, I thought that I would share one of my favorite new tools that I have used this year. It's SUPER simple and your kiddos could pick it up in no time!
Tackk is a FREE web-based tool that allows users to create simple, single-page websites.
Once you have selected the initial project, it's easy to add pictures, text, links, and more using a simple drag-and-drop user-interface.
The formatting is very linear and content is added as a block by clicking the plus sign at the bottom of the page. You can add content from your computer, via links, or through photo and video hosting sites like Youtube or Flickr.
Once the Tackk is finished- these can be edited later if you have an account. You can share through a variety of avenues.
Here's a quick sample- to see it online, click here:
In addition to the simplicity of use, I love Tackk for a few other reasons.
- Students do not need accounts- though, if you would like to save their Tackks indefinitely, students will need to use an account.
- If you would like to have students use your account, the google+1 email system seems to work.
- "Tackkboards" allow teachers to collect all of their students' Tackks all in one place.
- Tackks can be shared via a simple link, on nearly any social network, or via an embed code. With an account, the Tackks live online indefinitely. Without an account, they expire after six weeks.
Our new reading curriculum requires students to create a unit inquiry project. So far, we have made posters with voice recordings, simple Google Slideshows, and a collaborative Google Site. Our next project is going to be a Tackk. My kiddos have experimented with it a bit and are ready for more independent use.