TGIF ~ March 5, 2010

Technology Gems, Ideas, and Facts

Friday, March 5, 2010

Gem ~ a website or application that might work well for you or your students

Capzles is a new web tool that allows you to create timelines that include photos, videos, audio and text. Each point on the timeline can have a single piece of media or a “stack” which could include both audio and video. Finished timelines can be shared via a link. The Terms of Service require users to be 13 years of age or older and an email address is required to create an account. This would mean that elementary teachers could create an account and use this for class projects, while teachers working with older students could also offer this as an option for students to create their own timelines. I can see Capzles being a great way for students to sequence important historical events, show the steps of an experiment, or illustrate the life of a famous person.  (

Idea ~ a way to enhance your LFS lessons with technology

According to the old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, what if the picture could actually tell the story? Blabberize is a web application that allows you to upload a picture, give it a mouth, and record or upload audio that the picture will “speak”. Click here to see some examples of how some of our elementary students are using Blabberize to show what they’ve learned about animals and to illustrate personification. (

Fact ~ Just a bit of information

Create your own “movie clapper” like this one at Just enter your text and then hit “generate”. You can download your image to use as you wish. Check out the other options at the top of the page…especially the “newspaper clipping”. Students could enter a date and a headline and then a short bit of information about an event to create a clipping to illustrate a project or show what they’ve learned. There is also an online picture editor which allows you to upload an image and apply all kinds of effects…including creating a wanted poster, postage stamp, or motivational poster. Check it out! (

Have a great weekend!



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