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Meet the Geek Squad!


The cool ways in which an educator can use Thinglink in the classroom are numerous! My latest brainstorm has come in the form of a collage of avatars my students generated using FaceYourManga, a Web 2.0 tool that allows users to create, modify, collect and/or share cartoon-like avatars.

These alter-egos of my students have been linked to their Language Arts digital portfolio/wiki page—a space used to share various projects we complete throughout the year.  Not only do they love, love working on their site, but they really enjoy having the opportunity to share their finished projects and thoughts with classmates, friends, family members and/or a global audience. As the teacher, I find great value in providing students with the chance to showcase their projects and most importantly, to write about a relevant topic—their assignments. Using this platform also allows me to teach students important 21st Century skills, including digital citizenship and responsibility related to working in an online environment.

Hover over the Thinglink image embedded below to meet the students in my Geek Squad!

The full screen version of this interactive image can be accessed here.

Classroom Connection:

Use Thinglink and FaceYourManga—or a similar avatar generator—to create a collage to highlight your students and/or the digital projects they develop in your classrooom!

For additonal information about Thinglink, check out a variety of suggestions listed on my Educate with Thinglink post and/or review Interesting Ways to Use Thinglink in the Classroom—an excellent resource packed full of ideas.

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Looking for some technology integration ideas to enhance your classroom lessons? Then be sure to check out my "Tech Tips" for the latest and greatest Web 2.0 tools, applications and web sites that can be incorporated into activities and/or projects. Although some posts may not be applicable to your content area or grade level, be sure to check back often as I will be varying ideas in order to provide resources across the K-12 curriculum.

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