Module 6

Coggle is a browser-based,  collaborative, brainstorming, mind-mapping application. Log in with your Google Account. Add it as an extension in Chrome or use online in other browsers.

MindMapping tools help organize thoughts and present information visually. If the mind map app is collaborative, students can work together to plan projects or create visuals as part of a project.

I created this Instagram coggle to think through Module 5 about Instagram.  That gave me an idea for using Coggle in my classroom.


How would use of this app fit in my curricular goals? Besides the obvious collaboration for their projects, they could use the app for review of apps to learn more about digital citizenship — features, purpose, terms, privacy, ownership.  So many times students don’t look at any of that. This brings that perspective.


My Digital Citizenship Coggle explains an outline students could use to review apps for their appropriateness, features, and terms with examples and a recommendation. The  Instagram coggle demonstrates this. They could use this to persuade districts to allow the use of apps using their argumentative skills [and using Coggle to outline their argument as well].

Coggle has a great blog about their features; unfortunately, it’s a Tumblr blog so it will be blocked at school.  Richard Byrne at FreeTech4Teachers explains Coggle with an embedded video:


They do have a YouTube Channel where I found this keyboard shortcut video. Here’s a list of the shortcuts.

I found the app easy to use once I learned about the new menus. Just hover over an area and hold down the control key to see these menus:

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Here are collaborators and comments:

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Goggles can be private or public.  Versions are  Free, Awesome, and Organization. The free version gives you:

1 private diagram
Unlimited public diagrams
Real-time collaboration
Unlimited image uploads
PDF & Image download
Export as .mm and text
Comments & Chat
The upgrade adds private diagrams and shared folders and more for fifty dollars a year. I’m hoping the app stays free because it is a great and colorful way to think and present.
I see no education edition, but that could come if lots of teachers tweet or email support. I see no age limit in the Privacy or Terms documents.
Try it out!  Even if you use it for yourself or your Professional Learning Team at school, it’s a nice free mind mapping tool.

Module 5

Instagram: What is it?


Instagram is like an instant telegram, an image with a short caption. It’s shared with your friends or publicly, depending on how you’ve set up your account.  I tend to keep my work on these apps public; I have other ways to share with friends and family. I do share my life, but not drama or personal issues. Just life.  Others can comment on the image.

If you touch the image, you like it. So be aware of that as you explore.  Those who like the image are listed below the picture.

With a picture open, I see favorites, the comment button, the share button,and at the bottom — home, search, take a pic, fave it and profile icons.

The “share arrow” below the picture is strange to me though. Sharing is only with the people in your Instagram contacts. I can’t save my image to my camera roll.

If I share to Instagram, it’s from my camera roll or another app like Instaquote or other photography app.

The three dots to the right of my name allows me to delete, edit, or share.  That share allows me to share to Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, email, or copy link–

If I want to share someone else’s image, my choices are  to Facebook, Messenger, Tweet, URL copy, Post Notifications. If their account is private; then there are no sharing options. Good to know!

How have I used Instagram?

I’ve been using it with my GrandKids and Personal Learning Network as 42Sheri. I follow people from my family and in education. I’ve found most educators are using them more personally than as a tool for school.  Since an age requirement exists, I think school use must be by an adult or use it in high school classes.

I’ve a picture, tagline, link to my blog. My statistics:

  • 111 posts
  • 104 following

Clicking each of those shows a list of names for the follows or a screen of your posts.


The images at left with text were created in Instaquote after creating the background in PhotoSketch using pictures from my camera roll [More on this later in post].

You can see a movie I took on July 3rd of a local flag, flapping in the breeze. Touching any image brings you to that post.

I just learned something! See the gear? That’s of course where your settings are. You can make your posts public or private,  And there’s also choice to save the original picture.

So I took a picture of this page, chose a filter — and guess what? The original AND filtered image are in my camera roll. That’s how to get the images into the camera roll. Good thing to know! Below are the two pictures in my camera roll:

Left, original shot; Right, with filter [which is the posted Instagram image].


Here’s what it looks like to start your Tweet, and the Tweet [notice the image does NOT appear in the Tweet]:


The Tweet [with no image — I find that strange. It seems if Instagram is an image app, that the tweet would include the image.


Here’s my comment on Allison’s image:


Notice all the hashtags?  Add those when adding your caption before sharing.  When clicked, all images tagged with that hashtag are visible.

What else can you do with Instagram?

Beside posting images and choosing filters, within Instagram are two other apps. As you choose a picture from your camera roll, notice two icons in the lower right of the top image:

  • Infinity
  • Collage


The infinity takes you to use Boomagrang to make funny back/forth videos [Link to my dog].

Collage takes you to an app called Framatic which allows you to create collages with pictures in your camera roll.


Once you’ve created the collage, it saves to your camera roll, and you can share it with the platforms shown in this image, including Instagram.

I created this collage to show how I created the collage in the lower left corner.


I chose one image from my camera roll in the app called PhotoSketch, which allows me to use art filters to create the two images on the bottom right [one is yellow, the other like water color].

In Framatic, I then chose the original picture and another close up picture [see top row] and the other two artsy images to create the collage, adding a color border to make the collage in the lower left corner of the above image.

Pretty fun.

Manipulation and remix of images is a design skill needed for today’s literacy. Choosing just the right image to enhance communication is a skill we all need, not just for learning and presenting, but for knowing about photographic manipulation and how it is done.

In addition, I also use an app called Instaquote to add quotes to the background images I create in PhotoSketch.  I upload the PhotoSketch image from my cameral roll as a background image in Instaquote:


I gathered all three of my Instaquote Writing Prompts into one collage on Instagram. This is also called App Smashing: I used  PhotoSketch,  Instaquote, Framatic in Instagram, and Instagram.


How would I use Instagram in teaching?

If I taught high school, students could tag their images with a class tag to share a pic of their work, experiments, short interviews, etc.

As a middle school teachers, students could not individually use Instagram due to the age limitation [13+]. However, with parent permission, teachers could take pictures of students working, their work, their experiments, short interview movies, etc. to share embedded in blogs  or the district website.  The district could share sports, assemblies, classrooms, etc.

As my collages show, teachers could create writing prompts or other content related images that could be talking points or focus points for concepts.

Another work around for students is to have them create Instagram formatted images in Google Slides, PowerPoint, or Keynote at 1080 x 1080 pixels in size [choose custom size for slides].

That’s how I created this [ at Instagram ].  Shared in Google Drive, the teacher [with parent permission] can post their ideas/images.

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For more information and safety concerns, read the Parents Guide to Instagram.

Now, go try a collage or video!  You can do it!

Module 4 Part 3

, in this Slideshare “SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0,” explains how education needs to skip to “doing” Web 3.0 — student-directed learning. She leads us through 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 to understand the relevance of education that is driven by the learner.

LinkedIn Slideshare‘s platform allows users to upload many different presentations [Keynote, PowerPoint, HaikuDeck, eMaze, Google Slides, and more. Your presentation is then in the cloud, ready to present by you or view by your audience: just share it. All the links within your slides should be active. A whole set of blogposts on Tips and Tricks are well worth the viewing even if you don’t use Slideshare.

How does Slideshare help educators?

  • The slides are always there [even if you change schools]
  • Share your presentations for professional development, your community, your families
  • Set up “Daily Menu” of daily class lessons and links so students [present or absent] know what’s happing [I do this with Google Slides: kids and parents like it]
  • Point students to your sets of “help” slides, which can include videos!
  • Embed a slideshow on your class or district website [it can be changed and will be updated automatically]
  • Moving towards Web 3.0? Link to the daily focus, the Google Form into which students reflect progress on their goals, link to resources for students, and make it editable for students who can add their slides of their resources shared with others

How could you use a presentation tool like Slideshare to enhance lessons, communication, presentations, or collaboration?





Module 4 Part 2

Ian Midgley uploaded this Vimeo video, “Team 19: Rapid Innovation in Public School” to share their dare to innovate NOW, not spend time planning. Instead, the staff, principal, superintendent, and teachers created the plan together.  It’s an awesome watch, and it flows with what I believe: just start!

Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.57.20 PMVimeo is a video sharing platform like YouTube, but it also includes its own Video School to help you become a videographer. Often it is NOT blocked at school as YouTube sometimes still is. Vimeo allows many settings for private, password-protected, or public viewing.

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How is Vimeo helpful to educators?

  • Create screencasts HowTos for tech minilessons
  • Create video lessons for your content area [add questions, etc in EduCanon [now PlayPosit] or its Chrome Extension]
  • Create snapshots of your classroom or school for your blog posts
  • Gather student videos and smash them together for your blog posts
  • Students create videos for others
  • Create an intro video to your school and community


Understanding video creation and presentation is so important in our visual world; this should be part of all literacy instruction. Learning how to curate the text, images, audio, video of the content studied creates authors and experts in an authentic way that our students seek; education becomes relevant.

How does video creation, remix, and use fit in your classroom, situation, or lessons?


Module 4 Part 1

ThingLink is a tool that could be used for a variety of purposes:

  • Curation to link  to related projects
  • Title page of a project linking to other components [video, text, audio, website, etc.]
  • An About Page for your blog
  • Class Project Home Page to link to all components
  • Photo/Text Essay by links
  • Links to student projects
  • Resources for professional development

Here’s an example by Rafranz Davis, Google Chrome Experiments and Innovation Tools.  She has curated links to many Google Chrome tools and experiments. This is an awesome resource that shows the possibilities of technology. [Note: All I had to do to embed this was to paste the URL into the visual editor; WordPress did the rest].


Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.54.55 PMA Thinglink can be reusable if it includes the ReMix option. Remix is just like it sounds — you take a copy of an original and add your own touches, republishing the new version with credit to the previous creator.  Remix Information. This Thinglink can no longer be remixed, but can be shared, as in this post, because that option is available.

In our Jumpstart Facebook group, the SAMR ladder model of technology integration was mentioned. SAMR [substitute, augment, modify, redefine] helps teachers rethink their analog lessons and begin to see alternative versions using technology. Here is a Thinglink  blog post thinking through the SAMR model using Thinglink.


Now you know:

  • uses for Thinglink
  • a link toThingLink
  • an example of a Thinglink
  • an embedded Thinglink
  • a link to the Thinglink
  • a link to the author
  • remix and sharing information
  • SAMR Thinglink process

How will you use Thinglink in your area of expertise?