Tackk

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Tackk is an Internet-based software that allows its users to create what could be called a fusion between a poster and a web site. Scribner: it is “a free way to create web pages using photos, video, buttons, maps, media, and other digital resources.” A Tackk page is quite easy to do, here is an example of a page made with some partners when we were experimenting this software. This page took us about fifteen minutes to produce. Here is a quick tutorial:

Tackk is a tool that can have some interesting uses for the classroom. For example, teachers can use the software to create their lesson plans, such as this one, which has been created by Scribner. The link to these lesson plans can then be given to the students, which can always refer to the page to follow the teacher’s guidelines. Tackk is also an easy way to share lesson plans with colleagues, as well as with teachers from all around the world. Teachers could also use this tool for student assignments. It can be used for online portfolios, for blogs, and for what Scribner calls Tackk projects. It could also be used as a visual aid for oral presentations. Students would have everything they would need for their presentations on one web page, and every student in the classroom could follow the presentation on their devices (if allowed in the classroom) at the same time. Furthermore, as Walsh expressed, Tackk, with its comment section (which is an automatic addition to the web page) can also be used to create an instant discussion forum. Students can then comment and give feedback to each other, which could be useful for students to improve their presentations. Collier also adds that if teachers use some kind of social networking (e.g., Edmodo) in their classrooms, the links to the students’ pages could be posted on its main page. This way, every student could ba able to know and appreciate what others have done. In order to be able to find easily the different assignment of the students, teachers could “create an assignment using a unique tag.” For example, it could be called Mr Miller’s class Blog Assignment #1, and students would use that same tag for their homework. Another use for Tackk could be to promote school events by sharing the links to the Tackk pages on the school’s website.

As for Tackk in an ESL classroom, teachers could make vocabulary lists associated with images, and give the link to students so that they can study more easily. ESL teachers could also use this tool to explain grammatical rules. Tackk could also be used as a replacement for more traditional writing tasks. Teachers could use these tasks to “gauge [the students’] spelling, grammar, sentence structure » as well as their overall creativity for the project.

Personally, I really like this tool. It is way more easy and quick to master and produce than a standard website and has pretty much the same use. Tackk can be somewhat difficult to master at first, especially on your own, but watching a tutorial will make the adaptation way easier. I do think that this tool would be harder to use with younger students or, if teachers are to use it with younger students, they would have to give many explanations and do a lot of modelling. Except for these students, Tackk could be easily used in secondary schools, cégeps, and universities.

Pros:

  • It’s free and easy;
  • It’s accessible on any device (computer, tablet, smartphones);
  • Tackk pages can be made private to maintain the students’ privacy.

Cons:

  • The privacy controls and other settings are quite hard to find;
  • It may be harder to implement this tool with younger students.
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