Teacher Review For The Noun Project

Visual connector for students allowing individuals or groups to collect icons which have meaning in a course of study

Kirk P.
Legacy High School
Broomfield, CO
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My Grades 11, 12
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use this tool for multimedia instruction and for support of language instruction with students. Although the icons used to be somewhat limited the collection continues to grow. It meets multiple learning objectives with the Common Core for vocabulary instruction, and can assist in the creation of multimedia production as well. We have used this in the classroom context together by: A. Having students create a noun toolbox that relates to the literature being studied. In this way they are able to have a visual representation of ideas and core content being studied on a topic. B. Students can collaborate to use the noun tools and icons to create a word wall for fellow students in the class that represents vocabulary being learned and used. C. We use the noun project as a lesson in citation and attribution by having them work through the download requirements and learn about modeling correct citation. SL.6.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
My Take
My students engage with these icons and use them regularly for study and media creation. They can be used for review and easy icons on a worked wall for advanced and simple vocabulary. Because many of them are recognized by students they can be used for vocabulary reminders and as reminders in language instruction for ELL students. It is easy to use. I would like to have more icons available but they are slowly being added. I also find it frustrating that some of the icons need a premium account to access and this is sometimes difficult with kiddos.It will take a bit of time to learn how to use to be able to teach to students.