How I Use It
As a digital learning specialist, I have used Tackk as a way to share resources with teachers for a training workshop and presentation or as a way to follow up from a training. For example, after providing a training on YouTube I created a Tackk to share some of the websites mentioned in the training, an infographic on YouTube in the Classroom, and a blog post on how teachers can teach smarter with YouTube. I also support teachers by creating model lessons and Tackk is a tool I strongly recommend in our district, since we must be mindful of student's giving personal information or emails to login. Our district is a big Edmodo user and Tackk allows students to use their Edmodo login to sign in. That is a big selling point for us! Tackks can be created by teachers if they want to curate content to share with students when they are flipping their classroom. Furthermore, if you teach in a BYOD learning environment it works on all platforms and can be used to introduce students to a new topic using a variety of media. With the sign-in with Edmodo, even our students can create Tackks! Students can create these for publishing essays, giving presentations, and publishing a school newsletter. I am planning a vocabulary project with students where they will find images, audio and media to support their understanding of social studies vocabulary terms. I can't wait to see the impact it has with our low literacy students.
As a teaching tool, Tackk can be used in a variety of ways with all levels of students. Since teachers can include a variety of media it inherently appeals to different learning styles. Tackk can be easy to learn for teachers who are comfortable using technology; however, I think it is still a good idea to review their website for ways to use Tackk in the classroom (which is a great place to see examples of how some other teachers are actually using it in the classroom) and watch some tutorials to help you get started. It could improve your teaching if you plan to use it in ways to flip your classroom, introduce new concepts, or differentiate instruction. There will be a small time investment and I would start with a lesson where you have already curated or collected lots of resources on the topic/concept. Then, include a link to a survey for students to give feedback on what they thought!