Haiku Deck & Paperport Notes in a Language classroom

This week I used Haiku Deck to present Spanish vocabulary related to los d??as de los muertos.  Not only was it quick and easy, the students enjoyed reviewing vocabulary words in a new way.  The images were vibrant and inspiring as they prepare to create their own alters and offerings for los d??as de los muertos (November 1 and 2). 

I also started using Paperport Notes to type up any notes I would typically write on the board.  I project the typed up notes on my whiteboard and then add any additional input from the students in marker.  By having a typed up, neat, organized scaffold to start with, the final notes are much more organized and on topic.  I like that it is still flexible and easy to customize the notes for the different questions that come up in each section. 

Genn Giuliano


Haiku deck for vocabulary words

This is very effective for vocabulary study. I introduce 10 words at a time from a list of SAT level words. We always discuss the words and try to make connections in order to remember them. This, though, adds the visual component. I typed the vocabulary word into the text area, searched through pictures it provided me, chose one, and then used the word in a sentence to go along with the picture. Sometimes the pictures it associated with the word were quite a stretch, but that just forced me to be more creative in writing a sentence to connect the word and the picture. I showed it to the students, and they were busily writing down the app name. I emailed the deck to them. I think this will really help the visual learners. Next time, I will have them prepare the Haiku deck. Thanks. Elaine Zullo

True learning is creative! ??? iPad, please!

True learning is creative! … iPad, please!

“Creating is important because during the process of creating something new, a student is:

  1. the owner of that process
  2. fully immersed in the experience
  3. genuinely engaged
  4. driven by and personally connected to the learning objectives”



Google Cultural Institute


Google Cultural Institute Online Historical Exhibitions.



Best iOS Apps for Audio Recording & Sharing (Oct 2012) – Moving at the Speed of Creativity



Beyond Substitution: The SAMR Model

1. Substitution: the computer stands in for another technological tool without a significant change in the tool’s function.

2. Augmentation: the computer replaces another technological tool, with significant functionality increase.

3. Modification: the computer enables the redesign of significant portions of a task.

4. Redefinition: the computer allows for the creation of new tasks that would otherwise be inconceivable without the technology.


Some more examples of what the SMAR model looks like can be found at One Thing I’ve Learned.


BBC News – Why modern maps put everyone at the centre of the world