A Small Collection of Technological Tools for

Teaching Primary Students with Primary Resources


Presentation Software (PowerPoint (Microsoft), Keynote (Apple), Impress (OpenOffice), Prezi and others) - Presentation tools can be great tools for displaying images and even marking up images as many presentation tools include mark-up tools. Presentation tools usually have built-in templates which will automatically format your images to fit on the screen and be easily viewed. You can also use presentation software as a tool for isolating portions of an image and then revealing portions of the image one part at a time in order to focus learners on specific portions of the image rather than "the big picture".

(The video below has no audio :-)  )

Easy Interactive Tools - a free software tool for Windows, Linux and Macintosh. Download and install. (http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/supDetail.jsp?oid=150747&prodoid=63087766&BV_UseBVCookie=yes&infoType=Downloads&platform=All&x=27&y=2  free)

Example (highlighted areas of an image)

Ideas for Using Easy Interactive Tools:

1. The teacher can use the spotlight or screen tools to isolate portions of the primary source to call attention to something or to start with a smaller number of items to explore.

2. Students can mark a primary source with text, highlighter and pens. Their work can be saved.

3. Compare and contrast by marking things that are similar with one color of highlighter and different with another color.

4. Label with letters - K for I think I know what this is, W means I wonder about this, etc.

Browser Tools:

Firefox Add-on - Screen Draw - allows students to annotate on any webpage accessed by Firefox and even to save the annotations. (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/screen-draw/ free)

Example (students asked to mark things in the photo which support their idea that it is winter in the picture) - Please see the tools in bottom right corner.

 Ideas for Using ScreenDraw:

1.  Have students use this browser add-on to select an interesting or important part of the primary source. They can do this live as you discuss or at a learning center. Their work can be saved.

2. Students can write a question mark over anything they do not understand or want to learn more about in a primary source.


Slingnote - allows students to capture part of an online image, annotate it and share it as a pdf (Apple iTunes $1.99 - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sling-note/id385068849?mt=8 )


Ideas for Using SlingNote:

1.  Have students use this app to select an interesting or important part of the primary source and drag the url to the notes page. If they are able to type a few words have them put a few thoughts about why they selected this portion of the primary source.

2.  Have students cut out parts of the primary source to support a concept or idea - like "Gather parts of the primary source which support the idea that the image is from long ago"

3. Have students select a part of the primary source and then have partners or others share WHY they think the student selected that part.

Explain Everything - import a primary source and annotate, do voice over and more! (Apple iTunes $2.99 - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explain-everything/id431493086?mt=8 )

Ideas for Using Explain Everything:

1.  Have students use this app to record their observations and reflections and then share.

2.  Have students record their observations, reflections and questions before a unit of study and then re-record the same after further exploration and study.