Saturday, November 8, 2014


If you're a fan of Smore {read my post about it here}, you'll love Tackk! I heard about it over the summer, but I figured there was no reason for me to have accounts at two very similar websites. Now I'm kicking myself for not investigating it earlier... 
What It Is
Tackk allows users to create online posters with text, videos, audio recordings, pictures, and embedded widgets and links. Each Tackk {poster} is stored at its own unique URL for easy sharing. 

  • 100% free
  • Account not necessary to create a Tackk {only downside? Anonymous Tackks are deleted after 7 days.}
  • E-mail address not needed to create an account or sign in -- kids can sign in with a social media account or with Edmodo
  • Free iOS app
  • Customize the poster's text, colors, and design
  • Add headlines of different sizes, colors, and fonts to make them stand out next to regular body text
  • Add photos -- upload your own, grab from Instagram or a specific URL, or use Tackk's partnership with 500px or Giphy to find a photo to use
  • Adjust the size and add captions to photos
  • Add video from 150+ {YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, U-Stream, Animoto, ShowMe, etc. included -- here's the complete list}
  • Add audio from 22 sources {SoundCloud, Spotify, Rdio, Grooveshark, etc. included -- here's the complete list}
  • Add a button to make links more visible:
  • Ability to add "listings" of things you can sell directly from your Tackk {PTO and spirit shops, I'm lookin' at you.}
  • Add a contact form -- all responses are sent to your e-mail inbox
  • Embed widgets to things like other Tackks, a Poll Everywhere poll, Prezi, Listly, Screenr, SlideShare, Twitter, etc.
  • Add an RSVP {I'm thinking of field trip, class party, extracurricular group event, etc.}
  • Make your Tackk public or private
  • Option to add password protection to a private Tackk
  • "Tag" Tackks -- similar to tagging in Blogger or Evernote -- as a way to collect and/or organize data. {For instance, I would have my students tag their Tackks with special phrases to ensure I could find them easily.}
  • Customize the URL {only downside? the URL is an extension of and not your profile, so no other Tackk user can ever personalize their poster with the same name}
  •  Add an interactive comment stream -- great for encouraging conversation between your students. {Admin rights gives ability to moderate.}
  • Create an assignment template so students only have to click and edit {more about that below}
  • Saves automatically every few seconds -- similar to LiveBinders 
  • Duplicate your Tackks to save yourself time creating similar posters
  • Transfer ownership of your Tackks to a different account
  • Variety of sharing options when you're finished:

I like that I could embed all the class's Tackks onto my school webpage, or even create a Tackk that links to everyone's Tackk {how's that for a confusing sentence?} to show off student work to parents and the community.

Assignment Template Feature
I have to  share the assignment template feature with you. There is currently no tutorial on the Tackk blog that tells how to utilize the lesson template feature, but I got the inside scoop from a sweet and knowledgeable Tackk rep {shout-out to Andria!}. She's going to write a blog post about it soon, but I thought I'd share here, too. 

The assignment template feature lets you create a Tackk that is editable and share that with students. So instead of sharing a static page that no one can edit {here's example I created about ABCD drawings in a science notebook}, you share this editable page that acts as a template for the assignment. For instance, here's an editable template about the scientific method. If you give students the special link to your template, they can edit a copy of your template without ever changing your original. 
To create an editable assignment template:
  1. Create a Tackk. 
  2. Customize the URL under "Tackk options." 
  3. Make the Tackk private, and then publish it so it's live.
  4. Before sharing the link with students, edit it so that "/create/copy" in written after For instance, my scientific method page is So to let kids edit it, I would share this link, instead:
I love the idea of this for my elementary students! 

Because I only have 50-60 minutes total with each class per week in Science Lab, I often print a recording sheet to glue into the notebook -- especially for my youngest students. Not only does it help prompt them about what step in the scientific method comes next, it's a way to help speed up their writing so that we have time to do an experiment and write about it in our notebooks, too.

I can definitely see myself transferring some of my recording sheets into Tackk templates. From there, I envision students tagging each assignment with a specific phrase so that I can assess and share. 

I'll leave you with my first full assignment created on Tackk {link here if you want to see the full version on the Tackk website}. My fourth graders are actually in the middle of this assignment, so I probably will not get to use Tackk for it until next year. But now that I know the process, I'm sure there will be plenty more Tackk projects to come.


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