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Global, Biographical Technology

Display of students' technology projects using Tagxedo.

What do Florence Nightingale, Sacagawea, Jim Henson, and Albert Einstein have in common? Yes, they may all be deceased…but, recently third grade students at Marvin Elementary brought their stories back to life to “show off” their informative writing skills.


As part of the culmination of the biography unit of study in reading and writing, third grade students dressed their part at the annual wax museum. It all began with each student choosing a person of interest. After researching and writing about their famous person, each child used Google Presentations to create a slide show. Each slide show included text and images. Students also learned how to change the background color of slides, and add animation and timelines. This helped each of them prepare a speech.


For presentation, the children used Tagxedo, a web-based program, to create an image of their famous person through words. The words describe the person’s life and character. Each Google Presentation was linked to a QR code. People with a QR reader on their mobile wireless device could scan the code and view the presentation.


The event brought together many famous leaders, entertainers, scientists, athletes, and pioneers of the past. Third grade students really enjoyed using technology and learning about famous people from around the world. An added bonus was being able to work together and help one another. It was certainly a day for the ages!

Written by: Damien Hazel, Third Grade Teacher
Posted: Apr 15, 2014 by Marni Menkin

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