Tag Archives: Health Education

Discussion #5: Creation & Editing Tools –Book Creating Tools

The level of skills the students will develop from this lesson plan will be to construct a product to share with others. By designing something together, though working individually, the final product will display their collaborative newfound knowledge. The booklet will inspire the students to communicate with family members about what they have learned as well.

I had this idea that it would be perfect for my students to actually make an informational booklet to print and bring home during the month of November for Diabetes Awareness month. However, I experienced some issues….  Not many of the fancy apps were designed to print easily (and inexpensive)…. Maybe I was just a little too set in my ways…

Another story making application I came across is Book Creator, which seems very similar to Create Booklet I used, just not free.  To cover some of the other groups within Creation & Editing Tools one can utilize various text-to-video apps where the students generate their own cartoon-based videos, such as the video I’ve previously shared HERE. (The third video).

Another very interesting application is ZooBurst where one can make digital 3D pop-up books! In this app one can upload your own images or choose from their library.  Being able to upload your own images makes it much more relevant for health education, rather than many of the book creating apps where one can only utilize their pictures.

Here is a short tutorial on ZooBurst:

Assignment 7: Creation and Editing Tools –Create Booklet

I have spent significant time online attempting to find the perfect (inexpensive) booklet-making application. I’ve experimented with various book creators such as SnapfishSmashwords, and Storybird. The best thing I’ve found so far is a downloadable app called Create Booklet through TheKeptPromise.

The way it works is that one can simply choose Create Booklet as part of the PDF option during printing. Unfortunately it does not make an amazing online version with beautiful imagery nor is it interactive like Storybird. However, it can help students create a booklet by the end of class. The downside is it will have to be worked on as a regular word document and it does not have the collaboration opportunity as some of the online application versions I’ve been exploring.

However, since I wanted the students to be able to print a booklet at the end of class, this is the way to go. Each topic the students pick out of the hat can be worked on individually. Everyone gets to utilize just one page and they can add an image as well.

Font and size will be stipulated in the directions of the project to make the booklet consistent and flowing.

I will hand out the assignment as A BOOKLET as a way for the students to get an idea of what the final project will look like.

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Creation and Editing Tools: Book Creators -Storybird

Storybird is an application where one can make specific storybooks. The exciting thing about Storybird is that a teacher can invite the whole class as collaborators.

In my lesson plan about Diabetes, I can generate multiple topics to be covered. Each student will pick a topic by drawing it out of a hat (literally!)

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I made an assignment within the application to be shared with my students, asking them to make their very own Diabetes Awareness Book/Booklet to be handed out at school during the month of November (Diabetes Awareness Month).

However, the downside with Storybird, is that one cannot upload any images. This means the students have to choose from Storybird’s library of very artful images, though not much focus on diabetes or health.

I found this to be a deal breaker as I do not quite see how I can utilize this tool connects to the content.  I am choosing a different way for my students to publish their Diabetes Awareness booklet.

My Thoughts on Creation & Editing Tools, Part 1

(In)-class Activity #2: Share Your Point of View by Discussing your Thoughts on Creation & Editing Tools

My initial reaction to looking over the variety of tools in the category Creation & Editing Tools, Part 1 was that these tools seem suitable for students with special interests.

The tools most appealing to me are the book creating tools such as SnapfishSmashwords, and Storybird. Creating books or stories can easily be incorporated into most PBL units, including mine about Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

I am curious as to how the drawing applications and 3D modeling work. I think I can incorporate those into Health Education.

I am very confused on how spending one or two class lessons making a simple video game can be incorporated into classes such as history, ELA, or Health Education.

Level 5 Pong Game -Angled Challange

(In)-class Activity #1: Create Your Own Pong Video Game Using Scratch

I Created a Level 5 Pong With an Added Angled Challenge

I’ve just spent 3 hours making a very primitive video game.  

Did I have fun? Absolutely.  

Did i learn much about computer programming? Maybe.  

Can I see how this can be incorporated into Health Education? Not so much… c

Play my game HERE

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Assignment 6: Discussion & Reflection Tools

I chose to experiment with Google Forms as a way of testing/checking my students’ knowledge and understanding. At first, I utilized a True/False from Kids Health as basis for my questions. I liked how they provided a basic explanation after each question, so I referred to the web site in the final confirmation page for the students to go there to read and check over their answers after taking the quiz. I figured this was a way to get them to read through the material once more.

HERE is an example of the first quiz I made in Google Form to be utilized for testing purposes.

However, I then realized I was not really gathering enough knowledge about the students’ understanding of the topic to know where I would need to emphasize my further teaching. So I made a second form consisting of mostly short and long answers.

HERE is the second Google form that I would use instead of the first quiz.

I solely re-wrote the questions for the students to respond with longer answers, so I still included the link in the final confirmation page as a means for the students to read and check if they got their answers right.

HERE is the page they are referred to where they can read and check over their answers after completing the quiz. This helps them participate more in their own learning.

These questions in the second quiz require a higher level of participation from the students.

Glogster as a Presentaion Tool

Glogster is a visual poster board students and teachers can utilize to present information.   I truly enjoyed making my Glogster for a mock Health Education Lesson about Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes.

I especially like how you can incorporate all kinds of media, including videos, images, and hyperlink the images to pull up either a document or a website you are referring to.

This is how it came out.


Even more exciting, Sol-Marie might use Glogster or another tool called TACKK to present her science project they have just started on in school.  She is in 7th grade and they have a 6-week project they are working on.

-And she chose to do it on Type 1 Diabetes!!! (Proud mama right here!)

The teacher wants a demo of what it will look like in a few days as she did not quite know about either of these tools.  Hopefully she will approve it! -I will keep y’all updated here.

You can read more about how I will use Glosgter as a presentation tool in my PBL Lesson Plan idea HERE

Discussion #4: Presentation and Remixing Tools

When presenting, students have to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the topic. As with many presenting tools today the students can find information online and remix information in the form of videos, text, images and sound. As a teacher it is important to ask a few questions at the end of each presentation to ensure the students understand the topic assigned as it is easy to merely repost information without generating knowledge or understanding.  Planning a presentation includes some organizing of materials including making an outline with what order to present in. Group work is an important skill for dynamic workforces in the future, and presenting skills are essential.

My “ah ha” moment must have been after spending a whole day trying to figure out various pages, reading teacher blogs, and watching YouTube videos as resources for how to use these tools in education, and I had decided on Globster, BUT I COULD NOT GET IT TO WORK!!! The day came to an end and I slept on it for a few days and was debating on what tool to change it too, as Globster seemed inevitably very difficult to create. However, the page must have been down that day as none of the problems I experienced that day reoccurred. Nevertheless, this made me think of what one would do in case a page you have decided to use as a teacher is down. (No matter what tool one chooses to utilize).

An additional, pretty similar, tool as Glogster is TACKK. Instead of a visual poster board as Glogster TACKK is a page that extends downwards as you build on it. It has the same functions of being able to add video, text, music, images, and so on. TACKK can be useful as the students can collaborate at the end of the page in the comment sections rather than stating a new page as I suggest in my Glogster PBL.

Assignment 5: Presentation and Remixing Tools -Glogster

After doing some research of various presentations tools, such as Prezi, HaikuDeck, Glogster, and TACKK I chose Glogster as a way for my students to make a presentation and present with.  I will also do a demonstration utilizing Globster as a tool to present the lecture to the 6th-8th grade students. The lesson plan is about Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

As a teacher I will have the Glogster page open on the projector as the students enter the classroom.   I will do a quick presentation myself and go over the material on the Glogster page, explain how the endocrine system works, and discuss some of the differences between Type1 and Type 2 Diabetes. I have one video (1:05 min) supporting how the body uses insulin to break down glucose for energy and a document displaying the main differences between Type1 and Type 2 Diabetes as I speak.

Total Time:7-10min.

Students will be engaged by the assignment where they are to make their own Globster page in groups of three. I will distribute various topics, such as:

  • Research and compare the genetic components, prevalence, treatment options, and long-term effects of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Compare similarities and differences between the two types of diabetes.
  • Body structure and functions related to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and the cause of both diseases.
  • Research and compare the level of prevention between the two types of diabetes.
  • Make a treatment plan for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Demonstrate how the pancreas works and how it relates to either type of diabetes.
  • Display how the various treatments will affect the pancreas, body functions, and related organs.

Total Time to Work as Groups:15-20min.

The students will present their findings as groups.

Time Presenting: 3-5 min per groups.

Here is my Glogster presentation with an idea for an assignment at the end for students to complete and present.

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Glogster

Wordle Examples

I’ve been having a lot of fun with this!

 I’ve found some information form CDC on various diseases and made a Wordle of each one.  It is definitely easy to guess what disease each Worlde is assigned to, so if this were to be used in class it would have to be with younger students.

Here are some example of my Wordles:

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I could for example do this as an intro on our class Wiki page or class Padlet and have the students click on the picture to go to the fact sheet I would want them to read as a way of grabbing their attention.  Or they could make the Wordle from an informational sheet they find interesting and share it with the class that way for the other students to read.

References -These Wordles were taken from:

Breast Cancer: WHat You Need to Know

Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines and

Fact Sheet:
Health Disparities in Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke

Princess Sassy Pants & Co.

Follow Your Heart's Calling

Very Light, No Sugar

Because I talk diabetes the same way I take my coffee.

I Am A Type 1 Diabetic

Balancing Life While Living with Type One Diabetes


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